DVR in the News
Great Harvest Bread Company - La Crosse
DVR 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
Governor 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:
Wellness at DVR
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
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.
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
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
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!
(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.
- 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).