What's Ahead 1. Supporting Workplace Choice for Individuals With Disabilities. 2. This Week's Town Hall Meetings. 3. Weekly Roundup. 4. My Contact Information.
1. Supporting Workplace Choice for Individuals With Disabilities.
2. This Week's Town Hall Meetings.
3. Weekly Roundup.
4. My Contact Information.
Opportunities for Individuals With Disabilities
I have toured nearly every work center in Wisconsin's 6th District, such as Lakeside Packaging in Oshkosh, Ascend Services in Manitowoc, Green Valley Enterprises in Beaver Dam, RCS Empowers in Sheboygan, Fox River industries in Berlin and Northwoods, Inc. in Portage. I’ve had the privilege to see the great facilities, meet the dedicated employees and speak with the individuals with disabilities who love working there.
One of the people I met, and now consider a friend, is a young woman named Yael. She has a job at a Community Rehabilitation Provider (CRP) and at a retail store. Yael has not let her disability get in the way of her happiness. When I ask her which job she likes better, she tells me she likes her job at the CRP because "that's where all my friends are".
Yael was referred to her CRP 18-years ago by her local vocational rehabilitation agency. It has been invaluable for young people like Yael to have the choice and flexibility to work in a fulfilling job that provides them with work experience, financial compensation, friends, and social experience and the dignity they deserve as vital members of our communities.
Since then, however, the Department of Education issued a regulation and guidance that left local agencies confused, which has led many to no longer refer people like Yael to jobs in CRPs.
I hope that my colleagues in Congress will realize that Congressional actions in the past have taken away opportunities for young people with disabilities and that now is the time to restore the full array of options available to these unique, valuable, hardworking individuals who so deserve it.
Town Hall Meetings
This week, I held town hall meetings in Grafton and Two Rivers. Thank you to everyone who attended! I always enjoy giving you a detailed update on what Congress is working on and hearing which issues are affecting you. My office is finalizing details on my next round of town hall meetings, so stay tuned into my weekly E-newsletter for further information when it becomes available.
I signed this letter to nominate the 6th District's own city of Manitowoc as a World War II Heritage City. Manitowoc played a vital role in the U.S. war effort throughout WWII and these contributions will forever be part of our identity.
Kahlenberg Industries is a leading manufacturing facility in Two Rivers supplying the highest quality marine air horns directly to the U.S. Navy and providing stable employment opportunities to manufacturers in Wisconsin. Thank you for showing me your operations!
This weekend, I was thrilled to join the Fond du Lac County Farm Bureau's centennial celebration by delivering this special 100 year anniversary commendation!
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