Join individuals with disabilities and their family members to advocate in a grassroots effort, create awareness in the community and advise others to ensure service choices are protected and sustained.
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Employment First Bill Hearings = Success!
A-TEAM members from across the state attended the two Employment First Bill hearings held on January 10, 2018 at the Wisconsin State Capitol. Six A-TEAM members gave powerful testimonials, including:
Dallas Kerzan, A-TEAM South Central WI member, focused on the following 3 main points in her testimony on behalf of A-TEAM Wisconsin:
Mark Brieman, A-TEAM Southeastern WI member, noted in his testimonial, "If my daughter chooses to work in the community I will back her 100%, but right now Opportunities, Inc. is safe and a great opportunity for her and there's staff to help her when she has a diabetic issue."
Yael Kerzan, A-TEAM South Central WI member, stated, "It's so wonderful to work hard and somewhere to go to. I don't want to sit at home and do nothing. I don't want to watch TV."
Kris Hale, A-TEAM Southeastern WI member, said, "My brother, Andy, works at a community rehabilitation program. He's been there for over 30 years. He has worked in the community for an hour or two a week, but it's Opportunities, Inc. that has been his constant in his life. It's his reason to get up every morning and collect that paycheck every 2 weeks, so he can take his girlfriend, Sue, to dinner. That's important to him. This is a real job; he works 30 hours a week."
We are very proud of our members for attending and to those who provided outstanding testimonials on behalf of our advocates. Our voices were heard and our message was well received. Also, we are thankful to have a great partnership with Disability Service Provider Network (DSPN) and for their assistance in making this a success!
THANK YOU to all those who attended!
CLICK HERE to read an article from the Daily Jefferson County Union.
We are very thankful to have met with Department of Health Services Secretary Linda Seemeyer on July 30! We appreciate the opportunity to meet with her to thank her for giving families the ability to provide another perspective on the importance of Wisconsin continuing its commitment for all employment choices being available for individuals with significant disabilities (and their guardians) to make their own decisions on a purposeful and dignified life path.
James Janis (JJ) recently signed up to become a self-advocate, to be a voice for the voiceless members of the diverse abilities community. He was inspired to write this poem to remind people the best way to advocate for themselves and others. JJ is working on a book of poetry, entitled: Reflections of a Flag-Bearer, which is scheduled to be…Continue
Daily Jefferson County Union
Published February 5, 2018
MADISON - Support for a full array of employment choices for individuals with disabilities filled the room at two public hearings held at the Wisconsin State Capitol on Wednesday, January 10. A-TEAM Wisconsin members from around the state were among many others in attendance to support the Employment…Continue
THE SOUNDER, Random Lake, WI, Nov. 23, 2017 – Page 5
Capital Report by Rep. Glenn Grothman (R - Wisconsin 6th District)
Everyone has unique abilities — abilities to be celebrated and honored, and never used to hold anyone back professionally. I have heard people in the disabilities world call these “diverse abilities,” a term I like and find relevant.
Men and women in our communities who live with significant disabilities, including…Continue