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October 17, 2013 | 02:29 PMMadison – State Sen. Neal Kedzie will visit Steven Pils at Stinebrink's Piggly Wiggly in Lake Geneva on Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. as part of the Take Your Legislator to Work Campaign, organized each year by the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities in recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
Last year, Gov. Scott Walker visited Pils as part of the same campaign.
The campaign coordinates visits to workplaces between legislators and their constituents with disabilities who are working at community-based, competitive-wage jobs.
During the visits, legislators experience first-hand the value of community-integrated employment for both people with disabilities and the state, according to a press release from the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities.
When people with disabilities work in the community at a competitive wage, they are less likely to rely on publicly-funded programs. And, 87 percent of customers say they would prefer to patronize businesses that employ people with disabilities, the press release states
Pils has worked as a grocery bagger and cart pusher at Stinebrink's Piggly Wiggly, 100 E. Geneva Square, in Lake Geneva for 10 years. He says he enjoys meeting customers and working with the Stinebrink's team. Pils got his job at Stinebrink's through VIP Services.
"I have participated in two successful Take Your Legislator to Work Campaign visits, and am looking forward to meeting Steven Pils and learning more about his job at Stinebrink's Piggly Wiggly in Lake Geneva," said Kedzie. "Governor Walker had the opportunity to job shadow Mr. Pils last year and I'm honored he asked me to join him this year."