Are you passionate about disability rights? Do you want to assist in efforts to ensure others are empowered to exercise and enjoy the full extent of their rights and to pursue the greatest possible quality of life?

People with disabilities still face prejudice and bias with the stereotypical portrayal of people with disabilities in the movies and in the media, physical barriers to schools, housing and to voting stations, and lack of affordable health care. The promise of the ADA is yet to be fully realized, but the disability rights movement continues to make great strides towards the empowerment and self-determination of Americans with disabilities.

By helping Disability Rights Wisconsin, other disability organizations/groups, and grassroots efforts, you are ensuring equal access and equal treatment of people with disabilities.

Make change happen, Volunteer

Ways to Volunteer at Disability Rights Wisconsin

Volunteer Advocacy or internship at one of our Offices

Volunteering or interning here can be a fun and rewarding experience, while really making a difference.  Right now, one of our main programs for volunteer work is our Victims of Crime Program. Here are just some examples of work you could do:

  • Advocate on behalf of victims/survivors of crime to ensure that they receive accessible services and treatment
  • Provide legal support to Inmates that contact us for help
  • Assist with our annual Children Mental Health Matters event
  • Earn valuable paralegal skills assisting lawyers and advocates on cases
  • Perform legal research and writing as a law clerk
  • Support staff with technology use and assist our IT Team
  • Get exposure to public policy, marketing and fundraising

Participate in our Pro Bono Attorney Program

The Victim Advocacy Program works with Pro Bono Attorneys throughout the State of Wisconsin to provide legal services to people with disabilities who are victims/survivors of crime.

Assist in the Medicare Part D Helpline

Whether you want to provide direct client support on the frontlines or work behind the scenes, the DRW Medicare Part D Volunteer Program can craft a volunteer experience for you! Volunteers will help in the following ways:

  • Answering incoming calls from individuals inquiring about eligibility for Medicare Part D and available prescription drug plans
  • Investigating prescription drug plan options on the web based on client input
  • Entering client data into Excel
  • Assisting Project Coordinator as needed with other projects

Medicare Part D Volunteers are needed from September 1st through December 7th each year, in the Milwaukee & Madison areas, only.

Help People with Disabilities Get to the Polls

Disability Rights Wisconsin partners with the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition to:

  • Encourage organizations to conduct local get-out-the-vote drives and outreach.
  • Educate the disability community about voting rights and access issues.
  • Let elected officials know that people with disabilities are voters and a growing voter bloc.
  • Increase voter turnout among people with disabilities and their allies.

You can assist these efforts before and during the elections.

Become a Board Member or Serve on One of our Committees or Coalitions

The DRW Board is composed of consumers, family members, and others who have a demonstrated concern for people with disabilities. The Board is committed to making strong efforts to ensure that its membership reflects a balance as to the gender, racial, and geographic distribution of people in Wisconsin.  Consider joining our board to help DRW advance the rights of people with disabilities.

We also have a few committees that we need people to join:

  • PAIMI Advisory Committee –  advance positive change in working to protect and advocate for the rights of Wisconsinites with mental health diagnoses.
  • Quality Education Coalition – work with other parents, educators and advocates to improve the quality of special education in Wisconsin on a systemic basis.
  • Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force – assist with identifying issues faced by all people affected by mental illness, facilitating improvements in mental health services, giving consumers and families a strong voice, reducing stigma, and implementing recovery principles.

Volunteer at Disability Rights by completing a Volunteer Application or contacting us by email or phone 608-267-0214.

Take Action

Your help is critical. When you join our Disability Advocacy Network list, you’ll get action Alert emails and our Capitol Insider e-Newsletter.