The words “community” and “connect” have been featured in many of ODC’s materials over the past few years, and with good reason. ODC has been transforming from a “place” where people with disabilities go to receive services to a “resource” that provides individuals with disabilities the opportunities and support they need to connect to their communities in both work and life.
Yesterday’s first significant snowfall of the year didn’t deter the Aspirus Riverview Hospital Project SEARCH interns! They were all present and ready to take on the day, which began with work on presentations they’ll be giving to their Business Advisory Council, a group of local business professionals who help to mentor the interns.
Our congratulations to Marshfield Clinic Health Systems for receiving America’s Job Honors Award in a packed house at the Monona Terrace in Madison this afternoon.
It was my great pleasure to honor Arie Reinke with ODC’s 2018 Wisconsin Rapids Area Personal Achievement Award. I am honored to have worked with Arie. His persistence and perseverance in rebuilding his work and community life in a new city has been nothing but extraordinary.
One year ago at this time, if we were to tell you that Jeffery was going to be a smiling, joking ODC service participant capable of completing multiple-step work tasks, you would have thought we were speaking of someone else. Yet, this is exactly who Jeffrey has become over the last year of his training at ODC.
ODC recently celebrated the life of a wonderful friend and colleague, Michael Coleman (Getsinger). Before his passing earlier this year, Michael had worked with ODC, both in the community and in the facility, since graduating from high school almost 27 years ago.
Last week, the Community Exploration Group, a part of ODC’s Day Services, went to visit the South Wood County Airport – Alexander Field. The group decided to take over the ODC blog to discuss their visit, in a new blog series called, "Exploring Our Community".
In 2015, Opportunity Development Centers, Inc. (ODC) and Community Industries Corporation (CIC) both celebrated 50 years of serving the needs of individuals with disabilities. On September 8th, they announced a partnership as the two organizations prepare to become one.
Lack of confidence and fear of failure are common barriers to community employment for individuals with disabilities. Anna (center) was struggling with both, until ODC’s training and educational services helped her assess her interests and...