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Employment Network News: September 2017


By Employment Network, 2017-09-19


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Time is Running Out...Register Today!

There is still time to register for the 10th annual Self-Determination Conference. This conference ​works ​to ​empower ​people ​with ​disabilities ​in ​Wisconsin ​to ​have ​more ​control ​over ​their ​lives. ​More ​than ​600 ​people ​each ​year ​participate ​in ​the ​conference ​to ​learn ​more ​about ​self-determination ​and ​self ​directed ​supports ​so ​they ​can ​live ​independently, ​be ​members ​of ​their ​communities, ​and ​use ​public ​funds ​efficiently. ​The ​conference ​participants ​include ​people ​with ​disabilities ​and ​their ​family ​members, ​direct ​care ​providers, ​and ​professionals ​from ​Wisconsin’s ​disability ​community.  View this year's conference brochure and register today

Diehard Award Nominations

Do you know someone who goes above and beyond to improve community supports for individuals with disabilities? Do they support self-determination? Nominate them for a Diehard Award! A Diehard is an individual who has made a significant contribution to the advocacy work here in Wisconsin. A diehard is someone with a steadfast commitment to the principles of community integration and self-determination. Diehards go above and beyond to make sure everyone is counted. Awards will be presented at the Self-Determination Conference on November 3rd at the Kalahari Resort and Conference Center in the Wisconsin Dells. Nominations are due on Friday, October 6th. Nominate someone today!

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The Employment Network includes some very talented members and we want to help you to get to know each other a little better.  In September, the Employment Network is shining the Spotlight on Deb Thompson.   When she’s not reading or spending time with her grandchildren, this Vocational Specialist loves helping people with disabilities find employment.  She encourages people to take risks and not to become discouraged when looking for employment. Stop by this month's Member Spotlight to get to know more about Deb! 

Do you know an Employment Network member who we could shine a spotlight on next?

128 Stacy’s Journal

Lately, it seems like all of the news coverage has been about the catastrophic storms that are happening around the world. Back to back major hurricanes in the south, wildfires in the west, earthquakes in Mexico… it seems endless. This month, Stacy discusses what extra steps people with disabilities have to take when Mother Nature throws curve balls.  We encourage you to share your experiences as well.




Take five minutes to check out what's happening on the Employment Network:

  • Be Inspired:  The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion recently published two new profiles of Workforce Recruitment Program participants on its Success Stories webpage.  Read the stories and learn about the program.
  • Changing Attitudes about Employing People with Disabilities:  Although people with disabilities are still largely under represented in the workplace, new data suggests that corporate attitudes are shifting.  Find out what companies are finding.
  • Embracing Inclusion:  According to a new report which was part of the 2017 Disability Equality Index, a growing number of businesses are actively recruiting people with disabilities.  Learn about how many employers have disability focus groups and many have senior executives working on the effort.
  • Five Common Factors: The National Organization on Disability released aggregated results of its 2017 Disability Employment Tracker, revealing five common attributes shared by companies making the most progress on disability inclusion.  Find out what those factors are.
  • Call for Proposals:  Proposals to present at the 2018 National ADA Symposium are now being accepted.  The submission deadline is September 30th.
  • The Results are In:  The U.S. Business Leadership Network and the American Association of People with Disabilities announced the results of their 2017 Disability Equality Index (DEI) survey, an annual effort to gather information about best practices for disability inclusion across industries.  Find out which businesses earned top ratings.


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The Employment Network is powered by In Control Wisconsin and supported financially by our members and Sponsors. We couldn't keep this Network going with you! Find out how you can support the Network!


Employment Network News: August 2017


By Employment Network, 2017-08-22


Employment Network News: August 2017



   



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Early Bird Registration Ends September 1st...Register Today!

