Employment Network News: March 2017
Employment Network News: March 2017
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The keynote speaker for the 4th annual Aging Empowerment Conference: Living a Self-Determined Life, sponsored by InControl Wisconsin, will be the Associate State Director State Advocacy from AARP Wisconsin, Helen Marks Dicks. The keynote address is titled, "Powerful Aging: Changing the Stories We Tell." Relationships between generations, just like those between individuals, are often based on perceptions, both positive and negative. How powerful we are and how powerful people perceive us to be can be limited or enhanced by attitudes about aging. On one hand, those perceptions can be empowering and enriching. They can enable and embolden people to stand up for their beliefs in the face of fear. They can cultivate passion and meaning out of the pursuit of lifelong goals and dreams. On the other hand, negative perceptions, if left unchecked and unchallenged, can construct barriers that limit our possibilities and define us in terms of deficit, particularly when it comes to aging. The challenge for each of us is to rewrite the narrative of aging and tell a story that we have written and the one we want to live. Helen Marks Dicks will share her thoughts on how we can all express our own power as the author of our own life story and how together we can reshape perceptions of aging.
Watch for registration information for this year's Aging Empowerment Conference coming soon!
Changes to Medicaid
National disability organizations consider the current changes to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and Medicaid to be the biggest dangers to health care and long-term care for people with disabilities in recent memory.
This puts Wisconsin services and programs like Family Care, IRIS, the Children's Long Term Support Waivers, the Katie Beckett program, Birth to 3, school therapies, and Medicaid Personal Care at significant risk.
Lynn Breedlove and Lisa Pugh will present the latest news on current proposals in Congress which would radically change supports available to people with disabilities and their families and negatively impact the local economy/jobs in Wisconsin.
Attend this training sponsored by InControl Wisconsin and other disability organizations to learn what is at risk in your community and participate in small group strategy discussions to develop an Action Plan for your Congressional district.
Here's a sample of upcoming events listed on the Employment Network:
- Disability Advocacy Day: March 21st, 9:30a.m. to 3:30p.m., Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, Madison WI
- Wisconsin Able Accounts, Policy & Employment Initiatives Round Table: March 22nd, 10a.m. to 12:30p.m., GE Research Park Auditorium
- The Challenge: Threats To Medicaid That Will Impact People With Disabilities, Their Families And The Local Economy: April 3rd, 6p.m. to 8p.m., Sleep Inn & Suites Conference Center, Eau Claire WI and Video Remote Locations in Hudson and Rhinelander WI
- 2017 Wisconsin Employment First Conference: April 5th, Kalahari Resort and Conference Center, Wisconsin Dells WI
- 2017 Multiple Perspectives Conference: April 13th-17th, The Ohio State University's Columbus Campus, Columbus OH
- 2017 National ADA Symposium: May 14th-17th, Hyatt Regency O'Hare, Chicago IL
- Aging Advocacy Day: May 17th, Madison WI
- 2017 Aging Empowerment Conference: June 6th-7th, Wilderness Resort, Wisconsin Dells WI
Wisconsin Youth Leadership Forum: July 9th-14th, Edgewood College, Madison, WI
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In this month's entry, Stacy discusses how, just like everyone else, people with disabilities strive to be independent. She shares how a recent change in her life has been stressful, but, yet, has made her as independent as possible. We encourage you to share your experiences as well.
- Watch: Watch this great video about how a Wisconsin community is using an Employment First grant to encourage integrated employment for students and adults with disabilities.
- Disability Employment Rankings: RespectAbility, an advocacy group for Americans with disabilities, recently released the 2016 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium. Find out where Wisconsin ranks.
- Continued Increase: According to new data, employment for people with disabilities continues to increase. Learn what's contributing to this.
- Call for Exhibitors: Exhibitor applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Self-Determination Conference. Applications are due April 14th.