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Wisconsin DVR will celebrate the month with many events throughout the state. 2013 marks the first year that there will be an NDEAM event in every WDA - several WDAs have more than one event!
There is also now an NDEAM webpage on the DVR website. The site contains a list of DVR NDEAM events in Wisconsin and will feature success stories of DVR consumers who work at some of the companies that are being recognized throughout the month.
As in year's past, the focus of Wisconsin DVR's NDEAM events is recognizing the partnership of Wisconsin companies who recruit, hire and retain people with disabilities, and to provide educational opportunities for companies related to disability and employment topics.
Submitted by Aimee Jahnke, IRIS Specialist
October 1st - and the IRIS Release - are here!
As you begin working in the updates to IRIS, I wanted to remind you of some resources that can help you answer questions.
On the IRIS homepage, there are links to the IRIS release emails for easy reference. This means you do not need to save the emails, or try to dig them up, if you need them.
Also on the IRIS homepage is a link to the IRIS SharePoint site. If you select the link to the SharePoint site, you can select "Training Materials" on the left side of the screen to be taken to a list of IRIS-related training materials, including those from the Mandatory Training in September of 2013.
DVR's Workplace Wellness efforts continue through various events and wellness-minded decisions around the state!
Tamara Silha recently brought some WDA 5 co-workers to a health club for lunch and all got to try free health/protein smoothies as new "members". From left to right; Jennifer Mikalowsky, Tamara Silha, Terra Schlueter, Andrea Christoff, Anna Eggebrecht.
As a way to help DVR staff connect to their communities, WDA 5, WDA 8 and Central Office participated in a "School Supply Drive", with each group collecting school supplies for low-income families in their communities, along with a friendly challenge to see who could collect the most.
WDA 5 WDA 8 Central Office
The charities that benefited from everyone's generosity are:
Do you use the On-the-Job Training (OJT) Hiring Initiative Agreement Form (DVR-16561-E)? If so, here are some tips/reminders:
Joshua Johnson - BSC, WDA 2
Email message from a local business owner
I would like to thank you for the promptness on the matter with (consumer name). We as an employer do not have time to deal with issues with case managers so when a problem arose, your quick response and "take care of it" attitude was thoroughly appreciated. When I met with you, we were convinced you were a dedicated and caring person that just wasn't going to throw us anyone. My continued contact with you have proven that we made a great decision. I feel the meeting truly helped the situation and brought us back to a good relationship with this employee. You truly go above and beyond. We truly appreciate our relationship and look forward to working with you further.
Chao Xiong - VRC, Eau Claire
I just want to thank you for everything you do and have done for me!
Kay Lechner - VRC, Waukesha
Email from a Walgreens REDI participant
Just to let you know I received a phone call from Scott, a shift manager at Walgreen's here in Oconomowoc. He was letting me know that they've decided to hire me!
I called Nicole Thompson at Goodwill Industries to thank her for all her help. I also want to express my appreciation for all that you've done for me. I can't begin to describe the gratitude and respect I have for you. You obviously know your work and conduct it extremely well. I pray and I'm confident that this will be an ideal opportunity for me.
Jolene Cooley - VRC, Milwaukee
Email from the parent of a consumer
I want to thank you for all that you have done to support (consumer name) in her multiple transitions. Your creative and person-centered thinking helped bring multiple people and programs together to truly assure a better quality of life for her. It is exciting that she can transition from DVR services with a such a seamless connection to long term funding with Family Care - this is a testament to everyone involved and everyone's commitment to work as team with her best interests in mind. Thanks again for everything. Keep doing the good work, keep fighting the good fight. The work you do every day changes the world for people who may not be able to advocate for themselves.
David Chapman - VRC, Madison
Thanks so much! DVR was one of two positive forces I encountered in my rehab and DVR has consistently taken me forward, step by step. I honestly can't say enough good things about all the support to help me turn around a very big negative to regain a good chunk of the quality of life I used to have. To be employed and not be stressed out about money constantly and to start repaying my family my debt from the past 3 years and to have back some positive self-esteem about having more independence now -- simply awesome! I really appreciate your help! Thank you!
Josephine Herrera-Miller (VRC) and Maureen Bryden (BSC) - Fond du Lac
Email from the parent of a consumer
Just wanted to drop you a note to say "Thank You!" from (consumer name), myself and my husband for all you did to help (consumer name) with his situation at Mercury. Please pass on a "Thank You" to Maureen too (I don't have her email). You two really teamed up and acted fast for him and we appreciate it!
He is very pleased to still be employed at Mercury and between our talks at home and then his meeting today I see a renewed positive attitude. This has all opened up his communication with his coworkers and everyone which is so good for him. We all are breathing a sigh of relief!
Erin Wendorf - VRC, Janesville
I hope this email finds all well with you. I just wanted to drop you a quick email and say "thank you" for your assistance with state jobs. I finally landed one. It is very busy but very exciting. I relocated to La Crosse at the end of May. Your assistance in guiding me through the process of applying with the state will always be greatly appreciated.