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Most Recent DRW Announcements

Watch the Long Term Care Informational Series

DRW was the host and facilitator along with our partners – AARP, the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities and People First Wisconsin – of two informational briefings in the Capitol recently. Our goal was to provide basic information to legislators on Wisconsin’s long-term care system.

Here are links to the briefings:


Family Care & Family Care Partnership

Here are materials provided to attendees of the briefings:

IRIS Basics LTC Budget Briefing

Family Care and Family Care Partnership LTC Budget Briefing.

Conversaciones Sobre Su Hijo – Una Guia

Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidades de Wisconsin, se complace en ofrecer un nuevo recurso para los padres de niños con discapacidades y los que los apoyan. Desarrollo de conversaciones sobre su hijo -Themes para toda la vida fue apoyada por el Departamento de Servicios de Salud, División de cuidado a Largo Plazo Wisconsin.

Los puntos de vista en este documento son las del autor y no representan necesariamente la posición o las políticas del Departamento de Servicios de Salud oficial. Conversaciones sobre su hijo no tiene un derecho de autor. Se permite y alienta la reproducción y la distribución de cualquier parte de este recurso. Cuando se hacen copias o referenciados favor crédito Disability Rights Wisconsin. Haga clic en el siguiente enlace para leer y descargar la guía: Conversaciones Sobre Su Hijo.

Children’s Mental Health Matters Poster Contest – vote for your favorites!

The Wisconsin Children’s Mental Health Matters Coalition received about 450 posters from all over the state for the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day youth poster contest, with the theme “My Feelings Matter.” The committee picked finalists, which are posted at the website below for voting. The top three in each age group receive a prize. Please share this link so we can get lots of votes. And of course vote yourself for your favorites! The website also has good information about children’s mental health.

Click here to see the finalists and cast your vote!

Elders, People with Disabilities and Families Fear Drastic State Budget Changes: Press Event in Brillion March 18

Disability Rights Wisconsin is part of the newly formed Wisconsin Long-Term Care Coalition which is made up of aging and disability advocates, managed care organizations, Aging & Disability Resource Centers, county government, and long-term care providers. This coalition has more than 260 members that signed on to a resolution asking the state Legislature to stop major proposed changes to Wisconsin’s state of the art long-term care system. Please read these materials presented at the Wednesday, March 18 press event in Brillion, prior to the Joint Finance Committee’s first public hearing on the budget.

Brillion Event Press Release – People with Disabilities and Frail Elders Share Fears

Keep Our Care At Home Long Term Care Coalition Fact Sheet

Keep Our Care at Home: Wisconsin Long-Term Care Coalition Resolution

Keep Our Care at Home: Wisconsin Long-Term Care Coalition Resolution Signers

Family Care & IRIS statewide enrollment Map

ADRC Statewide map

Northeast Wisconsin Impact Fact Sheet

Job Posting – 3 Positions in DRW’s Madison Office

Attorney and Advocate positions in DRW’s Madison office. Dynamic environment with the opportunity to work with creative, dedicated staff committed to social justice. Excellent benefits. Resume and cover letter by April 6 to: Disability Rights Wisconsin, 131 W. Wilson St., Suite 700, Madison, WI 53703 or by email to For position descriptions see below or call 608-267-0214. Please indicate the title of the position you are applying for. Members of racial/ethnic minority groups and persons with disabilities encouraged to apply. EEO/AA employer.

STAFF ATTORNEY – CIVIL RIGHTS (80% time) to handle individual cases, participate in impact litigation and non-partisan voting rights activities. Expertise in disability law, employment and housing discrimination law preferred, knowledge of special education systems a plus. Salary for 80% time: $33,200 – $36,650 DOE. Click here for detailed position announcement.

ADVOCACY SPECIALIST (80% time) to provide individual advocacy in the area of special education and community integration. Salary for 80% time: $30,400 – $32,260 DOE. Click here for detailed position announcement.

ADVOCACY SPECIALIST (Full time) to provide individual advocacy to adults in community and institutional settings, outreach, and training. Salary for full time: $38,000 – $42,000 DOE. Click here for detailed position announcement.

Disability Rights Wisconsin 2015-2017 Budget Overview – Joint Finance Hearings Announced

This overview provides more detail regarding how the 2015-2017 budget proposal being considered by the Legislature currently impacts people with disabilities. The Joint Finance Committee has announced it will be holding four public hearings on the Governor’s 2015-17 budget. Please consider sharing your story and opinions about the budget with legislators at one of these hearings:

• 10 am – 5 pm: Wednesday, March 18 at Brillion High School
• 10 am – 5 pm: Friday, March 20 at Alverno College in Milwaukee
• 10 am – 5 pm: Monday, March 23 at UW Barron County in Rice Lake
• 9:30 am – 4 pm: Thursday, March 26 at the CAL Auditorium in Reedsburg.

Advocates Question Long Term Care Proposals

Proposed changes to the long term support system for elders and people with disabilities embedded in the Governor’s proposed budget are raising alarm among advocates across the state. Eliminating IRIS, Wisconsin’s self-directed care program, and changing the Family Care program into a statewide medical insurance benefit lead the list of changes that would affect more than 50,000 Wisconsinites and cause disruption to Wisconsin’s locally developed and well-liked long term care system. Read the Associated Press story.


Our publication Creating Safety by Asking What makes people vulnerable? is now available in Spanish. Click here to read CREANDO SEGURIDAD PREGUNTÁNDONOS ¿QUÉ HACE VULNERABLES A LAS PERSONAS?

A Guide to the Rules for Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Settings

In January 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released final rules regarding the settings of Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). These rules require HCBS settings to provide opportunities for participants to engage in community life, have access to the community, control their personal resources, and seek employment and work in competitive settings. A new Question and Answer Guide regarding the new HCBS rules has been released by The National Disability Rights Network, of which DRW is a member, along with other prominent national disability organizations. Click here to read the Q&A Guide.

Job Posting – Special Ed Advocate – DRW’s Milwaukee Office

DRW Milwaukee seeks an advocate to represent people with disabilities in special education and related matters. Handle individual cases, participate in systems advocacy and provide support in special education advocacy. For position description and application requirements click here. Salary DOE & excellent fringe benefits. Scheduling is somewhat flexible with possibility of summers off. Deadline:3/16/15. Members of racial/ethnic minority groups and persons with disabilities encouraged to apply. EEO/AA employer.