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WRC Meeting Minutes
January 24, 2013
Present: Cayte Anderson, Rob Buettner, Wendi Dawson, Jim Dobrinksa, Stephanie Drum, Julie Ferchoff, Mike Greco, Jodi Hanna, Alvin Hill, Ron Jansen, Patricia Lerch, Cindi Pichler (for Kristin Stern), Linda Vegoe, Matthew Zellmer
Absent: John Lui, Roxan Perez, Don Pirozzoli
Resource Staff/Guests: Gina Haupt, Deb Henderson-Guenther, William Parke-Sutherland, JoAnna Richard, Tom Masseau, Thomas Cook, Connie DeValt, Larry Dresser, Lorie Lange, John Haugh
Recorder: Kristin Rolling
(Prior to the formal meeting of the Wisconsin Rehabilitation Council, council members toured the Walgreens Distribution Center in Windsor, WI. The center partners with the local DVR office to place qualified job seekers with disabilities in their facility.)
Call to Order
Linda Vegoe, Chair, called the meeting to order at 10:15 a.m.
W. Dawson/R. Buettner moved/seconded to approve October 2012 minutes as presented.
Agenda Item: Workforce Development Area 10
Les Mirkin, WDA 10 Director
- DVR and the Walgreens Distribution Center:
- Expectations for DVR hires are the same as for other applicants.
- August 2011 – January 2013:
- 46 referrals
- 20 offered full time employment
- 16 closed successfully
- 2 terminated
- 2 resigned
WRC Member Question: Who in your offices manages DVR business relationships?
Answer: For connections that are made through Job Center Job fairs or the Workforce Development Area Business Services Team, the counselor discusses the employers needs and makes appropriate referrals. The WDA Director manages larger relationships, such as Walgreens.
Agenda Item: Updates:
Department of Public Instruction (DPI) – Wendi Dawson
- An updated Opening Doors to Post Secondary Education publication is available.
- The Wisconsin Transition Community of Practice is adding workgroups for mental health and disability disclosure.
National Rehabilitation Association (NRA) – Deb Henderson-Guenther
- The Government Affairs Conference will be held March 17-19 in Washington DC.
- Two exhibitors representing micro-enterprise will be sponsored at the Rehabilitation for Wisconsin conference.
Independent Living Council - Wisconsin (ILCW) – Ron Jansen and William Parke-Sutherland
- The Independent Living Centers will host a Legislative Days in Madison on February 13, 2013.
- The State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) is in the last year of its 3-year cycle. A draft of the next SPIL is being developed for public comment.
Disability Rights Wisconsin – Tom Masseau
- Focus areas for DRW for the next year will be:
- Employment discrimination
- Sub-minimum wage
- Competitive employment opportunities for transition-age youth
- Access to education for students with disabilities
- Civil rights related to housing
- Family Care expansion
Survival Coalition – Jodi Hanna
- There will be a Disability Advocacy Day at the State Capitol on March 20, 2013.
- Focusing on legislators on committees related to budget, Family Care, education and mental health.
- Participants receive education and packets of information prior to meeting with legislators.
Motion by R. Jansen/Seconded by A. Hill:
DVR should make available to WRC members and other who communicate with Wisconsin legislators, DVR outcome data that is specific to legislative districts.
Agenda Item: Rehabilitation for Wisconsin
Thomas Cook, Executive Director
WRC Member Question: Are Employment Specialist still part of Managed Care Organizations?
Answer: Yes, and some are effective but others lack the needed knowledge and skills.
WRC Member Question: What are your next steps?
Answer: RFW is working to draft legislation could be presented to the legislature for discussion.
Agenda Item: WRC Administrative Updates
Mike Greco, DVR Administrator
Agenda Item: DVR Employment Specialists
JoAnna Richard, DVR Deputy Administrator
WRC Member Question: Will the new staff be looking for particular kind of jobs for DVR job-seekers?
Answer: No. They will learn the businesses needs and search the DVR talent pool to help them meet those needs.
WRC member Question: Will training for the new staff include cultural competency related to disability?
Answer: Yes. They will need to understand disability so they can work with business to address any issues or barriers.
WRC Member Question: What skills are you recruiting to.
Answer: Marketing and sales
WRC Member Recommendation: For the new staff, encourage participation in local organizations where they can meet business people, such as Society for Human Resource management chapters, Rotary Clubs, Chambers of Commerce, etc.
WRC Member Question: Where does Beyond Vision advertise/recruit for open positions?
Answer: A wide variety of advertising is used to fill positions.
Agenda Item: Social Security Work Incentives
Connie DeValt, Social Security Work Incentives Coordinator
Agenda Item: Public Comment
R. Buettner/J. Dobrinska moved/seconded to adjourn.