Sep 5 2017

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Dubuque man thanks donors for help in purchasing specialized vehicle

A Dubuque man with no arms and legs is now able to drive with a modified vehicle made just for him.

Jake Hesselman’s cousin and aunt started a Go Fund Me account for him last summer, asking people to donate money for a specialized vehicle that he could drive.

The page raised $65,000, which went toward buying the vehicle.

The Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation agency helped pay for the modifications.

The car is specially equipped with a ramp to help Hesselman get in and out.

Progressive Alliance on KHOI Community Radio

Tune in to hear Andrea Keith, IVRS Rehabilitation Counselor at our North Central Area Office, discuss disability issues on KHOI Community Radio in a recording of last Friday’s segment.

The Ames Progressive Alliance produces this monthly program.Victoria Szopinski, Co-Chair of the Ames Progressive Alliance co-hosts the show with Anne Kinzel. Also featured in this program are Jan Bauer, Chair of the Story County Democrats, who was born physically disabled and Jennifer Ellis, Executive Director of Friendship Ark Homes, to address barriers to individuals with intellectual disablities.

The program lasts approximately 25 minutes.

Project Search Featured on the front page of the Quad City Times!

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People with Disabilities Twice as Likely to be Employed in Some States as Others

  • Wyoming leads nation with 57.1 percent of their working-age citizens with disabilities employed.
  • Pennsylvanians with disabilities experience the biggest jobs gains of any state in the nation with 13,763 more people with disabilities entering the workforce.
  • Wisconsin edges Nevada out of the top 10 states after investing in school-to-work transition programs for youth with disabilities.

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Winners Announced for Iowa Job Honor Awards
New initiative aims toemploy disadvantaged jobseekers by celebrating A New Kind of Hero

Iowa Job Honor Awards Honorees

The Iowa Job Honor Awards, an initiative aimed at recognizing Iowans who have overcome barriers to employment, has announced its top honorees for 2016.

In the employer category, Owner Revolution in Atlantic and The ReWall Company of Des Moines were honored for their commitment to hire disadvantaged candidates, including people with developmental disabilities, past criminal convictions and histories of addiction. Heather Link, human resources manager at Owner Revolution, believes that people who overcome barriers often make exceptional employees. They value this opportunity so much. They re doing something that matters, and they re valued. And to me, that s success. Jan Rayman, CEO at ReWall, agrees: We ve struggled to find people who would do a good job and show up every day, so we quickly arrived at the conclusion that it s not about their background, it s about their present and future. We want to be the company offering second chances.

Pictured are: Kyle Horn, Founder Director of America s Job Honor Awards; Heather Link and Lorene Grubbs of Owner Revolution in Atlantic; John Worth, V.P. and General Manager at Owner Revolution Inc. and Michelle Krefft, Business Consultant at Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services.

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