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2021 Medicare 101 Series

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This fall, learn more about Medicare with the Medicare 101 series. Each session will feature a special topic area of Medicare, such as Medigap plans, understanding fraud marketing, and more. Sessions are offered in-person or virtually throughout October and November. The next session will be in-person on October 20th from 1:00 – 2:00pm at the West Allis Senior Center. Reserve for the event by calling (414) 302-8700. Read the 2021 Medicare 101 flyer with session information and…
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DRW seeks public comment on our 2022 plan for advocacy for people with IDD

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DRW invites public comment on its 2022 plan for protection and advocacy on behalf of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These comments will be used in consideration for areas to devote our Federal PADD funding to. Goals that DRW plans on are: Decrease the risk of abuse and neglect of people with disabilities in institutions and the community. Ensure that people have access to high-quality, community-based support services and a long-term support system that…
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Social Security Administration during Covid-19 Pandemic

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On behalf of the Social Security Administration (SSA), we want to let you know that during the current coronavirus pandemic, the SSA continues to provide help to you and others in your community. While their offices are not providing service to walk-in visitors due to COVID-19, SSA remains committed to providing ongoing benefits and vital services.  SSA asked me to let you know that they remain ready and able to help you by phone with…
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DRW welcomes addition of Client Assistance Program

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On September 15, 2021, Governor Tony Evers redesignated the Client Assistance Program (CAP) from the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) to Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW). The CAP program will now be housed with other Protection and Advocacy Programs and will no longer be under the umbrella of state government. The CAP serves people with disabilities and assists them with advice and information about benefits and services available under the Rehabilitation Act of…
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New Factsheet on COVID and School Safety Options

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Disability Rights Wisconsin and Family Voices of Wisconsin have partnered to create a family-friendly factsheet named “COVID and School Safety: Options for Children with Disabilities or Complex Medical Conditions”. Many families of students with disabilities are struggling with decisions about school safety during COVID. The factsheet brings together options, resources, questions to ask, and whom to contact for help. View the COVID and School Safety factsheet here (accessible pdf).
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DRW Testimony in Support of AB 400

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DRW’s Mitch Hagopian submitted testimony in support of AB 400 to the Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety. AB 400 will respond to abuse and neglect of some of the most vulnerable people in our state and will ensure that will ensure that all allegations of abuse and neglect of at-risk-adults will be investigated.  This legislation will make the adult-at-risk reporting system equivalent to the elder abuse system, which has always required that…
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WisDOT ADA Transition Plan 2021 Update

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The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has published the 2021 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan. There is a public comment period open from now to Thursday, September 23 at approximately midnight (11:59 pm). Learn more about the plan on the WisDOT site here. There is also an overview video presentation on YouTube and several options to provide a public comment: Online: Provide a public comment via the online form. E-mail: Submit comments to…
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National Disability Voter Registration Week: Service Providers Webinar

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Join the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition and our partners for our National Disability Voter Registration Week webinar for service providers. During the webinar,  we will share guidance and resources to help you support those you serve with voter registration, and obtaining photo ID. Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy, but many people with disabilities and older adults experience barriers to casting a ballot.  Service providers, such as Aging and Disability Resource Centers, HMOs, IRIS…
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New Guidance Reaffirms Importance of the IDEA for Children with Disabilities

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The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services has issued new guidance to special education and early intervention partners to emphasize that children with disabilities are still entitled to receive a free, appropriate, public education despite the pandemic and no matter whether instruction is remote or in-person. The guidance is available online as a document via the U.S. Department of Education site here or as a website page here. Below, the…
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Now Hiring for New Positions at DRW

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Disability Rights Wisconsin is expanding and we are currently hiring for several new positions. To view a list of all the available positions, view our Careers page here. Individual links for each position are available below. DRW’s Social Security Representative Payee Program has an opening for an Investigator. The deadline for the Investigator position is August 30st at 12:00pm CST. View further details here.   DRW’s Family Care and IRIS Ombudsman Program has openings for…
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