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Disclosing a Vision Impairment at Work

In Blog, Employment Articles, Featured, News by eri

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People Who are Blind or Have Low Vision  published a new advice sheet for people with vision impairments. The advice sheet provides information for people who are blind or have low vision and are considering disclosing their visual disability at work. Topics include the benefits, the pros and cons, protections under …

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Transportation: Knowing the Options

In Accessibility, Blog, Featured, News, Transportation by eri

As you consider your job goals, part of that process is considering how you will get to and from work. If owning and driving a vehicle is not an option, there are many different transportation options. Learn more what they are, how they work, and how to use them.A Variety of Options“Transportation Options for Older Adults and People with Disabilities” …

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See You Later – But Don’t Be a Stranger: Jolin’s Next Adventure

In Blog, Featured, News by Sarah Lyngdal

If you – or someone you know – had ERI’s help applying for benefits, you probably know Jolin Mitchel. He has been the manager and main contact for ERI’s Community Benefits Specialist (CBS) program since its inception. Starting as an intern in 2009, Jolin has become one of ERI’s longest-serving employees. He has helped countless individuals apply for Social Security …

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Guardianship and Voting: Preserving and Restoring the Right to Vote

In Blog, Featured, News by eri

In Wisconsin, anyone 18 years old or older is legally an adult and is presumed by law to be able to manage all personal and financial affairs, including the ability to register to vote and to vote. – Persons with disabilities, even those with guardians, have the right to vote. Often, people don’t know the rules and rights for …

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Mental Health During Times of Crisis

In Blog, Featured, Mental Health Resources, News by Dawn Lalley

If you, your family, or people you are working with are struggling with the news this week, you’re not alone. Almost everyone shares in the horror at this latest tragedy. Please know that it’s okay not to be okay. According to Mental Health America Wisconsin (pdf): What’s important right now is focusing on supporting one another and promoting healing within …

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Summer Youth Program: Career Frontiers Accepting Applications

In Featured, News by Theresa Kulow

Hey Teens! Join us this summer for hands-on activities and lessons to discover more about future work possibilities and to learn new job skills. Our Career Frontiers Program for teens age 16 to 18 is accepting applications for this summer. We will be offering a summer session for teens to learn job skills, consider future job interests, and even tour …

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Tips for Improving Your Financial Health

In Blog, Employment Articles, Featured, Financial Resources, News by Dawn Lalley

Some traditional barriers to employment have gone away. An increase in the number of people working from home since COVID-19, means people with disabilities don’t need to go to an office. They don’t have to find transportation. They often have the accommodations they need at home and often more flexible schedules. This gives people with disabilities more chances to find …

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Social Security Offers More Options for Getting Help

In Benefits Articles, Blog, Featured, News, Social Security Benefits by eri

Starting in early April, if you need to talk to someone at Social Security, you will have more options. Social Security will add more in-person appointments and offer in-person service for people without an appointment. During the pandemic, millions of people used Social Security’s secure and convenient online services and received help by phone and in their offices by appointment. As …

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Observing Veteran’s Day

In Employment Services, Featured, News by Theresa Kulow

During his second inauguration, President Abraham Lincoln said “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan.” Helping returning veterans has long been a part of our country’s heritage.Veterans Day and Vocational Rehabilitation On November 11, we celebrate and honor the veterans who have served in the U.S. military. The date commemorates …

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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)

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Workers with Disabilities are Key to Economic RecoveryNational Disability Employment Awareness Month is celebrated each October to recognize the many contributions of people with disabilities to our nation’s economy. This year’s NDEAM theme is, “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion.” COVID-19 has left an enormous gap in America’s workforce. There are more jobs than skilled people to fill them. This gives …