At a press conference at the Capitol in Assembly Parlor on Dec 19th at 10 am the Employment First bill was introduced.
The Employment First proposal (Assembly Bill 625 and Senate Bill 514) supports businesses to increase employment of all people with disabilities in Wisconsin. The proposal is based on the Partners in Business model.
The Partners in Business model supports an employer to provide basic job supports to the employee with a disability.
Rep. John Macco and State Representative James Edming and Doug Hunt of Dane County Human Services along with several business owners who employ individuals with disabilities and employees spoke about the success of the Partners in Business model. Business representatives and employees included: Dave Heide, Executive Chef and Owner of Liliana’s and Charlie’s on Main – employer of 9 individuals with disabilities; Fletcher Keyes, Program Director at Q106 (Midwest Broadcasting) – Ben Fleishman’s employer; Ben Fleischman, Q106 Weekend Count Down Executive Producer; Debbie Armstrong, Owner of BioMat 4 Autism and Camp Createability – employer of 3 individuals with disabilities; Jennifer DeBolt, Manager at The Old Fashioned – employer of 3 people with disabilities; and Bill Morgan, Attorney at Murphy Desmond Law – Alex Haunty’s employer.