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Special Education Parent Training-Waukesha County

Please join Sally Flaschberger, DRW Special Education Advocate, for a parent training on September 29th fom 9:30am to 11:30am at the Brookfield Public Library. See flyer below for more information.

IEP_Training_Waukesha County

Disability Policy Partnership Shares Concerns about Changes to Child Care Policy

Wisconsin’s Disability Policy Partnership, of which Disability Rights Wisconsin is a founding member, sent comments to Wisconsin Department of Children and Families Secretary Eloise Anderson regarding changes to an Attendance-Based-Only policy for licensed family child care providers serving low-income children, including those with disabilities, subsidized by Wisconsin Shares.

Click here to read the comments.

Need Your Help! We Are Collecting Stories about Those Waiting for Long Term Care in WI!

The Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations is connecting with consumers, families and disability advocates across the state to collect the stories of people who are waiting for long-term care. As you may already know, with some limited exceptions, there will be virtually no new enrollment in Family Care, Partnership, IRIS, COP or CIP in the next two years.

We want to know how people are getting their needs met while they wait for necessary long term care services. This information is critically important to inform policy makers on how the long term care caps are affecting real people in Wisconsin.

There are several ways you can help us collect this information. Either print out the questionnaire and mail back a hard copy (address is included on the form) with a waiting individual’s contact information or fill out a form electronically at one of the links below.

Please consider forwarding this message to your contacts and groups and posting it on your organization’s website or Facebook page.

Questionnaire links to share:

(You only need to fill out ONE of these questionnaires. Please choose the appropriate option)

If you are an interviewer and would like to assist someone filling out the questionnaire, use this link: Interviewer questionnaire.

If you are consumer who would like to fill out the questionnaire on your own, please use this link: Consumer questionnaire.

To print a hard copy of the survey to fill in and mail back, click here: LTC-Cap Questionnaire.

The most important piece of the questionnaire is accurate contact information so someone can reach the individual if there are additional questions.

Thank you for distributing this information widely!

Disability Rights Wisconsin Working to Improve Employment for People with Disabilities

Watch this story that aired on Madison’s WKOW-TV, discussing the extremely low wages for people with disabilities in some facilities. DRW is working to help people get employment in the community at REAL wages. Everyone can work and contribute to our communities!

Click here to watch the story.

DRW weighs in on sub-minimum wage employment of people with disabilities

DRW attorney Jodi Hanna is quoted in this front-page article from the August 14 Green Bay Press Gazette on sub-minimum wage employment of people with disabilities. The article is generating significant discussion and controversy. DRW believes that increasing individualized employment at real wages in integrated, community settings should be a priority for our state.

Here are some success stories from individuals with disabilities employed in our communities!
http://www.waisman.wisc.edu/naturalsupports/pdfs/YS.pdf

Read the Green Bay story here:
http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20110814/GPG0101/108140589/-1/7daysarchives/Pay-rate-disabled-Wisconsin-workers-stirs-debate

Volunteer Today!

DRW needs volunteer counselors for our Disability Drug Benefit Helpline. Be a part of the 40.3% of Madison residents* who volunteer. Contact Tracy Stewart at 608-267-0214 or tracy.stewart@drwi.org to learn how YOU can help.

*(http://www.volunteeringinamerica.gov/WI/Madison)

DRW Job opening: Supervising Attorney in Milwaukee office

DRW is seeking a Supervising Attorney in our Milwaukee office to engage in individual and systemic advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities in institutional and community based settings. For detailed position description, application requirements, and salary click here.

Love to talk AND listen? DRW has an opportunity for you!

We need volunteer counselors for our Disability Drug Benefit Helpline. Flexible schedules available but volunteers should be available October 15 – November 7, 2011. Basic computer, Internet and telephone skills helpful; a willingness to make a difference in the lives of others a MUST. Want to learn more? Contact Tracy by email at tracy.stewart@drwi.org or by phone at 608-267-0214

Legislators Ask Feds to Not Approve Family Care Caps

On July 14 thirty-seven Wisconsin legislators sent a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking that she reject a request by the Walker administration to amend Wisconsin’s Medicaid waiver and cap Family Care enrollment. Click here to read the letter.

New Materials on Special Needs Vouchers Available

Disability Rights Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities and Wisconsin FACETS collaborated to create these two documents to help educate families on special needs voucher proposals in Wisconsin. Please distribute widely to parents and all education advocates.

Click here for the School Choice Charts document.

Click here for School Choice FAQs.