Archive for April, 2012

Wisconsin is a Leader in Developing the National Agenda for Supporting Families

A group of diverse national and state disability leaders met last year at the Johnson Foundation’s Wingspread Conference Center in Racine, Wisconsin to develop new recommendations on the types of supports families with a member with intellectual/developmental disabilities need and to make recommendations for advancing a national agenda on supporting the family. This document outlines recommendations that must occur to ensure that individuals with I/DD are fully integrated and included in our society and that recognition of their families’ role in their lives is part of the equation for success.

Read the Wingspread Report

Make a Difference for Employment of People with Disabilities in WI!

Join disability advocates on May 22nd from 8:30-4 at the Kalahari in WI Dells for the Wisconsin Integrated Employment Super Summit!

This is a kick off of many employment events that will be happening throughout the state. On May 22 you will hear about innovative employment efforts happening in IRIS, Family Care, Counties, DVR and schools that are really getting people paid jobs in the community. Join in local action planning groups that will be working throughout the state to achieve the statewide goal of doubling the number of people with disabilities in jobs in the community by 2016! Go to Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities website at for more information and to register.

Save the date: IE Summit Hold the Date
The event agenda: IE Summit Agenda

Special Education Listening Session

There will be a Special Education Listening Session, including a free pasta supper at the Circles of Life conference on April 26th from 5-6:30 PM in Middleton.

Here is the flyer for the session: Special Education Sharing Session Flyer

En Espanol: Spanish- Sesion para Compartir- 4-26-12.

Representatives from Wisconsin’s Disability Policy Partnership to Visit DC

The week of April 23, approximately 18 Wisconsin disability advocates will converge with others from around the nation to communicate to Congress about the priorities for people with disabilities. The Wisconsin team will include representatives from Wisconsin’s Disability Policy Partnership between Disability Rights Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Board for People with Disabilities and the Waisman Center. The national Disability Policy Seminar event is being coordinated through various national organizations. The DPS is sharing these materials about the most pressing federal issues and “asks” for people with disabilities. Be informed and check them out!

Fact Sheets

Other Helpful Documents

For Your Information

The following links can help you understand more about how public policy decisions are made and implemented.

Kim Hogan, DRW Madison Intake Specialist, to receive award from Community Shares of WI

Kim Hogan in the DRW Offices

Kim Hogan in the DRW Office

Kim, who has been with DRW for 14 years, has been selected to receive one of the three annual awards given by Community Shares of WI. She is being recognized for her tireless, compassionate, and knowledgeable response to callers contacting DRW for assistance. Congratulations, Kim!!!