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Job Posting: Advocate–Family Care & IRIS Ombudsman, Milwaukee Office

DRW seeks an ombudsman to provide assistance and advocacy to enrollees in Wisconsin’s publicly funded long term care programs. Position in Milwaukee office. For detailed Position Announcement and application requirements, click here or call 608-267-0214. Salary DOE & excellent fringe benefits. Deadline: Nov. 3, 2010, NOON. EEO/AA Employer.

Gubernatorial and US Senatorial Voter’s Guides

Disability Rights Wisconsin partnered with 30 organizations including the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups, the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition, the Board on People with Developmental Disabilities, and the Wisconsin Alliance on Mental Illness to put on a Gubernatorial and US Senatorial Forum in July.

The candidates expressed their views on important issues regarding disability, aging, and long term care. We created these Gubernatorial and US Senatorial Voters Guides in an effort to educate voters across the state on where the candidates stand on issues that may be important to them. The Guides are based on the candidates’ responses to questions asked at the forum. Feel free to pass these documents on to anyone interested.

Click the links below to view and print the guides:

Gubernatorial Candidates Voter’s Guide

Senatorial Candidates Voter’s Guide

Get Out the Vote Billboard in Superior

Photo of WDVC Billboard in Superior, WisconsinThe Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition (WDVC) with additional funding from The Board on People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD) worked with North Country Independent Living to put up this billboard in Superior. The aim is to educate the broader community that people with disabilities are active voters, to remind voters to cast their ballot on November 2nd, and to advertise North Country ILC and the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition.

The WDVC is a non-partisan project funded by Disability Rights Wisconsin and BPDD to encourage the disability community to participate in the electoral process. To learn more about the WDVC see: www.disabilityvote.org.

DRW Board Listening Sessions – Participant Comments

Three to four times per year, the DRW Board conducts Listening Sessions around the state to hear from people with disabilities, their families, friends, disability activists, service providers and other concerned individuals about their ideas for the future of disability advocacy and the issues that need to be addressed in the areas of special education, developmental disability, mental health and physical disability services and disability rights. This information helps the Board set priorities for the agency.

Click the links below for summaries of participant comments from recent sessions:

Racine Listening Session Comments 9-24-10

Eau Claire Listening Session – Comments 6-25-10

Inclusion of Racine Special Education Students in Regular School Classrooms

The Racine Journal Times recently published a series of articles on inclusion of special education students in regular school classrooms in the Racine Unified School District. DRW Board member, Jeff Timm, and several DRW staff were involved in an inclusion work group with regular education teachers, special education teachers, school administrators, parents of students with disabilities and other disability organization representatives to develop recommendations and an inclusion implementation plan for the Racine schools. Below are the links to the recent Journal Times articles and background articles regarding the need for reforming special education in the Racine Unified School District.

RUSD Workgroup for Inclusion 9/20/10
Article #1 9/18/10
Article #2 9/19/10
Article #3 9/20/10

Background articles:
Frattura Special Ed Report 11/13/07
Inclusion K through 2nd Grade 9/26/09
Racine’s Special Ed Major Events 9/18/10
Autistic Second Grader Helped by Inclusive Practices 1/26/10

Rice Lake office scores victory in Open Enrollment Case

DRW Rice Lake Office Director, Genie Hedlund, recently succeeded in winning an Open Enrollment appeal to the Department of Public Instruction. When the Rice Lake School District sought an injunction to stop DRW’s client from transferring schools, Genie Hedlund succeeded in court by getting the judge to agree to allow DPI’s decision to stand. In fact, due to the frivolous way in which the school district obtained a temporary restraining order to stop the DPI decision from going into effect, the judge agreed to allow DRW to seek attorney’s fees in the case. The case was reported in the Rice Lake Chronotype.

MPS case at 7th Circuit Court of Appeals

DRW attorneys Monica Murphy and Jeff Spitzer-Resnick presented their oral argument before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago on September 7, 2010. For a link to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s coverage of the argument, click here.

If you want to listen to the oral argument (which lasted approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes), you can go to the 7th Circuit’s web site (click here) and insert the 2 case numbers (1 at a time): 09-2741 and 09-3274.

October 1 Forum in Milwaukee – State Senate & Assembly Candidates

Location: IndependenceFirst, 540 South 1st Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204

This is a great opportunity to meet the candidates and gain information on their perspectives on community issues including Family Care and long term care services, mental health services, transportation, housing, education and more.

For details, Click here.

RSVPs one week prior to the session are appreciated and will help with planning. Disability-related accommodations are also available. Please contact Disability Rights Wisconsin at 414-773-4646 or elisec@drwi.org.

Racine Journal Times Coverage of DRW’s Sept 24 Listening Session

Over 35 people attended the DRW Board’s Listening Session at Racine’s Festival Hall on September 24, 2010. Click the following link for media coverage of the event: Racine Journal-Times website

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Profile of Barbara Beckert, DRW Milwaukee Office Director

The Business section of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published a profile of DRW’s Milwaukee Office Director, Barbara Beckert, with mention of DRW’s overall work and recent work re: the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex. Click here for the full article.