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Started Jun 26, 2014 0 Replies

Southeastern WisconsinACTION ALERT! A TEAM members: Please see message from SourceAmerica - Reauthorize WIA to Expand Employment Opportunities for People w/ Significant DisabilitiesIt has been 16…Continue

Tags: WOI, SourceAmerica, Act, Investment, Workforce

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Started Sep 25, 2013 0 Replies

Weigand, Kylmanen visit D.C. as advocates for disabledTwo area residents who make use of Opportunities Inc. services traveled to Washington D.C. recently to join a grassroots effort in favor of…Continue

Tags: Mackenzie Kylmanen, Barb LeDuc, Robin Kennedy, Jennifer Weigand, Washington

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Started Jan 4, 2013 0 Replies

Please start a discussion on any general A-Team concerns.  If you have concerns with a specific A-Team Group, please connect with that group through the group's discussion forum.Continue

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Work Centers for Disabled Under Attack

Work centers for the disabled provide a useful service for businesses while allowing individuals with special needs to gain work skills and autonomy. But new federal regulations would make life difficult for these charitable operations, potentially causing some to close their doors.These centers have historically been exempt from minimum wage laws, but proposed rules from the federal Labor Department…See More
Jan 27, 2016
RFWiA Admin posted a blog post

Parent Letter on H.R.188

Concerned parent, Carol Winter, weighs in on the how H.R. 188 will affect her son.Read her letter to Wisconsin legislators:Dear Senator Legislators:I am writing on behalf of my son, John, a resident of WI, and an enthusiastic participant in the services of Greenco Industries, a sheltered workshop in Monroe. I am writing to ask that you vote NO when H.R.188 comes out of committee and reaches the…See More
Nov 22, 2015
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Jan 13, 2015
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Oct 27, 2014
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Federal Rule Change to Hurt Wisconsin's Disabled Workers, Their Families

The MacIver Institute recently highlighted a federal rule change from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that could mean the end of work programs for people with disabilities all across Wisconsin. Folks from more than 50 organizations in the state could be negatively impacted by the new rule, and the MacIver Institute spoke with Kelly about how it would impact her family. Her sister, Wendy, is deaf, suffers…See More
Sep 26, 2014
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Federal Rule Change Threatens Work Program for Those with Disabilities

If the federal government gets its way, working folks with physical and developmental disabilities could lose gainful employment and be forced into nursing homes or stuck in their own homes with little more to do that watch TV. The MacIver Institute recently sat down will some individuals and their families who work at Opportunities, Inc. - an organization…See More
Sep 16, 2014
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Sep 2, 2014
RFWiA Admin posted a blog post

State plan would affect local agency

A deadline on comments on a state plan that would affect Chippewa River Industries in Chippewa Falls and other facilities that hire workers with disabilities is Tuesday.At issue is proposed changes by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to the Family Care Waiver. The proposal would change how government would consider employment for the disabled.“We have some fundamental problems with the plan that could have a negative impact on the lives of people with disabilities,” CRI’s Facebook…See More
Sep 1, 2014
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Employment, training services for disabled face cloudy future

CHIPPEWA FALLS — Beven Hartfield has worked at Chippewa River Industries since February and said she enjoys her job at the Chippewa Falls site."It's hands-on, and there's a lot of help, and that's what I like about it," Hartfield said. "They teach us job skills, people skills (and) how to act, so it's a good thing."For months the future of such facilities as CRI, REACH and the L.E. Phillips Career Development…See More
Aug 28, 2014
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Changes could leave mentally disabled without place to work

The smile on her face speaks volumes about what this means. Yael Kerzan has been working at Northwood Inc. of Wisconsin for eight years. While the products she works to package go out of the business every day -- her smile never leaves. “I love getting up in the morning and getting ready by myself and you know, I’m smiling because it is a job. You know people with disabilities should have a right to work wherever they want to work. I know I want to work here,” Kerzan said. For 39 years…See More
Aug 8, 2014
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Success in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Mississippi

MassachusettsA major effort by advocates of sheltered workshops in Massachusetts to persuade state legislators and the Patrick administration that the workshops provide invaluable skills and activities for their loved ones with intellectual disabilities has paid off.Last week, Governor Patrick signed the Fiscal Year 2015 state budget,…See More
Aug 7, 2014
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Excellent Perspective: Can't Block Clay Matthews

Have you ever heard a teacher, coach or politician say: “If you work hard enough, you can do anything”?We silently nod, realizing this is not literally true. It’s meant to inspire us to make the most of our abilities, to be the best we can be.The problem is when someone in a policy-making position actually believes this.I’m here to tell you that no matter how hard I work, I will never be able to block Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews. We are all limited in some way by our physical and…See More
Jun 2, 2014
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ACCSES Sends Letter to CMS

ACCSES sent a letter today to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, outlining our recommendations for new Home and Community-Based Services regulations.Read the letter here (pdf).See More
Feb 19, 2014
RFWiA Admin posted a blog post

Center-based Programs Provide Employment, Pride, and More

Community Rehabilitation Programs can provide a safety net for those unable to work in the community, as well as be a stepping stone to those who want to eventually work in the community. Sometimes the most valuable things that one can receive from working isn't just the paycheck, but the pride and dignity in working where one wants.…See More
Feb 6, 2014
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HCBS Settings rule could affect work programs for people with disabilities

Concerns expressed about whether the additional guidance being developed by CMS will enable states to design their work programs to help individuals of all abilities work their way towards community employment, with the safety net options that CRPs currently offer to people living in Wisconsin towns and cities.…See More
Feb 3, 2014

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Work Centers for Disabled Under Attack

Posted on January 27, 2016 at 3:49pm 0 Comments

Work centers for the disabled provide a useful service for businesses while allowing individuals with special needs to gain work skills and autonomy. But new federal regulations would make life difficult for these charitable operations, potentially causing some to close their doors.

These centers have historically been exempt from minimum wage laws, but proposed rules from the…

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Parent Letter on H.R.188

Posted on November 22, 2015 at 6:00pm 0 Comments

Concerned parent, Carol Winter, weighs in on the how H.R. 188 will affect her son.

Read her letter to Wisconsin legislators:

Dear Senator Legislators:

I am writing on behalf of my son, John, a resident of WI, and an enthusiastic participant in the services of Greenco Industries, a sheltered workshop in Monroe. I am…

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Federal Rule Change to Hurt Wisconsin's Disabled Workers, Their Families

Posted on September 26, 2014 at 9:23am 0 Comments

The MacIver Institute recently highlighted a federal rule change from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that could mean the end of work programs for people with disabilities all across Wisconsin. Folks from more than 50 organizations in the state could be negatively impacted by the new rule, and the MacIver Institute spoke with Kelly about how it would impact her family. Her sister, Wendy, is…

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Federal Rule Change Threatens Work Program for Those with Disabilities

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 12:53pm 0 Comments

If the federal government gets its way, working folks with physical and developmental disabilities could lose gainful employment and be forced into nursing homes or stuck in their own homes with little more to do that watch TV. The MacIver Institute recently sat down will some individuals and their families who work at Opportunities, Inc. - an…

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