Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
June 2007
Website Benefits Wisconsin Employees with Disabilities

WorkSourceWI.com gives Employers Information on Workplace Accommodations

WorkSource Wisconsin, a not-for-profit organization formed through a grant at the University of Wisconsin Stout and Madison has launched WorkSourceWI.com. Based on input and research from Wisconsin's employers, WorkSourceWI.com is a complete guide to employment and disabilities in the workplace. Significant information, case studies, and even employment law information are all linked in one convenient place.

WorkSource Wisconsin was formed to fill a void in the availability of information to Wisconsin employers. With information compiled by employers, for employers, WorkSourceWI.com will provide access to a resource unlike any other available in the state. To compile this information, Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute partnered with the Department of Health and Family Services-Pathways Project, employers and other disability program professionals from around the state.

"Our goal was to create a place for employers to go for answers to tough questions," said Michael Lawler of Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute. "By providing important resources in one convenient place, we hope to make the process of recruiting and retaining employees with disabilities easier for employers. Workplace accommodations seem daunting to some if they have no experience and no place to ask their questions. We're here to remedy that."

The Web site also provides information on the other services offered through WorkSource Wisconsin. In addition to searching links to other employment related sites, Wisconsin employers can post questions and interact with other employers from around the state on the Employer Forum portion of the site. Employers can also review various training programs held around the state pertaining to different aspects of employment including human resources, workplace accommodations, labor laws, and more.

About WorkSource Wisconsin
WorkSource Wisconsin is a not-for-profit organization with the goal of providing Wisconsin employers with accessible and complete information regarding the employment of individuals with disabilities. Through a comprehensive Web site, toll free phone line, and statewide trainings for employers, WorkSource Wisconsin seeks to provide Wisconsin employers with the resources necessary to recruit and retain employees with disabilities. Funding is provided by the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, and Pathways to Independence. For more information, visit www.WorkSourceWI.com. For more information, please call 866-460-9602.

-- Annie Guldberg

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