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Day At A Glance

"Thank you for all you've done for me." - Shelly

Shelly's Story

Duluth Maritime MuseumIn 2018, Shelly came to Udac because she wanted to be part of the working community. She began in Udac's Mailing and Shredding department and soon became part of the Community Employment Services - landing a job at the Maritime Museum through EasyLiving. In addition to the Maritime Museum, she also works at St. Scholastica 2 days each week. She now enjoys her work and the connections she feels within her community.


At Udac, our role is to provide individuals with Education, Training, and Skill Development to increase independence within the community. Our person-centered learning pods are uniquely designed with individuals to help them develop the skills they determine are most valuable to them. Some examples of our learning pods include:

  • Employment Services - Employment exploration, development, and support
  • Work Readiness - Professionalism, communication, workplace relationships, teamwork, and job searching
  • Technology Training - Computer training, internet safety and Office Suite processing
  • Independent Living - Personal appearance, social experiences, money management and literacy
  • Community Connections - Volunteering, touring facilities and safety training
  • Business Enterprise - Bulk mailing, confidential document destruction, packaging and assembly
  • Creative Learning - Handwriting, sorting, dice games, card games, word puzzles, music and sign language
  • Wellness - Discussion on improving health, strength training and yoga
  • Sensory - Hand massage, aroma therapy, tactile and audio
  • Knowledge Retention - Handwriting, card games, pegboards, stamping and memory bingo

Sample Day

Udac allows individuals the opportunity to learn about themselves including the joy of being part of a working community and the reward of earning a paycheck, sharing time together in the community, the freedom of individual choice, healthy life practices and expressing themselves through creativity. Each individual at Udac is unique so each day can be different for everyone.  Sample days could look like this:

Education Skill Building Focus


  • Work Readiness

  • Computer Training

  • Wellness

  • Creative Learning

  • Lunch

  • Independent Living

  • Sensory

  • Community Connections

  • Knowledge Retention

  • Travel Home


Education Skill Building & Career Focus

  • Wellness

  • Community Employment

  • Lunch

  • Work Readiness

  • Employment Confidential Document Destruction

  • Travel Home