News

Governor Evers Announces Dental Access Initiative

Wisconsin governor Tony Evers
Governor Evers will give his budget address on February 28th. In advance of the budget address, some budget initiatives will be released. On February 11th, Governor Evers announced a $43 Million investment to expand dental access. Many Wisconsinites with disabilities have difficulty accessing dental care, and the budget proposal has the potential to improve access. You can share your perspective on dental services for people with disabilities by contacting the Governor’s office and your state…
Read more... about Governor Evers Announces Dental Access Initiative

WCBVI 2019 Scholarship Opportunity

Graduation cap with tassle
The Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired proudly announces our 2019 scholarship opportunity. The Council offers up to ten $2,000 scholarships for qualifying Wisconsin students, in a post-secondary education program including technical training, two-year colleges, four-year universities and graduate programs. Click here for more details and the application in an accessible MS Word document.  Complete applications are due by Friday, April 5, 2019.
Read more... about WCBVI 2019 Scholarship Opportunity

Wisconsin Teens Share Mental Health Challenges

Mental Health spelled out with Scrabble tiles
Wisconsin teens will share their mental health challenges in a new Milwaukee PBS documentary that strives to open up conversations about youth mental health and encourage youth to reach out for support. The 2017 youth suicide rate in Wisconsin was the highest it has been since 1992. In both years, 38 minors died by suicide. Wisconsin’s rate was the 11th worst in the country. Here is a link to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story on…
Read more... about Wisconsin Teens Share Mental Health Challenges

Adaptive Telephone Equipment Opens up Communication

Many different kinds of adaptive phone equipment can be purchased through TEPP.
Telecommunications Equipment Purchase Program (TEPP) is a statewide program that helps people with disabilities buy adaptive telephone equipment that they need to live independently. Our great partner IndependenceFirst explains the TEPP program and how to apply.
Read more... about Adaptive Telephone Equipment Opens up Communication

Affordable Housing for Adults with Disabilities

Small girl with matching hat walking with parent on city street.
Wisconsin Public Radio talks to parents and advocates about housing options and supports for adults with disabilities, and how families are planning for transitioning to adulthood. Listen to Raising A Child With Disabilities Into Adulthood on WPR.
Read more... about Affordable Housing for Adults with Disabilities

Lawmakers Propose To Rid State Administrative Code Of “The R-Word”

R-word with No symbol
Representative John Jagler discusses his and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald’s proposal to remove the phrase “mental retardation” from Wisconsin administrative code and replace it with “intellectual disability.” Disability Rights Wisconsin’s Barbara Beckert explains why language matters.  Here is a link to the story.
Read more... about Lawmakers Propose To Rid State Administrative Code Of “The R-Word”

DRW office closings due to the weather

satellite image of polar vortex
Due to the severe weather, DRW offices are closed on Tuesday 1/29, Wednesday 1/30 and Thursday 1/31.  Staff will be monitoring calls and communications during this time, and we will respond as we are able.  If you have a meeting scheduled with DRW staff, please connect with the staff member directly to inquire of its status.
Read more... about DRW office closings due to the weather

DRW Responds to Governor’s State of the State Address

Tony Evers on house floor.
This week Governor Evers gave the State of the State address for Wisconsin. Some of the key themes were an increase in funding for special education, access to health care, and transportation. Several of the priorities shared by Governor Evers are relevant to DRW’s budget recommendations, which you can find here. DRW has responded to the Governor’s address.
Read more... about DRW Responds to Governor’s State of the State Address

DRW Comments on Preexisting Condition Guaranteed Coverage Act

Wisconsin State Capitol
The Assembly Committee on Health held a public hearing on Assembly Bill regarding  Pre-Existing Condition Guaranteed Coverage Act.  DRW submitted informational comments to explain what effect AB 1 might have on people with disabilities.  Here is a link the bill.
Read more... about DRW Comments on Preexisting Condition Guaranteed Coverage Act

Disability Rights Wisconsin Names New Executive Director

Lea Kitz
Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) has named Lea Kitz as the disability advocacy organization’s new Executive Director. Kitz has managed DRW’s Family Care and IRIS Ombudsman Program for nearly 8 years. Before joining DRW, she served as Executive Director of Arc-Winnebago County Disability Association. Kitz brings her extensive hands-on and leadership experience in the areas of domestic abuse, employment, benefits, and disability advocacy. “We are pleased to have Ms. Kitz step into this key role,” says…
Read more... about Disability Rights Wisconsin Names New Executive Director