ICI's Rebecca Dosch Brown and a sign language interpreter.

Unlearning Ableism

Disability often feels forgotten when talking about equity, social justice, or diversity. ICI is holding workshops around Minnesota to help bring disability back into that conversation.

For people with disabilities, inclusion is often framed in terms of the Americans with Disabilities of 1990. “The ADA is critical, but it is not going to change people’s minds about seeing people with disabilities as less than,” said ICI's Rebecca Dosch Brown (pictured at left). Read more about the workshops.

Eric Kaler, Paula Goldberg, and Robert Bruininks.

Remembering Paula Goldberg

Paula Goldberg (pictured with Eric Kaler and Robert Bruininks, both former University of Minnesota presidents), the executive director and co-founder of the PACER Center, has died. She co-founded PACER in Minneapolis in 1977 and led the organization’s growth from one project to now more than 30 programs, including the National Bullying Prevention Center. Under her leadership, PACER has provided the resources, information, and training to help thousands of families navigate education, mental health, and medical systems so that their children with disabilities receive the services and supports they need. PACER and ICI worked closely together for many years. Bruininks co-founded and led ICI in its early years.

A respected leader in the parent center network, Goldberg supported the development of parent centers across the country and served as a mentor for many center directors. View the memoriam page.

A man carves a guitar frame in an industrial workshop.

New Grant: Custom Jobs, Competitive Pay

ICI is helping connect Minnesotans with disabilities to better jobs and higher pay. Designed to help organizations move away from supporting employment that pays subminimum wages, the Minnesota Transformation Initiative (MTI) Technical Assistance Center will design and implement plans to assist nearly two dozen service providers as they expand their customized, integrated employment services. MTI will provide peer-mentoring strategies for job seekers with disabilities and for organizations, along with progress and quality assessments. Read more about MTI.