Archive for July, 2016

People with Disabilities Need Access to Justice

Daniel Idzikowski, the Executive Director of Disability Rights Wisconsin, testified before the Wisconsin Legislative Council Study Committee on Access to Civil Legal Services about the disability rights movement and the need for legal representation to end discrimination, promote inclusion, and gain access to the courts for the basic legal needs of people with disabilities. To read his testimony, click here.

DRW supports immediate implementation of FDA ban on Electronic Stimulation Devices

Today, Disability Rights Wisconsin submitted comments to support the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed ban on the use of electrical stimulation devices (ESDs) to treat self-injurious or aggressive behavior. DRW has long opposed the use of aversive conditioning devices utilizing electric shock and we call for an immediate ban of all such devices. Read our full comments in support of the ban here: DRW Comments FDA-2016-N-1111.

Federal Court Rules Against Restrictive Voter ID Law in Suit Brought by the ACLU

On Tuesday, July 19, in the ACLU’s challenge to Wisconsin’s voter ID law, the federal district court granted a motion for a preliminary injunction and ordered the State to allow voters without ID to cast a regular ballot (not provisional) if they sign an affidavit attesting that they cannot obtain ID with reasonable effort. The injunction will be in effect for the November elections, and while the case is pending. The court found that the state’s interests could not justify disenfranchising voters who cannot obtain ID with reasonable effort.

To read the ACLU’s press release, click here.

Take a Minute for Medicare

This month we will start a new topic, Extra Help with Medicare Part D costs. There will be a series of three articles on Extra Help and how to find out if you are eligible.

What is Extra Help?
Many Medicare beneficiaries have difficulty in paying for their prescriptions. Making ends meet does not mean that you should go without your medications. When Medicare Part D was signed into law in 2003, a part of the law was passed to help those with limited income get “extra help” with the Medicare prescription drug costs. Medicare has allowed a number of different ways for eligible Medicare beneficiaries get help with their prescription costs.   Click here to read the rest of Take a Minute for Medicare »