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Cheers to Pints with a Purpose

Pints with a Purpose, a MDI fundraising event, took place on a beautiful spring night bringing in over 90 guests. Attendees enjoyed Urban Growler beer and tacos, all with a purpose - career advancement for people with disabilities.  

Thank you to all who attended and supported MDI's first Pints with a Purpose! We hope you enjoy these...

Scene + Heard: Ability Bash

Star Tribune Scene + Heard: Ability Bash
Guests at the Ability Bash were treated to gourmet cuisine and live music in the Solar Arts Building in northeast Minneapolis. The evening also featured employees and beneficiaries of Minneapolis-based nonprofit MDI, originally Minnesota Diversified Industries. The 50-year-old light manufacturer and packager employs more than 300 workers, about half of whom have disabilities. The...

MDI Shines Spotlight on Value of Inclusive Work Environments

MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 2, 2017 – Nearly 12 percent of the U.S. population lives with a disability, but people with disabilities are employed at just half the rate of those without. In observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, MDI aims to help change that. A plastics manufacturer, production services provider and social enterprise, MDI provides an inclusive, supportive environment to employees with and without disabilities. To further the...

Governor Dayton Proclaims DSP Recognition Week in Minnesota


Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed September 10 – September 16 Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week in Minnesota.

The week is an annual national celebration of the tremendous contributions DSPs make to the people they care for and their broader communities. Governor Dayton has issued the...

And the Winner Is...

Thank you for joining us at Ability Bash 2017. 

Your support is important to MDI achieving our goal of 1000 employees, approximately 50% of whom will be people with disabilities in next three years. Your contribution recognizes people with disabilities deserve the opportunity to be productive members of our community.

Over the next couple days,  we will post event pictures and more. But for now, a...

Ability Bash 2017

You're invited to MDI's Ability Bash, a party with a purpose! Join us at the magnificent Solar Arts Building in Northeast Minneapolis. Enjoy the killer cuisine of Chowgirls, a full bar, music by Jason Weismann, games, a vacation raffle, and live auction.  

Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Venue: Solar Arts by Chowgirls, 711 15th Ave NE, Mpls...

MOHR Honors Direct Support Professionals

Each year MOHR (Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation) honors Direct Support Professionals from across Minnesota for their exceptional, dedicated and caring service for people with disabilities. Individuals were nominated by their organization that represents the state’s non-profit providers of training and employment services. 

This year MDI nominated two people...