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WRC Meeting Minutes
July 19, 2012
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Present: Ben Anderson, Wendi Dawson, Jim Dobrinksa, Stephanie Drum, Julie Ferchoff, Steve Gilles, Mike Greco, Jodi Hanna, Alvin Hill, Ron Jansen, Patricia Lerch, Cindi Pichler (for Kristin Stern), Linda Vegoe,
Absent: Cayte Anderson, Rob Buettner, Monica Kamal, Tina Koehn, John Lui, Roxan Perez, Matthew Zellmer
Resource staff/guests: William Parke-Sutherland, JoAnna Richard, Randy Sommerfeld, Glenn Olsen
Recorder: Kristin Rolling
Call to Order
Linda Vegoe, Chair, called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m.
WRC Member Recruitment/Appointments – Kristin is working with the DWD Secretary’s Office to move appointments and re-appointments forward.
A. Hill/B. Anderson moved/seconded to approve minutes with corrections.
Independent Living Council - Wisconsin – Ron Jansen and William Parke-Sutherland
- Ron represented the ILCW at the National Council of Independent Living (NCIL) conference in Washington DC.
- Work continues on the State Plan for Independent Living. There will be a public hearing on August 6, 2012.
- The ILCW is sharing information regarding the efforts of American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), NCIL, ADAPT and the National Disability Rights Network to boycott hotels that are contesting the Department of Justice ruling related to accessibility and hotel swimming pools.
Wisconsin Disability Benefits Network – Stephanie Drum
- There was not enough Congressional support to extend or renew funding for Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) funding will end June 30th.
Department of Public Instruction – Wendi Dawson
- Let’s Get to Work grants have been awarded to 9 schools. The goal of the project is to improve employment outcomes for students with significant disabilities.
- SPARKS grant applications are being accepted through September 11, 2012. The grants focus on building community capacity in the areas of grassroots community organizing, Integrated Employment, and self-directed supports.
Vocational Rehabilitation for Native Americans – Patricia Lerch
- In the fourth year of a five-year grant cycle and are currently working on writing the next grant.
WRC Member Question: Will you be seeking letters of support for a grant application?
Answer: Yes, in the spring of 2013.
Survival Coalition – Jodi Hanna
- It is a cross-disability coalition of about 40 state and local organizations and groups. The group has renewed its focus on disability employment issues.
- DVR’s Senior Leadership Team and Linda Vegoe attended the group’s last meeting to discuss changes to DVR’s Order of Selection.
WRC Executive Committee – Linda Vegoe
- As the council looks at recruiting members for vacancies, the executive committee will be looking more closely at geographic diversity.
- DWD Secretary Reggie Newson and Deputy Secretary Jonathan Berry will be invited to the October WRC meeting.
- The committee will be working with Kristin to develop training materials for new WRC members.
WRC Member Suggestion: If a vote on an issue is anticipated, time on the agenda should be set aside to share background information on the topic.
Agenda Item: DVR Reports
Mike Greco, Acting DVR Administrator
Agenda Item: Workforce Development Area 8
Randy Sommerfeld, WDA 8 Director
WRC Member Question: What is the biggest challenge working with agriculture cases?
Answer: Helping farmers understand that they can re-think how they farm.
WRC Member Question: What percentage of graduates with degrees related to vocational rehabilitation come to DVR?
Answer: Most want to work in private rehabilitation.
Agenda Item: Disability Employment Initiative Update
Glenn Olsen, DWD Division of Employment and Training
DEI Fact Sheet
DEI Executive Summary
Service Areas http://www.wisconsinjobcenter.org/disability/default.htm (scroll to the bottom)
WRC Member Question: How does this new initiative differ from the Navigator project?
Answer: Disability Resource Coordinators can provide one to one services, while the Navigators could only work on systems change. This project only covers half of the state and Navigators were statewide.
Agenda Item: Order of Selection 101
Linda Vegoe, WRC Chair
Agenda Item: Public Hearing
A. Hill/B. Anderson motion/second to adjourn.
Meeting adjourned at 4:00 p.m.