Archive for January, 2013

DRW Board of Directors Milwaukee Listening Session March 1, 2013

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:

• Abuse, neglect and patient rights
• Access to benefits and services
• Deinstitutionalization
• Long-term care
• Community based mental health services
• Special education

• Assistive technology
• Barriers to accessibility
• Discrimination in employment and housing
• Voting rights
• Transportation

WHEN: Friday, March 1, 2013 from
4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m
WHERE: Summit Place
6737 W. Washington St.,
Summit Place Conference Room #2135
West Allis, WI
(Enter through the main entrance, walk past the elevators and café.  Room is on the right side just past the café.)
PARKING: Parking available in both lots at either side of the front doors.  If you park in the visitor lot you will need to pull a ticket.  Tokens will be available at Listening Session to exit from the visitors parking area.
BUS: Bus #76 stops at 70th & Washington St.; Bus #18 stops on Greenfield Ave. at 68th & 70th streets. From both stops you will have to walk a couple of blocks.
ACCESSIBLE TRANSPORTATION: Transit Plus available for individuals who have signed up for the service.
QUESTIONS: Call 800-928-8778 Voice 888-758-6049 TTY/Textnet
ACCOMMODATIONS: Contact Linda Apple at 800-928-8778 or email by February 25if 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 or by mail to: Disability Rights Wisconsin 131 West Wilson Street, Suite 700 Madison, WI 53703.

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Click here for Spanish Version.
Click here for Hmong Version.

Disability Rights Asks the State to Support Education of Students with Disabilities

Disability Rights Wisconsin is working with the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities to share a new set of information bulletins to help people understand 2013 Priorities for People with Disabilities in Wisconsin.

Over the last two decades, the state’s share of special education funding – which provides for therapies, assistive technology, specialized instruction and other classroom accommodations – has dropped from 44% to 26%. Wisconsin must invest in supports for children with disabilities now! Learn more here: Special Education Funding 2013.

Disability Rights Wisconsin Shares Caution About “Special Needs Scholarships”

Disability Rights Wisconsin is working with the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities to share a new set of information bulletins to help people understand 2013 Priorities for People with Disabilities in Wisconsin.

Families often struggle to obtain a quality education for their children with disabilities. The legislature’s sole response to this concern has been to introduce “special needs scholarships” or vouchers offering public tax dollars to families to use at private schools. Wisconsin has the benefit of reviewing how vouchers have worked for families in other states. This review found troubling results. Learn more here: School Vouchers 2013.