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Wisconsin Union and Porchlight: Employer Partnership Success

In Employment Articles, Featured, News by eri

Bret Kuhn enjoys his job doing dishes and coordinating with other staff at University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Union South. He likes listening to music while working, his over $13 per hour pay, his co-workers, and the scheduling flexibility he needs. And Union South appreciates that he’s there. “We’re better as a society if we engage everyone’s hands and minds,” said Carl …

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Be Diverse! Strengthen Your Business and Your Community

In Advocacy, Employment Articles, Featured, News by Helena Gerritsen

When you invest in a diverse workforce, you build a team that has a depth of talent, innovation, and dedication not found in non-inclusive workforces. The more diverse your team is, the more skillful and innovative they will be in accomplishing the goals and resolving the challenges you set before them. Companies benefit in many ways from investing in a …

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Advancing Employment First and Building Full Lives: Working Together

In Employment Articles, Featured, News by Priscilla Matthews

Wisconsin is an Employment First state, where we work together to Build Full Lives. Just because you have a disability doesn’t mean you don’t want to work and participate in your community like everyone else.  Employment First is a framework centered on the belief that all citizens, including individuals with significant disabilities, are capable of full participation in integrated employment and community life. In …

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Motivated, Uniquely Skilled, and Thinking About Work. What’s Next?

In Employment Articles, Featured, Job Search Tips, Resources by Priscilla Matthews

You’re motivated, have unique skills, and know you’d be a great asset to the right employer.  Those are excellent qualities that will take you far. If you have a disability, you may have a few more things to think through than the typical job seeker. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many resources are available in Wisconsin to help you find …

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ERI Supports National Disability Employment Awareness Month

In Advocacy, Employment Articles, Featured, News by Priscilla Matthews

These are the people seeking meaningful work who we meet every day at ERI. They also have a disability. How can each of us contribute to a world where every person has the ability to live a full, active life at work, home, and in their communities? October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This is an opportunity to share …

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Speak Up for Yourself

In Employment Articles, Featured, News, Ticket to Work Articles by Beth Storch

By speaking up for what you need or want, you are more likely to: To be an effective self-advocate in the workplace and to speak up for accommodations that you feel are necessary and reasonable, there are three main points to consider. Here are a few ways to get started in being a better self-advocate. Your disability. Have a clear …