Medford students on hand as disability job opportunities bill is signed into law

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MADISON, Wis. (WSAW) -- Students and staff from the Medford School District are the driving force behind a bill that pushed for job opportunities for people with disabilities. Governor Walker signed Assembly Bill (AB) 625 also known as the Employment First Bill into law Wednesday in the presence of the students.

In January, students and staff from Medford testified in Madison about their experiences working in their community through the school district's SOAR program.

“Many individuals with disabilities want nothing more than to work at a job out in the community,” stated Representative James Edming.

The Employment First movement is the promotion of policies that encourage competitive integrated employment. CIE is the employment of individuals with disabilities in a workplace in the community working alongside people without a disability.

Thursday, Gov. Walker and Rep. Edming autographed SOAR student Kody Schultz's work boots that he wears to Weathershield.

This bi-partisan legislation was authored by Representatives James Edming (R-Glen Flora) and Jimmy Anderson (D-Fitchburg) and Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst).