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Now Hiring: Advocacy Specialist, Victim Advocacy Program

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DRW is seeking an Advocacy Specialist for our Victim Advocacy Program! This new position will work to ensure that survivors with disabilities receive the advocacy, legal representation, services, and support that they desire to move forward, find justice, and obtain safety and stability in whatever form they need. The Advocacy Specialist is responsible for providing direct advocacy assistance to individuals with disabilities who have been victims of crime on a variety of disability-related and victim…
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New Guardianship and Voting Resources

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In Wisconsin, people under guardianship retain the right to vote unless the court expressly removes that right. Wisconsin residents who have lost the right to vote due to guardianship may petition the court to restore their right to vote. Disability Rights Wisconsin is pleased to introduce new resources on the topic of Guardianship and Voting: Preserving and Restoring the Right to Vote. These resources explain how people under guardianship can determine if they have retained…
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How I Got My Right to Vote Back: A Message from Jennifer Kratsch

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In this video, self-advocate Jennifer Kratsch shares how she got her right to vote back. In Wisconsin, people under guardianship retain the right to vote unless the court removes the right. If you have lost the right to vote, you can petition the court to restore your voting rights, as Jen did. Watch the video on Youtube here.
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Now Hiring: Supervising Attorney, Communities and Institutions Team

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  DRW is seeking a Supervising Attorney for our Communities¬†and Institutions Team to provide team leadership and coordination for individual and systemic work. This is a great opportunity to advocate on behalf of people with disabilities in institutional and community-based settings in both legal and non-legal forums. In addition to advocacy, the Community and Institutions Supervising Attorney will also do grant reporting, supervision, and advocacy quality assurance. They will also engage in outreach and training…
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Statement on US Department of Justice Joining in Voting Lawsuit

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Disability Rights Wisconsin welcomes the August 18th Statement of Interest from the U.S. Department of Justice, joining a lawsuit filed by four Wisconsin residents with disabilities asking the federal court to ensure their rights to assistance turning in their ballots. The lawsuit is needed to assert federal protections because of a recent state Supreme Court ruling that left Wisconsin absentee voting procedures in question. Read our full statement here (accessible PDF).
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Guardianship and Voting: Preserving and Restoring the Right to Vote

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Join us on Zoom to learn about voting rights for people under guardianship. We will discuss how voting rights are addressed in the guardianship process, and the process for restoring the right to vote. This training will provide information to support people with disabilities and older adults to retain or restore their voting rights. Registration is required for this Zoom event. Register here. ASL Interpreters and captioning will be provided. Other accommodations may be requested…
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Process for Requesting an Accommodation for Ballot Return Assistance

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Disability Rights Wisconsin is receiving questions from voters with disabilities about their rights to have assistance with mailing or delivery of their absentee ballot. Federal law protects the right of people with disabilities to have assistance mailing their ballot, and also to have a person of their choice deliver their ballot to their clerk or polling place. If it is too close to the election to mail your completed ballot, and you are not able…
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Victim Advocacy Program Fellowship

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Introduction Are you a 3L, recent law graduate, or judicial clerk in the fall of 2022? Are you interested in the Skadden or Equal Justice Works (EJW) Fellowship? The Victim Advocacy Program at Disability Rights Wisconsin is now seeking candidates interested in pursuing these fellowships for the Class Year of 2023! The ideal fellowship candidate will have a public interest background, experience in the anti-violence movement, a strong interest in victim’s rights, and a demonstrated…
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A Celebration of the ADA’s 32nd Anniversary and Its Impact on Voting Rights

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Join the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition on Zoom as we celebrate the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and discuss its impact on voting rights! We will hear from our keynote speaker, Charlotte Lanvers, a Trial Attorney from the Disability Rights Section of the Civil Rights Division within the US Department of Justice, as well as Kit Kerschensteiner, the Directory of Legal and Advocacy Services of Disability Rights Wisconsin, and a panel of…
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Now Hiring: Development and Communications Manager

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DRW is seeking a top-notch fund development professional to help us reach our full potential in advocating for people with disabilities! The position is full-time and based in Wisconsin. As part of this exciting new position, the Development and Communications Manager will design and implement DRW’s first development and communications program! Through their media work, they will also help Wisconsin’s communities connect with the issues faced by people with disabilities, spotlight DRW’s work, and attract…
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