Impact and Programs
Over the 2021-2022 program year, participants, staff, families, and supporters came together like never before to propel Minnesota Independence College and Community’s (MICC) vision of a world where autistic and neurodivergent adults thrive and are valued forward. Despite the challenges and uncertainties brought about by the ongoing pandemic, through respect, responsibility, and resilience, we were able to achieve countless milestones.
Transitioning into the fall, MICC welcomed a diverse incoming College Program class of participants from every corner of Minnesota and beyond. While many post-secondary programs faced enrollment challenges, MICC maintained and increased enrollment, a testament to our programs and the organization’s strength. Staff and participants remained adaptable and collaborative to ensure we could safely deliver in-person programming all year.
In March, for the first time since the onset of the pandemic, friends, families, sponsors, and volunteers showed up to “Come Together (Right Now for MICC),” attending our beloved and highly anticipated theme-based gala. More than 750 people contributed to raising over $500,000 to help us continue to deliver on our commitment to high-quality programming and services for autistic and neurodivergent adults.
This past year, participants in MICC’s Social, Careers, and Community Programs built relationships, found purposeful employment, and gained and sustained their independence. No different than we proudly reported last year, MICC continues to have a 98% employment rate — well above the national employment rate of 58% for adults on the spectrum (Drexel Autism Institute).
As we look to solidify our strategic plan in 2022-2023, MICC’s Board of Directors, Leadership Team, and entire staff are focused on working alongside participants to explore opportunities to strengthen programming and expand and improve the accessibility of our facilities. We will accomplish the challenges ahead like we have done this past year - by coming together.
Community or Constituency Served
MICC serves autistic and neurodivergent adults and their families.
Geographic Area Served
MICC is located in the Twin Cities area in Richfield, Minnesota. The vast majority of our graduates choose to stay in the nearby area to be able to participate in our Community, Careers, and Social Engagement Programs. College Program participants come from all over the United States with a significant emphasis on Minnesota residents.