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Graphic design promoting the "woven from life itself" art exhibition.

Stepping Out for Art

Art for All is an ICI program that supports and showcases artists with disabilities. The current Art for All exhibition, woven from life itself, is a collaboration between ICI and the Minnesota Peace Initiative at Norway House in Minneapolis. Open now through Oct. 30 at Norway House, 913 E. Franklin Ave., the exhibition features works by Minnesota and Norwegian artists, including photography, paintings, fiber art, documentary film, and music. Read more about the current art exhibition.

A barista with a disability prepares a beverage in a coffee shop. She points to the coffee machine and tells a new employee how it works.

Employer Perspectives on Transition

Andy Traub, a former AMC Theatres executive who now advises global clients on disability inclusion strategies, tells Impact why and how the cinema chain worked with local school districts to hire young people with autism. Company officials learned right away they had created barriers for people with autism. They changed how they interviewed job candidates so they wouldn’t unfairly overlook good workers. They also considered sensory issues, such as bright lights, sticky floors, and a big temperature change if workers were near the popcorn popper.

To help transition programs and businesses work together better, school districts need to start the transition process earlier, he said. Companies shouldn’t look at these efforts as charity, but as a way to improve their workforces while creating better jobs for employees.

Photo courtesy of The Golden Scoop in Overland Park, Kansas—one of Traub's many clients. Read more about Traub.

John Bielinski on a hiking trail.

Cultivating Student Success

From evaluating how the COVID-19 pandemic affected learning to advocating for the most efficient dyslexia screening tools, John Bielinski (pictured on a favorite hiking trail) continues to innovate in the student assessment field. A former ICI staff member who now works for an education technology company, Bielinski believes that testing students should be brief and subtle.

That point is particularly salient now. Following two years of pandemic disruptions, students are returning to the classroom with significantly lower scores in reading and math. Read more about Bielinski.