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“I like to think of my colleagues as a second family,” is what Aaron Myers had to say about his job at The Works in Bloomington, MN. The Works is an interactive museum that makes learning about science and engineering interesting, understandable and fun. Using hands-on activities, real tools, and everyday materials, The Works teaches […]

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  When Kierel first started at Community Involvement Programs, he had just graduated from his transition program and was looking forward to being more active in his community and to find paid work. Although he was excited for a change, Kierel’s transition from school into our program wasn’t an easy one. Kie struggled with staying […]

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Latrice Scott has been looking for her own place for over 6 years. While staying with family and friends helped her avoid living on the streets, not having a permanent place to call her own had been a major cause of stress in her life, yet she never stopped working. Many nights Latrice did not […]

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Mingus is a funny, compassionate, and driven Minneapolis resident. He worked at Lunds for over 10 years while earning his Associate’s Degree of Liberal Arts but knew he wanted to give more back to his community. Since September of 2014, Mingus has been an important contributor to the team at Mayflower Early Childhood Center, a […]

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Since 2012, Hannah Phelps has worked at Chuck and Don’s – a Minneapolis-based pet food outlet store with locations only in Minnesota and in Colorado. Three years ago, Hannah’s employment journey began at Chuck and Don’s through a family connection and supportive management team. David, the Calhoun location store manager says, “Hannah is an important […]

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Kenneth Moore has faced a great deal of adversity in his life, and still does to this day living with an array of physical and psychological challenges. Despite the challenges he has faced, Kenneth has become a proud husband and father to his newly born son Blake. On top of these accomplishments he is also […]

Ari Ne'eman expresses his views: Autism is not a tragedy. Ignorance is.

An editorial by Jolene Thibedeau Boyd, Director of Employment & Community Supports Fair warning: If you care about the debate currently brewing related to sheltered workshops (aka center-based work floors, work centers, etc.), this blog contains my opinions, which may be considered troubling (or possibly controversial) by some. However, there is no need to let that […]