The Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities has recognized 11 companies for their innovative approaches to employing developmentally disabled workers.
Award recipients include three grocery stores: Coborn’s in Buffalo, Byerly’s in Golden Valley and Culver’s in Stillwater.
Rick Flatta, manager of Coborn’s, said he tries to continually pose new challenges to help the store’s six disabled workers increase their skills. “Customers seem to appreciate our business supporting people with developmental disabilities,” Flatta said.
Meredith Heerey, manager of Byerly’s, told the council she uses a network of job coaches and agencies to give developmentally disabled workers a “trial experience.” She said 90% stay on at the store.
Other businesses honored include Learning Blocks Childcare of Elk River, Minnesota Housing in St. Paul, Natural Resource Group of Minneapolis and NLFX in Bemidgi.
Also, Noble Parkway Mobil in Brooklyn Park, Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District in White Bear Lake, Safer Printing Solutions in Arden Hills and the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine in St. Paul.
For information on recruiting and employing workers with developmental disabilities, visit the council’s web site at www.mnddc.org.