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Transforming our workforce by making it more accessible

Back in 2000, the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce surveyed our business community in order to understand what challenges they were facing. We heard overwhelmingly that organizations and businesses were struggling to find people with the correct skill sets to fill available jobs – skills that did not require a four-year degree, but rather technical, vocational skills. As the president and...

31 Featured in Support of National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and MDI will be featuring 31 individuals, one each day, in support.  All featured individuals play an important part in fostering a more inclusive workforce, one where every person is recognized for his or her abilities.

Held annually, National Disability Employment Awareness Month is led by the U....

Week 4: National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Every day, people with disabilities can and do make important contributions to businesses.

Rather than be defined by their disability, these individuals are the sum of their many life roles -- which includes working at a job they love. MDI creates self-sufficiency by providing meaningful work in an inclusive environment, with nearly half of the...

4 Ways Packaging Can Fulfill Needs

October is National Disabilities Employment Awareness month and a good time to remind packaging professionals of their options in providing jobs and fostering new career paths for qualified people who face barriers to employment because of disabilities.

 Three years ago, Packaging Digest recognized this occasion by profiling the new-at-the-time...

Measuring our humanity: the disability equality index

Like cream, Minnesota always rises to the top in quality-of-life rankings. Our virtues were validated again when the U.S. News & World Report recently ranked Minnesota second in the nation for opportunity. Yes, opportunity. In the case of U.S. News, it’s a catchall term for indicators of upward mobility.

For people with disabilities, opportunity affords hope. It’s a big, buoyant word that promises dignity, self-reliance and...

Week 3: National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Every day, people with disabilities can and do make important contributions to businesses.

Rather than be defined by their disability, these individuals are the sum of their many life roles -- which includes working at a job they love. MDI creates self-sufficiency by providing meaningful work in an inclusive environment, with nearly half of the...

Week 2 Recap: National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Every day, people with disabilities can and do make important contributions to businesses.

Rather than be defined by their disability, these individuals are the sum of their many life roles -- which includes working at a job they love. MDI creates self-sufficiency by providing meaningful work in an inclusive environment, with nearly half of the...

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