Archive for May, 2017

Disability Rights Wisconsin Applauds Joint Finance for Ending Waiting Lists for Children

Disability Rights Wisconsin and many other disability advocates have sought the elimination of waiting lists for children for over a decade. The members of Joint Finance supported the Governor’s investment of $39 million dollars to support families raising children with significant disabilities. 

Read DRW’s full statement here.

DHS Video Tells Compelling Children’s Long-Term Support Wait list Story

The Department of Health Services has just released a video documenting the compelling case of Ben Gapinski, a child with autism who was on the wait list for Children’s Long-Term Support waiver services. The Governor’s proposed budget would finally end the wait list for the CLTS Waiver. Watch Ben’s story to see what impact this will have on families of kids with disabilities.

Beckert: Health Care Reform the Wisconsin Way

Disability Right’s Wisconsin’s Barbara Beckert has written an op-ed in today’s Journal Sentinel on how the AHCA affects Wisconsin and offers insights on what works for Wisconsin.


American Health Care Act: The Impact on People with Disabilities Milwaukee May 25

Join us at IndependenceFirst to learn how the American Health Care Act (AHCA) will impact people with disabilities.  Barbara Beckert from Disability Rights WI will discuss the impact of the bill, including Medicaid cuts of $880 billion and the roll back of protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

Come learn how AHCA will affect health care choices and options, and how you can share your concerns with policymakers.

Thursday May 25, 2017

2:00PM to 4:00PM


540 South 1st Street

Milwaukee, WI 53204

DRW Presentation American Health Care Act

June Listening Session

Announcing the June 16th,  2017 Disability Rights Wisconsin Listening Session in Menomonie – please see flyer for additional information!

Menomonie Listening Session


Job Posting – Advocate/Ombudsman

Disability Rights Wisconsin is seeking a full-time Advocate/Ombudsman for the Family Care and IRIS Ombudsman Program for adults with disabilities. This position provides assistance and advocacy to adults enrolled in Wisconsin’s publicly funded long term care programs for a statewide disability rights agency.

This position is based in Madison 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, June 5th, 2017 to be considered for 1st round of interviews.

Calling Wisconsin Attorneys: We Need Your Help!

DRW is in need of attorneys who would be willing to take on an occasional short term pro bono case in our Victim Advocacy Program.  Click this link for more information, and to help ensure that the rights of people with disabilities in Wisconsin are upheld!


DRW Statement on Findings of Inquest Into Death of Terrill Thomas at Milwaukee County Jail

Disability Rights Wisconsin is profoundly concerned about the inhumane treatment of individuals with mental illness and other disabilities who are held in the Milwaukee County Jail. The death of Mr. Thomas, as well as the 2016 deaths of several other inmates with mental illness, should serve as a warning that our community must act to decrease the growing number of people with mental illness in the criminal justice system.

Read DRW’s full statement here.

BadgerCare Amendment poses Risks to Childless Adults’ Access to Medicaid

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is seeking federal approval of a waiver (exceptions to federal laws) to makes significant change to BadgerCare for childless adults.  Disability Rights Wisconsin is concerned that some provisions in the waiver will cause some Wisconsinites with disabilities who are enrolled in BadgerCare to become ineligible and lose access to Medicaid.  Read DRW’s testimony from the May 1st public hearing to learn more about the proposed changes to the BadgerCare Childless Adults waiver.

You can share your comments about the changes to BadgerCare with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.  Written comments will be accepted through May 19th.  Email your comments to  If you would like assistance with your comments, contact DRW’s Public Policy Coordinator Amy Devine at 608-267-0214 or

Click here to read our testimony from the hearing.

AHCA a Serious Threat to Wisconsinites with Disabilities and Chronic Conditions

Disability Rights Wisconsin, Wisconsin’s designated Protection and Advocacy system for people with disabilities, has grave concerns regarding the passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), including the impact of the bill’s devastating cuts to Medicaid and weakened or eliminated protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions.

Please click here to read our full position.