Archive for January, 2018

Strengthen Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries

A new bill has been introduced in Congress that would protect people with disabilities from financial exploitation, abuse and neglect. But in order for this to happen, we need your help to get the law passed!

CLICK HERE to tell your representative to support HR4547.


Disability Rights Wisconsin Responds to State of the State Address

January 25, 2018

Madison, WI- Governor Walker’s State of the State address highlighted his strong support for several areas affecting the lives of people with disabilities including ending waiting lists for children with disabilities, expanding the Family Care and IRIS programs state-wide, and advancing employment opportunities.

“Wisconsin has made great strides in increasing access to home and community-based supports for adults and children with disabilities,” said Daniel Idzikowski, Executive Director. DRW asks policy makers to prioritize the needs of children with disabilities and their families who desperately need supportive services.  Redesigning this system so no children are placed on waiting lists, coupled with an end to the 10-year moratorium on increased special education funding will provide a positive path forward for all of our children and our economy.

Click here to read the rest of Disability Rights Wisconsin Responds to State of the State Address »

Take a Minute for Medicare

Welcome to 2018!!

This year, Disability Rights Wisconsin will be updating you on hot Medicare topics monthly. Everyone on Medicare, whether disabled or over the age of 65, needs to know about their Medicare benefit. The topics will be posted every month to the DRW website and Facebook page.

Please click here for the latest updates on Medicare benefit costs.

For general Medicare questions, call DRW at 1-800-928-8778. For Medicare Part D questions, call the Disability Drug Benefit Helpline at 1-800-926-4862. You can also call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), or visit to find out if Medicare covers your test, service, or item.


DRW Board Listening Session

The next Disability Rights Wisconsin Board Listening Session will be held on Friday, March 2nd, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  There will be a short informational session about DRW’s mission and work from 4 – 4:30, followed by the Listening Session from 4:30 – 6:30.
Please see the flyer for location and additional information!

Job Posting – Advocacy Spcialist

DRW’s Protection and Advocacy Program is seeking an Advocacy Specialist. This position is responsible for providing direct advocacy assistance and representation to individuals with disabilities on a variety of disability-related issues and conducting investigations on issues such as abuse and neglect. Other duties include: public report writing, tasks related to case maintenance and reporting, outreach, information and referral, systems advocacy and training.  This is a full-time position located in our Madison, WI office.

EEO/AA Employer committed to diverse workforce. Members of racial/ethnic minority groups and persons with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply. Submit resume and cover letter to or mail to: HR, 131 W. Wilson St, Ste 700, Madison, WI 53703.  Deadline: noon 1/29/18.

Click here for more information.


Support for Employment First and Supported Decision-Making Bills

Disability Rights Wisconsin was proud to testify in favor of the Employment First and Supported Decision-Making bills at the State Capitol. We joined our partners from The Arc Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities, along with people from across the state, in supporting these very important and ground-breaking bills in Wisconsin.  We hope these bills will move quickly through the legislative process and become law!

See our testimony on Supported Decision-Making bill here and our testimony on Employment First bill here.

Trauma Informed Victim Advocacy

Built upon fourteen years of experience working with survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault, Disability Rights Wisconsin launched a Victim Advocacy Program in 2016 to ensure people with disabilities have equal access to victim response and support programs as well as the civil and criminal justice systems.

This week National Public Radio is featuring a series on the prevalence of sexual assault against people with disabilities. This series emphasizes the serious and pervasive nature of this heinous abuse of people with disabilities. We encourage you to listen to this report.

If you are a person with a disability who has been a victim of a crime, including sexual assault, or know of a person with a disability who is a victim, please contact DRW’s victim advocacy team for free, confidential, and trauma-informed advocacy to support you to obtain justice and recover from trauma you have experienced.
800-928-8778 or email (subject: confidential).

Disability Rights Wisconsin Supports Governor Walker’s Juvenile Corrections Plan

Disability Rights Wisconsin supports Governor Walker’s announcement of a new regionally based direction for Wisconsin’s juvenile corrections and treatment systems. Most youth housed at the troubled Lincoln Hills and Copper Lakes correctional facilities are individuals with a significant history of trauma, disability, and mental illness.

“This is an opportunity to change the culture of our juvenile justice system, and to promote greater family and community engagement to support these young people. We thank the Governor for his vision and look forward to working with the Departments of Corrections and Health Services to take full advantage of this opportunity to adopt a comprehensive model that employs best practices to improve long-term outcomes for youth with disabilities involved in Wisconsin’s correctional system,” emphasized Daniel Idzikowski, Executive Director.

Click here to read the full release.