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25 Random Acts of Kindness Ideas for the Holiday Season

While the holidays can be joyous and happy for many, for others they can be really difficult. Giving back during this time of the year can be especially rewarding and really make someone’s day a little brighter. Who knows, you may start a chain reaction, inspiring others to spread kindness around as well! Here are […]

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Dr. Rebecca Thomley Being Recognized by Minnesota Business Magazine

We’re excited to announce that Dr. Rebecca Thomley is being recognized by Minnesota Business Magazine as one of the 2018 (Real) Power 50 business leaders in the city. The list of honorees is impressive, and to be included with other “remarkable players in the Minnesota business community with a knack for getting things done” is […]

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MN Crisis Text Line

Minnesota has suicide prevention and mental health crisis texting services available 24 hours a day. Please help spread the word about this! Read more!    

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Autism Speaks 100 Day Kit

The Autism Speaks 100 Day Kit for Newly Diagnosed Families of Young Children was created specifically for families of children ages 4 and under to make the best possible use of the 100 days following their child’s diagnosis of autism. Anyone can download the 100 Day Kit for free! You can also view a PDF of each section by […]

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How To Talk To Our Kids About People With Disabilities

“Mommy, why is that boy in a wheelchair?” “Hey Dad, that girl talks funny.” These are common phrases your young, curious child might say out loud when first encountering a person with a disability or special need. As a parent how do you reply?   This question took me off-guard when my own daughter first […]

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Inside Out Project Celebrates Somali-American Community

Orion Associates, in partnership with Headwaters Relief Organization, recently organized an art installation showcasing people from the Minneapolis Somali-American community, their personalities, sacrifices, creativity, hard work, and patriotism. Inspired by the global Inside Out Project, the installation features 100 large format portraits temporally affixed on a three-story building at 133 1st Avenue North in downtown […]

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Helping Children in Need

In honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week we are highlighting our employees that are making a difference in the world. Brandi Osborne, Program Administrator for Morning Sun Financial Services of Tennessee, is a passionate volunteer for her church, Long Hollow Baptist Church, a staple in the rural community where she lives outside of Nashville. Brandi […]

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Sesame Street Welcomes Julia to the Neighborhood!

Sesame Street, the beloved children’s show for over 50 years, is introducing its first character with a developmental disability.  The character’s name is Julia who has autism.  The show aims to portray the day to day reality of having autism and how friends and family can better understand autistic children. Julia has been a part of […]

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9 In 10 With Autism Land Jobs After Training Thanks To An Effective School-To Work Program; Project SEARCH

A new study suggests that when tailored to address the unique needs of people with autism, Project SEARCH can dramatically increase the odds that individuals on the spectrum will find and maintain employment.  Project SEARCH  is a one year high school transition program that takes place entirely at the workplace. Total workplace immersion facilitates a […]

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Disability Matters Day – February 28, 2017

With the start of the new legislative session begins the efforts to inform our elected officials what we hope for in the upcoming year.  On 2/28/17, Disability Matters Day is being held in the rotunda at the state capitol. Our organization will be participating in this event and we hope you will too. Here is […]

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