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Finding Workforce Solutions: Community Breakfast & Forum

Finding Workforce Solutions by Employing People with Disabilities:

A Community Forum and Breakfast

VIP Services, Inc., in partnership with the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities, will host a complimentary breakfast event for employers and other community members at the Matheson Memorial Library on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

At the event, area employers who are interested in learning how to leverage local resources to meet their workforce needs and diversify their businesses will hear from other local business who have had positive experiences employing people with disabilities. Employers will learn how partnering with VIP Services, Inc to include the talents of people with disabilities can benefit their workplace. Participants will have an opportunity to network and learn while talking with VIP Services staff and people with disabilities about their own hiring needs.

This event is part of a two-year statewide initiative called Partners with Business that was passed by the Wisconsin Legislature in the spring of 2018 to build capacity with businesses to hire and support workers with disabilities.  There is no cost to register and includes a complimentary breakfast.  To RSVP for the event, visit https://findingworkforcesolutions.splashthat.com/ or for more information, contact Kim Brady at kimbrady@vipservices-inc.org or (262)723-4043 ext.136.

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January 2019 – Lunch Calendar

What’s for lunch at VIP in January?  Check it out!  Or, click here: January 2019 Lunch Calendar for the PDF version.

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December 2018 – Lunch Calendar

What’s for lunch at VIP in December?  For the PDF version: December 2018 Lunch Calendar.

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VIP Voice 2018 Newsletter

Join the fun!  Check out the latest edition of the VIP Voice Summer 2018 Newsletter.

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November 2018 – Lunch Calendar

What’s for lunch at VIP in November?  Check it out!  Or, for the PDF version:  November 2018 Lunch Calendar.

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October 2018 – Lunch Calendar

What’s for lunch at VIP in October?  Or, click here for the PDF.

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September 2018 – Lunch Calendar

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August 2018 – Lunch Calendar

What’s for lunch at VIP in August?  Check it out or go to a PDF version:  August 2018 Lunch Calendar

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July 2018 – Lunch Calendar

What’s for lunch at VIP in July?  Check it out or go to a PDF version:  July 2018 – Lunch Calendar – click here!

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VIP Receives Partners with Business Award

For a PDF, go to:  VIP Services Receives Partners with Business Award from BPDD

WI Board for People with Developmental Disabilities Announces Partners with Business Awards

(Madison) — The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD) has announced seven awards statewide to school districts and services providers designed so they can help local businesses hire and support workers with significant disabilities.  The “Partners with Business” initiative was signed into law this spring and is based on a successful, cost-effective strategy from BPDD’s Let’s Get to Work youth employment project that shows businesses how co-workers can provide supports to employees with disabilities on the job.

Congratulations to VIP Services Inc., located in Elkhorn. Here is why they’re interested in the PWB model.

VIP Services, Inc. believes the PWB model will be beneficial because “the efficiency of having on-site, co-worker involvement will lead to better employment outcomes.”

 Partners with Business supports workers with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be successful on the job by using a combination of natural and formal supports, both of which are provided by the employer.  Using the Partners with Business approach, a school or vocational service agency works with an employer to provide initial job training for a worker with disabilities and develops on-the-job supports through co-workers.  Once co-worker supports have been developed and job training is complete, the employer may receive funds from the long-term care system (i.e. Family Care, IRIS, Partnership) or other sources to designate co-worker(s), instead of agency-provided job coaches, to provide necessary ongoing supports.

“The Partners with Business approach has shown success reducing the need for outside job coaches and has demonstrated increased numbers of hours worked per week by employees,” said Beth Swedeen, BPDD Executive Director.  “Overall, workers supported through Partners with Business have needed fewer public supports to get and keep their jobs. It’s a win-win employment strategy for people with disabilities in Wisconsin.”

These mini-grants are part of the 2017 Wisconsin Act 323, passed on April 16, 2018.  To view the statutory language, visit: https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2017/related/acts/323.

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