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Disabled advocate encourages others to take pride, set example

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…


Added by DSPN, Inc. on October 28, 2013 at 8:31am — No Comments

Job training for those with disabilities threatened

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…


Added by DSPN, Inc. on October 24, 2013 at 8:36am — No Comments

My Work, My Choice Rally

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…


Added by DSPN, Inc. on October 22, 2013 at 10:46am — No Comments

Bi-partisan support shown for modifications to the proposed HCBS setting regulation.

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)…


Added by DSPN, Inc. on October 7, 2013 at 1:19pm — No Comments

Weigand, Kylmanen visit D.C. as advocates for disabled

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…


Added by DSPN, Inc. on October 3, 2013 at 1:49pm — No Comments

CRI’s chief: Rule would cut funding up to a half

Chippewa River Industries is poised to expand at 1000 Lake Wissota Drive, including building a 20,000 square foot warehouse on its Chippewa Falls property.

But David Lemanski, the president and CEO of the non-profit agency, said CRI would be hurt financially if a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid proposal is adopted nationally

“We would probably see close to a 40 to 50 percent reduction in revenues. This is an industry-ending federal policy,”…


Added by DSPN, Inc. on September 26, 2013 at 9:20am — No Comments

Judy's Story

Posted on behalf of Judy's father.

When Judy was 5 months old she was diagnosed with a serious seizure disorder.  

The prognosis was for severe developmental disability.  This proved correct.  It actually took about 18 months just to get her seizures under reasonable control with medications.

This was occurring at a time when the Federal and State governments were helping to create developmental programs for people with…


Added by DSPN, Inc. on September 25, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Legal Basis for Prevocational Services

On the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, RFW in Action received this memo from ACCSES regarding the legal basis for the state of Wisconsin continuing to provide center-based prevocational services as part of the full array of employment services.  Although the Systems Transformation agreement reached between the state of New York and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposes to remove the option to participate in these employment programs at some future…


Added by DSPN, Inc. on September 10, 2013 at 8:12am — No Comments

Thoughts on "segregation"

Here's how Merriam-Webster defines "segregation":

2. a.  The separation or isolation of a race, class, or ethnic group by enforced or voluntary residence in a restricted area, by barriers to social intercourse, by separate educational facilities, or by other discriminatory means 2. b.  The separation for special treatment or…


Added by C. Thomas Cook on July 24, 2013 at 5:44pm — No Comments

A Day at the Capitol

Person with Disabilities, Caregivers Visit Capitol – To advocate employment, Family Care reform

A day at the Capitol was held Wednesday, March 6, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Individuals with disabilities and their family members from around the state headed to the Capitol in Madison to meet and greet legislators in a positive effort to advocate for programs that promote employment choices.

The event was organized by …


Added by DSPN, Inc. on March 20, 2013 at 1:18pm — No Comments

Talk with Walker Tour

On November 29, 2012, Governor Walker held an event at Lang Furniture Manufacturing in Marshfield as part of his "Talk With Walker" tour, gathering input on budget priorities.  Lyle Lang, who is a board member of Opportunity…


Added by DSPN, Inc. on January 18, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Sen. Kathleen Vinehout and "Family Care 2.0"

At RFW in Action’s annual holiday luncheon on December 5, 2012, Senator Kathleen Vinehout spoke about her intent to develop legislation to “reboot” the Family Care program.  She shared a …


Added by DSPN, Inc. on December 12, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Consensus needed on work policies for disabled

Thomas Cook, executive director, Rehabilitation for Wisconsin in Action, authored an opinion article published in the Nov. 7-13, 2012 edition of The Capital Times titled "Consensus needed on work policies for disabled."

It’s time to end the war. The battles between different factions in the…

Added by DSPN, Inc. on November 7, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Testimony to Joint Legislative Audit Committee by Brent Bauman, former administrator, CHP

Below is written testimony to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee by Brent Bauman, former administrator, Community Health Partnership, Inc.

Here is the verbal testimony he provided at the hearing.

Brent Bauman

 "Family Care: A Program in Trouble"

October 17, 2012

 I have personally been involved with the Family Care and Family Care -…


Added by DSPN, Inc. on October 25, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Letter to the President about subminimum wage and supported employment

Dear Mr. President: 

The purpose of this letter is to provide comments on behalf of ACCSES members and the people with the most significant disabilities we serve and employ regarding the National Council on Disability’s (NCD) Report on Subminimum Wage and Supported Employment (August 23, 2012).

...We support several statements of policy included in the introduction regarding the need to apply the vision of the Americans with Disabilities Act…


Added by DSPN, Inc. on September 13, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

How to improve Wisconsin's disability employment ranking

The call for an “Employment First” executive order is not the answer

Madison, Wis., – On Monday, the Survival Coalition said Wisconsin should become an “Employment First” state in order to provide better job opportunities for people with disabilities and called upon the Walker administration to accomplish this by executive order. Rehabilitation for…


Added by DSPN, Inc. on June 12, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Opportunities, Inc. forms "A Team" to advance grassroots efforts in Wisconsin

In October 2011, Opportunities, Inc.,  a NISH -affiliated nonprofit agency headquartered in Ft. Atkinson, Wisc., responded to a call from its stakeholders to ignite the passion and energy of persons with disabilities and their families to advocate in a grassroots effort, create awareness in the community and advise those who…


Added by DSPN, Inc. on May 17, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments




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