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National developmental disability advocacy groups are inking multimillion-dollar partnerships with some big players in health care in a push to better address co-occurring conditions. The Arc of the United States said it will work with the United Health Foundation to improve mental health for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities..

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Experts discussed solutions to improve jobs for the nation’s direct care workers at the National Skills Coalition’s 2024 Skills Summit. The approximately 5 million direct care workers—predominantly women (especially women of color) and, increasingly, immigrants—will fall short of the demand represented by the nearly 9 million projected job openings in direct care through 2031, including the addition of over 1 million new jobs, more than any other occupation in the U.S.

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Apple announced a range of new capabilities aimed at making life easier for people with disabilities including an option to control a phone or tablet using only a person’s eyes. Other features include Vocal Shortcuts which allows users to tell Siri to launch shortcuts or complete various tasks using custom sounds and Listen for Atypical Speech which uses machine learning to understand a wider range of speech patterns. Live captioning is also being added to FaceTime and other apps.

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Join and Connect with Workers


WisCaregiver Connections is a no-cost solution to Wisconsin's caregiver crisis!


WisCaregiver Careers offers free training for certified direct care professionals (CDCPs) and certified nurse aids (CNAs).

One valuable component of the program is the WisCaregiver Connections online workforce platform that gives hiring providers exclusive access to certified workers.

Almost 1,000 providers have already signed up!

Sign up now for free exclusive access



WisCaregiver Connections makes it easy for eligible HCBS providers* like you to find CDCPs to fill your open positions and gain a competitive edge in finding certified caregivers—at no charge. This one-stop platform lets you:

  • Post job openings
  • Auto-match with jobseekers
  • Screen candidate profiles and credentials

Our CDCP program is growing with more than 7,000 students signed up to gain the knowledge needed to start their health care career. After completing the program, students can find employers through WisCaregiver Connections.

Training is available for your current employees

Enhance the skills of your current team by offering them this professional development opportunity. Your current employees can take the 30-hour, online CDCP training, gain critical knowledge in 14 core competencies, and earn bonuses of up to $500 at no cost to you.  All you need to do is register as an eligible provider.

Watch this short video to learn more about the program.

CDCP training is also available in Spanish

Research published by the National Institutes of Health's PubMed suggests people who have providers of their same race or demographic background have greater satisfaction, a higher quality of health care, and more trust in their provider. That’s why Wisconsin’s CDCP courses are also available in Spanish.

According to the 2020 Census, 18.7% of Wisconsin’s population is Hispanic. Through WisCaregiver Connections, providers can find Spanish-speaking certified caregivers to better serve their participants.

The CDCP program was created by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and our academic partner, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, to address the state’s caregiver shortage.

Questions?

Contact us at cdcp@uwgb.edu if you have questions or would like to learn more about the Certified Direct Care Professional (CDCP) program and the WisCaregiver Connections workforce platform.

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The Social Security Administration is making several changes to the Supplemental Security Income program, which will take effect in September. Under a new rule, more people will soon qualify for Supplemental Security Income and some current beneficiaries will see their monthly payments increase.

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When people pick out what clothes they're going to wear, most take things like the weather, plans for the day, and their mood in to consideration. However, not many people think about how many buttons something has or how hard the zipper is on a certain piece of clothing. For people who have dexterity limitations or physical limitations, things like that really matter. That’s the problem Hilary Pham set out to solve when she started Equability, a startup that moved to Madison last November when Pham relocated from Champaign, Illinois. Customers mail in or drop off their clothes, and a professional sewist replaces zippers and buttons with closures like Velcro, magnets and snaps.

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Each year, Global Accessibility Awareness Da spotlights the urgent need for digital access and inclusion for the over one billion people worldwide living with disabilities. For many businesses, this is a prompt to evaluate how well their digital platforms, physical spaces, and customer experiences accommodate individuals of all abilities. But creating accessible digital products and services is just one piece of the puzzle. In truly inclusive organizations, the same principles and practices that guide product development of should also be applied to building inclusive workplaces where everyone can thrive.

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With the election a few short months away, caregivers of all types are seeking better health care options. According to one report,  home health care and child day care are both in the top 10 industries with the largest number of working Medicaid enrollees. Medicaid expansion and health care affordability is an issue on many people’s minds. Wisconsin is one of 10 states that haven’t accepted federal money to expand Medicaid. If it did, many could get Badgercare. Some say that would allow caregivers to work more without worrying about losing their health insurance. 

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