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DRW Requests Comments on its 2018 PADD Plan

DRW seeks public comments on our proposed 2018 Goals and Priorities for our protection and advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These goals and priorities will determine how DRW will allocate its resources on behalf of people with IDD during the next year.

Click here for more information.


Disability Rights Wisconsin Announces Award Winners

Congratulations to our “There’s No Place Like Home” award winners!

Corresponding to the theme for the evening, the “There’s No Place Like Home” awards – Courage, Heart, Wisdom, and Home – recognize that Disability Rights Wisconsin works in partnership with many other heroes to advance the disability rights movement toward a vision where all people with disabilities and their families can enjoy the full extent of their rights and the highest quality of life in the community. Awards will be presented at the Ruby Anniversary gala on Saturday evening, October 14th at the Monona Terrace in Madison.

After a public statewide nomination process, selecting from a list of more than 100 nominees was difficult, but inspiring. The awardees in each category are:
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Health Care Under Threat Again

Senators Graham, Cassidy, Heller, and Ron Johnson have released their health reform proposal, the latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The bill would have many of the same devastating impacts as previous repeal bills already rejected by the Senate, such as:

  • capping and cutting Medicaid, converting the traditional Medicaid program to a per capita cap for seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children, and ending the expansion;
  • allowing states to gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions; and
  • cutting health coverage and raising premiums and out-of-pocket costs for millions.

For more information on how this proposal could affect people with disabilities, click here.  Seventy-five disability organizations have also signed a letter opposing to this proposal.  Here is the latest breakdown of state-by-state estimate of changes in federal funding.

What you can do:

1. Call Senator Ron Johnson and Senator Tammy Baldwin to share how these cuts would be harmful to people with disabilities.

2. Submit comments by email ( for the one hearing that has been scheduled on this proposal.

3. Share your stories on social media and with local media of how this proposal would harm people with disabilities.

To contact your Senators:

The main Capitol line: (202) 224-3121 OR

Senator Johnson: • DC office: 202-224-5323 • Oshkosh office: 920-230-7250 • Milwaukee office: 414-276-7282

Senator Tammy Baldwin: • DC office: 202-224-5653 • Madison office: 608-264-5338 • Milwaukee office: 414-297-4451

To submit comments for the hearing:

The hearing is scheduled for Monday morning at 1 p.m. in the Senate Finance Committee. If you wish to send in comments, email them to by Monday morning to ensure they are received before the hearing.  You can however still send them in up until 2 weeks after the hearing.


Job Posting – Advocate/Ombudsman

Disability Rights Wisconsin is seeking a full-time Advocate/Ombudsman for the Family Care and IRIS Ombudsman Program for adults with disabilities. This position provides assistance and advocacy to adults enrolled in Wisconsin’s publicly funded long term care programs for a statewide disability rights agency.

Please click here for more information.

This position is located in Menasha.

DRW is an EEO/AA employer committed to a diverse workforce. Submit resume and cover letter to by noon on Monday, September 18th, 2017.

Take a Minute for Medicare

Take A Minute for Medicare articles help you know more about your Medicare coverage. This issue is about Medicare’s Special Enrollment Periods.

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There’s No Place Like Home Awards Nominations Open

Disability Rights Wisconsin is seeking nominations for 4 awards to be presented at the Ruby Anniversary Gala on October 14, 2017: Home, Wisdom, Heart & Courage.

Submit your nominations today!

DRW Board Listening Session at Mole Lake in Crandon – Sept. 15, 2017

The Board of Directors of DRW extends an invitation, particularly to tribal members, to come share concerns and challenges for people with disabilities and mental illness.  Please see the flyer for details!

Listening Session at Mole Lake in Crandon

ASL Invite Mole Lake Listening Session


Job Posting – Advocacy Specialist

Disability Rights Wisconsin is seeking a FT Advocacy Specialist to work in our SSI Managed Care External Advocacy Project. This position is in Milwaukee office and will provide statewide advocacy, information and outreach to SSI-related Medicaid recipients enrolled in managed care plans. Successful candidates will have previous experience with public benefits such as SSI and experience with people with disabilities. Bachelor’s Degree in related field or equivalent experience. Excellent salary and fringe benefits.

Click here for more information.

EEO/AA employer committed to a diverse workforce. Submit resume and cover letter to Deadline: August 27th, 2017 at midnight.


Access to WI Medicaid Survey for Children 0-21

Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey and share with other families.

Access to WI Medicaid Survey for Children 0-21

While Wisconsin Medicaid includes many services helpful to children with disabilities or special health care needs, some services are under-used and access to other services will be changing. Survival Coalition and Family Voices of Wisconsin are interested in your family’s experience with Medicaid prior authorization as well as your use and understanding of a Wisconsin Medicaid benefit for children called HealthCheck Other Services. Please share your family’s experience over the past year. The survey will take less than 5 minutes to complete and individual answers will remain confidential.

Click here to take the survey

To learn more about insurance prior authorizations and HealthCheck Other Services see the Family Voices fact sheets on Insurance Prior Authorization  and HealthCheck Other Services

Disability Rights Wisconsin Supports Senate Health Care Vote

Disability Rights Wisconsin applauds all U.S. Senators who voted against recent health care reform bills to cut and cap Medicaid and repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The bill passed in the U.S. House in May and the numerous bills recently set forth by the Senate contained devastating cuts to Medicaid, rolled back protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and would have led to loss of health insurance coverage for millions of Americans.

Read DRW’s full statement here