Candace Hennessy PhD, RN, has joined Curative Care Network as the new President and CEO. Candace brings 25 years of experience in health care. Most recently, she was an Executive Vice President for Aurora Health Care and President and Chief Clinical Officer for Aurora Visiting Nurse Association of Wisconsin. In addition, she brings a commitment to learning as she has been a professor at Marquette University and Carroll University.
Candace is very passionate about making a difference in the lives of patients and delivering care with the highest quality and touch. She is very excited to get started and to work with the talented team at Curative. Please join us in welcoming her!
We certainly thank Bob Coons, who retired after 19 years of valued leadership at Curative. He positioned Curative to achieve continued success for years to come.
RCS Empowers, Inc. was awarded $4,000 from the Green Bay Packers Foundation at a luncheon and ceremony event at the Lambeau Field Atrium in Green Bay on Feb. 12. RCS was represented by art therapist Laura Griffin and Day Service Coordinator Ruth Weigel.
The grant was specified for the lighting, curtain and sound system project for the annual RCS play production. This grant, along with other grants and donations from the community, will assist RCS in reaching its $75,000 goal. The play productions, which have been held for more than 30 years, are a vital part of RCS’s programming. RCS plays showcase the talents of many actors and actresses who happen to have disabilities. Community volunteers also contribute hundreds of hours to create scenery, costumes, and staging as well as supporting operations like lighting, music and theatrics.
This year’s production, “Beauty and the Beast” will be performed April 19-26 at RCS’s new location, 1607 Geele Ave. The community is invited to attend. Free tickets are available at rcs.ticketleap.com. To initiate the new venue, a special fundraiser pre-show and dinner is available for the April 19 opening night performance. The dinner tickets for the fundraiser must be purchased by calling 920-458-8261.
On Wednesday, January 30 RFWiA member St. Croix Industries received the Small Business of the Year from the New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce. Clark Schroeder, executive director, offered his thanks to all the organization's clients and their parents for trusting St. Croix Industries "to provide services to their children and trusting that we can give them what they need." Click here to see the full article. Congratulations Clark and St. Croix Industries!
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.