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Announcing two new Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Project Resources available through Disability Rights Wisconsin

Conversations about Interpersonal Safety:  Helping individuals create more safety for themselves and talk about events that concern them                                     June 2014

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), this resource is designed for advocates, friends, family members and others to guide conversation and invite thinking about social situations and issues of personal safety involving people who have difficulty with abstract language, learning and social interactions — many individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.  In response to the Project’s 2011 publication, Creating Safety by Asking What Makes People Vulnerable?, requests poured in asking for specific language and sample questions that one could use to talk about issues of safety and harm directly with people with intellectual disabilities.  This resource responds to those requests and provides “conversation starters,” questions covering a myriad of themes designed to stimulate thought about what conversations might be helpful or of interest to people you know and support.  Click here to read the rest of Announcing two new Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Project Resources available through Disability Rights Wisconsin »

Disability Rights Wisconsin 2013 Annual Report

Expect More, Disability Rights Wisconsin Report to the Community 2013 annual report cover pageDisability Rights Wisconsin has issued its 2013 Report to the Community: “Expect More.” The 2013 annual report highlights advances made in fair employment practices, youth transition, mental health services, and end of life protection for people with disabilities. Read the full report here and share in DRW’s good work.

New Publication: Understanding the Connection – Traumatic Brain Injury and Violence

Disability Rights Wisconsin announces the availability of Understanding the Connection:  Traumatic Brain Injury and Violence, a booklet and pull-out screening tool that raises awareness about and provides Wisconsin resource information for individuals who might have acquired a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a result of domestic abuse or sexual violence.  TBI often is an overlooked consequence of interpersonal violence.  This new resource includes a five-step screening tool that anyone may use to help identify who might need more in-depth medical evaluation for TBI.  Recognizing the connection between TBI and interpersonal violence is critical because repeated head injuries decrease a person’s ability to recover.  Click here to download the booklet: Understanding the Connection. Click here to download the screening tool: HELPS Screening Tool.

Disability Rights Wisconsin 2012 Annual Report

Take a read through the report for articles on a variety of DRW’s advocacy activities during 2012, including important positive changes for people with disabiliites:  corrections issues, Medicare Part D training, significant legislative victories, collaboration with self advocates, Rice Lake office staffing, and DRW’s first listening session in a mental health insitution.  Click here to download the report: 2012 DRW Annual Report.

Disability Vote Coalition Research on Voters with Disabilities

Disability Rights Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities presented in November 2012 at the National TASH Conference. The presentation’s focus was Get Out the Vote (GOTV) efforts and research we have conducted on voters from the disability community in Wisconsin.

Our presentation outlines what we have learned and the outcomes of our project as part of the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition.  Click here to read the powerpoint document: Research-Based Voter Engagement – Voters with Disabilities.

Announcing a new Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Project Resource available through DRW

Developed through the Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Project of Wisconsin, A Practical Guide for Creating Trauma-Informed Disability, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Organizations highlights and explores effective trauma-informed conditions or core values that victims, survivors and people with disabilities find essential for safety and healing. The Guide leads readers on a journey of exploration into the context of these conditions to promote dialogue and understanding, and spur implementation of strategies for domestic violence, sexual assault and disability organizations to become more trauma-informed. December 2011

Click here to download the Trauma Informed Guide.

DRW 2010-2011 REPORT TO THE COMMUNITY

This report highlights a variety of DRW’s advocacy activities both at the individual and systems level throughout the state. It also includes a tribute to former Executive Director Lynn Breedlove, who retired from DRW in January, 2012 after 31 years.

Click here to download the report.

Announcing two new Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Project Resources available through DRW

CREATING SAFETY by Asking What Makes People Vulnerable? July 2011

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), this guide is a ground-breaking culmination of open thought, keen observation and practical understanding of how many people with disabilities experience human interactions and relationships designed to provide them support. While people who provide paid support or caregiving to individuals with disabilities are the primary audience for whom this guide was designed, for domestic and sexual violence advocates, human services workers, social workers or counselors, and even family members, the ideas broached and questions raised throughout this piece are important considerations for any of us who work with, support, advocate or love someone with a disability. Through exploring linkages among assertiveness, vulnerability, compliance models and imbalances of power in caregiving relationships, readers will begin to glimpse the often hidden reality of how these linkages make some individuals more vulnerable… more vulnerable to abuse.

Click here to download Creating Safety.

Victims/Survivors Who Use Service Animals: An Updated Background Paper and Sample Policy for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Programs September 2011
This booklet was originally developed and now updated by the Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Project of Wisconsin to assist domestic violence and sexual assault organizations, and other service organizations that have questions about addressing requests for service animals as a reasonable accommodation or modification for program participants with disabilities. People with disabilities use service animals to perform tasks related to their disabilities. The assistance these animals provide can lessen symptoms or help remove day-to-day barriers people with disabilities experience. This booklet is designed to inform organizations about the legal requirements and practical expectations when service animals are present within your agency and its programs. Learning about the legal requirements, developing your agency’s own service animal policy, and training staff to apply it consistently helps to alleviate potential liability issues — for both illegal discrimination and presence of an animal on-site.

Click here to download the Service Animal guide.

The Key to your Future 2011 Quick Reference Directory

Click here to download DRW’s Quick Reference Directory for resources in Mental Health, Employment, Self-Advocacy, Independent Living/Housing, Educational Advocacy, Benefits and MORE!!

Family Care & IRIS Ombudsman Program Consumer Handout – Winter/Spring 2011

Here is the FCIOP handout for Family Care members and IRIS participants and their families, revised for Winter/Spring 2011.

Click here to download the Family Care & IRIS Ombudsman Program Consumer Handout – Winter/Spring 2011