Registration is now open for the 10th annual Self-Determination Conference. This conference ​works ​to ​empower ​people ​with ​disabilities ​in ​Wisconsin ​to ​have ​more ​control ​over ​their ​lives. ​More ​than ​600 ​people ​each ​year ​participate ​in ​the ​conference ​to ​learn ​more ​about ​self-determination ​and ​self ​directed ​supports ​so ​they ​can ​live ​independently, ​be ​members ​of ​their ​communities, ​and ​use ​public ​funds ​efficiently. ​The ​conference ​participants ​include ​people ​with ​disabilities ​and ​their ​family ​members, ​direct ​care ​providers, ​and ​professionals ​from ​Wisconsin’s ​disability ​community.  Early bird registration ends on September 1st. Register today

Diehard Award Nominations

Do you know someone who goes above and beyond to improve community supports for individuals with disabilities? Do they support self-determination? Nominate them for a Diehard Award! A Diehard is an individual who has made a significant contribution to the advocacy work here in Wisconsin. A diehard is someone with a steadfast commitment to the principles of community integration and self-determination. Diehards go above and beyond to make sure everyone is counted. Awards will be presented at the Self-Determination Conference on November 3rd at the Kalahari Resort and Conference Center in the Wisconsin Dells. Nominations are due on Friday, October 6th. Nominate someone today!

128 Stacy’s Journal

Most people don’t think twice about stepping off a sidewalk curb or running up a flight of stairs to get to their favorite restaurant. For people with disabilities, simple tasks such as these often present many challenges. In this month's entry, Stacy discusses how laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act have greatly improved life for people with disabilities, but, yet, there's much room for improvement.  We encourage you to share your experiences as well.






Take five minutes to check out what's happening on the Employment Network:

  • Transition Planning Tips:  Transitioning from high school is challenging for everyone, but students with disabilities often have some additional challenges.  Check out these great tips and resources about transition.
  • New Employment Model:  Thanks to a new employment model, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities could have better odds at getting meaningful work and an independent life.  Learn about this model.
  • Employment Struggles:  While the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has greatly improved many things for people with disabilities, one thing that it hasn't significantly improved is the employment rate. Read about how some economists feel that the law may have actually harmed for the chances of employers to hire people with disabilities.
  • State Rankings:  Recently released data shows the top 10 states for disability employment.  Find out which state is best.
  • ADA 27th:  The Department of Justice published "27 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act," a document which has brief case highlights about the Department's Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) enforcement efforts this year.  Learn what has been done.
  • Strengthening the Workforce:  In observation of the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta wrote a blog highlighting the importance of workers with disabilities to the American economy. Read about Department of Labor priorities.
  • Employment First Partnership Grants:  The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities is seeking Employment First Partners to engage in local grassroots efforts that lead to increased community, integrated employment opportunities for people with disabilities.  Applications are due August 25th.
  • Doctors with Disabilities:  No matter what the occupation is ,life experience is going to be a factor.  Doctors are no different.  Read how one med student believes that more doctors with disabilities would make the  whole medical culture more accepting and accommodating.   


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Here's a sample of upcoming eventslisted on the Employment Network:




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The Employment Network is powered by In Control Wisconsin and supported financially by our members and Sponsors. We couldn't keep this Network going with you! Find out how you can support the Network!


Employment Network News: June 2017


By Employment Network, 2017-06-26


Employment Network News: June 2017



   



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2017 Disability Pride Fest

The 5th annual Disability Pride Festival will be held on Saturday July 29th from 12p.m. to 5p.m. at Tenney Park in Madison, near where the Yahara River empties into Lake Mendota. Each year, the festival brings together artists, performers, advocates, and organizations to celebrate the contributions made by people with disabilities to the local community. Well-known local talent such as Tara Ayres, Tani Diakite and the Afrofunkstars, First Wave performers Lewis Elder, and others have graced the stage in previous years. This year, Gaelynn Lea, winner of NPR’s Tiny Desk Competition, is coming back.  New groups of performers will be joining the fun as well.  Visit the website for more information!







Changes to Medicaid and the AHCA

The U.S. Senate has come out with their own version of American Health Care Act (AHCA).  The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the AHCA this week. There is a lot at stake for Wisconsin in this vote. The AHCA cuts federal Medicaid funding by 25% over 10 years and eliminates key health care protections for children and adults with disabilitiesEstimates indicate Wisconsin could lose $1 billion in funding and put many essential programs and supports for children/adults with disabilities and seniors at risk.

There have been no public hearings held on these major proposed changes. These significant cuts to Medicaid mean cuts to Wisconsin programs like Family Care, IRIS, the Children’s waiver, BadgerCare, mental health programs like CCS, Katie Beckett, SeniorCare, autism services, therapies like OT, PT and Speech, personal care, supports provided in schools and even Aging and Disability Resource Centers. Many of these are “optional services” in Medicaid and are at significant risk of being cut or eliminated.  

