Archive for December, 2016

Year in Review: A Safe Educational Environment

A good education is key to every child’s future—and children with disabilities are no different. Disability Rights Wisconsin has worked hard in 2016 to ensure that children with disabilities have a safe educational environment in which to learn and grow.

In February of this year, we co-published a report based on open records requests to special education directors statewide that shows we still have miles to go on the issue of seclusion and restraint practices used in public schools. Sadly, even with the 2012 passage of Wisconsin Act 125, which established regulations on public schools’ use of seclusion and restraint, our 2016 report details how families continue to report instances in which children are being secluded and restrained repeatedly, sometimes daily—and that 80% of these instances involve students with disabilities.

In concert with partner agencies, Disability Rights Wisconsin held a press conference at the state Capitol to highlight the pervasive use of seclusion and restraint on children with disabilities in our schools. We advocated and intervened on behalf of individual children to develop Individualized Education Plans and Positive Behavior Supports with their schools. And we’ve made specific recommendations on updating the state’s seclusion and restraint law in several areas, including statewide reporting, enhancing parent reporting requirements, and including law enforcement officers as “covered individuals” under the law.

We will continue requesting and monitoring seclusion and restraint data in 2017 and beyond, and holding Wisconsin schools accountable to the letter of the law. But we can’t do it alone.

Join us in our work to give all our children a safe educational environment. With your year-end gift to our “Off to a Good Start” campaign, you will become a member of our Protection and Advocacy Team, and help us continue our legislative and advocacy work in 2017.


Job Posting – Advocate/Ombudsman

Disability Rights Wisconsin is seeking an Advocate/Ombudsman for the Family Care and IRIS Ombudsman Program (FCIOP) for adults with disabilities. This position provides assistance and advocacy to adult enrollees in Wisconsin’s publicly funded long term care programs for a statewide disability rights agency.

This position is based in Milwaukee and is full-time with benefits. For a detailed position description click here. EEO/AA employer committed to a diverse workforce. Submit resume and cover letter to Deadline: Noon, January 9th, 2017 to be considered for 1st round of interviews.

Off to a Good Start

Rocket drawn by child with DRW letters on white base and a blue top with red flames and smoke on bottom for blast off.We may not know what the future holds for our children. We do know that Disability Rights Wisconsin will be an outspoken champion, protecting their rights and their futures.

Disability Rights Wisconsin’s 2016 Annual Campaign “Off to a Good Start” highlights our work on behalf of children with disabilities.

Advocates at DRW ensure that our children grow in a safe and nurturing environment, are engaged in their education, have access to the world around them and the supports they need to achieve their potential.


Please give a gift to Disability Rights Wisconsin today to celebrate our children and protect their futures.

Click here to read the rest of Off to a Good Start »

Job Posting – Public Policy Coordinator

Disability Rights Wisconsin seeks a Public Policy Coordinator to participate in developing/implementing overall state and federal public policy strategy:

  • Will track relevant state and federal legislation and budget issues
  • Provide a variety of support to the partner agencies their public policy work
  • Work with other disability organizations on public policy strategies
  • Work directly with legislators and legislative staff
  • Provide training on public policy issues to consumers and families
  • Coordinate state and federal legislative and policy activities of several disability organizations in Wisconsin

This position is based in Madison and is .8 FTE. For a detailed position description click here. EEO/AA employer committed to a diverse workforce. Submit resume and cover letter to  Deadline: December 19, 2016 to be considered for 1st round of interviews.