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 workforce comprised of people with disabilities, working side-by-side. In support of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, MDI is highlighting someone every day of the month. Meet this weeks features and find all here.
Day 1: Rachel: Board of Director
Day 2: Mike: Extrusion Process Tech
It is important for people with disabilities to have a job, so that they are able to gain the empowerment of employment. I like being part of a team as an individual and feeling good about being part of that team. I like working at MDI because I enjoy being part of a team, with an important mission.
Day 4: Trevor: Material Recovery
MDI is a cool place to work, because I get to work with friends as a team every day. Employment is important, so that a person can buy groceries, pay rent, go shopping, and do things with friends.
Day 5: Elizabeth: Line Lead
Day 6: Shaunna: Material Recovery
I joined the Hired Hands crew 18.5 years ago – and it’s been my only job! I have liked working with everyone throughout the years and meeting new people along the way. I have done a variety of duties at MDI, which include sorting recyclables, assisting on the paper shredder, folding totes, and occasionally working on the cleaning crew. I think it’s important to have a job, so that you can take vacations, go bowling and to the movies with friends.
Day 7: Ron: Hand Assembler
I like the opportunity to learn new skills and how to run different machines. It is important for folks with disabilities to have employment, so they can begin to believe in themselves! Employee of 15 years.