We provide informational training and other learning opportunities for consumers, family members, attorneys and others who support people in the disability community. Disability Rights trainers offer effective strategies to strengthen individual advocacy skills, improve the system’s response to issues of access, broaden the understanding of disability rights and more. Please contact us to ask about accommodations and accessibility requests for our trainings.

Our trainings offer:

  • DRW Staff providing a training at Fox Valley Technical CollegeImportant information about the legal rights of people with disabilities
  • Ways to advocate (stand up for yourself) when
    • Asking for job accommodations (help on the job)
    • Getting accessible (easy-to-use) transportation
    • Making a smooth change from high school to work or college
    • Using the right to vote
  • Teaching methods that work well with different groups:
    • Stories and activities to help guide each group in learning
    • Easy-to-read handouts to help remember the most important things
    • A list of resources (people and places to call for help)
    • A certificate for successfully completing the training

Who we Typically provide trainings to:

Disability Rights Wisconsin can provide disability rights trainings in communities throughout Wisconsin. Any group, public or private, can request a training with us. We typically provide trainings for:

  • Schools
  • Community mental health centers
  • Advocacy groups
  • Parent organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Service providers
  • Vocational programs
  • Other programs that work with people with disabilities
  • Training Locations

We can offer trainings anywhere in Wisconsin. However, we need at least 12 people to sign up for each training. We will do trainings at any place that is easy for participants to access. Examples of training locations include:

  • Meeting room at organization requesting the training
  • Libraries
  • Public schools and colleges
  • Town halls
  • Cost

Our trainings are free for people with disabilities and their families. The cost for trainings we do for professionals, businesses and other organizations, is based on a fee-for-service scale.

Attend or Request Training

If you would like to attend one of our upcoming trainings, check out the events on our home page. If you would like toto request an in-person training for your group, you can fill out the training request form on the right side of this page, or contact us to schedule a training.

Training topics

Below, we’ve provided examples of some of our training topics. We’ve also provided a description of the goals we hope to accomplish with each training.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Americans with Disabilities Act

Know Your Rights: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in Everyday Life

  • How to stand up for your rights
  • File a complaint if you feel you have been treated unfairly
  • Know where you can go for more help and information

Buses, Trains, Taxicabs, Planes: Know Your Transportation Rights

  • Learn about your rights to travel accommodations
  • Ask for those rights in your community and when traveling
  • Get door-to-door paratransit services

Make Your Vote Count: The Voting Rights of People with Disabilities

  • Know your voting rights
  • Ask for accommodations at your polling place
  • Get help and information about filing complaints


Put Your Rights to Work: The Americans with Disabilities Act and Employment

  • Advocate for your rights at job interviews and once you are on the job
  • Practice handling employers’ questions
  • Ask for reasonable accommodations for your job

Self-Employment Jump Start: Starting a Person-Centered Business

  • Discover whether a small business is in your future
  • Making plans to start
  • How benefits and resources can help

Know Your Rights to Work While on Social Security

  • Get free professional help in finding or keeping a job and keeping your benefits
  • Use work incentives, so you can work and keep your cash and medical benefits
  • Know your rights to vocational rehabilitation services


Be a Prepared Parent: What You Need to Know About Your Child’s Special Education Rights

  • Recognize your child’s legal right to a free and appropriate education
  • Actively participate in making educational decisions for your child
  • Communicate effectively with your child’s school

Making it a Success: Your Transition From High School to the Adult World

  • Decide what you want your life to look like
  • Prepare to share your vision with the people in your life
  • Use information to start to put your plans into action


Advance Directives: You’ve Got the Power!

  • Learn why people use advance health care directives
  • Explore sample advance health care directives
  • Decide how an advance health care directive could help you be a stronger advocate

Making Your Own Decisions: Guardianship and Alternatives

  • Find out about your rights as an adult (age 18 and over)
  • Learn how having a guardian could change your life
  • Talk about ways to get help with important decisions in your life

Balancing Independence and Protection: What Family Members Need to Know About Guardianship & Alternatives

  • Learn the importance of involving your family member with a disability in decisions that affect his or her life
  • Explore how courts process guardianship, and alternatives to guardianship
  • Get help and find key information on these life-changing choice

Training Request

If you would like to request a training, please complete this form and one of our staff members will get back to you soon.