In addition, the Senate is also debating things such as even larger cuts to Medicaid, weakening protections for people with disabilities and other pre-existing conditions by allowing states to charge them more for health care, and allowing states to stop providing Essential Health Benefits (rehabilitative services and devices, mental health services, prescription drug coverage, etc...).

We encourage people to contact the Wisconsin Senators to ask questions and share their thoughts about this bill.

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Ever want just one day where everything goes right? In this month's entry, Stacy shares how she was bound and determined to make that day happen, but, sometimes, life throws you unexpected curves.  We encourage you to share your experiences as well.





Take five minutes to check out what's happening on the Employment Network:

  • ABLE Act Tool:  A brief was recently released that  explains how provisions in the ABLE Act can be combined with federal benefit services and other federal programs to further competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities.  Learn more about this tool.
  • TechCheck:  A new free interactive tool helps organizations and businesses evaluate their accessible workplace technology efforts and find resources to develop them further.  Check it out!
  • "Steps to Success":  "Steps to Success" is a toolkit that provides practical guidance for small businesses on how to recruit and retain qualified people with disabilities. Learn strategies how to provide a platform for the exploration of best practices for increasing the capacity of small businesses to employ people with disabilities.
  • Helping College Grads Find Employment: A pilot program called, "Campus to Careers," matches graduates with local businesses so employers can find talented employees with disabilities.  Find out how this program works.
  • Outstanding Company:  This employer started out small, but has turned his  company into a great opportunity for people with disabilities.  Read about what he has done to give people not only an opportunity to work, but also a chance to explore the outdoors.
  • Stretch of Gains Continue:  The disability employment rate continues to increase according to reports.  Learn why this is.
  • Unlocking Talent and Potential:  Recently, more and more companies are turning disabilities into a competitive advantage. Read about how employers are finding that people with disabilities often have unique abilities that can bring something to their companies.
  • Wisconsin Among the Top States for Disability Employment:  According to a recent report, Wisconsin is becoming a national leader in employing people with disabilities.  Learn what is contributing to this.
  • RISE Act:  The RISE Act amends the Higher Education Act and addresses several existing issues within the law that serve as unnecessary barriers for students with disabilities and their families.  Find out what else it would do.
  • Facebook Employment Study: A study is being conducted of adults with physical disabilities on employment.  Find out how to participate.
  • Caregiver Awards:  Do you know a caregiver or team that deserves to be honored for the great work they do?  The Wisconsin Long-Term Care Workforce Alliance’s Annual Caregiver Awards recognize these outstanding individuals and teams working tirelessly in all service locations. Nominations are due August 18th.


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Here's a sample of upcoming eventslisted on the Employment Network:




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The Employment Network is powered by In Control Wisconsin and supported financially by our members and Sponsors. We couldn't keep this Network going with you! Find out how you can support the Network!


Employment Network News: May 2017


By Employment Network, 2017-05-22


Employment Network News: May 2017



   



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Register now for the 4th annual Aging Empowerment Conference: Living a Self-Determined Life which will be held June 6th (full conference) and June 7th (Self-Determination Summit) at  the Glacier Canyon Lodge Conference Center at the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells.  Sponsored by InControl Wisconsin, this unique event gathers older adults, their families, and the professionals who support them and explores self-determination and empowerment in aging.  Registration closes June 1st. Learn more and register today!

Changes to Medicaid and the AHCA

Recently, the U.S. House passed a health reform bill (AHCA) that cuts Medicaid funding by 25%, and jeopardizes the important Medicaid supports that makes it possible for people with disabilities to live and work in the community instead of being forced into nursing homes or institutions. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities rely on Wisconsin’s 20 Medicaid programs— including Family Care, IRIS, MAPP, BadgerCare—and the ForwardHealth card to stay healthy, become employed, and remain in their homes. Medicaid also provides essential therapies, equipment, special education services and equipment from physical therapists to feeding tubes, and many other services critical to people with disabilities and often makes the difference between caregivers being able to keep their jobs or leaving the workforce to care for family members. The House bill caps and cuts federal funding for the entire Medicaid program without placing any controls on rising health care, prescription, and other increasing costs. The bill suggests per capita caps and block grants to Medicaid, which will force states to make decisions on who should be covered under state Medicaid programs, whether people have to wait for services, and what community based services and supports are included.  

