What Can YOU Do? The Campaign for Disability Employment
Work is an important part of people’s lives. It means more than just getting paid. It means being able to make your own choices about how you want to live your life.
At work, it’s what people can do that matters. If you are a young person with a disability, only you can decide your limits. You can work in a wide variety of jobs and play an important role in America’s economy.
Today more than ever, businesses need people who can think differently about how to solve problems and get the job done. People with disabilities do this in America’s workplaces every day – and so can you. So set your sights high!
Talk to your counselor and/or advisor at school to find out about and take advantage of the resources are available to help you seek employment, succeed on the job, and understand your right to be judged on your ability, not disability.
Check out the whatcanyoudocampaign.org website for more information.
The ADRC has a new resource for adults with disabilities! Our staff have put together a booklet on employment options, which includes information on job assistance for seniors, veterans, and adults with disabilities. Find descriptions on the different Social Security Administration Work Incentive programs, how to find employment funding, assistive technology equipment in the workplace, and legal issues & advocacy surrounding employment. Download the ADRC Employment Guide booklet, or call the ADRC to speak with our staff (920-448-4300).
Advocacy Groups Voice Concern about Governor's Budget Proposals
Go to the ADRC Advocacy page for more information.
Voting Guide - for Disabled has good advice for everyone
Disability Rights Wisconsin has put together a guide for voting in Wisconsin directed at persons with disabilities but the guide provides a lot of great information about why and how to vote that pertains to everyone.
Attention Persons under 30 with a Physical Disability - ERI wants to hear from you!
Employment Resources, Inc. (ERI) is a non-profit organization in Madison focused on increasing employment opportunities for people with diabilities.
They are inviting persons under 30 with a physical disability to join a discussion group to share their thoughts and experiences around work. The discussion includes:
If you are interested in participating in their discussions, contact Anna Gouker. Toll-free: 1-855-401-8549, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out this ERI-Discussions flyer for more information and/or their website: www.eri-wi.org/conversations.
- Share your thoughts and opinions
- Have you thought about work? Why or why not?
- What are your concerns?
- What resources are you looking for?
- Are you interested in exploring possibilities?
Learn about Housing Discrimination and Your Rights Under the Law
Have you ever wondered if you were discriminated against when trying to find housing, borrow money for a home, or other housing related issues? How do you complain? The National Fair Housing Alliance, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, (HUD) produced a video series for people who are deaf and hard of hearing to answer these questions and more. These 12 videos are captioned and provide information about different types of housing discrimination and your rights under the law. HUD Housing Rights Videos.
Answers and Solutions Start Here!
Have you heard our radio ads or seen the ADRC TV ads? We've received a grant for a promotional campaign this summer. You've found us and we want to be sure all of Brown County knows how their ADRC can help them. Take a look at this ADRC ad and let others know where they can go to get Answers and Solutions!
At the ADRC of Brown County Information & Assistance and Disability Benefit Specialist work together to advocate for you. They both listen to your concerns, challenges, and preferences.
Information & Assistance Specialist search through available resources to put together options to assist you in making informed decisions and then help connect you to the services you choose.
Disability Benefit Specialists “cut the red tape” which can be a barrier for persons trying to understand whether they are eligible for assistance. They can also assist persons who have been denied benefits and need to appeal a decision. They help negotiate with public agencies, medical offices, or insurance companies to resolve problems.
Call (920) 448-4300 to talk about your individual situation or with questions you may have, or email at email@example.com.
Below are lists and websites that are helpful to persons with disabilities and/or their caregivers.
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- Loan Closets for Assistive Devices
Lists of sources for borrowing, renting or purchasing assistive devices for the bathroom, bedroom, walkers, canes, wheelchairs and much more.
- Used Medical Equipment Listing
Website: A free on-line listing service where people can buy, sell or donate used home medical equipment. Enter your zipcode to find equipment near you.
- Office for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Website for the Office for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Provides assessment, training and information to adults with vision loss, their families and interested professionals. The local office is at 200 N Jefferson Ste 511. Call (920) 448-5086
- Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
Wisconsin Website for resources and services. The Regional Office is at 17 Park Place Suite 175, Appleton, WI 54914 Call (920) 832-4950, or (920) 659-7317, TTY: (888)-241-9430 or dial 711 to use the Relay Center.
