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What Can YOU Do? The Campaign for Disability Employment
What Can YOU Do?
The Campaign for Disability Employment is a collaborative effort between several disability and business organizations that seek to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities by encouraging employers and others to recognize the value and talent they bring to the workplace, as well as the dividend to be realized by fully including people with disabilities at work.

People with disabilities can and do make important contributions to America’s businesses every day. By implementing good workplace practices, like maintaining a flexible and inclusive work environment, businesses can capitalize on the talents of qualified people with disabilities, benefiting everyone.

"At work it's what people CAN do that matters."

Work means so much more than a paycheck. It means purpose and independence in our lives, especially so for persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities can pursue meaningful careers. It's important to identify strengths and talents so to pursue the right education and/or job training required to put skills and abilities to work for an employer. It's important to understand it's a right to be evaluated on abilities not disabilities. High expectations and perseverance are essential to success.

Check out the www.whatcanyoudocampaign.orgwebsite to find out more about what employers and disabled persons can do to put such an important valuable resource to work - so everybody benefits.

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

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.

  • 2014 Summer Camps For Persons with Special Needs
    Listing of 2014 Summer Camps that provide programing and activities for persons with special needs. All you need to select the camp that is right for you, contact information, location, activities, days and dates.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
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