The version of the bill passed by the House also allows states to charge people with pre-existing conditions more for their health care and lets health insurance plans stop providing Essential Health Benefits like prescription drugs, speech, physical and occupational therapies, and mental health and substance use disorder treatments. The AHCA has now moved to the Senate, where a 13-member working group has been established to draft a Senate health care bill that will draw 51 votes of support.  

In April, The Arc Wisconsin hosted an online conversation with The Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations and the Wisconsin Long-Term Care Coalition to update Wisconsin residents on the latest threats to Medicaid. This training featured the latest information direct from The Arc US lobbyists who have been spending time on Capitol Hill.  You can listen to a recording of the training and view the presentation slides here. We encourage people to contact the Wisconsin Senators to ask questions and share their thoughts about this bill.  

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The Employment Network includes some very talented members and we want to help you to get to know each other a little better.  In May, the Employment Network is shining the Spotlight on Nick Isham. When he isn’t traveling the world looking for his next cuisine to cook, he wears dual hats as a Benefits Specialist and an Independent Living Specialist at an Independent Living Center.  He has a wealth of knowledge about work incentive benefits available to people with disabilities. Stop by this month's Member Spotlight to get to know more about Nick! 

Do you know an Employment Network member who we could shine a spotlight on next?

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Eating is a necessity of human survival, but it’s also a very social activity. In this month's entry, Stacy discusses some of the many challenges that people with disabilities face during mealtime. We encourage you to share your experiences as well.

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Take five minutes to check out what's happening on the Employment Network:

  • Employment Accommodations:  Many employers often think that making accommodations for employees means spending lots of money.  This blog presents lots of ways to make accommodations without having to buy any equipment.
  • New Trend:  A neat new trend has started where people with disabilities are creating their own businesses based on solutions they've created to solve their own challenges they face.  Read more about  this trend.
  • Continued Gains:  The employment rate for people with disabilities continues to grow.  Learn what community-based organizations are doing to help veterans transition to civilian employment.
  • Great Resource:  Check out this excellent resource on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
  • Job Opening:  The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities is looking for a Program and Policy Analyst.  Applications are due June 5th.  Learn more and apply today!






 

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Employment Network News: April 2017


By Employment Network, 2017-04-24


Employment Network News: April 2017



   



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Guiding Principles For Competitive Integrated Employment For People With Disabilities

With input from various groups, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services has developed a set of guiding principles to promote integrated employment for people in long-term support programs. These principles establish a common foundation and will help in development of strategies and activities to advance the employment outcomes for people with disabilities.  We encourage you to read them over and see what you think.  

Aging Advocacy Day

Are you interested in issues affecting older adults? You’re invited to join members of the Wisconsin Aging Advocacy Network (WAAN) and others to help educate state legislators about issues affecting Wisconsin’s aging population.

On Wednesday May 17th, citizens from around the state will gather in Madison for a day of advocacy training and meetings with legislators. No experience is necessary; you’ll get the training and support you need before meeting with state lawmakers. Following the training, join others from your assembly and senate district to provide information and share personal stories with your legislators to help them understand how specific legislative policies impact older constituents.  Registration closes May 1st. http://email.employmentnetworkwi.org/c/eJxdjbEOwyAQQ78mjBUc9AgDQ5f-B4EjQaWkAqT8fq9rJct-8mAnH8PqNIjiQSMhKUMqyLsyqGJ2BqVBvckcVrkYOVKjeZ39dZXb2XdxeAfJIrqkaQsuOrQ2J4cMOYZMtIrqjzk_i34s8GT9LXDzDqVSZ6ilvTgMADtYEN0Pqtzu1Pi7tHi22c96lcE0SvsNfAGmiDzn&source=gmail&ust=1492697451708000&usg=AFQjCNFsKW-Pa9tXGoPjKi2rozXUPaSyQw">Learn more and register today!







