Wisconsin Facts - RespectAbility

Report
Facts About Your State
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President
www.RespectAbilityUSA.org
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Wisconsin
 81.3% of persons without disabilities
aged 21 to 64 are employed.1
 36.3% of PwDs aged 21 to 64 are
employed.1
 24,800 persons aged 16 to 20 have a
disability.1
 312,200 persons aged 21 to 64 have a
disability.1
Gov. Walker (WI) with disability
leaders
 67,000 PwDs aged 18 to 64 receive
benefits.1
 Voc. Rehab. obtained 3,250 jobs for PwDs
in WI in 2012.2
 26.9% of people with a disability live
below the poverty line, a 14.9% gap.
1. 2012 Disability Status Report: Wisconsin, disabiliystatistics.org
2. StateData: The National Report on Employment Services and Outcomes, 2013
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Prevalence of disability among non-institutionalized
people ages 16 to 20 in Wisconsin in 2012
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Prevalence of disability among non-institutionalized
people ages 21 to 64 in Wisconsin in 2012
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Employment of non-institutionalized working-age people
(ages 21 to 64) by disability status in Wisconsin in 2012
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Governor Scott Walker (WI, R)
 Governor Scott Walker (WI) quickly improved policies and
practices and made it a key point in his State of the State
address. He has expanded Project SEARCH , which will help
young people with disabilities go straight into jobs instead of a
life of dependency. He has become a role model for the
expansion of opportunities for
people with disabilities.
 Wisconsin PROMISE to improve services
for youth SSI recipients and families
(Department of Workforce Development).
Gov. Walker with Lisa Derx (VP, Best Buddies)
and Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi (President,
RespectAbility)
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As part of the Blueprint For Prosperity outlined in Governor Walker’s State of the State speech, he announced
plans to expand Project SEARCH, which is a program that helps young people with disabilities transition from
high school to the workplace. The expansion would increase the number of participating business by 20 from
seven over the next three years.
Governor Walker recently signed legislation to increase the number of people served by the Division of
Vocational Rehabilitation by 6,000. This will allow the state to reduce or eliminate the waiting list of persons
with disabilities, who are seeking assistance with jobs skills training and advocacy, so they can enter the
workforce.
During the Year of A Better Bottom Line, Governor Walker is directing state agencies to focus on building,
recognizing, and promoting public and private programs and organizations, improving employment
opportunities for people with disabilities including veterans and students.
Priorities for the Year of A Better Bottom Line include overcoming barriers to employment for people with
disabilities which may include: transportation issues, employer participation, adaptable workplace challenges,
costs relating to the launch of opportunities within a company, retention, and general awareness and knowledge
of advantages.
The Year of A Better Bottom Line is inspired by the 2012-13 National Governor’s Association initiative promoted
by former NGA Chair, Delaware Governor Jack Markell.
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WI Project SEARCH Sites
 Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
 Ministry St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield
 ProHealth Care Waukesha Memorial Hospital,
Waukesha
 St. Elizabeth Hospital, Appleton
 University of WI-Madison Waisman Center/Wm S.
Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, Madison
 WalMart Distribution Center, Menomonie
Project SEARCH: www.projectsearch.us
Contact Erin Riehle at [email protected]
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Which employers in your state must meet
503 rules (hire PwDs)?
See:
http://www.fedspending.org/fpds/fpds.php?s
tateCode=WI&sortp=u&detail=0&datype=T&r
eptype=p&database=fpds&fiscal_year=&subm
it=GO
How to get started: https://askjan.org/
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Sources
StateData: The National Report on Employment
Services and Outcomes, 2013 (data from 2012)
2012 Disability Status Report United States,
Cornell University, 2012:
www.disabilitystatistics.org
Fedspending: www.fedspending.org
Project SEARCH: www.projectsearch.us
Job Accommodation Network: https://askjan.org/
RespectAbilityUSA: www.respectabilityusa.org
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Let Us Know If We Can Help!
We have many resources for policy makers and employers on our website and are
ready to help!
RespectAbilityUSA
4340 East-West Hwy, Suite 1100
Bethesda, MD 20814
www.RespectAbilityUSA.org
Cell: (202) 365 – 0787
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi
President
[email protected]
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