Archive for September, 2015

Discrimination in Child Welfare Guidance

The US Departments of Health and Human Services and Justice have issued guidance to assist state and local child welfare agencies and courts to ensure that the welfare of children and families is protected in a manner that also protects the civil rights of parents and prospective parents with disabilities.  This guidance provides an overview of the issues and application of civil rights laws. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act protect parents and prospective parents with  disabilities from unlawful discrimination in the administration of child welfare programs, activities, and services. At the same time, child welfare agencies and courts have the responsibility to protect children from abuse and neglect. The goals of child welfare and disability non-discrimination are mutually attainable and complementary.  For example, ensuring that parents and prospective parents with disabilities have equal access to parenting opportunities increases the opportunities for children to be placed in safe and caring homes.

Disability Rights Wisconsin 2014 Annual Report

I Have a Voice - Disability Rights Wisconsin Report to the Community 2014 cover page black.I have a voice. The theme of Disability Rights Wisconsin’s 2014 Report to Community highlights our work to advocate (literally “to voice”) the concerns of Wisconsinites with disabilities, and to train, support and empower people to make their own voices heard on the public stage. We want to amplify these voices, to provide a venue where people with disabilities can speak and be heard, and to make sure that in matters of public policy we honor the motto: nothing about me, without me.

Disability Rights Wisconsin announces winners of its “Spirit of ADA Awards”

Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) has announced the winners of its “Spirit of ADA Awards” in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The awards recognize Wisconsin companies, organizations or individuals along with Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner who are positively changing and improving the lives of people with disabilities in Wisconsin.

“Since the passage of the ADA 25 years ago, people with disabilities have enjoyed increased access to employment, education, recreation, and government services, which contributes to better communities for all,” said Daniel Idzikowski, Executive Director of Disability Rights Wisconsin. “At DRW we advocate every day so that all people with disabilities can exercise the full extent of their rights and pursue the greatest possible quality of life,” he noted.

An awards luncheon will be held on Monday, October 5, from 11:30am – 1:30 pm, at the Wisconsin Club, 900 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee to honor the Gold, Silver and Bronze award recipients and special honoree, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner. Individual tickets are $75 and table sponsorships begin at $1250.
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