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Take five minutes to check out what's happening on the Employment Network:

  • Survey: Deb posted information on a survey that The ADA Wisconsin Partnership is conducting.  The survey results will be used to identify their priorities and activities to ensure that people with disabilities have equal access and opportunities to participate in their communities.  Take the survey today!
  • Next Steps in Growing the Employment Rate: Job reports have been encouraging, but, yet, millions of people struggle to find employment.   This article suggests that one way to help fix this is to reform and expand the Ticket to Work program.  Read about how they recommend to expand and enhance the program.
  • College Programs for Youth with Disabilities: This is a great publication about creating college programs for youth with disabilities.  It contains useful information and candid quotes from parents about steps they took to see their children succeed in college.
  • College Visit Guide:  For students thinking about going on to postsecondary education, one important step is to visit college campuses.  This is a great guide to help families out when visiting colleges.
  • New Transition Guide:  The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services has published a new Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities.  Check out the great information and resources in it.
  • Full Year of Gains: According to recent data, the disability employment rate has now seen gains for an entire year.  Learn what's contributing to this.
  • Success with Employment Initiatives:  Recently, Governor Walker spent a day traveling across the state and recognized the success of the development initiatives that work to employ people with disabilities.  Read about how in the last two years Wisconsin has helped over 9500 people with disabilities find employment.   






 

The Employment Network is powered by In Control Wisconsin and supported financially by our members and Sponsors. We couldn't keep this Network going with you! Find out how you can support the Network!


Employment Network News: March 2017


By Employment Network, 2017-03-20


Employment Network News: March 2017



   



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dsc_5212 6 2.jpgThe 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.







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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.






Take five minutes to check out what's happening on the Employment Network:

  • 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.    






 

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Employment Network News: February 2017


By Employment Network, 2017-02-20


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The 4th annual Aging Empowerment Conference: Living a Self-Determined Life will be held June 6th (full conference) and June 7th (Self-Determination Summit) at  the Glacier Canyon Lodge Conference Center at the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells.  Sponsored by InControl Wisconsin, this unique event gathers older adults, their families, and the professionals who support them and explores self-determination and empowerment in aging. Presentation proposals and exhibitor applications are now being accepted.  The submission deadline has been extended to March 1st.  Apply today!

Disability Advocacy Day

Make your voice be heard by attending this year's Disability Advocacy Day in Madison on Tuesday March 21st! Disability Advocacy Day is designed to connect you with your legislators so you can talk about issues that matter to you. You are the expert in sharing how legislative policies affect people with disabilities in their everyday lives.  Registration closes March 10th. Find out more information and register today!







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We encourage you to share your experiences as well. In this month's entry, Stacy explains why having patience is so important when you have a disability. She talks about how waiting is a big part of her life. What do you have a hard time waiting for?






Take five minutes to check out what's happening on the Employment Network:

  • Share your Story:  Stephanie posted information about an opportunity to share your story about disability employment.  APSE is looking for both employers and employees to share success stories.  Share your story today!
  • Opportunities in Agriculture:  Funding recently became available for State and regional projects that provide education, assistive technology and support to current and prospective farmers and ranchers with disabilities.  Learn about these projects.
  • Wisconsin Youth Leadership Forum:  The Wisconsin Youth Leadership Forum is a week long training and career awareness program for high school students with disabilities.  Applications are due April 1st.
  • The Impact of Self-Driving Cars: Research finds that self-driving cars could drastically improve disability employment.  Read about why self-driving vehicles could increase the employment rate for people who have disabilities.
  • Employment First Report:  A report was recently released about ways to transform and embrace the move towards community employment.  Find out what the report suggests.
  • Storytellers Fellowship:  The Disability Rights Storytellers Fellowship provides the opportunity for an individual with a disability to learn and apply skills in digital media storytelling, and to connect with media professionals to prepare participants for advanced careers in media production, journalism, online advocacy, or digital design.  Applications are due March 15th.
  • Great Story:  WQOW did a great story about how Project SEARCH is helping young adults with disabilities in Eau Claire receive career training.  Read the story.
  • Solid Start to Year:  According to a report released by the  Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for people with disabilities continues to be on the rise in the new year.  Learn what the data revealed.






 

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Employment Network News: January 2017


By Employment Network, 2017-01-23


Employment Network News: January 2017



   



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The 4th annual Aging Empowerment Conference: Living a Self-Determined Life will be held June 6th (full conference) and June 7th (Self-Determination Summit) at  the Glacier Canyon Lodge Conference Center at the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells.  Sponsored by InControl Wisconsin, this unique event gathers older adults, their families, and the professionals who support them and explores self-determination and empowerment in aging. Presentation proposals and exhibitor applications are now being accepted.  Submission are due February 15th.  Apply today!

