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Innovation grants awarded

The Minnesota Department of Human Services Disability Services Division launched its innovation grants program in 2016 to support new and innovative ideas to help people with disabilities to work and earn money, live in housing of their choice, choose their care providers, their friends and social activities. Below are grant awards from previous rounds of grant-making.

Example of funded projects

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Empowering Kids Perham

This video highlights Empowering Kids Perham’s project. The project provides a comprehensive employment and transition program through the Practical Assessment Exploration System (PAES) where students with autism and ADHD understand their strengths, explore careers, develop real life job skills and learn independent living skills. This video features students from the Perham School District who participated of the PAES Lab in 2022 where they explored their interest in different careers and completed practical tasks to better their employment skills. You can find more about Empowering Kids Perham on their website.

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