Category Resources

Self Advocacy – A Day in the Life

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. […]

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

We Can Do Better…

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 […]

More Than Just a Meal

Food is both a biological necessity and a social centerpiece; it holds a special kind of power that can create agency and joyful engagement. Twice a week, a group from Community Involvement Programs  has the wonderful opportunity to spend the day cooking. Here’s a look into what we do! First, we work together to choose […]

Parkway Pizza’s Prepping Professional

Just by his name alone, you know that Rambo has a big personality. He is an outgoing young man with a passion for people. He is always asking everyone he meets about their history, what their story is, where they are from, the details of their family and especially, what people like to eat. Since […]

Simply Jane

Simply Jane Studio & ArtAble is a garden themed paint studio where everything exudes creativity. You’ll find inspiration everywhere you look, from the tables and chairs to the ceiling fans and floors, which includes countless masterpieces by studio artists as well as the public. Even the least creative, grumpiest of people would be sure to […]

Approaches to Finding Person-Centered Employment

Whether a person chooses to work full-time or part-time, Community Involvement Programs supports them as they engage in satisfying and rewarding employment in their communities. We have assisted many people in securing meaningful jobs and developing career opportunities using discovery-based techniques and an individual career planning process. Our approach puts the job-seeker at the forefront […]

Community Gardening-Building Social Capital by Volunteering in Our Community

Many people can agree that it’s nice to take advantage of the summer in Minnesota by working outside. This summer, we started beautifying our community through landscaping and gardening projects. There were several teams of volunteers from CIP that worked on various gardening projects during the week. The teams collaborated with a local nonprofit organization, Metro Blooms, which has worked with the […]