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Rights & Reality II

An Action Guide to the Rights of People with Disabilities in Wisconsin

The primary focus of this guide is to explain the basic legal rights and protections afforded people living in Wisconsin who have a disability. It is not a resource manual that provides complete descriptions of the various services and supports available to people with disabilities.

Descriptions of programs, funding sources, and agencies are intentionally limited. The degree of detail provided is governed by the amount needed to put the legal issues into context. However, most chapters direct the reader to a resource that can provide more in-depth information about a support, service, program, or agency. The Additional Resources Appendix is also intentionally brief and includes primarily statewide or regional legal services, advocacy groups, and disability (not direct service) organizations. 2001

Spiral Manual: 400 pages. $15.00 for consumers and families. $20.00 for others.

CD-ROM version: key word search capability; increase screen image size to 800%; can be run on Windows or Macintosh platforms; print directly from CD-ROM. $15.00 for consumers and families. $20.00 for others.

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How to Use this Guide

Rights and Values in the 21st Century

Becoming an Effective Advocate

Social Security Disability Insurance & Supplemental Security Income

Medicaid and Badgercare

Medicare Program

Health Insurance Risk Sharing Plan

Private Health Insurance & HMOs

Insurance Discrimination

Assistive Technology

Birth to three

Special Education

2006 Update of Special Education Chapter

Family Support Program

Child Care for Children with Special Needs

W2 and Related Programs

Integrated Services for Youth with Mental Health Needs

Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice

Supported Parenting

Community Options Program

Medicaid Waiver & Home and Community Based Services

Family Care

Partnership Program


Vocational Rehabilitation

Housing Resources and Strategies

Rights of Consumers of Disability Related Services

Rights in Residential Settings

Voting, Holding Office, and Jury Duty

Fair Housing

Access to Transportation

Wisconsin Fair Employment Act

Driver Licenses and Parking Privileges

Recreational Licenses

Services for People with Sensory Impairments

Service Animals

Independent Living Centers

Abuse and Neglect of Vulnerable Adults

Americans with Disabilities Act Title 1

Americans with Disabilities Act Title 2

Americans with Disabilities Act Title 3


Chapter 55: Wisconsin’s Guardianship and Protective Placement statute

Civil Commitment and Voluntary Treatment

Forensic Mental Health Commitments

Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Correctional Settings

Additional Resources Appendix