Monday, April 7, 2014

Award for Sen. Jen Shilling, UWL Grad, by Sam, Guinta

            Senator Jennifer Shilling will be presented, on May 1st, with the Government Leadership Award at the KI Convention Center.
            Each year, Rehabilitation for Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Rehabilitation association get nominations for the award and decide who will receive it based on contributions to legislation, policies and practices that aid the lives of those with disabilities. 
            Senator Shilling was selected by Riverfront in La Crosse.  She was chosen because of her persistent support for people with disabilities in Wisconsin and her success in legislating a bill that received bi-partisan support in 2013.  This bill strengthens job training and placement by giving more funds to the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.  She increased the states funding to the DVR by $4.2 million, and qualified the group to receive another $15.5 million from the federal government.
            This will increase employment for disabled persons by reducing the waiting lists that the DVR has.  The DVR provides employment services and counseling to people with disabilities to attain employment, be more self-sufficient and decrease their reliance on government aid.

            “Empowering individuals with special needs to identify their unique abilities and maximize their potential continues to be a priority for me as a state senator,” said Shilling.