Inaugural Charity Golf Outing 2021

Join Disability:IN Wisconsin & Rockwell Automation for this Inaugural Charity Golf Outing and enjoy a fun action-packed day of golf with on-course games followed by an outdoor presentation of charitable recognition and comments from leaders of American Family Insurance, Rockwell Automation, and Disability:IN along with recognition of The Ability Center of Wisconsin, the 2021 recipient of this event proceeds.

The format is a four-person scramble. $95 per person.




For company sponsorships, please contact Jason Spunk at

Partners with Business And Disability:IN Wisconsin


Through the Partners with Business initiative, employers and supported employment service providers use best practice strategies to train and support workers with disabilities. If a worker needs additional support above and beyond what is typically provided by supervisors and coworkers, the employer can receive funding to provide this extra support.  This cost effective business strategy reduces the overreliance on job coaching

Hiring people with disabilities is good for business!  Partners with Business initiative helps service providers and employers support workers with disabilities to be successful and independent at work. Their strategies result in cost-effective, flexible, inclusive employment, and help businesses improve their bottom line and workplace diversity goals. 

Disability:IN Wisconsin plans to implement an employer engagement plan by researching and creating tools, coordinating a campaign, and meeting with stakeholders to help businesses recognize the business case for hiring people with disabilities and using the Partners with Business strategies.

An employer engagement plan will:

  • Ensure good job matches between employers and job seekers with disabilities
  • Empower employers to directly train and supervise their employees with disabilities
  • Cultivate workplace inclusion and natural supports
  • Maximize independence on the job for workers with disabilities
  • Reimburse employers for the costs of providing formal support above and beyond the “natural supports” typically found in the workplace to their employees with disabilities, rather than relying on outside job coaches provided by a vocational agency

For more information

For information about a Partners with Business Initiative within your organization contact

Judy Quigley

Executive Director, Disability:IN Wisconsin

This project was supported, in part by grant number 2001WISCDD-00, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.

Disability Self-ID Best Practices

On July 30, 2020 Disability:IN Wisconsin welcomed business leaders from across the state to learn about the importance of self-identification and disclosure of disabilities in the workplace. Tracey Andrus from Rangam Consultants Inc., Greg Pollock from PNC, and Lea Collins-Worachek from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development discussed questions about how this tool can destigmatize disability and allow people to bring their whole selves to work.

Employees are more likely to disclose a disability and get any needed accommodations to be successful when leaders build trusting relationships with them. When leaders with disabilities self-identify, it builds a culture of inclusion, and self-ID campaigns help companies understand their current demographics and identify areas for change.

We thank all who were able to join us for this event! If you missed it, we invite you to watch the recorded sessions on our YouTube channel here:

5 Wisconsin Businesses Named “2020 Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion”

Results from the 2020 Disability Equality Index (DEI) recognizing top-scoring companies as “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion.” were unveiled at the 2020 Disability:IN Annual Conference. 5 Businesses from Wisconsin received an award:

Best Practices for Hiring Individuals with Disabilities

On June 18 th, 2020 Disability:IN Wisconsin presented a webinar, ‘Best Practices for Hiring Individuals with Disabilities:  Maximizing Abilities to Drive Outcomes”.  The webinar featured a peer-to-peer dialogue around employing individuals with disabilities in an effort to change the perception of attendees to become receptive in looking at different pools of talent that may include individuals with disabilities.  Attendees heard the discussion on inclusion as part of the workplace culture, aligning skills and talent, the value of internal and external coaching, flexibility, and open conversation to cultivate talent pipelines. Please view the pre-recorded video presentation here:

COVID-19 and the Workforce: Intersections of Cornavirus, Employment and Disability Inclusion

Disability:IN Wisconsin would like to inform and share with you the following resources Disability:IN, has compiled to support your disability inclusion work during COVID-19.
As we work together and learn during this unprecedented time, we are guided by two broad principles:
Designing and implementing responses to COVID-19 that are based on facts, objective evidence, and science; and
Ensuring that our responses are genuine, effective, and meaningful by taking into consideration the functional needs of all employees, including individuals with disabilities through the provision of reasonable accommodations, including accessible websites, online systems, mobile apps and other forms of information and communication technologies.
Please know that more resources will be added as they become available. If you have a resource that isn’t listed but should be, please email the Executive Director id Disability Wisconsin

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Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin

Becky Kekula from Disability:IN joined a group at our sponsor Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin for more best practice talk. There was networking among professionals after the discussion.

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American Family Insurance

Becky Kekula from Disability:IN also shared best practices for the Disability Equality Index with Madison-area employers. We’re so grateful to our partners at American Family Insurance for hosting.

America’s vocational rehabilitation (VR) program turns 100

This year marks 100 years since the establishment of America’s vocational rehabilitation (VR) program, which was created by Congress in 1920 to assist individuals with physical disabilities. Today, VR serves people with a range of disabilities, whether visible or not. It also uses a dual-customer approach, working to helps businesses meet their workforce needs and providing consultation and technical assistance. Employers interested in working with VR can contact the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation’s National Employment Team (NET). Learn more about VR’s Centennial or The NET.

30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Office of Disability Employment Policy’s latest Business $ense shares resources for small businesses on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which turns 30 this year. It also highlights resources available to assist businesses in understanding their responsibilities under the law, among them EARN, the Job Accommodation Network, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s ADA Primer for Small Businesses and nationwide network of small business liaisons. Read the newsletter

Wisconsin Businesses Named Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion

Disability:IN has named six Wisconsin employers among the 2019 Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion through its Disability Equality Index (DEI). The DEI is the most comprehensive benchmarking tool for disability inclusion. Companies who score 80% or higher receive the distinction, and Wisconsin Companies recognized included: Manpower Group (100%), Old National Bank (100%), Northwestern Mutual (100%), Fiserv (90%), Johnson & Johnson (90%), and CUNA Mutual Group (80%). Congratulations to all our top-scoring companies in Wisconsin! You can learn more about the DEI and see the full list of top scorers online here: DEI Top Scorer List.