Assembly Joint Resolution 51

Below are links to videos that were recorded on June 14th, 2017 as AJR 51 was voted on in the Assembly and Senate.

Thanks to all who helped support this important resolution, the passing of which shows the power of grassroots advocacy.

We were pleased to be present at Valley Packaging Industries (VPI) as Senate President Roger Roth (R – Appleton) presented Bob Russo with a legislative citation honoring his thirty years of dedicated services to VPI.

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Long Time RFW member Tom Keil retires from Holiday House in Manitowoc after 42 years of dedicated service.
Congratulations Tom!

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On May 5th, Governor Walker, Tourism Secretary Clet, and Transportation Secretary Ross gathered with other elected officials and dignitaries at the new La Crosse Rest Area 31 for a ribbon cutting ceremony. The facility houses a new travelers' welcome center where the La Crosse Convention and Visitors Bureau staff greet visitors and dispense information to assist them in their travels across Wisconsin. The gathering was one of several ceremonies held in Wisconsin to celebrate Tourism Week and promote Wisconsin's tourism industry.

Learn more about the Rest Area Maintenance (RAM) program at the RAM Website.

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RFW and RSA-WI Agree to Merge

May 4, 2017
Madison, WI

Today, Rehabilitation for Wisconsin (RFW) and the Residential Services Association of Wisconsin (RSA) entered into an agreement in principle (Merger Agreement) to become the unified voice for disability providers in the State of Wisconsin.

Ten years of significant changes to state and federal disability laws have underscored the benefit of harnessing the energy and power of RFW and RSA into a single entity. Together, the soon to be renamed RFW and RSA have more than 100 years of experience advocating for disability policies that help people with disabilities live, work, and thrive—in both the setting and with the people that best meet each individual’s life goals.

In response to the vast array of sometimes conflicting state and federal laws, regulations, and guidance, the merged RFW and RSA will be positioned to articulate a comprehensive message in support of providers’ continuing efforts to advance the interests of people with disabilities in Wisconsin. RFW and RSA are the experts on disability services in Wisconsin and today’s agreement will permit the combined entity to advocate for providers regardless of setting and to advocate for the whole person to ensure that Wisconsin remains the national leader in quality disability services.

Prior to entering into the Merger Agreement, RFW and RSA formed a Merger Integration Committee that will manage the legal and operational changes required to complete the merger. The Committee has authorized the hiring of a Communications Consultant who will be reaching out to interested stakeholders to participate in focus groups to assist in fulfilling the goals of the Merger.

In June, RFW and RSA will host the first combined meeting of their respective member organizations. RFW and RSA expect the merger to be finalized within 90 days, with a target closing date of August 1, 2017.

For further information, please contact:

Lincoln Burr
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