- 92% of the 2,900 youth ages 18-21 currently receiving Long-Term Care supports through the Department of Health Services are not employed in their community even though they want to work! (*Source: WI Department of Public Instruction, 2014).
- The Department of Public Instruction submitted two key state budget proposals to improve employment outcomes for youth with disabilities. These proposals are low-cost and address the biggest obstacles to youth success. Go to Better Bottom Line Policy Brief for more information.
- There is no guarantee that these proposals will be included in the state budget. Legislators must hear from people now! Show your support of these two proposals by sending your legislators a link to the Better Bottom Line Policy Brief about these two key proposals and make sure to include your personal employment story.
- To get your legislator’s email address go to ‘Find My Legislators’ at http://legis.wisconsin.gov/ . Also, be sure Contact each Joint Finance Committee member to show your support as well! (These 16 people in the Joint Finance Committee make all of the major decisions on whether the proposals that support youth employment are included in the state budget).
You can make a difference!