WESTON — Wisconsin Rep. Pat Snyder-R visited with students from D.C. Everest Senior High School who work at Ascension St. Clare’s Hospital in Weston as part of the Take Your Legislator to Work Campaign in late May.

Organized each year by the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities, or BPDD, the campaign coordinates visits between legislators and their constituents with disabilities.

Ascension St. Clare’s has been partnering with D.C. Everest’s Workforce Development program since opening in 2006. Each semester, two to four students work at the facility in nutritional and environmental services.

“This is an important program to help these students learn and develop important skills that will benefit them for their lifetime,” Snyder said about the May 24 visit in a news release. “This visit … will hopefully raise awareness for other businesses to join this important workforce development initiative.”

According to the Wisconsin BPDD, when people with disabilities work in the community at a competitive wage, they are less likely to rely on publicly funded programs.

Photo courtesy Ascension Wisconsin.