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Providing information, education, and training to build knowledge, develop skills, and change attitudes that will lead to increased independence, productivity, self determination, integration and inclusion (IPSII) for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Document Imaging

Marketing to Businesses

• Media Attention

• Expand Community Jobs

Scanning Group


Regional Workshops
A tour was undertaken to reach every region of Minnesota. Thirteen workshop events were hosted by local entities, and outreach efforts included postcards and phone calls to invite representatives of day training programs, local workforce centers and numerous members of the local business community. The DVD, marketing brochures and presentations from the supervisor of the DHS scanning project, and a scanning equipment demonstration helped explain the benefits of imaging and how this could be a viable job for people with developmental disabilities.

Second DVD and National Media Coverage
A second DVD was produced to focus on private sector businesses that hired people with developmental disabilities for imaging.

In 2007, Autism Advocate, a magazine of the Autism Society of America, featured an article discussing several individuals with autism who were successful working in this area, and Minnesota’s desire to open up employment opportunities for people with development disabilities for scanning.

In 2008, a second Autism Advocate article covered how a school district was so inspired by the first article that they began hiring students at minimum wage to scan school records. One year later, a second major intermediate school district received coverage for its summer program for students with developmental disabilities who were hired to scan school records. The news articles not only helped bring broader public attention to document scanning by people with developmental disabilities for these technology jobs, they also gave these programs increased credibility.

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