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Dubuque man thanks donors for help in purchasing specialized vehicle

 A Dubuque man with no arms and legs is now able to drive with a modified vehicle made just for him.

Jake Hesselman's cousin and aunt started a Go Fund Me account for him last summer, asking people to donate money for a specialized vehicle that he could drive.

The page raised $65,000, which went toward buying the vehicle.

The Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation agency helped pay for the modifications.

The car is specially equipped with a ramp to help Hesselman get in and out.


See the Story On Dubuque KCRG TV9

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See the YouTube Video of Project Search in Waterloo

Progressive Alliance on KHOI Community Radio

Tune in to hear Andrea Keith, IVRS Rehabilitation Counselor at our North Central Area Office, discuss disability issues on KHOI Community Radio in a recording of last Friday's segment.

The Ames Progressive Alliance produces this monthly program.Victoria Szopinski, Co-Chair of the Ames Progressive Alliance co-hosts the show with Anne Kinzel. Also featured in this program are Jan Bauer, Chair of the Story County Democrats, who was born physically disabled and Jennifer Ellis, Executive Director of Friendship Ark Homes, to address barriers to individuals with intellectual disablities.

The program lasts approximately 25 minutes.

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In case you missed it please click the links below!

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RespectAbility listed Iowa as the third best state for workers with Disabilities in a recent article.

“Each year 300,000 young people with disabilities age into what should be the workforce. Sadly, however, in most states, the majority is sitting on the sidelines, despite the fact that most want to work. However, the Disability Compendium shows that were leaders to do the right things, people with disabilities would be twice as likely to be working than in other states.”

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Right: Hy-Vee Recruiting Specialist Bea Cisler talks to Annette Mossman (left) about positions at Hy-Vee that would match her qualifications at a boot camp held recently in preparation for the Reverse Job Fair on March 9, 2016.

Groundbreaking Reverse Job Fair Held

IVRS held an innovative Reverse Job Fair in partnership with the Iowa Department of the Blind, the Iowa Workforce Center, Easter Seals, Department of Aging and Candeo on March 9 at the downtown YMCA.

A reverse job fair connects business and industry to employment candidates who are ready for employment. Instead of the business having a booth, our job candidates will showcase and highlight their skills in a booth so businesses are able to see the skills and talents of each candidate.

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KIMT News features Steven Van Overbeke IVRS featured by KIMT News Forest City

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IVRS and Iowa Businesses at Governor's Press Conference

IVRS would like to thank Heather Link (second from right) and Lorene Grubbs (right) of Owner Revolution and Kim Deskin (left) of Wells Fargo for joining us at Governor Branstad's Press Conference yesterday. IVRS Administrator David Mitchell (second from left) was a speaker at the press conference and talked about how Iowa is one of the top three states in the nation using strategies and partnerships to employ persons with disabilities.

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Iowans with disabilities want to work

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IVRS Council Bluffs Area Office Recognizes Partners for National Disability Awareness Month.

View full size article in the Council Bluffs NonPareil

See the Broadcast on CB TV Channel 17 News on YouTube

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Penny Ledbeter recognized
(Link couresty of the Globe Gazette)

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Anna Bradley Featured in Inc. Magazine

(Link Courtesy of Inc. Magazine)

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Thinking Outside the Box Publication

Thinking Outside the Employment Box

IVRS is pleased to provide a link to a publication that shares success stories of entrepreneurs with disabilities.  The publication  is titled:  “Thinking Outside the Employment Box- Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Share Their Self-Employment Success Stories”. This publication features eighteen fascinating Iowa entrepreneurs who found creative ways to leverage their skills, talents, abilities, resources, and social connections into their perfect job, by creating it! Their careers of choice are as individual as they are.

Thanks to the entrepreneurs who agreed to be featured in this publication for sharing their stories.  Thanks also to the family members, friends, employment service providers, and others who helped them dream BIG and make their dreams into reality through business ownership. 

This publication is a collaboration of the University of Iowa, Center for Disabilities and Development, with the Iowa Department of Human Services’ Mental Health and Disability Services Division. 

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Waldorf Graduate Becomes Special Education Teacher

See the film clip of job candidate Erin by Michelle Krefft.

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Project Search Class of 2016

Our Project Search Graduates within the Des Moines Public Schools completed a one-year internship at Mercy Hospital Medical Center in Des Moines as part of their high school education. This is the fourth year that students have been given an opportunity to learn job skills at Mercy Hospital Medical Center through Project Search.

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#RespectTheAbility Campaign: Spotlight on Kwik Trip

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A letter from Dr. Richard E. Brown

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Business Alliances
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Reverse Job Fair

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Downtown Des Moines Marriott Including Persons with a Disability in a Diverse Workforce


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