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Amy Hewitt, Mikala Mukongolwa, Traci LaLiberte and others at the University of Namibia.

Namibia: Community-Driven Priorities

University of Minnesota leaders in child welfare and disability worked with Namibian stakeholders last month to start a center for children with disabilities at the University of Namibia.

Based on her work experience in another country with scarce resources and little infrastructure, ICI Director Amy Hewitt (pictured at center) emphasized the need for replicable models.

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David R. Johnson.

David Johnson: Unwavering Commitment

With sadness, colleagues at the University of Minnesota are mourning the recent passing of David R. Johnson. Johnson, who led ICI from 1997 to 2018, devoted his career to improving education for students with disabilities. He helped develop the foundational roots of ICI in the 1980s as a center of excellence in moving people with developmental disabilities out of institutions and into full lives in their communities of choice.

“We are saddened by the death of our colleague and friend,” ICI Director Amy Hewitt said. “David was one of the most respected leading experts in the nation for his work related to the transition from school to adult life.”

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Prince and Agnes Cole speak on television news from their garage, surrounded by supplies. They both have disabilities.

Former MN LEND Fellows Speak on TV News

This television news story shows a Minnesota couple living with disabilities who built an accessible orphanage and clinic in Liberia.

Prince and Agnes Cole are former fellows of ICI’s MN LEND program. “Something I have noticed in the disability community, I have met so many people with really good attitudes. With a positive attitude, you can accomplish lots of achievements in this life, especially when you have a disability."

Learn more about the Coles.