Editor: I recently was invited, as a representative of our organization, to join other local employers and Opportunity Development Center, or ODC, in celebrating the success of individuals with disabilities in securing community employment in Wood and Marathon counties.
More than 130 local employers partnered with ODC to help develop non-sheltered, community based employment opportunities for adults with developmental, physical and mental health disabilities in 2012. This is truly a local success story, especially considering the challenging economy that all job seekers face on a daily basis.
Employing people with disabilities has long-term and lasting benefits for both the individuals hired and the businesses and organizations who choose to hire them. In fact, the state of Wisconsin currently has a major initiative in place to successfully increase the employment number of people with disabilities statewide.
Opportunity Development Center has continued to move its employment programs forward in our part of the state, transitioning from a sheltered-based to an integrated, community-based model. Community Care of Central Wisconsin, in addition to partnering in this effort by employing people with disabilities, contracts with ODC and other local employment and rehabilitation providers to support adults with disabilities find meaningful work in our communities.
Thanks to the 132 employers who partnered with ODC in 2012 to further job opportunities for people with disabilities in central Wisconsin! For more information about ODC and the work they do, contact them in Wisconsin Rapids at 715-424-2712.
Community Care of Central Wisconsin