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Public Policy

Disability Rights Wisconsin uses both individual advocacy and system change tools to accomplish its goals of ensuring the rights of citizens with disabilities. DRW’s Public Policy Principles provide a framework for the agency’s work and public policy agenda. These principles are constructed to support DRW’s federal charge to educate policymakers and to engage in advocacy, capacity building, and systemic change activities (including policy reform) on behalf of individuals with disabilities and their families, including individuals who are traditionally unserved or underserved.

While grounded in civil rights and other laws upholding the essential rights of individuals with disabilities, the principles articulate the aspirational goals of the organization and provide a basis upon which to take public policy action and positions at the local, state and federal level.

The principles also further define DRW’s mission and values and communicate to the public the core identity of DRW and its vision for the future. Specifically, DRW’s Public Policy Principles will be cited when supporting or opposing proposals, signing on to initiatives or coalition objectives and when guiding the organization’s planning. The principles are dynamic and will be updated as necessary.

DRW has developed Public Policy Principles in the following areas: