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Packed with Pride

Packaging PrideCompanies and organizations that employ people with disabilities to help fulfill client logistics needs have a broad mission to help their people stay employed. But they know they can't do that unless they've got a good business model.


"Were very good at what we do: says Eric Gerarden, general manager of ProSolutions, which is connected to the non-profit NEW Curative Rehabilitation in Green Bay. ProSolutions might convince a manufacturing company to try them out simply because of their mission, but "unless you're actually able to meet the business need, you're not going to be able to build those business relationships and keep that business longterm."


More than 9 percent of Wisconsin residents of working age have a disability, and a third of those have a cognitive disability, according to the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities. In August, the National Governors Association at its 105th Summer Meeting in Milwaukee encouraged states to work with businesses to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities, and Wisconsin is already on the way.


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The Legal Basis for Prevocational Services

ACCESS-400x300On the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, RFW in Action received this memo from ACCSES regarding the legal basis for the state of Wisconsin continuing to provide center-based prevocational services as part of the full array of employment services.  Although the Systems Transformation agreement reached between the state of New York and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposes to remove the option to participate in these employment programs at some future date, there is a clear basis for them in federal statutes, regulations, and policy guidance.


Read the Memo to RFW in Action.

Service flexibility and choice upheld

ChoiceSALEM, Ore. — Federal officials have reversed course on a new provision of the Affordable Care Act that would have largely barred guardians from serving as paid caregivers for adult children with developmental disabilities ...Disability rights advocates and state officials have been fighting the new provision, saying it could restrict flexibility and choice for the 455 Oregon families where the guardian is the paid caregiver.


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Chippewa River Industries' meeting with Rep. Ron Kind (D), Wisconsin

Rep-Kind-and-CRI-400x300On August 15, Rep. Ron Kind, who represents western and central Wisconsin in Congress, met with three parents and two individuals with disabilities who participate in programs offered by Chippewa River Industries (CRI).



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Goodwill - Hannah's Story

Goodwill Hannah-StoryGoodwill Southeast Wisconsin provides a program for individuals with severe and multiple disabilities, to assist them with daily activities such as transportation, getting to their work station, staying on task, personal care and hygiene. Goodwill supports them with job coaches, case managers and nurses – staff who have the special skills required to serve program participants.


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New Hope: It's More Than You Think!

A look into the lives of four members of New Hope Center in Chilton, WI.


New Hope Center



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Inclusive entrepreneurship helps those with disabilities

Eisenhower CenterWisconsinites concerned about the economy should take heart at the formation of BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation Inc. to help spur economic development in the state.


However, in the rush to address this challenge, let us not forget another demographic in our state: those with disabilities.


For nearly 30 years, Eisenhower Center has been helping people with disabilities obtain vocational training and work opportunities. However, this population faces a silent skills gap of its own that must be addressed. Here's why:


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Pathways to Independence Rebalancing Initiative

Rebalancing InitiativeNationally, within the disability community, there is now widespread consensus on the need to expand access to integrated employment.


This video captures the views of key leadership in a number of Community Rehabilitation Providers - or CRPs - that participated in a funded "Rebalancing Initiative".


Several CEOs of RFW in Action member organizations (Pam Ross, Carole Stuebe, Tom Schraeder, and Mary Beth Popchock) and senior staff of the participating CRPs (Carol Ulrich, Lisa Steffen, Tom Schmit, Angeline Markiewicz, and Mary Survis) are featured.


For more information, please contact Lisa Mills, Wisconsin CRP Rebalancing Initiative Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">


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