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  • Work centers for disabled face uncertain future

    REACHCHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU)- An uncertain future lies ahead for hundreds of employees with special needs in the Chippewa Valley.


    A new federal ruling is changing funding for sheltered work centers. The ruling encourages states to use funds from Medicaid to take workers out of the centers and place them in community jobs instead. But opponents are afraid those community jobs won't be there or won't be safe.


    There are several businesses in the Chippewa Valley including Chippewa River Industries or CRI and Reach Inc. that provide a safe work environment for people with cognitive disabilities.


    "In any given day we are serving about 130 people a day just here in this building and 100 people out in the community," CEO of CRI Dave Lemanski said.

  • Employment, training services for disabled face cloudy future

    Tonya Wiesner - Chippewa River IndustriesCHIPPEWA FALLS — Beven Hartfield has worked at Chippewa River Industries since February and said she enjoys her job at the Chippewa Falls site.


    "It's hands-on, and there's a lot of help, and that's what I like about it," Hartfield said. "They teach us job skills, people skills (and) how to act, so it's a good thing."


    For months the future of such facilities as CRI, REACH and the L.E. Phillips Career Development Center, which provide employment and training services to people with disabilities, has been up in the air. Some proponents of those businesses worry about how new federal regulations may affect funding.

  • Job Opportunities

    ACCSESDirector of Government Affairs


    (Posted Oct. 1, 2014)

    ACCSES currently has an opening for a Director of Government Affairs in our Washington, DC, office. 


    Position Summary
    Direct the federal government affairs program for ACCSES, the Voice of Disability Service Providers. Assure the timely and accurate proactive actions/responses to legislative and regulatory issues. The Director reports to the CEO and manages the work of the ACCSES member public policy committees.



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