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DRW & DVC Statement Regarding LAB 2020 Election Administration Report

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The Joint Legislative Audit Committee released their report on the administration of the November 2020 election in Wisconsin. A public hearing was held on November 9th. Overall the report affirms that our elections are safe, secure, and accurate. In the report, the Legislative Audit Bureau makes 30 recommendations to the Wisconsin Elections Commission and 18 issues for the Wisconsin Legislature to consider. Disability Rights Wisconsin and the Disability Vote Coalition submitted comments on the LAB…
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Agencies Sign on to Affirm Voting Rights of Older Adults and People with Disabilities

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The right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy. Recent investigations have called into question the voting rights of care facility residents and people with disabilities, including cognitive disabilities. As advocates for people with disabilities and older adults, the undersigned agencies affirm these voting rights and demand that policy makers commit to upholding the state and federal laws that protect these voting rights. View the full statement affirming voting rights here (accessible pdf).
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Now Hiring: P&A Intake Specialist

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Disability Rights Wisconsin is hiring for a Protection and Advocacy Intake Specialist. This position is full-time and will be based out of one of DRW’s offices in Rice Lake, Madison, or Milwaukee. The intake specialist is responsible for the initial contact with clients looking for information and referral or advocacy services from DRW. The application deadline is November 19th, 2021 or until filled. Alternate formats of the position are available upon request. Consideration for distance from office…
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WPR Interview: Voting in Nursing Homes during the Pandemic

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DRW’s Barbara Beckert spoke with WPR about the need to ensure the voting rights of Wisconsinites who live in nursing homes and other care facilities. Care facilities have a responsibility to affirm and support the right of residents to vote, and to ensure that residents are free of interference, coercion, discrimination, and reprisal from the facility in exercising their rights. Listen to the WPR interview here. View the DVC’s Residential Service Providers: Resources for Voters…
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November 2021 Informational Listening Session

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We want to hear from you! Join Disability Rights Wisconsin for a virtual Informational Listening Session on November 3rd, 2021 from 5:00pm – 6:00pm! Disability Rights Wisconsin is the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy system for Wisconsin. We are charged with protecting the rights of individuals with all types of disabilities and keeping them free from abuse and neglect. With limits to our capacity, we must make decisions about what disability issues we focus on….
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WPR Interview Regarding Investigations of Voting in Nursing Homes

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Wisconsin Public Radio interviewed DRW’s Barbara Beckert regarding the investigations by the Racine County Sheriff of voting in nursing homes, and the voting rights of care facility residents. Read about the investigations of voting rights of care facility residents here via WPR here. Listen to WPR’s interview with Barbara Beckert here.
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Protect the Right to Vote

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The right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy. Recent investigations have called into question the voting rights of care facility residents and people with cognitive impairments. As the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy system for our state, Disability Rights Wisconsin has a responsibility to set the record straight. This statement from DRW addresses the voting rights of care facility residents and people with cognitive impairments. Our policy makers have a responsibility to protect…
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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. Upcoming Sessions All sessions will have a presentation on the basics of Medicare. For more information on specific sessions and to request accommodations, call (414) 289-6436. Download and share the 2021 Medicare 101 flyer with session…
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Now Hiring: FCIOP Intake Specialist

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The Family Care and IRIS Ombudsman Program is looking for an Intake Specialist. This 20-hour/week position is based in our Madison office. The specialist will be responsible for interviewing and assessing potential clients about sensitive and complex issues and determining appropriate next steps. This person will need strong time-management and multi-tasking skills. The deadline to apply is November 4th or until the position is filled. Become part of an amazing team who advocate for and…
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Climb for a Cause with Disability Rights Wisconsin!

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DRW is teaming up with Boulders Climbing Gym in Madison, WI as their November 2021 Climb for a Cause partner! You can help make a huge difference for people with disabilities while having a fun time climbing! Climb for a Cause is a part of Boulders’ larger Climb4Community initiative which aims to break down financial and cultural barriers to climbing. Help us get the word out to families and friends by downloading and sharing our…
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