2019 EmployAbility Photo Collage

Summer EmployAbility Program

This program’s focus is teaching skills for independence, including orientation and mobility, daily living skills, employment skills, and psychosocial issues of disability.  The ultimate goal is to increase each student’s level of independence.

Participants

This program accommodates up to 12 students 16 to 21 years of age.  Students who are blind or visually impaired and who attended high school in Wisconsin for the 2019-2020 school year are eligible to attend.

Students will participate in up to 24 hours per week of paid employment at minimum wage during the final three weeks of the program.

Housing & Meals

Participants will stay on the WCBVI campus for the entire five weeks of the program. Dormitory style housing will be provided.

Students will experience planning, shopping, and preparing meals as well as dining in the school cafeteria and dining out.  Planned meals are paid for by WCBVI.  Students ordering out or dining out on their own must use their own money.

Who Will Benefit?

Students who plan to live independently, work with no or minimal support, and/or attend a university, private, or technical college.

Attendance

Students are required to commit to the full five weeks of the program, July 5 through August 7, 2020.

Transportation:

Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired campus located in Janesville, Wisconsin.

Cost

Although the program is free, students should bring approximately $20 per week with them to spend on incidentals and for use in money management skills.

Registration

Please fill out the online interest form, which is due March 20, 2020.  After we receive the Interest Form, those who are selected will receive a registration packet. Others who are not initially selected will be included on a wait list.

Community Partners

Some of our long standing Janesville employers include Mocha Moment, Basics Cooperative Natural Foods, Italian House, Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin, Saint Elizabeth Home, Jack & Dick’s Feed & Garden, Creative Children’s Learning, Lucky Paws, Petland, Janesville Montessori Children’s House, Janesville Police Department, Boys & Girls Club of Janesville, and ECHO Inc (Everyone Cooperating to Help Others).

We appreciate our community partnerships with all of these employers. We are always looking for new job opportunities for our students who are blind and visually impaired. If you are interested in partnering with us, please contact EmployAbility Program Coordinator David Ballmann.

Podcast Interview

David Ballmann was interviewed about the EmployAbility program on episode 35 of the Badger News Podcast. You can listen to the interview here or find Badger News on your favorite podcast app.

For more information, please contact:
David Ballmann, EmployAbility Program Coordinator
Phone: (608) 758-6149
Toll Free: 1-866-284-1107 x6149
Email: david.ballmann@wcbvi.k12.wi.us