Development Workshop receives recognition for exceptional quality of rehabilitation services.

Idaho Falls, Idaho – March 24, 2016 -

Development Workshop, Inc. recently learned it has been awarded 3-year accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Three year accreditation is an honor earned only by those providers demonstrating industry best-practices and is the highest level awarded by the oversight organization. The four-person CARF survey team spent three days in late January scrutinizing virtually every aspect of the business. The subsequent audit report cited more than 30 areas for special recognition including “the organization’s strong focus on continuous quality improvement.” The report went on to state that “Development Workshop creates an exceptional environment that promotes advocacy, support, and enrichment for children, youth, adults, and families.” Mike O’Bleness, President and CEO of Development Workshop said “We are obviously very pleased with the survey results. Although Development Workshop is not required to be accredited by CARF, the oversight keeps us focused on the right things. No other provider in the area submits themselves to this level of scrutiny. I’m very proud of our staff and they are to be commended for their dedication to providing the highest quality of service to the clients we serve.” Development Workshop provides a broad array of services that assist people with disabilities to develop independence and self reliance. Development Workshop, with offices in Pocatello, Blackfoot, Idaho Falls, Rexburg and Salmon, is one of only a handful of organizations of its kind in Idaho to receive the prestigious CARF accreditation, and the only one in Idaho Falls, Rexburg or Salmon. They provide services to upwards of 600 people annually. CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served.

Development Workshop gives out awards


Thursday was the 44th annual awards banquet for the Development Workshop in Idaho Falls. Hundreds of people came from around the area, including from Salmon and Blackfoot. Businesses and individuals are awarded for hiring and mentoring people with disabilities or special needs.

“This is about celebrating our successes at Development Workshop and the successes of the individuals that have blessed us with the opportunity to work with them. And so it really is just a chance to take a time out once a year, celebrate all the accomplishments that all the individuals have made and that's what makes Development Workshop work. Because we're about people," said President and CEO, Mike O'Bleness.

Tim Harris was the keynote speaker. He owns his own restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico, called "Tim's Place." His restaurant opened in 2010 and is deemed the "World's Friendliest Restaurant."

"I would tell them, that has a dream, to dream big and live independent because they're awesome," said Harris

Eyewitness News anchor Todd Kunz was the master of ceremonies.


Our annual meeting is upon us.  44 years!  Where did all the years go?  October 15, 2015 at the Shilo Inn Convention Center in Idaho Falls.  Starts at 11:30 a.m.  Tim Harris will be our keynote speaker.

Did you know that when you shop at, you can help Development Workshop at the same time? Designate Development Workshop as your preferred charity and they will donate .05% of your purchase to assist people with disabilities right here in Eastern Idaho!  Learn how to sign up at