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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.

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.

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

DRW Welcomes Statewide Expansion of FamilyCare & IRIS

Disability Rights Wisconsin welcomed the Wisconsin Department of Health Services announcement confirming the expansion of Family Care and IRIS statewide.

The expansion is good news for the hundreds of Wisconsinites with disabilities who are languishing on waiting lists for long term care services in the remaining counties not currently covered by Family Care and IRIS. This will ensure equitable access to community based supports for adults with intellectual or physical disabilities in all 72 counties, by the first quarter of 2018.

DRW thanks the Department and Governor Walker for moving forward with statewide expansion and looks forward to serving as a resource for people with disabilities and their families as the expansion of Family Care and IRIS advances in the remaining seven counties.

Find a copy of DRW’s July 28th press release here,DRW Family Care Expands statewide 07282016.

People with Disabilities Need Access to Justice

Daniel Idzikowski, the Executive Director of Disability Rights Wisconsin, testified before the Wisconsin Legislative Council Study Committee on Access to Civil Legal Services about the disability rights movement and the need for legal representation to end discrimination, promote inclusion, and gain access to the courts for the basic legal needs of people with disabilities. To read his testimony, click here.

DRW supports immediate implementation of FDA ban on Electronic Stimulation Devices

Today, Disability Rights Wisconsin submitted comments to support the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed ban on the use of electrical stimulation devices (ESDs) to treat self-injurious or aggressive behavior. DRW has long opposed the use of aversive conditioning devices utilizing electric shock and we call for an immediate ban of all such devices. Read our full comments in support of the ban here: DRW Comments FDA-2016-N-1111.

Federal Court Rules Against Restrictive Voter ID Law in Suit Brought by the ACLU

On Tuesday, July 19, in the ACLU’s challenge to Wisconsin’s voter ID law, the federal district court granted a motion for a preliminary injunction and ordered the State to allow voters without ID to cast a regular ballot (not provisional) if they sign an affidavit attesting that they cannot obtain ID with reasonable effort. The injunction will be in effect for the November elections, and while the case is pending. The court found that the state’s interests could not justify disenfranchising voters who cannot obtain ID with reasonable effort.

To read the ACLU’s press release, click here.