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DRW Timeline

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1977
August 1

WCA Designated Wisconsin’s Protection and Advocacy Agency

October 1

WCA Begins Operations

1978
January 1

WCA Develops 10 Citizen Advocacy Programs Across Wisconsin

1979
January 1

WCA Studies Life in 23 Nursing Homes

1980
January 1

Normalization and PASS training

January 1

Published “Protective Services and Guardianship in Wisconsin: An Analytical report”

January 1

Published “Life in Limbo: A Report on People with DD in Nursing Homes”

1981
January 1

Community Options Program Passage

January 20

Published Educational Advocacy Training Manual

1982
January 1

Closing of Allen Hall

1983
January 1

Williams v. Overturf

1985
January 1

Protection and Advocacy system recognized in Wisconsin statute

January 1

Lead Effort to Establish Community Integration Programs

1986
January 1

“Out of Sight, Out of Mind” Published

1987
January 1

PAIMI (Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness) Program Begins

January 1

Published “Kids in Crisis: A plan for Action”

August 1

Rights And Reality: An Action Guide is Published

1988
January 1

Sponsored First Mental Health Consumer Conference

1989
January 1

Published “Behind Closed Doors: Plight of Persons with Mental Illness in Wisconsin Nursing Homes”

1992
January 1

Milwaukee Office Opens, PAIR Program Begins

January 1

WCA Expands to Serve Persons with Physical Disabilities and Sensory Impairments

1994
January 1

“Joan S. v. Gudeman” settled. Requires expansion of Mil Co. Community Mental Health and Developmental Disability Services

1995
January 1

Community Mental Health Protection and Advocacy Project Established

1997
January 1

Outreach and Advocacy to Native American Students

1998
January 1

Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology Program Begins

1999
January 1

Chuck E. Cheese Case: Largest Verdict Ever Awarded in ADA Employment Discrimination Case

2000
January 1

Family Care Independent Advocacy Program Begins (Now FCIOP)

January 1

WCA Wins Case, Requires Milwaukee County to Upgrade Their Para-Transit System

2001
January 1

Milwaukee Public Schools Special Education Victory

January 1

Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) is Authorized

2002
January 1

Violence Against Women with Disabilities Project

January 1

Supreme Court Victory “Judy K v. Dunn County”

January 1

Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Project established

August 1

Milwaukee Public Schools lawsuit, Completion of Rights and Reality II

2003
January 1

Rice Lake Office is Opened

January 1

Protection and Advocacy Voter Access program (PAVA) Established

January 1

“Crystal Lake Cheese v. LIRC” Makes it Easier to Get Job Accommodations for a Disability

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