Archive for October, 2013

Marquette Lawyer magazine article about the Milwaukee Public Schools Case

The Fall 2013 Marquette Lawyer magazine included an article written by Alan Borsuk, a senior fellow in law and public policy at Marquette Law School, about the Milwaukee Public Schools/Department of Public Instruction case.

Click here to read the article: The Complex Legacy of Jamie S.

The article includes some quotes from DRW staff.  Borsuk points out that there were some positive changes made at MPS and DPI as a result of the lawsuit.

Job Posting – Family Care/IRIS Ombudsman in DRW Milwaukee Office

Provide assistance and advocacy to adult enrollees in WI’s publicly-funded long term care programs.  Full time position in Milwaukee office.  For details click here: POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT Ombudsman 101813 Ext – with AA form or call 608-267-0214.  Deadline: 4pm 11/1/13.  Members of racial/ethnic minority groups and persons with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply.  EEO/AA Employer.

Wisconsin’s Disability Policy Partnership Asks for Recognition of Disability Awareness Month

Wisconsin’s Disability Policy Partnership – comprised of Disability Rights Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities and the Waisman Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities – supports a resolution to recognize October as Disability Awareness Month. Read their letter to the legislature.

Disability Rights Wisconsin Co-Authors Editorial Supporting Integrated Employment

Dan Idzikowski, Kevin Fech and Jason Endres: Change in federal rules would help workers with disabilities 2013-10-08
• By Dan Idzikowski, Kevin Fech and Jason Endres, posted in the LaCrosse Tribune.

We live in an era of accountability.  It’s rare to see a dollar spent by government or private business without an eye toward outcome.

Few would argue this is a bad trend; however, an article in Thursday’s Tribune, “Riverfront CEO: People with disabilities would lose jobs under federal plan,” which describes how a rule will limit the use of federal dollars in employment facilities that segregate people with disabilities misses this good news.

In reality, the intent of the new federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rule is to improve outcomes for people with disabilities and help states manage their scarce Medicaid funding.

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Celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month!

Employment First Wisconsin invites you to join us in celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness month this October. Employment First Wisconsin is a cross disability coalition of people with disabilities, family members, advocates, providers, community organizations and businesses that are working together to increase community employment options for people with disabilities. Disability Rights Wisconsin is a member of this exciting statewide movement!

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Disability Rights Wisconsin Appoints Daniel Idzikowski as Executive Director

Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW), the state’s designated protection and advocacy agency for people with disabilities, has hired Daniel Idzikowski as its Executive Director.

He assumed this position on September 30th.

Dan has a long impressive track record of working for social justice. Throughout his career Dan has advocated for and with disadvantaged populations across Wisconsin. He has collaborated with numerous organizations and government agencies to create innovative partnerships that advance justice, social equity, and economic opportunity. “I am thrilled to help steward Disability Rights Wisconsin – an organization with a tremendously talented staff committed to community collaboration and the empowerment of the disability community,” Dan stated upon appointment.

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