On Thursday, January 17 Around the Corner with Jim McGivern aired on Wisconsin Public Television featuring the city of Mineral Point, WI. The Hodan Center, an RFWiA member, was highlighted as being a great part of the community. You can view the full episode here. At the 12:15 mark of the episode Hodan Center Executive Director Tom Schraeder is interviewed. Emmy Award-winning actor John McGivern leads a unique field trip through different cities in Wisconsin. McGivern discovers the secrets to living well, working hard, and playing merrily in all of these hometowns.
On Wednesday, December 19th, representatives from Parker Hannifin Hose Product Division came to Holiday House to express their appreciation for the quality of work that Prevocational Services Participants do for their company. Along with their expressions they also brought and handed out cookies to all participants. Holiday House is appreciative of their thoughtfulness and especially for the work opportunities they bring to our participants.
Russ was recognized as Wisconsin Handicapped Person of the Year in 1968, by the UW-River Falls Honorary Recognition in 1993, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Honorary Recognition in 1997. He was a life-long member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, member of MARC, Dane County Day Care Services Board, Lions Club, Knights of Columbus and past President of the Easter Seals Society.
WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, ACCSES released its position paper on The Array of Approaches for Enhancing Employment Opportunities for Persons with Significant Disabilities: Principles, Positions, and Recommendations. On behalf of the people with significant disabilities we serve, ACCSES endorses a full array of meaningful employment-related opportunities, options, and choices for individuals with the most significant disabilities, including enhanced opportunities to work in competitive integrated employment (at or above the minimum or prevailing wage), self-employment, and employment opportunities in skill development centers and disability-focused non-profit businesses.
Additionally, ACCSES is calling for:
- Improved funding systems change initiatives;
- New research and demonstration projects;
- Incentivizing the adoption and utilization of best practices;
- Increasing the focus, emphasis, and priority on youth with disabilities across all systems and agencies;
- Expanding and improving the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Act;
- Improving the workforce delivery infrastructure;
- Expanding the focus on employer and business-related outreach initiatives;
- Directing the Department of Labor to effectively implement and enforce affirmative action programs under Section 501 and 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, including changes in the Section 503 regulations to include goals and timetables;
- Modernizing and more fully utilizing the AbilityOne program and expanding the utilization of State Use programs;
- Enforcing existing laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act; and
- Utilizing accredited providers and qualified rehabilitation professionals in the delivery of employment services and supports.
ACCSES recognizes that some individuals with significant disabilities may not be able to meet standards and perform the essential functions of a job (with or without reasonable accommodation) and as a result are not currently employable at the federal or state minimum wage or prevailing wage. In order to enable such individuals to work and receive the benefits of working, ACCSES supports the continuation of Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which allows the payment of skills-based wages that are commensurate with their level of productivity.
ACCSES looks forward to working with our partners, Members of Congress and their staff, as well as Executive Agency staff to work toward implementing these recommendations in the coming year.
At RFW in Action’s annual holiday luncheon on December 5, 2012, Senator Kathleen Vinehout spoke about her intent to develop legislation to “reboot” the Family Care program. She shared a Report from the Wisconsin Legislative Council and she led off her list of recommendations for reforming the program by saying that in “Family Care 2.0” providers need to be an integral part of care management teams, a point that RFW in Action members have been making for several years now. After her talk, RFW in Action members talked with her about their suggestions for the Family Care reboot for about 40 minutes.
On November 29, 2012, Governor Walker held an event at Lang Furniture Manufacturing in Marshfield as part of his "Talk With Walker" tour, gathering input on budget priorities. Lyle Lang, who is a board member of Opportunity Development Centers (ODC), invited Pam Ross, the President/CEO of ODC to attend the event. After the event, Julie Lang sent Pam this picture of the Governor holding up a brown bag lunch that was packed for him by the employees of Hidden Creek Kitchens, one of ODC’s prevocational services programs that helps people with significant disabilities develop job skills.
With 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector in operations, resource development and advocacy, Steve has uniquely diverse and deep leadership experiences in all phases of nonprofit management. This background is a welcome addition N.E.W. Curative, which provides an array of community-based services for people with disabilities throughout Northeast Wisconsin.
Since 2003, Steve has held various leadership roles for Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan (LSS), the largest private human service provider in Wisconsin. Currently, Steve is the Director of Advocacy at LSS, working with state and federal legislators on public policy in areas such as long-term care and children and family services. From 2003 through 2011 Steve was LSS's Director of a broad range of community programs and services throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. While in these roles, he provided regional and statewide leadership for nearly 1,400 staff.