Archive for April, 2011

Interview with Barbara Beckert on UWM’s Lake Effect

Barbara Beckert is the director of our Milwaukee Office. She recently spoke with Mitch Teich on UWM’s Lake Effect about the impact she believes the proposed biennial budget would have on Wisconsin’s citizens with disabilities.

Click here to listen to the interview

DRW Joins Education Coalition to Express Concerns about Gov. Walker’s Education Budget

DRW has joined a broad coalition to express concern about Governor Walker’s education budget.

Click here to view the media release.

The Key to Your Future trainings

Disability Rights Wisconsin is conducting FREE trainings for High School Students, Young Adults and their Families with Emotional Behavioral Disabilities focusing on:

*Transitioning from High School
*Employment
*College
*Legal Issues
*Benefits
*and featuring for youth only: “What’s the Big Deal? Healthy Relationships and Dating”

Click here to view a printable flyer.

The two remaining trainings are as follows:

**Wednesday, May 25th from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at The Boys and Girls Club – 3400 W. North Avenue

**Saturday, June 18th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Alianza Latina (SPANISH) 1615 S. 22nd Street-Milwaukee

CALL today to reserve your seat for this event including dinner and door prizes at 414-773-4646. Please indicate if accommodations are needed.

Click here to view the Key to Your Future resource guide.

These trainings and the Key to Your Future resource guide are funded by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation Community Grant Fund.

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!!

Disability Rights Wisconsin Submits Testimony on the Proposed Budget

Disability Rights Wisconsin submitted this testimony on the proposed state budget to the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee at the April 11 committee hearing in West Allis.

Click here to download the JFC Testimony

April 11th Joint Finance Committee Hearing photo

Joint Finance Committee Hearing 4-11-11Here is a photo of Milwaukee-area residents at today’s Joint Finance Committee hearing at State Fair Park.

Joint Finance Committee hearings provide an opportunity to testify before legislators who will make spending decisions on items like Medicaid, special education, transportation, mental health, long term care, corrections, local funding and more.

The next hearing is: Wed, April 13 in Neenah (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) at the Pickard Civic Auditorium (1275 Tullar Road, Neenah).

Upcoming Joint Finance Committee Hearings – A Great Opportunity to Provide Input!

Disability Rights Wisconsin encourages people to share their thoughts about how the current budget proposal impacts people with disabilities and their families. Joint Finance Committee hearings provide an opportunity to testify before legislators who will make spending decisions on items like Medicaid, special education, transportation, mental health, long term care, corrections, local funding and more.

The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee has scheduled these upcoming hearings:

  • Monday, April 11 Milwaukee area (10 am – 6 pm) Wisconsin State Fair Park: Expo Center, Hall A – 8200 W. Greenfield Ave, West Allis WI
  • Wed, April 13 in Neenah (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) at the Pickard Civic Auditorium (1275 Tullar Road, Neenah).

See the entry on this web site titled: State Budget Resources and Budget Presentation You can Use for information on how the budget affects people with disabilities.

The committee will stop taking testimony at the end time specified and there are other ways to provide input. Written comments can be emailed to the committee at: budgetcomments@legis.wisconsin.gov or sent by US mail to: Joe Malkasian, Room 305 East, State Capitol, Madison, WI 53703.

Federal Keeping All Students Safe Act Reintroduced

House Reintroduces Keeping All Students Safe Act

NDRN Calls for Passage

WASHINGTON – The National Disability Rights Network applauded the reintroduction of the Keeping All Students Safe Act, H.R. 1381. The legislation, which passed in the House last year but was unable to clear the Senate, addresses the use of restraint and seclusion on children in schools.

“A year has gone by since Congress failed to pass this needed legislation and more children have been abused through restraint and seclusion,” said Curt Decker, NDRN’s executive director. “Our member agencies have investigated instances in which kids as young as 5 years old have been confined, tied up, pinned down, and battered through the use of restraint and seclusion.”

As documented in a report released by NDRN entitled School is Not Supposed to Hurt, a disturbing nationwide trend of the use of restraint and seclusion has emerged, denying students full and safe inclusion in the nation’s education system. NDRN’s report was the catalyst for a Government Accountability Office investigation that led the House to take action.

The legislation addresses many of the problems documented in NDRN’s report: Inconsistent (and sometimes non-existent) standards in many states on the use of restraint and seclusion in schools; Parents and guardians not being informed of the use of restraint and seclusion on their children; Use of inherently dangerous restraint and seclusion techniques with little to no training or monitoring; Use of restraint and seclusion in situations that clearly do not call for the use of such extreme techniques (i.e. blowing bubbles in milk, fidgeting in a chair), and the lack of reporting of such incidents to help the proper authorities identify where problems may exist that could be addressed with additional training and technical assistance.

“Representatives George Miller (D-CA) and Gregg Harper (R-MS) should be commended for taking action on this bipartisan legislation to end the abusive use of restraint and seclusion in schools,” added Decker. “We urge the House to pass this bill quickly.”

FCC Survey on Access to Emergency Services

On March 16, 2011, the FCC’s Emergency Access Advisory Committee (EAAC) released a national on-line survey to determine the most effective and efficient technologies and methods by which persons with disabilities may access Next Generation 9-1-1 emergency services systems. Among other things, the survey asks about accessing emergency services via video, text, and voice.

The results of the survey will inform the EAAC as it develops recommendations for the FCC to draft rules to ensure that people with disabilities can access NG 9-1-1 services. The survey is available in English, Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL) video.

This survey will be available until April 24, 2011. We encourage people with disabilities to complete this survey, and share information about the survey with other people with disabilities and organizations that represent persons with disabilities.

Copy and paste the address you would like to use below into your web browser:

Link to the survey in English and ASL: http://fcc.eaac.sgizmo.com/s3

Link to the survey in Spanish: http://fcc.eaac-es.sgizmo.com/s3

State Budget Resources and a Budget Presentation YOU Can Use

Look here for various resources you can use in your community or with groups you work with to conduct a presentation about how the current state budget proposal impacts people with disabilties in Wisconsin:

2011-2013 State Budget PowerPoint presentation – Final

PowerPoint Notes

Survival Talking Points (All)

Survival Coalition FAQs

Balancing the budget

Click here to watch and listen to a presentation on the budget: