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Free Webinar on Supported Decision-Making

Disability Rights Wisconsin is proud to join The Arc Wisconsin, the Greater WI Agency on Aging Resources (GWAAR) and the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities to co-sponsor this FREE training on Supported Decision-Making on Wednesday, November 8, at 2 p.m.

The training will answer questions for individuals with disabilities interested in supported decision-making and families considering guardianship for their son/daughter; family members supporting older adults who are experiencing physical/cognitive challenges; and professionals who support individuals who have guardians. It also will share an update on exciting new legislation in WI to formalize Supported Decision-Making. The training offers tools to maximize an individual’s rights to make their own decisions while allowing family members and other trusted supporters to stay involved and offer support.

The WI state legislature is considering legislation to add Supported Decision-Making as a legally recognized agreement. If you think Supported Decision-Making sounds like a good idea, you will want to learn more about this bill!

How to Register:

  • Topic: Supported Decision-Making in Wisconsin
  • Host: The Arc of Wisconsin with Wisconsin BPDD, GWAAR, and Disability Rights Wisconsin
  • Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
  • Time: 2:00 pm

You can learn more about Supported Decision-Making with this FAQ.

Family Friendly Guide to Services for Milwaukee County Special Needs Children and Youth and their Families

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DRW is pleased to offer our new Family Friendly Guide to Services for Milwaukee County Special Needs Children and Youth and their Families. This Guide is designed as a resource to increase awareness and access to services for Milwaukee African American children with a disability and their families.

The Guide includes information about how to apply for various community programs for Milwaukee children and youth with a disability or special needs.  We hope it will be helpful to families and to service providers, clinicians, educators, and others.  It is part of DRW’s Project EASSY, Equal Access for Special Needs Services for Youth.

The Guide is available online as a PDF. DRW is pleased to provide printed copies of the Guide at no charge to families and community organizations including agencies that serve youth, schools, clinics, churches, etc.

About the Guide

The Guide provides brief overviews of the following topics:

Our heartfelt thanks to the participants in DRW’s African American Parent Advisory Group and the many other parents in the community who shared their suggestions and experiences with us.   Their ideas and experiences seeking services, were key in shaping the format and content of the Family Guide.  We thank these caring parents for so generously sharing their insights and experience.

A grant from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation helped support this Guide.

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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.

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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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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

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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.

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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