- Options for Independent Living Inc.
Website: One of a kind facility- Showcase Model Home & Office located at 555 Country Club Road in Green Bay, WI. Get a first hand view- hands on approach to experiencing assistive technology and adaptive equipment for both home and business environments. Staff also provide advocacy, peer support, information & referral and independent Living skills and training. Call (920) 490-0500 or Toll free 1(888)465-1515 TTY: (920) 490-0600
- Wisconsin Telecommunications Relay System
Website with instructions on how to place any type of relay call. To place a call through the WTRS, simply dial 7-1-1
- Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired
Website: A private, not for profit agency whose mission is to promote the dignity and independence of people who are blind and visually impaired in Wisconsin. The Sharper Vision Store is just one of the services to check out on this website.
- Cerebral Palsy (CP) Center of Northeast WI
Website: Provides a full range of rehabilitiative services for children and adults with Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Spina Bifida, arthritis, back pain, post stroke, post surgical, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, amputees, diabetes, head injury accident recovery, sports injury, just to name a few.
- Is Applying for Disability the Right Step for Me?
Booklet: Describes the written materials, government agencies and community resources available to help you through the process when considering applying for disability benefits.
- Employment Guide: Employment Resources for Older Adults & Adults with Disablities
A booklet on employment options, which includes information on job assistance for seniors, veterans, and adults with disabilities. Find descriptions on the different Social Security Administration Work Incentive programs, how to find employment funding, assistive technology equipment in the workplace, and legal issues & advocacy surrounding employment.
- Recreational Opportunities for Individuals with Special Needs
Whether you are looking for a night out or a vacation getaway, there are lots of great recreational activities available for people with special needs. Location, times, cost and contact information for local and trips and travel resources.
- Exercise Options
List of exercise facilities that are either free, non-profit, offer reduced rates or specialize in dealing with health issues that generally effect persons who are aging or disabled.
- Assistive Device Resources
Options for Independent Living flyer with links to organizations and companies that provide advice for selection, funding, and/or sell assistive devices.
- Center for Communication, Hearing & Deafness
A non-profit organization, the Center is the ONLY place of its kind in Wisconsin, where individuals with all degrees of hearing loss - from infants to the elderly - can find comprehensive programs and services that enhance communication and promote independence.
- Deaf Disability Benefit Specialist
Deaf Disability Benefit Specialist provides statewide work incentives and disability benefit services to people ages 18-59 who are deaf, hard of hearing or deafblind. Includes a video in American Sign Language about benefit specialist services. (Duration: 5 min.)
- Diabetes and Visual Impairment: A New View for Patients and Families
An on-line course designed for patients, consumers and families who look to improve knowledge and related skills of both diabetes (DM) and visual impairment (VI). Learn new facts and identify factors necessary to successful diabetes self-managing in the event of visual impairment or blindness. Professional version also available.
- Disability.gov's Guide to Housing
Information about housing laws, rental assistance programs, modifications to make a home accessible and answers to many other housing-related questions.
- Information and Advocacy for People with Disabilities & their Families
List of organizations that assist persons with disabilities and their families in finding services, assistive technology, and support groups in addition to providing education and advocacy on disability related issues and so much more.
- Living Well with Low Vision
Website from the Prevent Blindness America organization. Offers free materials and up to date information about resources to help persons who have low vision, who are losing their vision, and those who care for them.
- Telecommunications Equipment Purchase Program TEPP
The TEPP (Telecommunications Equipment Purchase Program) funding program can assist people with disabilities with the purchase of specialized equipment. SVRI brings you an online tutorial designed to answer your questions about the program. This FREE, self-paced, tutorial is available for consumers and service providers who want to learn more about using the TEPP program. Funding for the project was from a Non-Profit Access Grant program made available through the Wisconsin Public Service Commission. The tutorial is divided up into three parts and is presented in an audio visual format (with captions). We encourage you to work through the modules in order and then return, as needed, for information to any one of them in the future.
- Wisconsin Guide to Obtaining Augmentative Communications Devices
This booklet is intended for Medicaid and BadgerCare Plus members, their caregivers, and providers considering augmentative communication devices, accessories, and services. Wisconsin Medicaid and BadgerCare Plus covers medically necessary equipment and services that meet state and federal guidelines