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
Added by Kayla Oschmann on March 6, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Kayla Oschmann on February 5, 2018 at 10:52am — No Comments
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
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Juneau County Star Times
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As the A TEAM grassroots efforts continue to expand across the nation to make an even greater impact on promoting a full array of services, we want to share with you ALL of our success when it makes the news!Continue
Added by Kayla Oschmann on December 13, 2016 at 9:08am — No Comments
Daily Jefferson County Union, November 3, 2016
In recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Opportunities, Inc. dedicated the week of October 24-28 as "My Work. My Choice. Recognition Week." The agency proudly celebrated the hard work and achievements of all the…Continue
Added by Kayla Oschmann on December 13, 2016 at 9:05am — No Comments
KANDU Industries in Janesville, Wisconsin captured the amazing story of the Wilson Family. The video is posted on their Facebook page. It was posted on Friday, June 3 and has already received 9,000 views! Their goal is 10,000, so please click on the link below or find them on Facebook (KANDU Industries Inc) to view and share. …Continue
Added by Kayla Oschmann on June 7, 2016 at 8:01am — No Comments
A TEAM member, Rick Wilson, shares his comment on The Concept Paper.
Thank you for this opportunity to comment, and thank you for all the work DHS has done to improve Family Care and to expand it to the remaining counties, such as Rock, where I reside. I am a member of the A Team of Wisconsin, the grassroots organization of family members and individual receiving services at Community Rehabilitation Programs. I am very pleased that the concept paper keeps…Continue
Added by Kayla Oschmann on March 10, 2016 at 11:34am — No Comments
On Monday, March 7, the Department of Health Services (DHS) held a public hearing session in Madison on Family Care/IRIS 2.0. Three of our A TEAM members spoke at the hearing session. To watch the public hearing session, click on the link below.
Below are the members who attended. Next to their name is the time that they…Continue
Added by Kayla Oschmann on March 10, 2016 at 11:28am — No Comments
On March 1, over 40 A TEAM members from around the state met with their legislators at the state capitol. It was truly a remarkable day again this year making it the 4th annual Day for CHOICE! advocacy event. Each year it keeps getting better and better. This year, the group met with the governor! He was very supportive and commended the group for their advocacy. Not to mention, he enjoyed receiving his very own My Work. My Choice. shirt!
Watch Governor Walker's speech…Continue
Added by Kayla Oschmann on March 4, 2016 at 8:07am — No 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…Continue
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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…Continue
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There is a rumor that Sheltered Workshop are going to be CLOSED
To date it is not true except in a few specific cases, but this WILL BE TRUE IF WE DO NOT ACT. Sheltered Workshops have been closed in the States of Main and New Hampshire and a few facilities have been closed in Rhode Island and in New York where 120 individuals lost their jobs in one closing.
The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) and its affiliated State based…Continue
Added by Thomas Spellman on September 12, 2015 at 8:34pm — No Comments
Gary Bersell, Executive Director of KANDU Industries, and Rick Wilson, father of KANDU program participant, were on the WCLO 1230 AM Tim Bremel Show!
Listen to the radio talk show podcast here (fast forward 15 minutes): http://podcast.wclo.com/tsfrib9042015.mp3
approx. 45 minutes
Added by Kayla Oschmann on September 8, 2015 at 9:49am — No Comments
A TEAM Southeastern Wisconsin members, Rick and Christopher Wilson, Robin Kennedy, and Barb LeDuc attended the 2015 SourceAmerica Grassroots Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C. in June. They met with 8 legislators and proudly promoted A TEAM's My Work. My Choice.
Watch a short video on their experience (~2 min.) - https://animoto.com/play/cc1nMTjQqrQ1tIDEceOB2Q?autostart=1
Added by Kayla Oschmann on June 25, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Much MORE Hummmmm And where was ACCSES with the LAWSUIT protecting this person's from such a VIOLENT form of discrimination??? And were was the local Disability Rights organization CHEERING ON THE SIDELINES THAT ANOTHER TERRIBLE Sheltered Workshop has been closed??? Peace Tom
This is a slightly edited comment from one of the almost 800 comment on the Federal Regulations basically setting the stage for the closing of Sheltered Workshops.
PS only 800 responses and many supporting…Continue
Added by Thomas Spellman on June 14, 2015 at 5:34am — No Comments
And the MANTRA goes on and on and on and on Just read this in the Disability Scoop (get it if you do not because ONLY YOU can protect your loved one’s interest!!! Now do I wish ILL for any to the individuals who WILL BENEFIT from this program or any other NO NO NO and yet the very existence of the program DENIES the reality of tens of thousands WHO WILL NEVER BENEFIT AN IOTA from such programs. IN FACT programs such as Sheltered Workshops ARE being systematically DESTROYED with…Continue
Added by Thomas Spellman on June 7, 2015 at 6:44am — No Comments
Part 2 of Comments
Yes the writers acknowledge that there is a group of individuals who because of the “severity of the …….. is ineligible for VR services”. If they are ineligible then what are they eligible for??
Although the term “extended evaluation” was not referenced in the Act, this is the term used in current regulation to describe the process by which the DSUs assess an individual's ability to benefit from VR services due…Continue
Added by Thomas Spellman on May 28, 2015 at 5:05am — No Comments
My Comments underlined Tom Spelman 414 403 1341 with questions
May 9, 2015
Rosa Miriam Spellman
By Thomas Spellman her father and guardian
210 N 2nd St
Delavan WI 53115
Dept of Education
Re: Docket ID ED-2015-OSERS-OOO1
See below for detailed comments and suggested inclusions on the substance of proposed…Continue
Added by Thomas Spellman on May 28, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments
Jennifer Weigand, A Team Southeastern Wisconsin member, was recently recognized for being nominated for SourceAmerica's Tom Miller Award. Below is an article that appeared in the Daily Jefferson County Union newspaper. Great job, Jennifer!…Continue
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