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FEATURED: A-Team Wisconsin Scores Big Win in the Legislature

The A-Team, led by Robin Kennedy, saw great success on Wednesday with the passage of Joint Resolution 51.  The Resolution, which passed both the State Assembly and Senate unanimously, recognizes that “individuals with developmental disabilities should be free to choose the settings in which they receive services,” including facility-based, day training, and work programs.  The A-Team held 30 seats in the gallery and three seats on the floor for this important vote that acknowledges the desire and need for people with disabilities to have a real choice.  The resolution can be found by clicking here.


 

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"Sheltered workshops are fading away, along with a job Chris Cook had for 25 years" -The Virginia-Pilot- Chris Cook has worked dutifully for 25 years, but come Friday he will be out of a job.  Cook has an intellectual disability, and his employment has unfolded in what's often referred to as a "sheltered workshop" setting. That's a place where people with disabilities, under careful supervision, do jobs like applying labels to envelopes, packing boxes and putting screws in bags. Read more here.

"Viewpoint: Hiring Those with Disabilities is Good Business" -South Bend Tribune- Good workers are hard to find. Every manager knows that. “Help Wanted” signs hang outside most businesses. It’s clear, we have a worker shortage in Michiana. So why is one pool of job candidates so frequently overlooked? I’m talking about workers with disabilities. Too often, these applicants are turned away in the earliest stages of the hiring process. So much so, the unemployment rate for workers with disabilities is 82 percent. That’s too bad – for everyone. Read More Here

"Vocational Program for Those with Disabilities Changes LivesDaily Progress -  "Alex Graysay, 33, used to keep to himself. The Peters Township resident was quiet and didn't interact much with the people in his life. After working for a couple of local businesses, Graysay's entire demeanor changed. He talks more and has even been known to burst into song and dance. In September, Graysay was confident enough to testify before the state House of Representatives in Harrisburg, where he proudly told those in attendance that he purchased the suit he was wearing with money earned at his job. Read More Here
 

"Brewery Hires People with Developmental Disabilities" NBC4 -  The brewery in Colorado hires people with developmental disabilities, and teaches them how to make beer. “I was running a day program when I realized from age 21, they don’t have a lot of options and I don’t think sitting around in a warehouse coloring is an appropriate option,” Tiffany Fixter, owner of Brewability Lab, said. See More Here


 



 
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