Archive for September, 2012

Survival Coalition Shares Ideas on Developing a Wisconsin Health Care Exchange

Decisions about health care reform implementation are very important to people with disabilities in Wisconsin. On September 21 Disability Rights Wisconsin, along with the Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations, provided testimony to a State Senate Committee on the importance of including people with disabilities in decisions including developing Wisconsin’s insurance exchange, establishing essential health benefits, and more.
See the Coalition’s full comments here: Survival Coalition Testimony – Committee Hearing on Insurance Exchanges in WI.

Looking for Volunteers Who Want to Make a Difference

We need volunteer counselors for our Disability Drug Benefit Helpline. Flexible schedules available but volunteers should be available October 15 – December 7, 2012. Basic computer, Internet and telephone skills helpful; a willingness to make a difference in the lives of others a MUST. Want to learn more? Contact Ginger by email at or by phone at 414-773-4646 ext. 23.

Now is the Time to Ask Candidates Questions!

Here are two documents you can use to ask important disability-focused questions of candidates for federal and state office who will be on the ballot on November 6. Simply post some questions on a candidate’s Facebook page; contact their campaign by e-mail; invite a candidate to your organization’s monthly meeting. Most importantly, get candidates on the record on these topics.
Click here for the documents:
5 Qs for Federal Candidates
6 Qs for State Candidates


The Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations shares their recommendations to state agencies, the governor and the legislature on the 2013-15 biennial budget. Click here to view the document: Survival Coalition 2013-2015 Budget Priorities.

People First Wisconsin Issues State Budget Recommendations

People First Wisconsin, Wisconsin’s largest self-advocate organization for people with disabilities, recently surveyed members to understand their priorities for state funding and issues in the next state budget. The 2012 Wisconsin Self-Advocate Survey identifies the most important issues for self-advocates in Wisconsin. The survey results from nearly 300 self-advocates are highlighted in this document.
Click here to read the document: WI Self-Advocate State Budget 2013-2015.

Recommendations for use of Individual Learning Plans by Students with Disabilities in Wisconsin

Both the Governor’s Council on College and Workforce Readiness and the Legislative Study Committee on Improving Educational Opportunities in High School are considering whether Wisconsin should follow the lead of other states and adopt the use of Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) as a career planning tool for all students. Recently Disability Rights Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities provided  ILP recommendations to policymakers to ensure that students with disabilities are appropriately considered in the ILP process. 
Click here to read the recommendations: ILP Recommendations for Wisconsin Students with Disabilities