Kayla Oschmann's Blog (27)

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

Juneau County Star Times

May 16, 2017…

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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! 

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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…

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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. …

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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…

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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.

http://livestream.com/DHSWebcast/FamilyCareIRIS/videos/114922099

Below are the members who attended. Next to their name is the time that they…

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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…

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Added by Kayla Oschmann on March 4, 2016 at 8:07am — 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): http://podcast.wclo.com/tsfrib9042015.mp3

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.) - https://animoto.com/play/cc1nMTjQqrQ1tIDEceOB2Q?autostart=1

Each…

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

Local Receives National Achievement Award Nomination Certificate

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!…

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Added by Kayla Oschmann on May 13, 2015 at 6:55am — No Comments

Public Radio Interview to listen to:

In a recent “The West Side” public radio broadcast to this part of the state (April 27, 2015), Senators Sheila Harsdorf (a member of Joint Finance) and Kathleen Vinehout were asked about long term care policy. Harsdorf said that the legislature needs to begin looking at the sustainability of expenditures for long term care, especially Medicaid, but also that there will be changes to the governor’s budget proposals in long term care. She did mention IRIS and the ADRC’s, but did not…

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Added by Kayla Oschmann on May 12, 2015 at 8:06am — No Comments

Letter from a Concerned Mother

Division of Long Term Care

Attn: 1915(c) Waiver Application 

To Whom It May Concern:

My name is Kim Verbsky and I am a mother of a daughter with a life limiting illness, Spinal Muscular Atrophy type 2.  This disease has ravaged her body and debilitated her independence. Being Kennady’s mom has propelled me into a career working with individuals with disabilities. I currently own 4 state licensed Adult Family Homes and provide 24 hour care for 15 adults with…

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Added by Kayla Oschmann on August 28, 2014 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Family member appreciates local Community Rehabilitation Program

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Added by Kayla Oschmann on August 28, 2014 at 9:25am — No Comments

Letter to Governor Walker - Renee's Story

Ref: 1915 ( b and c ) Waiver Application

To Whom It May Concern:

We are the parents and guardians of our mentally and physically handicapped daughter, Renee Johnsen who is presently employed at the VARC, Inc. facility in Viroqua, WI.  

We are very concerned about the proposal to eliminate the choice for Renee to continue her very purposeful job at VARC, Inc. She has had the opportunity to do 30 plus jobs and…

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Added by Kayla Oschmann on August 28, 2014 at 7:08am — 1 Comment

Letter to DHS from Parents

August 27, 2014

Dear DHS,

We are the parents of three adopted disabled adult children. Anna is 41 years old and has Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and mild cerebral palsy. Luisa is 37 years old and has Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and mild cerebral palsy. Andy is 28 years old and has Down syndrome, is blind, and has had four open heart surgeries for various conditions and now has a pace maker.

Anna has worked in the community in five…

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Added by Kayla Oschmann on August 28, 2014 at 6:59am — No Comments

A Team member writes Letter to Editor, Janesville Gazette

A Team member/parent, Rick Wilson, wrote to The Gazette in response to Catherine W. Idzerda's article from August 22. 

Added by Kayla Oschmann on August 26, 2014 at 3:49pm — No Comments

Letter to the Governor from CRP Board Member

Dear Governor Walker,

Thank you for your strategic vision and commitment to expanding employment opportunities for people with disabilities here in Wisconsin through your Better Bottom Line Initiative and the increase in funding for the important services provided by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. As a Board Member of Opportunities, Inc. and a long term supporter of community based rehabilitation organizations that practice CHOICE, I applaud…

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Added by Kayla Oschmann on August 26, 2014 at 3:24pm — No Comments

Letter to Mary Rhoades, DHS from A Team Members/Parents

Dear Ms. Rhoades,

We are the parents of Mary Katherine Miller (who is a Trisomy 21 Downs Syndrome almost 24 year old person). Thank you for the opportunity to share our comments concerning the plan proposal you are submitting to the Center for Medicaid Services.  The State of Wisconsin Plan changes where people with disabilities work and choose to work by limiting funding for Employment and Training services by agencies such as VARC in Mauston (where Mary trains…

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Added by Kayla Oschmann on August 26, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

A Team Members Voice their Choice at BPDD meeting

Members speak out at Board for People with Developmental Disabilities meeting on 5-22-14.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALLRmImWZJk

Added by Kayla Oschmann on August 26, 2014 at 10:03am — No Comments

Letter from A Team Member/ Father

To Whom It May Concern,

The idea that the disabled do not like sheltered work facility and need to be integrated into the community is totally false. If they are physically and mentally capable they should be in the community working. Unfortunately the majority of the workers are not able to do this. The federal government is making a bad law and we should not just follow along and not question how much this law will hurt the disabled people that we should be supporting. We need to…

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Added by Kayla Oschmann on August 26, 2014 at 9:54am — No Comments

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