Archive for November, 2012

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: