Archive for October, 2014

Voting in Wisconsin – A Guide for Citizens with Disabilities – 2014

Voting is a constitutional right and responsibility of citizenship. It is an important way to help select the national, state and local officials who make laws, design programs and decide how tax dollars are spent. For information on voting in Wisconsin for individuals with disabilities, download a copy of the manual Disability Vote Guide 2014.

Drafted by the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition.

Report Offers First Statewide Look at Seclusion and Restraint in Wisconsin’s Public Schools

Madison, WI – A new report issued today by Disability Rights Wisconsin, Wisconsin Family Ties, and WI FACETS, offers the first statewide look at seclusion and restraint data in Wisconsin’s public schools.  The report, called Seclusion & Restraint in Wisconsin Public School Districts: 2012-2013 School Year Data, is based on open records requests to special education directors statewide, collecting the data they were required to report to their school boards last fall in the wake of the 2012 passage of Wisconsin Act 125, which established crucial regulations on public-school use of seclusion and restraint.  The results provide a baseline of information about current statewide use of seclusion and restraint of students and, more specifically, students with disabilities, who according to the report accounted for a disproportionate 74% of seclusion and restraint incidents in 2012-13.

Click here to view the report.

The three organizations have for years helped amplify the voices of families whose students had suffered emotional and physical injury due to seclusion and restraint, highlighting the need for change that led to the passage of Act 125. The law limits the use of seclusion and restraint to situations in which there is an immediate risk to physical safety, and the intervention is the least restrictive one possible.   The first year of data demonstrates, however, that interpretation and implementation is uneven across school districts.

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Disability Rights Wisconsin Listening Session – Kenosha – Friday, December 5, 2014

The Board of Directors of Disability Rights Wisconsin will conduct a Listening Session on Friday, December 5, 2014 in Kenosha from 4:30 to 6:30 at the Gateway Technical College.

Come and share 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.

Click here for more information about the Listening Session.

New Fact Sheet to Help Understand Important Changes Coming to Wisconsin

Disability Rights Wisconsin and the statewide Survival Coalition encourage you to help educate people with disabilities and their families about changes to home and community based services that are occurring due to a new federal rule. DRW believes the necessary shift to more community-based supports (less isolating settings) and funding has the potential to be a very positive change for Wisconsinites with disabilities that help everyone to participate more in our communities and have a higher quality of life. The Survival Coalition developed an FAQ to help better inform the public, including people with disabilities and their families, about these changes. Please consider sending this FAQ to your organization’s email list, posting on social media or sharing with others in your network. Click here for the FAQ.