Workforce Opportunity and Innovation Act (WOIA)

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is a new federal law that is shaping transition and employment services for individuals with disabilities around the country, including Wisconsin. On January 12th, InControl Wisconsin held a webinar to share information about this law and how it affects you or the people you work with.  You can find the recording of the webinar as well as links to lots of resources that were mentioned during the webinar here.  We've also started a discussion where we encourage you to ask questions about WIOA.  

Medicaid Block Grants

The future of Medicaid will be a big issue in 2017. Federal efforts are underway to change Medicaid to a block grant program that states would administer.  This could have a major impact on programs such as Family Care, IRIS, BadgerCare, SeniorCare, and many other programs that older adults and people with disabilities rely on.  The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities/The Arc have put together this presentation that explains in detail what block grants are and how this would effect people with disabilities.  Additionally, the Wisconsin Long-Term Care Coalition has launched a survey for adults and children with disabilities, older adults, their families, care providers, and low income adults to take about how these changes would effect them.  They have also created a document to help people talk to policymakers about how block grants would effect them. We encourage you to take a few minutes to learn about Medicaid block grants and to share your thoughts and opinions with your legislators.

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The Employment Network includes some very talented members and we want to help you to get to know each other a little better.  In January, the Employment Network is shining the Spotlight on Lisa Wettstein.  When this busy mom of two isn't attending sporting events and milking cows on a dairy farm, she manages a work skills center at a vocational rehabilitation facility. She believes that it’s best to create an environment where individuals feel safe, protected, and are able to do what they love.  Stop by this month's Member Spotlight to get to know more about Lisa! 

Do you know an Employment Network member who we could shine a spotlight on next?







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Stacy’s Journal 




 

For this month's entry, Stacy discusses how the New Year brings different types of new hope and opportunities for people with disabilities. We encourage you to share your experiences as well.




Take five minutes to check out what's happening on the Employment Network:

  • Workplace Protections:  A document was recently released explaining workplace rights for people with mental health conditions under the ADA.  Learn about these rights.
  • Summary of WIOA from a Disability Perspective: The LEAD Center has published a policy brief explaining the final regulations of WIOA from a disability perspective. Read what this law means for people with disabilities.
  • WIOA State Plans:  State Plans are now available explaining how each state plans to implement WIOA.  Find out what Wisconsin's plans are. 
  • "A Fair Day's Pay For Every Worker": Implementation of Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act was the topic of a blog posted by Laura Fortman, deputy administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.  Read about the requirements of this law.
  • New Regulations:  New regulations are being finalized that will require federal agencies to follow policies that favor people with disabilities. Learn what else the regulations require.
  • Record Gains: A new report reveals that for the ninth consecutive month that employment for people with disabilities is improving. Find out what this is largely contributed to.
  • Work From Home Ideas: For many people with disabilities, it's often a struggle maintaining a 9 to 5 job in an office.  Read about some ideas about how people can make an income working from home.
  • Register Now:  Registration is now open for the 2017 Employment First Conference.  Register today!
  • Stipends for the ADA Symposium:  Stipends are available for the upcoming ADA Symposium.  Find out more about this great opportunity!






 

The Employment Network is powered by In Control Wisconsin and supported financially by our members and Sponsors. We couldn't keep this Network going with you! Find out how you can support the Network!


Employment Network News: December 2016 (Bonus Edition)


By Employment Network, 2016-12-14


Employment Network News:

December 2016 (Bonus Edition)



   



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bells160841_640.pngHappy Holidays!

InControl Wisconsin wants to take a minute to wish everyone Happy Holidays!  We really appreciate all of our Network members and Sponsors.  We couldn't keep this Network going without you!

This is the season of giving! Our sponsors help us out in so many ways. Learn about how you can support the Network.

Register Now for the WOIA Webinar!

Register now for a free webinar hosted by InControl Wisconsin on Thursday January 12th from 2:00p.m. to 3:30p.m. for a webinar about the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WOIA).  WOIA is new federal policy that is shaping transition and employment services for individuals with disabilities around the country, including Wisconsin. about  the importance of collaboration among schools, DVR, and long term supports; the three main shifts for schools; information about Pre-Employment Transition Services; new sub-minimum wage policy; and WIOA resources.



Upcoming Events 

 





Here's a sample of upcoming eventslisted on the Employment Network: 




Post your event on the Employment Network and it can be included in future Network News emails to members! Questions? Contact Stacy Ellingen.  




