A Working Life Alliance

A Working Life Alliance Offers:


  • Support for job seekers with disabilities and their families
  • A statewide partnership of agencies promoting competitive employment

Join the first meeting of our Employment Learning Community in Duluth on May 1st.  Register here.


Read more at the AWLA website. Click here.


About A Working Life Alliance


In the past, someone living with a disability had limited work options in their community.  Now, recent changes in federal and state laws and in public service programs are opening the doors to a working life for people living with disabilities. 


A Working Life Alliance (AWLA) believes it IS possible for people living with disabilities to work in their own job, paid competitive wages, in their community.  Working paves the way to living a fulfilling life of purpose, dignity, and joy.


AWLA will give job seekers and family supporters up-to-date information and help them connect to people and resources so they can find and keep the job they want.  The project will do this through workshops; online resources; demonstration projects; and learning communities where job seekers can share experiences, information, and encouragement.


For more on AWLA and the resources it provides, read our brochure, and go to the official AWLA website.


A Working Life Alliance Brochure. Click here.


A Working Life Alliance Website. Click here.


A Working Life Alliance Staff


Melinda Shamp, Lead Community Resource Connector (Twin Cities)




Laurie Berner, Community Resource Connector for North Central and Northeast Minnesota laurieb@arcmn.org



A Working Life Alliance is made possible through a grant provided by the MN Department of Human Services awarded to The Arc Minnesota.  This project runs through December 31, 2018.



AWLA News Coverage

Duluth TV Interview about A Working Life Alliance’s Employment Learning Communities, May 1, 2018

Disability Inclusion Summit and Career Fair

KSTP TV article about AWLA: April 13, 2017

Work is Possible Workshop in Blaine = 4/24/17


Organizational Partners


A Working Life Alliance is funded by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services. The project is a statewide collaboration with The Arc Minnesota and the following partner agencies.


Autism Society of Minnesota – AUSM

Institute on Community Integration – University of Minnesota

Minnesota Association of People Supporting Employment First – APSE

Minnesota Department of Human Services

National Alliance on Mental Illness – NAMI Minnesota

PACER Center 

Wellness in the Woods