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Most Recent DRW Announcements

Signing of the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board Legislation

MCMHB Bill SigningDRW Milwaukee Office Director Barbara Beckert was invited to join Governor Walker, bipartisan legislators, and Milwaukee County leaders at the signing of the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board legislation. We look forward to seeing the new Board advance positive change for people with mental illness and their families.

DRW Statement on Passage of Milwaukee County Mental Health Board Bill

Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) thanks legislators for passing SB565, the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board (MCMHB) bill, with nearly unanimous support. We believe this legislation has the potential to advance significant improvements in the Milwaukee County mental health system and ultimately improve the lives of people living with mental illness. Click here to read the rest of DRW Statement on Passage of Milwaukee County Mental Health Board Bill »


ADVOCACY SPECIALIST to provide advocacy assistance, outreach, training, and systemic advocacy on behalf of persons with disabilities statewide. For detailed position announcement and application instructions click here: Advocacy Specialist, Community and Institutions. Salary for 50% time: $12,000 – $23,000, depending on experience. Application materials due by 4:30 pm on April 9.

Members of racial/ethnic minority groups and persons with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply. EEO/AA

Disability Rights Wisconsin Participates in Bill Signing: New Funds for Training Workers with Disabilities

Gov Walker signing disability employment training bills with key leadersOn March 17 Disability Rights Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities were invited to stand alongside Governor Walker and bi-partisan legislators in Janesville as the Governor signed new legislation that will promote hiring of people with disabilities. The new law is part of the Governor’s year-long Better Bottom Line initiative to improve employment rates for people with disabilities.


Read the Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organization’s statement.

Read the Governor’s statement.


Great news —M3 Insurance Solutions, DRW’s insurance agency, generously donated $4000 toward a new computer server for DRW to ensure critical back up and disaster recovery of client data. Pictured below are Judy Zimmer, M3 Senior Account Executive, Dan Idzikowski, DRW Executive Director, and Joan Karan, DRW Associate Director. Tom Golden, M3 Vice President, presented the actual check and was the photographer.

Thank you M3. We highly value our long term relationship with your company and appreciate your investment in DRW.

Survival Coalition Weighs in on Common Core Standards Bill and Impacts on Students with Disabilities

The Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations submitted testimony today on SB 619, a bill that would create a politically appointed Model Academic Standards Board charged with developing standards across a variety of subject areas.

DRW Testimony Re: Special Needs Voucher Bill

Disability Rights Wisconsin shares concerns with Senate Education Committee members about Senate Bill 525 – a bill that would create a special needs voucher program in Wisconsin. Read our testimony here: Testimony SB 525.

Job Posting – Training Coordinator/Program Assistant in Madison Office – 50% LTE – Deadline Extended to Feb. 20

Training Coordinator/ Program Assistant – (50% time Limited Term Employment through 12/31/14) in DRW’s Madison office. Work with team of nine attorneys to coordinate trainings on public benefits to statewide network of disability benefit specialists. Provide overall programmatic support as time allows. For position announcement and application requirements, click here: Training Coordinator and Program Assistant or call 608-267-0214. Salary $15-$17/ hour DOE. Excellent benefits. Position will remain open until filled. Deadline for initial consideration extended to Thursday, February 20. Members of racial/ ethnic minority groups and persons with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply. EEO/ AA Employer.

Job Posting – Volunteer Coordinator Project Assistant in DRW-Milwaukee – RE-POSTING

DRW’s Milwaukee office is seeking a Part-Time (15-18 hours/week) Volunteer Coordinator Project Assistant to develop and implement a volunteer recruitment, training, and retention program for the Medicare Part D Drug Helpline. The position is supervised by the Medicare Part D Project Coordinator. Click the following link for details: POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT MedD VC – Feb 2014.

Disability Rights Wisconsin Makes Recomendations to Improve Children’s Long-Term Support System

On December 20 Disability Rights Wisconsin sent the following letter to Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades to support her commitment to redesign the Children’s Long-Term Support (CLTS) program to address the serious needs of waiting families and children with significant disabilities.