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August 2013

As of 07/22/13

Successful Closures

3,029=92% of goal
(81% elapsed)

Rehab Rate


Minority Serv. Rate


Social Security Reimbursement



Technology Resources

Smartphone Accessibility

There's an App for That

Adaptive Tools

Thank You

Staff Updates

Web What's New

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Technology Resources for People with Disabilities

image: Disability.Gov LogoTechnology can play an important role in assisting people with disabilities to live and work independently - everything from adaptive tools to computer software.

Disability.gov is a web portal that links to more than 14,000 resources from federal, state and local government agencies. A section of their website is dedicated to technology. Users can search by state or look for national resources.

This tool may help DVR staff connect consumers with the technology that will help them return to work or improve their employment.

Smartphone Accessibility Features 101

image: Smartphone ImageAs Smartphones get smaller and stronger, we can all carry technology, and accessibility options, in our pockets!

Different devices have different accessibility features. This website can connect you and your consumers to the latest listing of features that are available (most of them pre-loaded) on various devices.


There's an App for That! (the student version)

Youth with learning disabilities often struggle with study skills and staying organized. There are many applications for mobile devices that can help students with learning disabilities to stay on track!

This page at the National Center for Learning Disabilities website lists a few to get you started:


Adaptive Tools

image: Lift Creeper Photo

A lift creeper helps a person to work on projects close to the floor and then rise to sitting or standing.


Disability Work Tools is an online company that provides a wide variety of adaptive tools and technology for agriculture, construction, trucking, auto maintenance, welding and home maintenance. Users can search their catalog by tool type or by occupation.




Thanks for a Job Well Done

Terry Conley - VRC, Jefferson

Thanks so very much for understanding and being there for support when I needed it Terry. It made a huge difference! I'm truly grateful for you, for all that the DVR program is helping me to accomplish during this transitional time in my life and how it will have a positive affect on my future.

Jackie Meyer - VRC, Ladysmith

We would like to express our deepest appreciation for all the help you and DVR personnel have given with the start up of our business. The roll back truck has helped us so much in the short couple weeks we had it. The clam is a useful tool in unloading customers as well as loading the recycle boxes. The scale has been the greatest asset to this business. We can honestly say that we have seen a HUGE increase in customers as well as revenue. During the planning stages we estimated our growth of 30% each year. But the two year projections are where year four projections were supposed to be. We are so grateful for all your help. You are great to work with and we are seriously happy to have met you.

Larnzetta McFadden - VRC, Madison

Thank you, Larnzetta, so much for the TWT experience. I have learned so much the past few weeks! First and foremost, I found that I can do so much more than I ever would have thought that I could do! Overall, it was a very valuable experience and I am very grateful to have the opportunity to try it.

Staff Updates

New Faces/Transfers

  • Jackie Gies, Financial Specialist (LTE), Central Office
  • Stephanie Lally, VR Counselor, La Crosse
  • Kristin Erickson, VR Counselor, Madison
  • David Chapman, VR Counselor, Madison
  • Sara Kline, VR Counselor, Fond du Lac


  • Ed Karlman, VR Counselor, WDA 9
  • Katy Shook, Consumer Case Coordinator, WDA 10
  • Mariceliz Masis, Consumer Case Coordinator, WDA 6

What's New/Updated on the Web