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In recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Posted On: October 23, 2013

Over 400 people with disabilities and advocates will unite in a Grassroots Advocacy Event to celebrate their important contribution as productive members of America’s workforce.

Evelyne Villines, a nationally recognized self-advocate who has been honored by SourceAmerica; http://sourceamerica.org/ will share her own inspirational story. The message Ms. Villines shares with advocates, policymakers, and others alike is that all employment choices and services must be respected and protected, including options for people with severe disabilities to gain valuable work experience and expand independence in skills training programs. The federal government has recently proposed new regulations that threaten to eliminate this option. Advocacy to members of Wisconsin’s Congressional delegation by stakeholders has focused on the importance of preserving the right for people with disabilities to freely choose where they want to work.

Ms. Villines has held numerous prominent government positions; including her former appointment by President Bill Clinton as a member of the committee for Purchase for People Who are Blind or Severely Disabled. State and local policy makers, legislators and advocates have been invited to hear her emphasize the critical importance of protecting a full array of services to ensure the availability of employment opportunities for all people with disabilities.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The theme for 2013 is "Because We Are EQUAL to the Task".

http://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/ndeam/

EVENT DETAILS:

Friday, October 25, 2013

Jefferson County Fair Park

503 N. Jackson Ave, Jefferson, WI 53549

„h 10:00am – Participants Arrival

„h 10:30am – Evelyne Villines will present

„h 12:00pm – Appreciation Luncheon

„h 1:00pm – Social

Participants:

„X A TEAM of Wisconsin – this volunteer led team was established in October 2011 and now has 7 chapters around the state with over 300 members. Its mission is to ignite the passion and energy of persons with disabilities and their families to advocate in a grassroots effort, create awareness in the community and advise those who care for our citizens with special needs; ensuring service choices are protected and sustained.

www.ateamwisconsin.org

„X Community Rehabilitation Programs – individuals with disabilities who attend skills training programs and receive a full range of employment services from statewide Community Rehabilitation Programs will be in attendance to celebrate their contributions to the workforce with family and friends, while learning self advocacy to ensure their service choices are respected and protected.