Archive for January, 2016

New Publication: Access from an Interpersonal Angle

Access from an Interpersonal Angle was developed through the Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Project of Wisconsin and authored by Mark Sweet, Trainer and Consultant at Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW). Access is often understood as a list of requirements based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Parking spaces, ramps, power doors and architectural dimensions for bathrooms are some of the factors that support and service organizations can check off their lists as either requirements met or not. From the points of view of service organizations, once they have accounted for structural access, there is often an assumption that access has been addressed. Being fully accessible is a dynamic practice that requires our attention one contact at a time.

This Tool is to be used by sexual assault and domestic violence programs to review their programs and services to ensure that people with disabilities have equal access and an equal opportunity to participate. Accessibility includes removing not only physical barriers to participation, but also cultural and attitudinal barriers. This Tool compliments the Self-Assessment Tool for Ensuring Access for People with Disabilities and the Accessibility Guide developed by the Project in 2004.

Click here to view Access from an Interpersonal Angle.

Last long-term care unit closes at Milwaukee Mental Health Complex

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel headlined its Sunday edition this past weekend with a story about the successful relocation of an individual to the community from the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex. DRW has advocated for the closure of the long term care units at the Complex for many years. Some units closed as a result of the Joan S lawsuit brought by DRW and legal services partners in the early 1990’s. DRW advocates have served on the closing team for more than two years and, with some grant funding, have been making follow-up visits to many residents and guardians. DRW will be issuing a report with our findings and recommendations later this year.

The full story can be found here: Last long-term care unit closes at Milwaukee Mental Health Complex.

Integrating disabled citizens into the community – Op Ed by DRW’s Milwaukee Office Director Barbara Beckert

The promise of the ADA — for people with disabilities to be fully integrated into our community — is being realized in Milwaukee County with the closure of the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex long-term care units.

Click here to read the Op-Ed on the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel website.