Archive for February, 2016

Free Voter Trainings for the Disability Community

From Information to Action: Free Voter Trainings for the Disability Community

Learn how to participate in the voting process and make your voice heard - 
Click here for info on training sessions we’re holding around the state in March.

YOUTH ENCOURAGED TO ENTER CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH POSTER CONTEST

Entries due March 18 for “My Feelings Matter” poster contest

The Children’s Mental Health Matters Coalition announced today that entries are now being accepted for the 2016 “My Feelings Matter” poster contest.

“Children’s mental health matters and we want to bring this issue to the forefront here in Wisconsin with this poster contest,” said Phyllis Greenberger, a member of the Children’s Mental Health Matters Coalition. “Art offers a creative outlet for children’s feelings to help them deal with strong emotions, and gives the adults in their lives insight into how their children are developing socially and emotionally.”

Preschoolers through high school students are eligible to participate.  A prize will be awarded to the winner in each age group. Entries must be postmarked by March 18, 2016.  Last year, more than 400 posters were submitted from youth and teens across the state.

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Disability Rights Wisconsin Applauds Passage of Landmark Bill Protecting Children with Disabilities

Disability Rights Wisconsin commends the Wisconsin Legislature for passing Assembly Bill 667 last night – enhancing the safety of Wisconsin’s children with disabilities. The bill, passed Tuesday by the Senate and by the Assembly on January 19th, requires the state to develop a plan for investigating reports of abuse or neglect involving children with disabilities, enhancing the work of child protective services at the state and county level. The bill now awaits Governor Walker’s signature.

“Wisconsin should be proud to take this significant step forward in ensuring that children with disabilities, particularly children with communication barriers, have equal access to the child protective services system,” commented Disability Rights Wisconsin Executive Director, Daniel Idzikowski. “This legislation places Wisconsin in a leadership position among the states.”

“Representatives Kleefisch and Johnson and Senator Cowles were essential leaders guiding the passage of this bill with overwhelming bi-partisan support,” noted Lisa Pugh, DRW’s Public Policy Director. “DRW appreciates the opportunity to now work alongside the Department of Children and Families to develop new standards and resources that will help to keep children with disabilities safe.”
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DRW Board Listening Session – Appleton – Friday, March 4 – 4:30-6:30 pm

Help shape our advocacy plans for the future.

Come and speak or just listen to what others in your
community have to say.

WHEN: Friday, March 4, 2016 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM

WHERE:
Fox Valley Technical College-Appleton campus
1825 N. Bluemound Drive, Appleton, WI 54912

For details, click here. We hope to see you there!

For the flyer in Spanish, haga click.

Are You Registered to Vote?

Do you know if  you are registered to vote?  You can find out by going to the myvote website https://myvote.wi.gov/ Here you can also find out who is on the ballot in your local races.  Remember to vote on February 16th.  You will need a photo ID for this election.

Transportation to get an ID for Voting and to Vote on Election Day

If you need an ID for Voting or a Ride to the Polls, please contact The Wisconsin Association of Mobility Managers. For more information, click on the link below:

WI Association of Mobility Managers.

Disability Organizations Release Report: Seeking Solutions to End Harmful Seclusion & Restraint

A new report issued today by Disability Rights Wisconsin, Wisconsin Family Ties, and WI FACETS, shows that Wisconsin children continue to be frequently subjected to controversial seclusion and restraint practices in Wisconsin’s public schools, despite the passage of a law intended to reduce such measures. Families and advocates are speaking out about the harmful emotional and physical consequences of seclusion and restraint on children.

The report, called Seclusion & Restraint in Wisconsin Public School Districts 2013-2014: Miles to Go and available here, is based on open records requests to special education directors statewide, collecting the data they were required to report to their school boards following the 2012 passage of Wisconsin Act 125, which established crucial regulations on public-school use of seclusion and restraint.

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Want to Vote but don’t have an ID? Get a free ID at the Department of Motor Vehicles

If you do not have a photo ID to vote you can get a free one at the Department of Motor vehicles. To find out more about what you will need to get a free ID you can go to here: Free state ID.

Do you have more questions or need assistance in getting an ID for voting? VoteRiders.org
is a non-partisan organization that offers free voter ID assistance. The toll-free number is: 844-338-8743.

Remember, there is a primary on the 16th of February and you will need an ID to vote.

Disability Organizations Concerned about Continued Controversial Seclusion and Restraint of Wisconsin Students: Report to be Released February 9

Contact:
Sally Flaschberger, Disability Rights Wisconsin, 414-773-4646
Joanne Juhnke, Wisconsin Family Ties, 608-320-6165
Courtney Salzer, WI FACETS, 414-374-4645

When: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 – 10:00 AM

Where: Wisconsin State Capitol, 2 E Main Street, Madison- Room 300SE

A new report will be issued by Disability Rights Wisconsin, Wisconsin Family Ties, and WI FACETS at the State Capitol on February 9th, showing that Wisconsin children continue to be frequently subjected to controversial seclusion and restraint practices in Wisconsin’s public schools, despite the passage of a law intended to reduce such measures. Families from across the state will join disability organizations at the Capitol to share their stories about the harmful emotional and physical consequences of seclusion and restraint on children. We invite you to attend the event to hear the stories and recommendations on how changes to the law could provide greater protection for students with and without disabilities across our state. This is the second year Disability Rights Wisconsin, Wisconsin Family Ties, and WI FACETS – the state’s leading advocacy organizations for students with disabilities – have collaborated to collect seclusion and restraint data from nearly every school district in the state.

• The 2016 report will detail how families continue to report instances in which children, even those as young as five, are being secluded and restrained repeatedly, sometimes daily.

• The report gives data from more than 400 Wisconsin school districts that responded to an open records request.

• The report highlights great discrepancy in how districts across the state report their data; continued confusion on the definitions of seclusion and restraint; significant concerns regarding the role of law enforcement officers in restraining students; and a lack of parent notification when these practices are occurring.

Click here for a pdf of this invitation.

• Disability Rights Wisconsin is a statewide private nonprofit organization that is part of a national system of federally mandated independent disability agencies.

• Wisconsin Family Ties, Wisconsin’s family voice for children’s mental health, is a parent-run nonprofit serving families that include children with social, emotional or behavioral challenges.

• WI FACETS is Wisconsin’s U.S. Dept. of Education/Office of Special Education Programs-funded Parent Training and Information Center serving families of children and youth with disabilities statewide.