Empowering Citizens2018-10-23T08:09:35+00:00

A My Choice Family Care Special Event: Empowering Our Citizens—Disability Inclusion in the Wisconsin Workforce

Purpose: To bring the community come together for a conversation about how we all benefit from including the gifts and talents of people with disabilities in the Wisconsin workforce, and how to make it happen.
Master of Ceremonies: Betsy Van Heesch, COO, My Choice Family Care, Inc.

Session One

A Conversation with the Business Community

Audience: Business owners and employment professionals
Date: Friday, October 26, 2018
Time: 9:00 – 11:00AM (Registration begins at 8:30AM)
Agenda: Key Note Speaker • Panel Discussion • Q&A
Registration: EOC.Business@mychoicefamilycare.org

  1. People with disabilities want to work, and the profile of a worker with disabilities reads like that of an ideal employee.
  2. The perceived challenges of hiring a person with disabilities are often far fewer than expected and the resources available are greater than anticipated.
  3. Companies that hire people with disabilities can solve many employment issues and are rewarded with many business benefits.
“The Seven Keys to Citizenship:  What It Means to the Business Community”

Simon Duffy, Keynote SpeakerDr. Simon Duffy has been working alongside people with disabilities and their families since 1990. He is based in Sheffield, England and runs the Centre for Welfare Reform—a citizen think tank that shares innovations to advance social justice. Simon is also the secretary of Citizen Network—a global cooperative working for a world where everyone matters.

Simon is a writer, speaker, and practical problem-solver. He founded Inclusion Glasgow and In Control, and led work on self-direction and citizenship for people with intellectual and development disabilities in Scotland and England. In 2008, he was awarded the Royal Society of Arts’ Prince Albert Medal for social innovation and in 2011, he received the Social Policy Association award for outstanding contribution to social policy. In 1994 and 1995, Simon was also a Harkness Fellow, based in Denver, Colorado.

Simon has a doctorate in moral philosophy and writes on the welfare state, citizenship, social justice, and inclusion. Key publications include “Unlocking the Imagination” (1996), “Keys to Citizenship” (2003), “Women at the Centre” (2011,) “A Fair Income” (2011), “Peer Power” (2012), and “The Unmaking of Man” (2013). Simon is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.

  1. Jenny Stonemeier | Executive Director, Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) National Team; Parent
  2. Cindy Bentley | Executive Director, People First Wisconsin; Self-Advocate
  3. Judy Quigley | Executive Director, Disability: IN Wisconsin
  4. Patrick Young | Employee; Self-Advocate
  5. Christine Schulz | Community Employment & Connection Manager, Goodwill; EmpowerOne
  6. Anese Dupree | Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
  7. Andres Gonzalez | Vice-President, Chief Diversity Officer Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin
  8. Jorge Franco | CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin
  9. Joe Minton | Owner, Black Duck Partners
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Session Two

A Conversation with Parents and Young Adults

Audience: Parents, young adults, students, school administrative staff (CCOT)
Date: Friday, October 26, 2018
Time: 1:30 – 3:30 PM (Registration begins at 1:00PM)
Agenda: Key Note Speaker • Panel Discussion • Q&A
Registration: EOC.RSVP@mychoicefamilycare.org

  1. To understand why work is an important step toward building independence and becoming a contributing member of society
  2. To understand your benefits and how to reach your employment goals
  3. To understand the need for your skills and talents
  1. Jenny Stonemeier | Executive Director, Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) National Team; Parent
  2. Cindy Bentley | Executive Director, People First Wisconsin; Self-Advocate
  3. Kathleen Oberneder | Wealth Management Advisor, Crescendo Wealth Management; Parent (ABLE Accounts)
  4. Patrick Young | Employee; Self-Advocate
  5. Kathy Altman | Director of Independent Living Services, IndependenceFirst
  6. Beth Lohmann | Director of Employment and Community Services, Easterseals Southeast Wisconsin
  7. Cheri Sylla | Family Engagement Coordinator, CESA 1
  8. Robbin Thomas Lyons | President, Wisconsin Upside Down
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Join Us for This FREE EVENT!

This event will be at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Arts Center Lecture Hall (Room ACL 120), 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53211.

Light refreshments will be provided at both events by Lilyworks.

Suggested Parking Lot:  UWM Union Parking, Underground Lot, 2408 E. Kenwood Blvd.
(Rates: Monday-Friday, hours 1 and 2, $1 each 30 minutes; then $1 per hour—$12 maximum. Parking should be $5 for the event. Accessible parking adjacent to the Art Center Lecture Hall.)

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