Ricki Ritt said he feels unheard and unseen by the government. He was one of about 80 participants Wednesday in the My Work My Choice rally.
“To me it’s like the government is slapping me in the face. Like they don’t acknowledge us because we do have disabilities,” Ritt, 55, said.
The rally is an effort to bring awareness to a proposed federal rule that would shift funding away from facilities, like Northwoods, that offer job skills training and employment…Continue
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In a warm, love-filled address Friday, internationally recognized advocate for the disabled, Evelyne Villines, told a crowd of about 300 people gathered at Jefferson County Fair Park they should always work hard, take pride in themselves and set a good example for others.
In recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, disabled people from throughout the Midwest met as…Continue
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A Portage group is concerned funding could be cut from a program providing job training for those with disabilities.
Northwoods, Inc. both employs its clients and helps place them with jobs. The program, started in 1972, helps more than 300 individuals each year.
Many participants work at the group's bakery or assembling and packaging products from magnetic name badges to truck parts for local companies. Job coaches also accompany many clients to other employment in the…Continue
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Commuters during the morning, noon and night Wednesday will see a rally in Portage in front of Northwoods Inc. of Wisconsin. The My Work My Choice Rally is an effort to bring awareness to a proposed federal rule that would shift funding away from facilities, like Northwoods, that offer job skills training and employment for adults with disabilities.
The proposal from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid would halt Medicaid dollars from going to such programs, based on the argument…Continue
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There is bi-partisan support for modifications to the proposed Home and Community-Based Settings regulation.
Download and read the letters from Sean P. Duffy to Kathleen Sebelius, as well as the letter to Congressman Mark Pocan from members of the Wisconsin Legislature.
Letter to Kathleen Sebelius (PDF)…Continue
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Two area residents who make use of Opportunities Inc. services traveled to Washington D.C. recently to join a grassroots effort in favor of rehabilitation/training employment for people with disabilities.
Jennifer Weigand and Mackenzie Kylmanen traveled to the nation’s capitol through an organization called SourceAmerica, a national nonprofit that works to create employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
Barb LeDuc, president and CEO of Opportunities Inc. and Robin…Continue
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