FYI from the Institute on Community Integration: October 2021


FYI  is a monthly e-communication from the Institute on Community Integration. The October 2021 issue includes four feature stories, an ICI Facebook post, new publications, staff updates, and an alumni update.

The first story features ICI's move to the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain, ushering in a new era of collaboration across the University of Minnesota designed to advance brain health in support of each person’s journey as a valued community member throughout their lives. The second story highlights the fact that more than a quarter of the professionals supporting people with disabilities remain unvaccinated against the coronavirus, according to a new national study by ICI and the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals. The third story is about ICI starting work on a five-year, $1.4 million grant from the federal Administration on Community Living to lead a transition Project of National Significance. The final story features an an employee with disabilities who is thriving in his job; he embodies the move away from "sheltered workshops" for employees with disabilities that pay subminimum wages to competitively-paid jobs in the community—a move accelerated by the pandemic and worker shortages. This month's Alumni Update features Kathryn Anderson (MNLEND, 2016–18), the first dental student to complete ICI’s MNLEND fellowship, who is now a practicing dentist in the Minneapolis area, predominantly serving patients with complex care needs.


October 2021 
Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota