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Barriers to Accessibility

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Advocacy Goals

People with disabilities have the right to participate equally in the world around them. This includes access to both private and public buildings, programs, events and services. People with disabilities may face physical, communication, attitudinal, systemic or other barriers as a part of daily life, and Disability Rights Wisconsin works to remove these barriers.

Some examples of barriers to accessibility include the lack of ramp access to a building with stairs leading up to the door, the refusal of a medical facility to provide a sign language interpreter for a deaf person whose primary method of communication is ASL, the refusal to allow a child who requires an aide to participate in the activities of a camp, or denying an individual with a mental illness the right to have their service dog live with them in a “no pets” building.

Advocacy Strategies

Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) provides information, referral, advice, investigation, and, in select cases, legal representation to people with disabilities in Wisconsin who encounter barriers to accessing private and public buildings, activities and services.