Archive for May, 2013

Disability Organizations United in Opposition to Special Needs Vouchers

Disability Rights Wisconsin and other disability advocacy agencies across the state unequivocally do not support the special needs voucher program in the Governor’s budget. Disability Rights Wisconsin has been clear along with our partner’s in the state we cannot support a program that erodes the rights of students receiving special education in our state. See Press Release: Disability organizations united in opposition to special needs vouchers.

Looking to make a difference in the lives of others?

We need volunteer counselors for our Disability Drug Benefit Helpline. Flexible schedules available but volunteers should be available October 15 – December 7, 2013. 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 ginger.rogers@drwi.org or by phone at 414-773-4646 ext. 23.

DISABILITY RIGHTS WISCONSIN LISTENING SESSION IN MADISON ON JUNE 14

The DRW Board of Directors is holding a Listening Session in Madison on Fri, June 14 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm at the Inn on the Park.  You are invited to come and share your ideas about the issues you want to see DRW address.  Click the following links for more information:DRW Madison Listening Session 6 2013

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WISCONSIN YOUTH RECOGNIZED FOR UNIQUE ARTWORK TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH

Emotions into Art: Wisconsin’s Children and Youth Show Us Why Their Feelings Matter

Using bright colors, meaningful words and intentional depictions, over 200 children and youth in Wisconsin illustrated their thoughts on why “My Feelings Matter” to raise awareness about children’s mental health. The public voted for the top posters and fifteen children and youth Pre-K through 12th grade from throughout Wisconsin have been recognized for their art. The children were presented with their awards on Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on Thursday, May 9 at the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison.

Secretary Kitty Rhoades from the Department of Health Services and State Assistant Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor from the Department of Public Instruction recognized the award winners and spoke about the importance of awareness of children’s mental health.  In addition, local youth groups, including African Drumming by O’Keeffe Middle School students, Spoken Word by Whitehorse Middle students and Girl Power dancers from Vera Court Neighborhood Center, performed for the event.
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ACLU v. State of Wisconsin – U.S. Department of Justice Letter to Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Disability Rights Wisconsin is pleased that the US Department of Justice confirms what we’ve been hearing about rampant discrimination against students with disabilities in Wisconsin’s Choice program, and will be taking immediate strong action.

Click here to view the letter to DPI from the US Department of Justice.

Click here to view the press release.