New bill will help at least 6,000 people with disabilities get job training

By: Kevin Hurd Email
By: Kevin Hurd Email

A bill signed by Governor Walker will help more people with disabilities get access to job training and help finding a job.

"You don't have to be a psychologist to know work in a lot of ways defines who we are," said Stacy Wigfield, President and CEO of Reach Inc. in Eau Claire.

He knows the value of a job.

"It's a very important part of being a contributing member of society, having a job that gives you a sense of self-worth," he said.

His organization helps people with disabilities get job training and find work in the community.

On the heels of a bill signed last week by Governor Walker, we learned an additional 6,000 people with disabilities across the state will get access to job training, help finding a job and other employment services offered at a place like Reach Incorporated.

"We believe in that array of services and we like to move people through those services to community based jobs, and this money that the governor made available will help in that regard greatly," he said.

Reach Incorporated works with about 170 people at any given time - all of them in different stages working towards employment.

"And the money will make it easier, better and more streamlined and efficient to take on more people and get more jobs for people with disabilities," he added.

Many people they work with he says are ready to get to work. Agencies like Reach Incorporated help them get there. He says no program is a "one size fits all" for people with disabilities, extra money will help cater services to individuals.

Many people they work with he says are ready to get to work. Agencies like Reach Incorporated help them get there.

He says no program is a "one size fits all" for people with disabilities. Extra money will help cater services to individuals - helping them not only find a job but find their place in society.


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