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Tony Evers, Governor
Caleb Frostman, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 19, 2020
CONTACT: DWD Communications, 608-266-2722
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DWD Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Offices Temporarily Closed to the Public

DVR Services Continue to Be Available Remotely

MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has announced that all statewide Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) offices are temporarily closed to the public in response to COVID-19, effective Thursday, March 19. While in-person services are suspended until further notice, DVR staff will continue to provide services by phone and email during business hours. Information on DVR office locations and the phone numbers to reach staff from each office can be found on DVR's Office Locations page.

"During this time of uncertainty, it is important that the public know our staff are available to assist them as employment situations are quickly changing," DWD Secretary Caleb Frostman said. "DVR staff are available remotely to continue to assist individuals with disabilities to find a job, keep a job, or get a better job."

Current DVR consumers are encouraged to contact their assigned DVR staff person directly by phone or email or call their local DVR office main phone line with any questions or concerns. Members of the public seeking disability employment resources or information about DVR services may visit the DVR website or contact the DVR Administrative Office at 800-442-3477.

While DVR offices statewide are closed to the public, many Job Center locations across the state continue to be open for in-person services. For those who may be experiencing a lay off or furlough during the COVID-19 pandemic, Job Center resource rooms have computers available to the public to file online for Unemployment Insurance (UI) and to start looking for employment. Job Centers and their status can be found on DWD's COVID-19 information page.

Job search assistance is also available online through JobCenterofWisconsin.com (JCW), Wisconsin's free online job search tool. In addition to having thousands of job postings, JCW has a number of employment resources, including online workshops, a budget calculator, career exploration tools, and connections to community resources.

Individuals interested in applying for DVR services can find the online referral form and other resources on the DVR website. DVR staff are available to assist with questions or technical assistance by calling your local DVR office or DVR's Administrative Office at 800-442-3477.