What do a push, joined hands, and a belly rub have in common? They each represent a different form of power — power over, power with, and power within. For our latest session of Advocating Change Together’s Self-Advocacy course, Kayla, Megan, and I sat in a circle at the Augsburg Library and talked about power. […]

Ryan Foster’s smile is the first thing anyone would notice about him. Ryan is a thoughtful, friendly and funny person. For him, his family and work are two important part of his life. Ryan is athletic and also likes being outdoors, he likes to hunt, fish and also like camping. Like a true Minnesotan, Ryan […]

Charles Wilkerson is a humorous, energetic, compassionate and driven gentleman, to name just a few of the characteristics that make up who he is. Charles has a strong work history in customer service, which is no surprise, given the fact that he is kind and genuine in all he does.   Charles has a varying background […]

Tsering Dickyi had never earned a fair wage paying job. For the last decade, Tsering was paid subminimum wage while working at a sheltered workshop in Minneapolis, despite the lack of informed choice and years of subminimum wage at a stagnant sorting position. One of the first things that you notice about Tsering when you […]

As you walk around FedEx Ground you may hear, “Hey buddy! How’s it going, buddy!? Look who is here! Have you met my staff from CIP?” These are common phrases that Mark Whitmore says to his co-workers on a daily basis. Mark’s positive attitude is infectious and his co-workers admire this about him. He is […]

Throughout life all anyone ever wants is to feel welcomed and a part of a team. Figuring out how to do so can be a difficult challenge especially when you are searching for this in your employment. Christina Kempainen is an example of someone who just wanted to be accepted for whom she is at […]

Nicole has always had a passion and curiousness surrounding flowers and floral design. It all stemmed from helping grandma in the garden when she was younger. As she grew her interest grew with her, soon enough she was old enough to start seeking information of how to make her passion a money making reality.   […]