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DVR's Rehabilitation Resource masthead

April 2014

As of 03/25/14

Successful Closures

2,234=58% of goal
(48% elapsed)

Rehab Rate


Indicator 2.1


Social Security Reimbursement



DVR in the News

Section 503 Rules

Wellness at DVR

Limitations Checklist

PROMISE Enrollment

Thank You

Staff Updates

Web What's New

the rehabilitation resource

DVR in the News

Great Harvest Bread Company - La Crosse

image:Great Harvest PhotoDVR Business Services Consultant Amy Studden (La Crosse) learned that A Great Harvest Bread Company franchise was opening in La Crosse. Wondering if they had any workforce needs, she reached out to the owner and the rest, as they say, is history!

Mosinee Cold Storage - Mosinee

image:Mosinee Cold Storage PhotoGovernor Walker recently visited Mosinee Cold Storage in WDA 6, a company that has worked closely with DVR to fill positions. Several DVR consumers began work at the company under an OJT or Temporary Work Experience, and were then hired permanently by the company.

Section 503 Final Rule Now In Effect

New Regulations Improve Job Opportunities for People with Disabilities

Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act encourages federal contractors and subcontractors to recruit and hire individuals with disabilities. The new guidelines, which strengthen these goals, were passed in September and went into effect on March 24, 2014.

The new language establishes a 7% utilization goal for federal contractors and subcontractors - meaning that 7% of their workforce should be made up of qualified individuals with disabilities. In addition to the hiring target, contractors and subcontractors must keep data on the number of individuals with disabilities in their workforce and what type of jobs they hold. These businesses will also be required to invite both applicants and current employees to self-identify as individuals with a disability.

Section 503 requirements are administered by DOL's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). For more information on how the new rules can help our consumers, visit the OFCCP Section 503 website at: http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/faqs/503_faq.htm#Q7.

Wellness at DVR

image:DVR staff in WDA 5 recently participated in 30 minutes of instructor-led yoga during their lunch hour. Each paid $4 for the session. The yoga class was meant as a one-time activity, but all were so pleased with the results they are considering having a noon-hour yoga class on a regular basis.

Pictured are Matt Maloney, Caralee Morrison, Jennifer Mikalowsky, Allison Bain, Anna Eggebrecht, David Knuth, Amy Ten Haken, Heidi Destree, and Patti Nezbed.

Common Functional Limitation Checklist

A Common Functional Limitation Checklist was compiled by Sara Sharpe and Deb Henderson-Guenther from the Client Assistance Program. It is adapted from the Disability Handbook. This may be useful when working with consumers at the time of eligibility and OOS as well as throughout the entire DVR process.


You can click on any disability in the contents page and it will take you directly to the corresponding checklist. If you want to return to the contents page, you can do so by clicking Return to the Table of Contents.

image:PROMISE Grant Poster


Enrollment is Getting Closer!

DVR PROMISE Grant staff and our PROMISE partners throughout the state are gearing up for enrollment, scheduled to start soon. Exhibit materials (photo) arrived in March, and outreach materials are posted to the PROMISE website!


Thanks for a Job Well Done

Amy Studden - Business Services Consultant, WDA 9

Email from DWD Deputy Secretary Jonathan Barry after his visit to Great Harvest Bread Company in La Crosse

Dear Amy,

Thank you for your very, very good work with Jennifer and her new business! You're simply an outstanding advocate and employee for, and of, DVR.

You really deserve a lot of credit for making this whole thing happen: a worthy disabled individual gains meaningful employment, a business is helped thereby, the business owner herself becomes one of our best assets and the door is opened wider for more of this to occur!

We just really appreciate you!

Thank you,


(See the news coverage of the event in La Crosse.)

Emre Umucu - VR Assistant, Madison

Consumer feedback received by Derek Miller (CCC, Madison)

I received feedback from a consumer this morning, in relation to Emre, who conducted his intake interview. The consumer let me know that he really appreciated the compassion and understanding that Emre demonstrated during his interview and felt that DVR was very lucky to have such a capable individual working with us.

Kim Bruno - VRC, Waukesha

Well, as a final farewell to you and DVR, I am so, so grateful for all that you have done for me! You have been my biggest advocate. I owe so much to you for the unparalleled efforts you have made to make the worst part of my life easier. I really don't know what I would have done without you Kim.

You have gone over and above my expectations. I am not only speaking of your assistance with aids, but your emotional support as well. You are sincere and enlightened. You get it.

Again, I can't say enough. I wish there was a way I could repay you for your kindness. But I want to thank you for everything. You have been such a big part of my life the past 6 years. For me it goes deeper than business as usual.

Flora Bazzaz - VRC, Madison

Thanks so much Flora. It was really wonderful working with you. We really appreciate all your help and the support you gave (consumer name) and our family. You did a great job for us.

Staff Updates

New Faces/Transfers

  • Terri Komorowski, Consumer Case Coordinator, Madison
  • Brigid Wollersheim, VR Counselor, Waukesha (Transfer from Milwaukee)
  • Niles Rogers, VR Assistant (LTE), La Crosse
  • James Doebereiner, VR Assistant (LTE), Wausau
  • Lynne Valentine, Consumer Case Coordinator, Milwaukee NW
  • Deirdre Franzen, Consumer Case Coordinator, Milwaukee NW


  • Enoch Boyd, VR Assistant (LTE), WDA 2

What's New/Updated on the Web

IPE Contact/Off Wait List Letter

  • This letter been updated in IRIS and on the Forms webpage (including the Spanish and Hmong translations).