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Public Forum on Special Education in Wisconsin – Monday, October 10, 2016 – WI DPI

The State Superintendent’s Council on Special Education is pleased to announce it will hold, as part of its October meeting, a public forum to obtain broad-based input on special education. This public forum will be held Monday, October 10th from 5:00 to 6:00 PM at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), 125 South Webster Street, Madison, WI.The purpose for this forum is to gather input from families, school administrators, educators, community representatives, and others, on the unique challenges and successes of special education in Wisconsin. Information gathered will be used by the council in advising DPI on matters affecting the education of Wisconsin’s children and youth with disabilities. The council is receptive to hearing about any topic upon which people may choose to comment.

The mission of the council is to promote the education of children with disabilities by providing broad-based input to DPI. The council is comprised of adults with disabilities, parents of children with disabilities, regular and special education teachers, school administrators and school board members, as well as representatives of various agencies that provide services to school-age children and youth with special education needs. Sally Flaschberger, a Special Ed advocate in DRW’s Milwaukee office, is a member of the Council and is looking forward to hearing from our constituents.

Please join us and share your experiences.

For more information, contact Christina Spector at christina.spector@dpi.wi.gov.; 608-267-3720; or 125 South Webster Street, Madison, WI 53704.

Sign language interpreters will be available.

Turnout for Transportation

Access to transportation is a top priority for many individuals with disabilities. We encourage people with disabilities to share their stories about their need for public transit and specialized transportation so that they can live, work, and enjoy community life.

Turnout for Transportation, this Thursday, September 29th at 7pm, will provide a venue for you to share your stories, along with other members of the community who can talk about all modes of transportation. The event is taking place across the state and a listing of locations can be found online at Turnout for Transportation.

You can also share your story by posting it online. If you have a story to tell, please go to Turnout for Transportation and follow the instructions to share your story. Here is a link to the instructions for the story sharing platform: story instructions. We hope you will share your stories about the need for accessible, affordable, and available transportation in your area.

National Report Highlights DVR Services Backlog

DRW Advocate Cathy Steffke was quoted extensively in an article addressing counselor and resource shortages at the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, particularly for individuals with disabilities who wish to pursue post-secondary education.

Read the full article–”Eligible but got nothing: Hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities blocked from college aid”–in the Hechinger Report here.

National Voter Registration Day

Today is National Voter Registration Day. In 2008, 6 million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. In 2016, we want to make sure no one is left out.

Here is specific information for Wisconsin:

Voter Registration Deadline • – Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 (by mail or in a registration drive)

• – Friday, November 4th, 2016 (in-person at your municipal clerk’s office)

Wisconsin has Election Day registration. You may to register to vote at your polling place on Election Day, but you must bring proof of residence.

Next Election – General Election 2016  – Tuesday, Nov. 8th

Polls Open: 7:00am – 8:00pm

Please help by volunteering to assist others by seeking special registrar status, serving as election observers, or driving people to the polls. Thank you!

VOTING TRAINING – October 17, 2016

Where: Access to Independence
3810 Milwaukee St.
Madison, WI 53714

When:  Monday, October 17, 2016

Time:    5:30pm – 6:30pm

R.S.V.P. by: Friday, October 14th* to Michelle Cordova at michellec@accesstoind.org or call (608) 234-4484.

*This includes requests for interpreters, alternate formats, and any other accommodations.

Shunette Hunter from Disability Rights WI will discuss:

•Why voting matters
•Guardianship and Voting
•Registering to vote
•Absentee Ballots or Early Voting
•Acceptable photo IDs for voting
•How to get a free photo ID if you do not have one
•And your rights as a voter

For a flyer with details, click here.

Job Posting – IT Specialist – DRW Madison Office

DRW is hiring an IT Specialist. Position located in Madison. Technical support to staff in-house and remotely, maintain IT inventory and assist in the development of agency website and social media.  For detailed job announcement and application requirements please click here. Excellent fringe benefits.  Resume and cover letter due ASAP (position is open until filled). Members of racial/ethnic minority groups and persons with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply.  EEO/AA Employer.

New Report Reviews Rapidly Expanding School Voucher Programs in Wisconsin and Nationally

The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on Monday, September 12 analyzing the status of the nation’s school voucher programs, including the third largest voucher program, located in Wisconsin. The report reviews policies that impact students with disabilities in voucher programs and indicates how the rapidly expanding voucher system is affecting local public schools. See the full report here: GAO report.

See Disability Rights Wisconsin’s statement here: DRW press release – GAO issues report on voucher schools.

Comprehensive Campaign Coverage – WisconsinEye Campaign 2016

Wisconsin Eye, in partnership with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Gannett Wisconsin, is making comprehensive campaign coverage accessible to you through WisconsinEye Campaign 2016 video player.

Do you want to…

• Watch coverage of a recent campaign event;

• View interviews with state/federal candidates;

• Learn about the presidential candidates or check out the candidates in a particular congressional, state assembly or senate district;

• Know who’s on your ballot (as the election gets closer); or

• Link to election results following the election?

For all this and more go to WisconsinEye Campaign 2016: www.wiseye.org.

 

Disability Rights Wisconsin Public Policy Principles

Disability Rights Wisconsin uses both individual advocacy and system change tools to accomplish its goals of ensuring the rights of citizens with disabilities. DRW’s Public Policy Principles provide a framework for the agency’s work and public policy agenda. These principles are constructed to support DRW’s federal charge to educate policymakers and to engage in advocacy, capacity building, and systemic change activities (including policy reform) on behalf of individuals with disabilities and their families, including individuals who are traditionally unserved or underserved. Click here to read the rest of Disability Rights Wisconsin Public Policy Principles »

DRW Congratulates New DHS Secretary Seemeyer

Disability Rights Wisconsin congratulates Linda Seemeyer upon her appointment by Governor Walker to lead the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. We look forward to working with Secretary Seemeyer as we continue to work together with the Department to advance the quality of life and freedom of opportunity for people with disabilities throughout Wisconsin.

Read our full press release here: SecSeemeyerAppointment