Action Alerts

Voting Bills Hearing by Senate Elections Committee Wednesday Morning

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On Wednesday, May 5th, the Senate Elections Committee will hold a hearing for a series of bills that will make it harder for people with disabilities, older adults, and others to vote. It will also make it more difficult for friends and neighbors to assist with returning an absentee ballot and put volunteers, clerks, and others at risk for prosecution if they violate the new restrictions. The hearing tomorrow will discuss the following bills: SB…
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DRW PAIMI Council: Invitation for Public Comment

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We want to hear from you about the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) program. The United States Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse, and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) and the Center of Mental Health Services (CMHS) periodically monitors the operation of the PAIMI program by the Protection and Advocacy system in each state. DRW is undergoing this monitoring on June 15-17, 2021. For a shareable flyer, view the Invitation for…
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Wisconsin State Budget: Share Your Priorities

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The state budget funds many programs and services that are important to people with disabilities:  mental health services, transportation, long term care, special education, and much more.  April is an important time to share your priorities for the Wisconsin Biennial Budget with state legislators.  DRW is sharing some opportunities for you to provide input on the budget: Joint Finance Committee Budget Hearings The Wisconsin Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee is holding in-person public hearings on the…
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Comment on COVID Vaccine Program Now

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The Department of Health Service’s State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee (SDMAC) is asking the public to comment on its proposal for the next round of COVID-19 vaccines.  The proposal says that people in Family Care and IRIS would be in the next group.  It also proposes to vaccinate people in congregate housing (small adult family homes, community based residential facilities and apartment complexes), people over the age of 70, K-12 educators, first responders, prison guards,…
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Rights for Students with Disabilities at Risk

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From the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN): Congress Using COVID-19 to Strip Students with Disabilities of Access to Education Republicans in Congress want to give Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos unprecedented power to strip rights from students with disabilities and those who need supports to prepare for work under the IDEA and Rehab Act. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act asks Secretary DeVos to provide Congress with a report of any additional waivers…
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Action Alert for AB 585- Seclusion and Restraint Bill

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AB 585- The Seclusion and Restraint Bill is expected to be voted on in the full Assembly on Thursday, February 20th. These common-sense changes to the law create more transparency in reporting by requiring annual reporting to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and enhanced reporting to parents through individual incident reports. This bill has been supported by advocacy organizations, public school organizations, and the Department of Public Instruction. Please call your Representative (Legislative hotline…
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Action Alert for SB 527-Seclusion and Restraint Bill

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SB 527- The Seclusion and Restraint Bill will be voted on in the full Senate on Tuesday, January 21st.  These common sense changes to the law create more transparency in reporting by requiring annual reporting to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and enhanced reporting to parents through individual incident reports.  This bill has been supported by advocacy organizations, public school organizations, and the Department of Public Instruction.  Please call your Senator and ask them…
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Call Your Assembly Rep to Oppose Veto Override re: CNA Training Bill

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ACTION NEEDED: Assembly to Vote on 1/15 to Override Governor’s CNA Training Bill Veto We are passing on this time sensitive action alert received from our friends in the aging network.  There is breaking news that tomorrow, Wednesday, January 15th, the Assembly will vote to override the Governor’s veto of a bill that would reduce training requirements for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs). Disability Rights Wisconsin and many disability and aging advocacy organizations opposed the bill…
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Testify at Seclusion and Restraint Hearing – Nov. 19th at 10 am

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The Senate Education Committee is holding a hearing on Nov. 19th at 10 am in Room 411 S at the Capitol on SB 527- Changes to the Seclusion and Restraint Law.  Please join advocacy organizations and  families to testify at the hearing on the important common-sense changes that will require better parent notification when an incident happens and greater transparency on the use of use in school districts across the state.  These are simple changes…
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Follow the Governor’s Task Force on Caregiving

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The Governor’s Task Force on Caregiving is charged with developing strategies to address the workforce shortage of caregivers.  Check out their new website and sign up for the Task Force email list. The Task Force held its second meeting October 25th, in Madison. The next meeting on November 18th in Green Bay will focus on family caregiving issues. Each meeting includes a public comment period.  WisconsinEye has agreed to cover Task Force meetings – stay…
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