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Most Recent Publications

New Brochure – In Wisconsin, Treatment Never Includes Sex

DRW worked with DHS to develop a brochure on sexual exploitation of mental health consumers in mental health services and substance abuse services. Approximately 10-13 percent of mental health providers self-report exploiting at least one client in their career services and of these, most report exploiting more than one client. It is important that consumers of mental health and substance abuse services be aware of the possible warning signs that they might be targeted for exploitation, know their rights, and know where they may receive assistance if they are being sexually exploited by a mental health professional.

Since April was sexual assault awareness month, we would like to provide a resource for people who may be experiencing sexual exploitation in treatment. To view and download the brochure, click here.

New Publication: Access from an Interpersonal Angle

Access from an Interpersonal Angle was developed through the Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Project of Wisconsin and authored by Mark Sweet, Trainer and Consultant at Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW). Access is often understood as a list of requirements based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Parking spaces, ramps, power doors and architectural dimensions for bathrooms are some of the factors that support and service organizations can check off their lists as either requirements met or not. From the points of view of service organizations, once they have accounted for structural access, there is often an assumption that access has been addressed. Being fully accessible is a dynamic practice that requires our attention one contact at a time.

This Tool is to be used by sexual assault and domestic violence programs to review their programs and services to ensure that people with disabilities have equal access and an equal opportunity to participate. Accessibility includes removing not only physical barriers to participation, but also cultural and attitudinal barriers. This Tool compliments the Self-Assessment Tool for Ensuring Access for People with Disabilities and the Accessibility Guide developed by the Project in 2004.

Click here to view Access from an Interpersonal Angle.

Publication – The Key to Your Future: Understanding the Post-Secondary Transition Plan

Parents and students are often confused when they hear the word transition. Students make many transitions throughout their school career. They transition from early childhood to elementary, year after year transition to a new teacher, and some parents think of the transitions in a child’s day. This guide will help explain the transition that is required for all students receiving special education from the age of fourteen until they leave school. Click here to read The Key to Your Future: Understanding the Postsecondary Transition Plan.

Disability Rights Wisconsin 2014 Annual Report

I Have a Voice - Disability Rights Wisconsin Report to the Community 2014 cover page black.I have a voice. The theme of Disability Rights Wisconsin’s 2014 Report to Community highlights our work to advocate (literally “to voice”) the concerns of Wisconsinites with disabilities, and to train, support and empower people to make their own voices heard on the public stage. We want to amplify these voices, to provide a venue where people with disabilities can speak and be heard, and to make sure that in matters of public policy we honor the motto: nothing about me, without me.

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.

Guide for Employment of People with Disabilities

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has published a new guide entitled: “Recruiting, Retaining & Promoting People with Disabilities: A Guide for Employers”. This resource guide is a product of a federal cross-agency effort working to increase equal employment opportunities and financial independence for individuals with disabilities. Access the Guide here.


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?

New Publication – Conversations About Your Child – Themes for a Lifetime

Disability Rights Wisconsin is happy to offer a new resource for parents of children with disabilities and those who support them. Development of Conversations About Your Child—Themes for a Lifetime was supported by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Long Term Care.

Points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the Department of Health Services. Conversations About Your Child does not have a copyright. Reproduction and sharing of any part of this resource is permitted and encouraged. Whenever copies are made or referenced please credit Disability Rights Wisconsin. Click the following link to read and download the guide: Conversations-About-Your-Child

Voting in Wisconsin – A Guide for Citizens with Disabilities – 2014

Voting is a constitutional right and responsibility of citizenship. It is an important way to help select the national, state and local officials who make laws, design programs and decide how tax dollars are spent. For information on voting in Wisconsin for individuals with disabilities, download a copy of the manual Disability Vote Guide 2014.

Drafted by the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition.

Report Offers First Statewide Look at Seclusion and Restraint in Wisconsin’s Public Schools

Madison, WI – A new report issued today by Disability Rights Wisconsin, Wisconsin Family Ties, and WI FACETS, offers the first statewide look at seclusion and restraint data in Wisconsin’s public schools.  The report, called Seclusion & Restraint in Wisconsin Public School Districts: 2012-2013 School Year Data, is based on open records requests to special education directors statewide, collecting the data they were required to report to their school boards last fall in the wake of the 2012 passage of Wisconsin Act 125, which established crucial regulations on public-school use of seclusion and restraint.  The results provide a baseline of information about current statewide use of seclusion and restraint of students and, more specifically, students with disabilities, who according to the report accounted for a disproportionate 74% of seclusion and restraint incidents in 2012-13.

Click here to view the report.

The three organizations have for years helped amplify the voices of families whose students had suffered emotional and physical injury due to seclusion and restraint, highlighting the need for change that led to the passage of Act 125. The law limits the use of seclusion and restraint to situations in which there is an immediate risk to physical safety, and the intervention is the least restrictive one possible.   The first year of data demonstrates, however, that interpretation and implementation is uneven across school districts.

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