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.

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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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American Dream Video ThumbnailFor many Americans with disabilities, employment is about building skills and about building self-esteem. And for millions of Americans employment starts with Disability Service Providers. By expanding employment opportunities, by encouraging skill development, by empowering people with disabilities; disability service providers assist people with disabilities every day to take their place in the national workforce.


Career IndustriesDave Koenig, owner and operator of the Piggly Wiggly grocery, 3900 Erie St., doesn’t post help wanted signs or purchase ads to find store associates. Instead, he always accepts applications from interested candidates. Two such associates who Dave hired this past year were Andy, 20, and Michael, 46, both participants in Careers Industries’ Partners in Employment program.

PIE partners with the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to match savvy, progressive employers like Koenig who understand the value of a diverse workforce with people with disabilities who have the requested skills and talents.

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Wisconsin Family CareAs available tax resources keep shrinking, state government officials have been exploring ways to clip costs in order to balance their budgets.

So it is no shock the budget ax has fallen upon programs like Family Care, which provides a long-term care system for Wisconsin residents with disabilities. The problem is recent cuts facing some clients within the system appear to be excessive and unwarranted, and thus life changing . . .

Those entrusted with the state’s Family Care system need to take a step back and start using a bit more common sense and empathy when making decisions that impact those in their care. Any funding decisions should put people first, and not dollars first.

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