Public Policy Posts

Visit our DRW Public Policy page for general information about our Public Policy activity and our positions on disability-related issues.

Below you will find our most recent Public Policy posts:

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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Watch Now: Wisconsin Health News “Reforming Emergency Detention” Panel

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Wisconsin Health News hosted a March 11th panel discussion named “A System in Crisis: Reforming Emergency Detention.”  Panel members, including DRW’s Kit Kerschensteiner, shared their perspective on the current crisis system and what needs to change. Watch the panel’s Facebook Live video here. Read Wisconsin Health News’ story on emergency detention here.
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Join us for Free Zoom Trainings on the State Budget!

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What will the training provide? A summary of the WI state budget as it relates to people with disabilities and their families. Advocacy tools for talking to your legislator about important issues. Training Dates and Links Registration is required! Thursday, March 18; 12:00PM – 1:30PM: Email to register for March 18th at 12:00PM Thursday, March 18; 6:00PM – 7:30PM: Registration Link for March 18th at 6:00PM Thursday, March 25; 12:00PM – 1:30PM: Registration Link for…
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Join us for Free Zoom Trainings on the State Budget!

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What will the training provide? A summary of the WI state budget as it relates to people with disabilities and their families. Advocacy tools for talking to your legislator about important issues. Training Dates and Links Registration is required! Thursday, March 18; 12:00PM – 1:30PM: Email to register for March 18th at 12:00PM Thursday, March 18; 6:00PM – 7:30PM: Registration Link for March 18th at 6:00PM Thursday, March 25; 12:00PM – 1:30PM: Registration Link for…
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Join us for Free Zoom Trainings on the State Budget!

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What will the training provide? A summary of the WI state budget as it relates to people with disabilities and their families. Advocacy tools for talking to your legislator about important issues. Training Dates and Links Registration is required! Thursday, March 18; 12:00PM – 1:30PM: Email to register for March 18th at 12:00PM Thursday, March 18; 6:00PM – 7:30PM: Registration Link for March 18th at 6:00PM Thursday, March 25; 12:00PM – 1:30PM: Registration Link for…
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DRW Applauds Budget Initiatives for People with Disabilities

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On February 16, Governor Ever presented his biennial budget proposal, which includes many positive initiatives for people with disabilities.  Disability Rights Wisconsin is encouraged by the comprehensive initiatives in the budget and released this statement. View DRW’s statement here (accessible PDF). For additional information: Read Governor Evers 2021-23 Biennial Budget Message here. Watch the Governor’s Budget Address here. Read Governor Evers’ Budget in Brief here. Read Governor Evers’ 21-23 Executive Budget (Complete Document) here.
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DRW Priorities for the 2021-2023 Biennial Budget

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Disability Rights Wisconsin asks policy makers to support the following priorities for Wisconsinites with disabilities.  These programs and services are vitally important to Wisconsin adults and children with disabilities and support opportunities to live, work, learn, and enjoy life in the community. Read about D.R.W.’s Biennial Budget and Policy Priorities here (accessible PDF).
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Register Now for Disability Advocacy Day

Registration is now open for Survival Coalition’s Virtual Disability Advocacy Day 2021! Join us March 23rd from 10am to noon to get connected to your legislators and talk about what matters to you! View the Disability Advocacy Day event flyer here (accessible PDF). The event is free but registration is required to participate. Please remember to use your home address so you can be matched with your legislators. You can register here: Event Registration Link
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DRW supports AB250 to improve ASL interpreter certification

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On Tuesday, June 4, 2019, the Committee on Workforce Development will hold a hearing on AB 250—a bill to change and improve the certification of American Sign Language interpreters. The bill will create standards for interpreters in different technical situations that often require accurate interpretation of complex or sensitive information, such as legal, mental health and medical settings. Stakeholders have been deeply involved in the development of this bill. DRW submits testimony to support AB…
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Assembly Committee Advances Voting Bill – AB168

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On May 29th, AB 168 was passed unanimously by the Wisconsin Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections. Disability Rights Wisconsin supported this bill which would clarify the requirement for stating name and address prior to voting. Under the bill, if a voter is unable to state his or her name and address, the voter may present his or her identification to the election official. The election official, or another person selected by the voter, must…
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