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Most Recent State Budget

Make Your Voice Heard!

Speak out for priorities for people with disabilities in the state budget: attend a Joint Finance Committee budget hearing and testify!

DRW and BPDD will have staff at each hearing to be a resource for you. We can answer your questions and help you prepare your story. We hope to see you there!

Here are the dates and locations for the 6 budget hearings:
• Monday, April 3 – UW-Platteville, Platteville (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
• Wednesday, April 5 – State Fair Park, Milwaukee (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
• Friday, April 7 – Berlin High School, Berlin (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
• Tuesday, April 18 – Spooner High School, Spooner (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
• Wednesday, April 19 – Ellsworth High School, Ellsworth (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
• Friday, April 21 – Marinette High School, Marinette (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

We have created a summary of budget priorities to help!

Remember to Register for Disability Advocacy Day

Register now to talk directly to your state legislators! Sponsored by The Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations.

DRW Appreciates Positive Budget Provisions for People with Disabilities

Wisconsin’s Protection and Advocacy system for people with disabilities is encouraged by the investment in people with disabilities across the lifespan demonstrated in Governor Walker’s 2017-2019 Biennial Budget Proposal. We remain concerned that some policy proposals in the budget will have an unduly punitive effect on people with disabilities who are disproportionately poor.

Read our full release here.

Medicaid Block Grants Could Hurt Wisconsin

Here is an overview of the impacts Medicaid block grants could have on Wisconsin’s disability community and what disability advocates think are other, more promising alternatives to improve Medicaid programs, written by Barbara Beckert, Director of DRW’s Milwaukee Office.

Medicaid Block Grants Could Hurt Wisconsin

Disability Rights Wisconsin 2017-2019 Biennial Budget Priorities

Disability Rights Wisconsin advocates across a wide variety of issues. See our priorities for the 2017-2019 biennial budget here:

Quality Community Supports and Institutions


Mental Health


Youth in Transition and Employment

Direct Care Workforce

Children’s Supports


Juvenile Justice and Corrections

Voting Housing Access to Justice

See the complete document of priorities here.