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Most Recent DRW Announcements

Job Posting – Human Resources Coordinator

Promote Disability Rights Wisconsin’s mission to create positive change in the lives of people with disabilities by ensuring our team has the values, skills, resources, and support to conduct their best advocacy. Provide leadership in employment policy, compensation, benefits, orientation, appreciation, and professional development. Privacy & AA officer. Volunteer coordinator. Must have 4 years progressive HR experience and effective interface with diverse groups, including persons with disabilities. Project management helpful. DRW, Madison. 30-32 hours/wk. $34.5 – 46K DOE. Excellent benefits package. EEO/AA employer. Applicants from ethnic and racial minority groups, persons with disabilities urged to apply. Click here for application & description.

Job Posting: Director of Administration & Quality

Disability Rights Wisconsin seeks a highly organized strategic thinker who can help a team of skilled advocates maximize the impact of their federal investigatory “superpowers” and policy prowess to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Mine data, manage supports, and mature processes that will take our growing team to the next level of influence. Must be able to create systems and interpret information that drives performance, improves workflow, meets our Board and funders’ expectations, and keeps us focused on the people we serve. Work with a dynamic team passionate about our mission in Madison, Wisconsin, named the best place to live in the US. Did we mention great benefits?

For a full position announcement, click here.

DRW is an EEO/AA employer committed to a diverse workforce. Applicants from ethnic and racial minority groups & persons with disabilities strongly urged to apply. Deadline: 2/6/15.

Disability Rights Wisconsin 2015 Legislative Agenda

Each year Disability Rights Wisconsin develops a Legislative Agenda to advocate for policy changes that can improve the quality of life and opportunities for individuals with disabilities in our state. See the 2015 Disability Rights Wisconsin Legislative Agenda here: DRW 2015 Legislative Agenda.

Job Posting: Benefits Attorney – DRW Rice Lake Office

Attorney in DRW’s Rice Lake office to support benefit specialists in disability-related public benefits cases, conduct trainings, and provide direct legal representation. For detailed Position Announcement, salary range, and application requirements, click here or call 608-267-0214. Deadline: 2/12/14. Members of racial/ethnic minority groups and persons with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply. EEO/AA Employer

Job Posting: Benefits Attorney – DRW Madison or Milwaukee Office

Attorney in DRW’s Madison or Milwaukee office to assist benefit specialists in disability-related public benefits cases, conduct trainings, and provide direct legal representation.  For detailed Position Announcement, salary range, and application requirements, click here or call 608-267-0214.  Deadline:  2/2/14. Members of racial/ethnic minority groups and persons with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply. EEO/AA Employer

DRW Shares Information to Clarify Misunderstandings about Impact of new HCBS Rule

Disability Rights Wisconsin will be sharing regular updates to help people with disabilities better understand what is happening related to the state’s five year plan to help home and community based settings comply with a federal new rule. The announcement below is significant as it clarifies what happens if people are receiving services in a setting that does not comply with the rule.

From the Bazelon Center: January 12, 2015 – Today the Bazelon Center and other disability and aging advocacy groups, state officials, and providers issued a joint statement regarding guidance recently released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) concerning its Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) rule: http://www.bazelon.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=em42S5P9d7I%3d&tabid=58. This guidance — Questions and Answers Regarding Home and Community-Based Settings — directly addresses the misunderstanding that people are at immediate risk of losing services as a result of the rule: http://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid-chip-program-information/by-topics/long-term-services-and-supports/home-and-community-based-services/downloads/q-and-a-hcb-settings.pdf.

Click here to read the rest of DRW Shares Information to Clarify Misunderstandings about Impact of new HCBS Rule »

DRW’s Lisa Pugh Selected for National Committee on Disability Employment

DRW’s Public Policy Director Lisa Pugh has been selected by U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez as one of only 17 members to serve on the newly constituted Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities. Congress established the Committee this past summer as part of the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The Committee will meet 8 times within the next year, submitting reports to both Congress and the U.S. Department of Labor. Read more here: Wisconsinite Appointed to Select National Employment Committee

DRW Celebrates Historic Closure of Hilltop Facility and Opportunity for Community Life for Residents

This week marks the closure of Hilltop, the 72 bed long term care center for people with co-occurring mental health and intellectual and developmental disabilities at the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex.  Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) celebrates this historic closure, and the opportunity for Hilltop residents to live more independently as contributing members of our community, closer to family and friends.

DRW is mandated as one of the members of the State Relocation Team when an institution closes and residents to be relocated are identified as having mental, developmental, or physical disabilities.  We have participated in many institution closings.  The Hilltop closing process was noteworthy for the strong collaboration of the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division staff, Managed Care Organizations (MCOs), community providers, Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services, advocates from DRW and the Board on Aging and Long Term Care, Milwaukee County Disability Services staff, and many others who supported residents and guardians through this transition and worked to ensure a high quality, individualized community placements for each resident.

Click here to read the rest of DRW Celebrates Historic Closure of Hilltop Facility and Opportunity for Community Life for Residents »

People First Wisconsin Shares Biennial Budget Recommendations

People First Wisconsin, a statewide grassroots advocacy group run by and for people with disabilities, shared budget recommendations with Governor Walker’s staff during a December 11 meeting at the capitol in Madison. Click here to read “What Matters to Me – 2015-2017 budget.”

Your donation can help us celebrate “homecoming” for people with disabilities

What do you think of when you hear the word “homecoming”?  A soldier’s return, a dance, a college alumni gathering?

For people with disabilities who have been “placed” in institutions, excluded from neighborhoods, and denied education and work opportunities, “homecoming” means something different. It means stability.  It means working and coming home to a place that you can call your own. It means living with dignity, freedom, respect, support and opportunity.

Your support of Disability Rights Wisconsin helps make this definition of homecoming a reality.

At Disability Rights Wisconsin, we’ve been helping people with disabilities celebrate homecomings for more than 35 years.  We’ve advocated for more than 7000 individuals this year.

We urgently need your help.  Celebrate homecoming with us by contributing to DRW today!  Your generosity makes possible the advocacy, education, and policy work that helps make homecomings happen.

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