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DHS Meeting

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.

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Added by Kayla Oschmann on September 17, 2018 at 9:17am — No Comments


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…


Added by Kayla Oschmann on March 6, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments

A-TEAM Wisconsin members support Employment First bill at State Capitol

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…


Added by Kayla Oschmann on February 5, 2018 at 10:52am — No Comments

Article "Promoting Meaningful Work for the Disabled"

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…


Added by Kayla Oschmann on December 4, 2017 at 2:37pm — No Comments

Featured Article! Lifting the stigma: Programs, services prepare adults with disabilities for employment

Juneau County Star Times

May 16, 2017…


Added by Kayla Oschmann on May 23, 2017 at 10:48am — No Comments

A TEAM Missouri in the News!

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! 



Added by Kayla Oschmann on December 13, 2016 at 9:08am — No Comments

My Work. My Choice. Recognition Week Held

Opportunities, Inc. hosts "My Work. My Choice. Recognition Week"

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…


Added by Kayla Oschmann on December 13, 2016 at 9:05am — No Comments

"I like work." KANDU Industries Captures Chris's Story

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. …


Added by Kayla Oschmann on June 7, 2016 at 8:01am — No Comments

A TEAM member comments on Family Care/IRIS 2.0 The Concept Paper

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…


Added by Kayla Oschmann on March 10, 2016 at 11:34am — No Comments

Members Speak Out at DHS Public Hearing: Family Care/IRIS 2.0

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…


Added by Kayla Oschmann on March 10, 2016 at 11:28am — No Comments

Day for CHOICE! 2016...another SUCCESS!

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…


Added by Kayla Oschmann on March 4, 2016 at 8:07am — No Comments

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…


Added by DSPN, Inc. on January 27, 2016 at 3:49pm — No Comments

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…


Added by DSPN, Inc. on November 22, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

National Disability Rights Network call for closing Sheltered Workshops!

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…


Added by Thomas Spellman on September 12, 2015 at 8:34pm — No Comments

KANDU Industries on the air to promote CHOICE!

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):

approx. 45 minutes

Added by Kayla Oschmann on September 8, 2015 at 9:49am — No Comments

A TEAM members visit Washington D.C. to advocate!

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.) -



Added by Kayla Oschmann on June 25, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Much more Hummmmmm And where was ACCSES

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…


Added by Thomas Spellman on June 14, 2015 at 5:34am — No Comments

And the mantra goes on.......

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…


Added by Thomas Spellman on June 7, 2015 at 6:44am — No Comments

Part 2 of WIOA 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…


Added by Thomas Spellman on May 28, 2015 at 5:05am — No Comments

WIOA comments Comment till June 15

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…


Added by Thomas Spellman on May 28, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments




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