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Disability Benefit Specialist Program

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Advocacy Issues

Disability Rights Wisconsin believes that access to public benefits such as health insurance programs and Social Security Disability promotes the dignity, independence, and accessibility of people with disabilities in Wisconsin. We believe that persons with disabilities should receive those benefits to which they are entitled.

Advocacy Strategies

Disability Rights Wisconsin assists persons with disabilities with public benefits through the Wisconsin Disability Benefit Specialist Program. The Disability Benefit Specialist Program is a service of Wisconsin’s network of Aging and Disability Resource Centers. The Disability Benefit Specialist (DBS) assists persons with disabilities between 18 and 59. The DBS provides information, assistance, and in some cases, representation for persons with disabilities related to denials of eligibility, termination of benefits, or overpayment of public and private benefits. Currently, there are DBSs every county in Wisconsin.

A team of nine at Disability Rights Wisconsin provides the following services to the Disability Benefit Specialists:

  • Basic, Ongoing, and Advanced Benefits Training
  • Technical Assistance and Consultation on complex benefits matters
  • Support for DBS representation and targeted direct client representation
  • Program development services

To find a Disability Benefit Specialist, please click here.