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A Family Friendly Guide to Services for Milwaukee County Special Needs Children and Youth and Their Families

A Family Friendly Guide to Services for Milwaukee County Special Needs Children and Youth and Their Families is a guide designed as a resource to increase awareness and access to services for Milwaukee African American children and youth with a disability and their families.  It includes information about how to apply for various community programs for Milwaukee children and youth with a disability or special needs.  We hope it will be helpful to families and to service providers, clinicians, educators, and others.


Please click here to order the guide.


DRW Requests Comments on its 2018 PADD Plan

DRW seeks public comments on our proposed 2018 Goals and Priorities for our protection and advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These goals and priorities will determine how DRW will allocate its resources on behalf of people with IDD during the next year.

Click here for more information.


October 31st Training on Milwaukee County Services for Children and Youth with Disabilities and Their Families

Join Us for a Training About:

Milwaukee County Services for Children and Youth with Disabilities And Their Families

    Click here to view the training flyer.

When:  Tuesday, October 31, 2017

8:00 – 8:30 AM: Registration& resource tables
8:30 – 12 noon: Program 

Where:  Zoofari Conference Center
 10001 W. Bluemound Rd. Milwaukee, WI

Who should attend:
Service providers, clinicians, educators, and other community partners who work with Milwaukee African American children and teens with disabilities, and their families.

Why: Get the information you need to help connect youth with special needs, and their families, to services and supports.

Register online at: www.disabilityrightswi.org/oct31training

Space is limited
Registration will close when we are at capacity or on October 26th

Training sponsored by:
Disability Rights Wisconsin,
Milwaukee County Disability Services,
Milwaukee County BHD Children and Young Adult Community Services and Wraparound Milwaukee


This training is being offered as part of DRW’s Project EASSY,
Equal Access for Special Needs Services for Youth. 

A grant from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation helped support this training.

Disability Rights Wisconsin Announces Award Winners

Congratulations to our “There’s No Place Like Home” award winners!

Corresponding to the theme for the evening, the “There’s No Place Like Home” awards – Courage, Heart, Wisdom, and Home – recognize that Disability Rights Wisconsin works in partnership with many other heroes to advance the disability rights movement toward a vision where all people with disabilities and their families can enjoy the full extent of their rights and the highest quality of life in the community. Awards will be presented at the Ruby Anniversary gala on Saturday evening, October 14th at the Monona Terrace in Madison.

After a public statewide nomination process, selecting from a list of more than 100 nominees was difficult, but inspiring. The awardees in each category are:
Click here to read the rest of Disability Rights Wisconsin Announces Award Winners »

Health Care Under Threat Again

Senators Graham, Cassidy, Heller, and Ron Johnson have released their health reform proposal, the latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The bill would have many of the same devastating impacts as previous repeal bills already rejected by the Senate, such as:

  • capping and cutting Medicaid, converting the traditional Medicaid program to a per capita cap for seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children, and ending the expansion;
  • allowing states to gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions; and
  • cutting health coverage and raising premiums and out-of-pocket costs for millions.

For more information on how this proposal could affect people with disabilities, click here.  Seventy-five disability organizations have also signed a letter opposing to this proposal.  Here is the latest breakdown of state-by-state estimate of changes in federal funding.

What you can do:

1. Call Senator Ron Johnson and Senator Tammy Baldwin to share how these cuts would be harmful to people with disabilities.

2. Submit comments by email (GCHcomments@finance.senate.gov) for the one hearing that has been scheduled on this proposal.

3. Share your stories on social media and with local media of how this proposal would harm people with disabilities.

To contact your Senators:

The main Capitol line: (202) 224-3121 OR

Senator Johnson: • DC office: 202-224-5323 • Oshkosh office: 920-230-7250 • Milwaukee office: 414-276-7282

Senator Tammy Baldwin: • DC office: 202-224-5653 • Madison office: 608-264-5338 • Milwaukee office: 414-297-4451

To submit comments for the hearing:

The hearing is scheduled for Monday morning at 1 p.m. in the Senate Finance Committee. If you wish to send in comments, email them to GCHcomments@finance.senate.gov by Monday morning to ensure they are received before the hearing.  You can however still send them in up until 2 weeks after the hearing.


Job Posting – Advocate/Ombudsman

Disability Rights Wisconsin is seeking a full-time Advocate/Ombudsman for the Family Care and IRIS Ombudsman Program for adults with disabilities. This position provides assistance and advocacy to adults enrolled in Wisconsin’s publicly funded long term care programs for a statewide disability rights agency.

Please click here for more information.

This position is located in Menasha.

DRW is an EEO/AA employer committed to a diverse workforce. Submit resume and cover letter to hr@drwi.org by noon on Monday, September 18th, 2017.

Take a Minute for Medicare

Take A Minute for Medicare articles help you know more about your Medicare coverage. This issue is about Medicare’s Special Enrollment Periods.

Click here to learn more.



There’s No Place Like Home Awards Nominations Open

Disability Rights Wisconsin is seeking nominations for 4 awards to be presented at the Ruby Anniversary Gala on October 14, 2017: Home, Wisdom, Heart & Courage.

Submit your nominations today!

DRW Board Listening Session at Mole Lake in Crandon – Sept. 15, 2017

The Board of Directors of DRW extends an invitation, particularly to tribal members, to come share concerns and challenges for people with disabilities and mental illness.  Please see the flyer for details!

Listening Session at Mole Lake in Crandon

ASL Invite Mole Lake Listening Session


Access to WI Medicaid Survey for Children 0-21

Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey and share with other families.

Access to WI Medicaid Survey for Children 0-21

While Wisconsin Medicaid includes many services helpful to children with disabilities or special health care needs, some services are under-used and access to other services will be changing. Survival Coalition and Family Voices of Wisconsin are interested in your family’s experience with Medicaid prior authorization as well as your use and understanding of a Wisconsin Medicaid benefit for children called HealthCheck Other Services. Please share your family’s experience over the past year. The survey will take less than 5 minutes to complete and individual answers will remain confidential.

Click here to take the survey www.surveymonkey.com/r/WI-Medicaid-PA-Survey

To learn more about insurance prior authorizations and HealthCheck Other Services see the Family Voices fact sheets on Insurance Prior Authorization  and HealthCheck Other Services