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National Disability Voter Registration Week: Voter Registration Webinar

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Join the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition as we present our Voter Registration Zoom Webinar as part of the National Disability Voter Registration Week! Learn everything you need to know about registering to vote, why voting matters, and how to make a plan to vote for your upcoming elections. The webinar will be hosted via Zoom on September 14th from 9:00 – 10:00 am. Registration is required. Register here to get meeting information and Zoom link….
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Virtual Workshop: When We Are Challenged by our Clients

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Disability Rights Wisconsin is holding a virtual workshop named “When we are challenged by our clients: Working with survivors of crime with mental illnesses” on September 22nd from 9am – 12pm. This workshop is for advocates working with survivors experiencing active mental health symptoms. Presenters will discuss: commonly experienced mental illnesses. tools for how to communicate with and support survivors. referrals including peer support as a way of assisting survivors in the long-term. View the…
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US Election Assistance Commission Panel with Disability Advocates

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US Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Vice Chairman Tom Hicks was joined by Voting Outreach Advocacy Specialist, Wendy Heyn, with Disability Rights Wisconsin; Senior Litigation Attorney, Lia Sifuentes Davis, with Disability Rights Texas; Staff Attorney, Paul Spencer, with Disability Rights California; Supervising Attorney for Voting Rights, Fred Nisen, with Disability Rights California; and President and CEO, Maria Town, with the American Association of People with Disabilities to discuss voting barriers as a part of the Serving…
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DRW Commends Action to Protect Voting Rights

On August 10th, Governor Evers took action to veto voting bills that would have created new barriers for many Wisconsinites with disabilities and older adults.  At the press event, Disability Vote Coalition co-lead Jenny Neugart spoke about the importance of protecting our freedom to vote by taking action to veto voting bills that would significantly restrict the ability of voters with disabilities, older adults, and many other WI voters from participating in the electoral process….
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DRW’s Mental Health Advocacy Assistance: Virtual Information & Listening Session

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DRW’s Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illnesses (PAIMI) program provides advocacy assistance to protect the human and civil rights of children and adults with serious mental health conditions. This work is supported by a PAIMI Advisory Council, who advises DRW’s staff, and the Board of Directors on policies and issues that affect people with mental illnesses and sets priorities for the Protection and Advocacy Program. The DRW PAIMI Advisory Council invites you to…
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Voters with Disabilities Speak Out on Voting Rights on ADA 31st

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The Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition is releasing Voting Rights Are Human Rights: In Our Own Voices. This document shares the voices of voters with disabilities and their allies who are concerned about voting bills recently approved by the Wisconsin State Legislature.  The bills will create new barriers and impact the voting rights of hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites with a disability, older adults and other voters. We are releasing this new resource as we honor…
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Americans with Disabilities Act 31st Anniversary

Celebrate the ADA31 (1990-2021) Americans with Disabilities Act - July 26, 2021
The Americans with Disabilities Act The 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is July 26th.    The ADA was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in 1990, and is one of America’s most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation. The ADA prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life: to enjoy equality of opportunity, full participation,…
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Celebrate Disability Pride Month

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July is Disability Pride Month, an annual month-long celebration of people with disabilities and our history as a community. In honor of this month and the Americans with Disabilities Act’s anniversary, we ask people to think about how they define and think about disability, as one diverse aspect of humanity, and address ableism. The disability community is one of the largest minority populations in the United States. In Wisconsin, 9.6% of people between the ages of…
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DRW’s Madison Office is Moving!

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Disability Rights Wisconsin’s Madison office is moving! As of July 26, 2021, our new location and mailing address is: 1502 West Broadway, Suite 201 Madison, WI 53713 This will be reflected in our flyers and other documents. Our contact details will remain the same and can be found here (link to Contact Us page). You can share our new location flyer, which can be found here (accessible pdf).
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DRW PAIMI Advisory Council Seeks New Members

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DRW’s PAIMI (Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness) Advisory Council helps DRW staff and board of directors to set priorities and create policies on issues that affect people with mental illness. DRW’s PAIMI program provides advocacy assistance to protect the rights of people with mental illness. The Council is seeking applicants for the following positions: Parent of a minor child who receives mental health services. A mental health services provider. Providers include individuals who…
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