Stacy’s Journal 




 

In December's entry, Stacy shares about how while animals are great for some people with disabilities, they can cause others a great amount of anxiety. We encourage you to share your experiences as well.






Take five minutes to check out what's happening on the Employment Network:


  • Accommodation Concerns: For many people with disabilities, it's often a struggle to know when and how to bring up the subject of accommodations to employers.  Read  about some way people can prepare to have this conversation.
  • Employment First Conference Survey:  The date for the 2017 Employment First Conference has been set and organizers want to hear from you.  What topics would you like to learn more about?   Take the survey!
  • WOIA Update:  The Department of Labor recently issued on a section of WOIA.   Learn what this update ensures.
  • New ADA Guidance Document:  Recently, the U.S. Department of Justice released a guidance document that explains that the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act applies broadly.  Find out what this means for employment with people with disabilities.
  • Disability Employment on the Rise:  According to a new report,the employment rate for people with disabilities is significantly up from last year.  Learn how much it's up.






Employment Network News: October 2016


By Employment Network, 2016-10-18


Employment Network News: October 2016



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Hot Topics and Challenges

Join the conversation!  A couple of people have responded to discussion on hot topics and challenges.  We know there many questions and challenges people face on a daily basis as we work to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities.  There are also "hot topics" in Employment that come up as well... topics that we may have heard about but don't know enough about. 

We encourage you to share your hot topics and challenges in our discussion forum by responding to the discussion already started or by starting one of your own on this page. By sharing these, we can support each other and together find a path forward. 

Take our One-Minute Poll

Take this month's one-minute poll!  Election Day is coming up on November  8th.  Millions of Americans will be flocking to the polls.  Will you be one of them?



Take five minutes to check out what's happening on the Employment Network:

  • Organizations Merge:  In 2017, two nonprofit organizations will merge to strengthen and increase employment services and opportunities for people with disabilities.  Find out where in Wisconsin these organizations are.
  • Microsoft Hires Individuals with Autism:  Microsoft recognizes the unique talents of people with autism.  Read about a program the company began to ease the hiring process for these individuals.
  • Disability Employment Funding: The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced it's sending millions of dollars to six states to improve employment for people with disabilities. Learn where the money is going.
  • Managing Disability in the Workplace:  Most employers know it's illegal to discriminate against an employee who has a disability, but many employers don't know their legal responsibilities.  Read about different ways employers can help employees with disabilities.
  • Great Resource:  Check out this resource  for employers to help them make their applications and recruiting tools are accessible for job seekers with disabilities.
  • Diehard Award:  Do you know someone who has made a significant contribution to the advocacy work here in Wisconsin? Nominate them for a Diehard award.
  • Disability Employment Strengthens Wisconsin's Economy: Wisconsin's unemployment rate is lower than the national average and the  number of people employed in the state has reached an all-time high in 2016.  Read about how a significant reason for this is that the workforce includes people with disabilities.
  • ABLE to Work Act:  The Senate recently advanced legislation that would allow employees with disabilities to save their income earned from employment in an ABLE account.  Learn more about this Act.
  • Presidential Proclamation:  President Obama has signed a proclamation declaring October 2016 as National Disability Employment Awareness Month.  Find out what key things the proclamation acknowledges.
  • Disability Unemployment Rate Declines:  The unemployment rate for people with disabilities significantly fell in September.  Learn what factors contribute to this.   
  • Direct Care Workforce Survey:  Wisconsin’s direct care workforce crisis is leaving people with disabilities and the elderly without needed care.  Help by taking this survey to show lawmakers how the workforce crisis is impacting real people.
  • Caregiver Awards:  Do you know a caregiver or team that deserves to be honored for the great work they do? Nominate them for a Caregiver Award.  Nominations due October 20th.



Stacy’s Journal 




 

For this month's entry, Stacy discusses how having a disability affects sibling relationships. We encourage you to ask her questions and/or share your experiences as well.





Upcoming Events 

 





Here's a sample of upcoming eventslisted on the Employment Network: 




Post your event on the Employment Network and it can be included in future Network News emails to members! Questions?  SuggestionsContact Stacy Ellingen.  



 

The Employment Network is powered by In Control Wisconsin and supported financially by our members and Sponsors. We couldn't keep this Network going with you! Find out how you can support the Network!


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