Archive for 2012

Job Posting: DBS Program Attorney in DRW Rice Lake Office

Attorney – in Disability Rights Wisconsin’s Rice Lake office to assist lay advocates in public benefits cases, conduct trainings, and provide direct legal representation to clients.  For a complete Position Description click here: Rice Lake DBS Atty position announcement .  Excellent benefits.  Resume & letter of interest due by Jan. 4.  Mail to Disability Rights WI, 131 W. Wilson St., Ste. 700, Madison, WI 53703 or email to  Members of racial/ethic minority groups and person with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply.  EEO/AA Employer.

Statewide Disability Advocacy Groups Support DPI Call for Increased Special Education State Funding

Disability Rights Wisconsin joins other statewide disability groups in supporting increases in state special education funding.

Click the following link to read the press release: Disability Advocacy Groups Support DPI Call for Increased Special Ed State Funding.

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.

Disability Rights Wisconsin La Crosse Listening Session

The Board of Directors of Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) will be conducting a Listening Session on Friday, December 7, 2012 in La Crosse.

DRW is the designated protection and advocacy agency for people with developmental, physical, or sensory disabilities and people with mental illness in Wisconsin. DRW engages in a variety of advocacy strategies, including one-on-one advocacy for individuals and their families; systems advocacy (influencing state and county policy, legislative advocacy and coalition building); class action and impact litigation; and providing training to people with disabilities, their family members, human service professionals, attorneys and others on a variety of disability related topics.

The DRW Board wants to hear from people with disabilities, their families, friends, disability activists, service providers and other concerned individuals about your ideas for the future of disability advocacy and the issues that need to be addressed in the areas of special education, developmental disability, mental health and physical disability services and disability rights.

WHEN: Friday, December 7, 2012 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m
WHERE: Radisson Hotel – 200 Harborview Plaza – La Crosse, WI
PARKING: You must pull a ticket when entering the parking lot; there will be tokens available at the meeting.  Use your token to exit the parking lot.
BUS: Bus transfer point is about two blocks from the hotel on Jay Street.
ACCESSIBLE TRANSPORTATION: Para-transit service is available for individuals certified as ADA Para-transit eligible.  Call MTU Mobility Plus at 608-781-3069.
QUESTIONS: Call 800-928-8778 Voice
888-758-6049 TTY/Textnet
ACCOMMODATIONS: Contact Linda Apple at 800-928-8778 or by November 28 if you need an accommodation or language translation to participate.
WRITTEN COMMENTS: If you would like to submit written comments, you may send them via email to or by mail to: Disability Rights Wisconsin 131 West Wilson Street, Suite 700 Madison, WI 53703.


Click here for Spanish version of announcement: DRW La Crosse Listening Session Dec 2012 Spanish.

Click here for Hmong version of announcement: DRW La Crosse Listening Session 1212 Hmong.

Statewide Disability Advocacy Groups Applaud DPI Budget Request

Budget Includes Critical Steps to Close Achievement Gap for Students with Disabilities

Madison, WI – A coalition of statewide disability advocacy groups is offering their support for State Superintendent Tony Evers’ biennial budget recommendations for state education funding that were announced today in West Allis.

The Superintendent’s proposal includes an increase in special education funding, also known as “categorical aids,” of $70 million over the next two years, as well as increased support for districts with extraordinary special education costs.

Click here to read the full press release: Statewide Disability Advocacy Groups Applaud DPI Budget Request

Milwaukee County Disabilities Services Waiting List Eliminated After 35 Years

An Update from Make It Work Milwaukee/the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force:

This is an important milestone for people with disabilities–ending our waiting list and reaching entitlement.  Many of us have worked for years towards this goal.  Thank you to Geri Lyday for her dedicated leadership, to all the elected officials who shared this vision, and most of all the people with disabilities, family members, and advocates who advocated for so long to make this a reality.  May we use this accomplishment to inspire us to achieve other great things as we embark on the biennial budget – and the opportunity for Wisconsin to move forward as an innovator in community based services and supports that increase the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities.

This innovative vision of ending waiting lists and expanding access to community based services and supports for people with disabilities as an alternative to institutional care was pioneered by Governor Thompson, and continued with strong support from Governor Doyle and Governor Walker, and the Legislature.

Thanks everyone and congratulations!

Click here to read the release from the Milwaukee County Department of Health & Human Services:

Job Posting: Managing Attorney in DRW Madison Office

Managing Attorney in Madison office of statewide disability advocacy agency with focus on school and civil rights issues.  For job announcement  and application requirements click here: S-CR managing attorney job description 10-12 or call 608-267-0214. Salary: $45,000 to $65,000 DOE.  Excellent fringe benefits.  Resumes and cover letters will be reviewed beginning November 16 until position is filled. Members of racial/ethnic minority groups and persons with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply.  EEO/AA Employer.

Disability Concerns May Sway Vote

A new survey of likely voters suggests most are touched personally by someone with a disability and that those relationships could affect how they vote in the November election.

In the poll of 1,000 expected voters nationwide, 51 percent said that they have a family member or close friend with a disability. And many indicated that connection could impact their decision in the upcoming presidential election.

Some 41 percent of those surveyed said they’d be more inclined to support a candidate who pledges to make policies and programs helping those with disabilities a national priority.

Only 2 percent of respondents indicated that disability programs should not be a top concern.

“The majority of likely American voters are experiencing the challenges of living with a disability, either because they have a disability or have a loved one who does. It impacts voting, and elected officials need to pay attention,” said Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, president of the strategic communications group Laszlo Strategies which conducted the survey in early September along with the polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research.

Voter interest in disability issues does differ by party affiliation, however, according to the research results. Democrats were more likely to say that a candidate’s stance on programs affecting those with special needs would impact their decision at the ballot box.

Meanwhile, while the poll found that voters were largely split on whether or not the government is currently doing enough to assist those with disabilities to “lead a normal life,” Republicans were more likely to say that the status quo is sufficient.


Provide Medicaid Managed Care enrollees with information about and the rights and responsibilities of enrollment in Medicaid HMOs; investigate complaints, including the denial, reduction or termination of services by the HMO, and provide representation.
For detailed Position Announcement, salary range, and application requirements, click this link:  2012 Job Announcement SSI MC Advocacy Specialist or call 414-773-4646. DEADLINE: October 31. Members of racial/ethnic minority groups or persons with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply. EEO/AA employer.

Governor Walker Declares October Disability Employment Awareness Month!

Also – make sure you take part in this year’s Take Your Legislator to Work campaign! It is important for your legislator to know that people with disabilities can work at real jobs in the community for real pay! Sign up: