A Journey to a Beautiful Partnership

Our Employment Services program helps to find job opportunities for our participants, ensuring that the position fits their abilities. Many steps are taken during this process to ensure the perfect role is found. This process involves forming partnerships with companies so that our participants have an opportunity to job shadow someone at their business. If they enjoy the work, we set up a temporary work experience for four to six weeks where they are able to try out the position, and get paid for their work through the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR).

This is how the experience started for our Employment Services consumer Austin. He started a temporary work experience at Bay View Printing Company after working with our Employment Services staff to discover what he wanted to do. Austin enjoyed working with his hands so Bay View Printing Company was a great fit for him. When his work experience was complete, Austin was hired as a permanent team member at Bay View Printing Company. Not only was he hired on as a permanent employee, but he is also earning a living wage. “When we decided to hire Austin,” said Scott Town, Account Manager, “we wanted to be clear he is a member of our team same as everyone else.”

We applaud Bay View Printing Company for its commitment to inclusion and equity.

Broadscope Disability Services has formed a beautiful relationship with Bay View Printing Company. Not only is Austin, one of our participants, working there but they designed our annual appeal artwork. We are extremely grateful for their generosity and support and are looking forward to our continued partnership.

If your company is interested in partnering with Broadscope Disability Services, please call Ericka at (414)755-8028 or email her at etipton@broadscope.org

Finding a job isn’t always easy. At Broadscope Disability Services, we encounter many people with a strong desire to work but who face barriers because their abilities do not align with the qualifications that companies are looking for in their employees. Support from individuals like you, allows us to build relationships and assist our consumers in finding the job that is the right fit for them and their employer.


Austin’s Journey to Find Employment

When Diane contacted our Employment Services program, she was looking for assistance for her 19-year-old son Austin, who has Autism. Austin needed help figuring out what he wanted to do. He needed help learning how to interact with new people. Austin needed help because he faced societal barriers that made it difficult for him to just walk in, apply for a job, and interview without assistance.

Our Employment Services Department met with Austin and began working on an individualized plan. After learning about his interests and abilities, staff arranged job shadowing experiences. Austin was able to experience multiple roles and discovered that he really enjoyed tasks that were hands-on. Using that information, staff organized a Temporary Work Experience at the Bay View Printing Company, which allowed Austin to try out the position for five weeks before he or the employer committed to a permanent hire. With support from his Broadscope job coach, he prepared mailings and prepped items for packing. Diane, Austin’s mother, stated, “Broadscope staff was with Austin from day one to help him adjust.” Austin was able to learn at his own pace, and it was clear that his confidence was growing with each shift.  

When this work experience was complete, Austin was hired as a permanent team member at Bay View Printing Company. Not only was he hired on as a permanent employee, but he is also earning a living wage. “When we decided to hire Austin,” said Scott Town, Account Manager, “we wanted to be clear he is a member of our team same as everyone else.” 

We applaud Bay View Printing Company for its commitment to inclusion and equity.


YOU can help build inclusive workplaces – one job at a time

We hope you will consider making a donation to help individuals like Austin join the workforce and receive training, coaching, and advocacy. Your gift today will allow people access not just to employment services, but also Independent Living services and Respite Care coordination.

Imagine what we can accomplish together. Your contribution helps individuals like Austin have the support and tools they need to reach their potential. 

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Thank you to the Vilter Foundation for their continued support. Your generosity ensures that we remain a vital community resource focusing on maintaining dignity for, diminishing isolation, and enhancing the overall quality of life for more than 900 individuals with disabilities and their families.

Thank you to the We Energies Foundation for supporting our Independent Living Program. Through their generosity, we can continue to play a vital role in providing the necessary resources and advocacy that allow our clients to achieve their personal goals while ensuring safety, self-esteem, and dignity.

Broadscope Disability Services strives to host activities that are engaging, impactful, and geared toward independence. Recently, we had the honor of partnering with Arts@Large on a drum circle workshop series. The energy during these sessions is electric. As the group practices drum beats, participants learn to step outside their comfort zone, support each other, and give space for each person to shine. Each person has their own beat, but when combined, beautiful music is made. We are excited to continue offering these unique and engaging opportunities to Broadscope consumers. Contact Danielle Fischer at dfischer@broadscope.org to learn more about becoming a monthly activity sponsor. 


These workshops were made possible through the generosity of the Forest County Potawatomi Foundation.

Do you remember walking into your first job? Maybe you were a little nervous; maybe you were exuding confidence. No matter how you felt that day, you always remember your first job and the independence it provided. 

This summer, our Employment Services department worked with Mitchell R. on his search for his first job. Broadscope staff helped him complete applications and set up job shadow experiences to assist him in finding a role that was a good fit. We are so excited for Mitchell because all his time and hard work resulted in him being hired as a Dining Services Assistant at Clement Manor. Congratulations Mitchell! 

What was your first job? Please take a minute and complete a brief poll by clicking here

The Molson Coors Charlie Kapp Charity Golf Challenge was founded in 1995 by Charlie Kapp, a 30-year sales executive for Miller Brewing Company, whose daughter, Dana, had cerebral palsy and passed away in 1988.
Charlie served on the organization’s board (then UCP-SEW and UCP National), until he passed away unexpectedly in 1996. In 1997, this event was named in his honor. Charlie and Dana continue to be honored with our annual golf outing. Broadscope is beyond grateful for the continued contributions of Molson Coors and the Kapp family and their friends which help us keep this event, in Charlie and Dana’s honor, alive.

Thank you to The Catholic Community Foundation for supporting Broadscope’s Respite Care Coordination program! Through their generosity, we can continue to provide emergency respite to caregivers of children and adults with disabilities in Milwaukee.

What is your major? 

I am double majoring in a bachelor’s degree for Community Engagement and Education and ASL studies with a minor in Urban Planning and Development. 

What are your future career goals?  

I would love to complete a MA in Interpretation and Communication. I have also considered Law School. I want to work with individuals who have disabilities in the fair housing and employment sector. If I studied Law, I would work towards becoming an ADA Attorney.  

What is your role at Broadscope? 

 My ‘official’ title is Respite Provider Intern; however, you can find me helping across our various support services here at Broadscope. I often organize lists, contact workers and clients, as well as coordinate and self-manage different projects and activities for our programs.  

Why did you choose Broadscope for your internship? 

 Growing up with disabilities is truly what brought me into this line of work. I have always really valued the people who helped advocate for me through school, work, and my daily life and I have wanted to be a part of that system for quite some time. Broadscope sounded like a wonderful opportunity to connect with and aid members of our community who have disabilities.  

What have you enjoyed most about working for Broadscope? 

 My favorite part about working with Broadscope is hands-down the opportunity to connect with clients and meet so many wonderful people. I love every minute of our meetings where we are learning skills, doing various activities, and spending time together. I am so excited looking forward to more activities and events I will get to take part in with Broadscope!  

How do you spend your free time? 

I love to spend my free time decompressing with my pups, spending time with my friends and family, and cooking for my loved ones. I spend much of winter hibernating because I do not like the cold, so you can usually find me playing some Minecraft!  

Broadscope client Doreen has found the true meaning of success: trying new things, meeting new friends, and prioritizing her happiness and wellness. Doreen and Christy, her Broadscope Community Support Worker, started working together last Spring. They hit the ground running with goals and expectations for the upcoming year. Doreen made it clear she wanted to come out of her shell and explore the world to expand her horizons.

Christy connected Doreen with a travel agency called Going Beyond Travel! This organization coordinates day and weekend trips for adults with disabilities within and outside of the state of Wisconsin. Doreen was timid at first, but Christy provided her with support and reassurance, which ultimately led Doreen to schedule her first trip! Doreen successfully made her way up to Lambeau Field, giving her the opportunity to explore shops, tour the field, see the Packers practice, and engage with new friends! This was not the only first for Doreen this year; she also made her way out on the water by boat for the first time and took part in Broadscope’s Holiday party. Having Christy’s support has helped Doreen develop the confidence to step outside her comfort zone and try new things. Amongst her new engaging activities, Doreen has also been taking the time to set up safe spaces for herself. Previously living in inadequate housing that was expensive and not fulfilling her needs, Doreen and Christy were able to successfully secure Doreen a brand-new apartment!

What is next for Doreen? Settling into her new home environment and participating in community events are high on Doreen’s priority list. Most importantly, Doreen is looking forward to setting new goals and celebrating her accomplishments.