FYI from the Institute on Community Integration: December 2020


FYI Monthly is a monthly e-communication from the Institute on Community Integration. The December 2020 issue includes four feature stories, an ICI Facebook post, new publications, staff updates, and an alumni update.

Two of the feature stories are about new projects. Funded by a $2 million grant from the ​Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, ICI is leading the creation of a tele-outreach center with its partners in the University's Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain (MIDB), currently under construction. The ​MIDB TeleOutreach Center will bring ​together clinical pediatric providers and developmental specialists to reach underserved communities around Minnesota with convenient and cost-effective services. The other new project, funded by the U.S. Embassy, Tokyo, is called Making Employment Meaningful for People with Disabilities: A US-Japan Partnership. A third story tells how ICI's MN-LEND fellows met online with members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation to promote the interests of people with disabilities. An opinion piece, written by staff at ICI's TIES Center, reflects on the unfinished business of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1975, namely, educating ​students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. Finally, this month's Alumni Update is Renee Hepperlen (MN-LEND and Disability Policy and Services Certificate, 2011–12), ​an assistant professor of social work at the University of St. Thomas who is part of a multi-disciplinary team working to train Zambia's nurses, therapists, and other professionals in infant and child development, early intervention, daily living skills, positive language around disability, and disease prevention.


December 2020 
Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota