Archive for June, 2013

Survival Coalition report on Sub-Minimum Wage Licenses

The Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations worked with member organization Disability Rights Wisconsin to conduct a review of 2010 Sub-Minimum Wage Licenses in Wisconsin. Fifty-four Wisconsin counties have facilities which issue licenses to pay individuals with disabilities less than minimum wage through a provision in the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.  Click the following link to read the report: Survival Coalition Report on 2010 Sub-Minimum Wage License Review.


Summary of Joint Finance Committee State Budget Action: Impacts on People with Disabilities

Disability Rights Wisconsin has worked with other Survival Coalition partners to develop the following summary of the state biennial budget outlining implications for individuals with disabilities: Summary of Joint Finance Committee Action on Disability Issues in the State Budget 2013-15. The budget is not yet complete. The Assembly and Senate must still pass and consider amendments to this proposal.

As you know, the Joint Finance Committee cast their final votes on the budget on Wednesday, June 5. Survival Coalition and Disability Rights Wisconsin submitted several papers and recommendations on various issues. You can find some of those papers here:

The budget now moves to the Assembly floor for a vote the week of June 17. After the Assembly takes action on the budget, it moves to the Senate – anticipated for the week of June 24th. The Governor also then has the opportunity to make line item vetoes.

Please look for upcoming action alerts from DRW and the Survival Coalition. If you have questions, please contact Lisa Pugh, Public Policy Coordinator at


New Publication: Understanding the Connection – Traumatic Brain Injury and Violence

Disability Rights Wisconsin announces the availability of Understanding the Connection:  Traumatic Brain Injury and Violence, a booklet and pull-out screening tool that raises awareness about and provides Wisconsin resource information for individuals who might have acquired a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a result of domestic abuse or sexual violence.  TBI often is an overlooked consequence of interpersonal violence.  This new resource includes a five-step screening tool that anyone may use to help identify who might need more in-depth medical evaluation for TBI.  Recognizing the connection between TBI and interpersonal violence is critical because repeated head injuries decrease a person’s ability to recover.  Click here to download the booklet: Understanding the Connection. Click here to download the screening tool: HELPS Screening Tool.