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Press Release: DRW Calls for Special Education Budget Investment

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Disability Rights Wisconsin is calling upon the Joint Finance Committee of the state legislature to support a state budget investment that funds 50% of special education expenses for Wisconsin’s nearly 118,00 public school students with disabilities when the committee meets on Thursday to take up education provisions in the budget. “Wisconsin has underfunded special education for years and none of the options that the JFC has proposed come close to meeting the need for our…
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May 27th Briefing: Take Action on Voting Bills

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The legislature is considering many new bills that may make it harder for people with disabilities, older adults and people of color to vote. It’s hard to keep track of them all so the WI Disability Vote Coalition invites you to join us for a briefing.  We will give you the basic overview of the bills, simple talking points to use with your legislators and 4 easy ways you can make a difference! Join us…
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June 2nd Event: Report Addresses Barriers to Obtaining Photo ID for Voting

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Join us June 2nd at 1 PM on Zoom to hear about our new report: Getting There is Half the Battle: Wisconsin’s Photo ID Law, Access to DMV Services, and the Fight for Our Freedom to Vote.  All Voting is Local, the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition and the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, will host a discussion on how barriers to obtaining photo ID at the Division of Motor Vehicles DMV service centers impact…
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Survival Coalition Supports Governor’s Efforts to Move Medicaid Expansion Forward

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The Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations have consistently supported Medicaid expansion. This would address the direct care workforce crisis, of which many people with disabilities go without care and risking their health, because they cannot find workers to fill shifts. Savings resulting from the expansion would also be reinvested into benefits, programs and services used by people with disabilities and older adults who are managing complex conditions and health needs. For more information, read…
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Medicare Minutes: Initial Medicare Enrollment

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The next entry in the “What You Need to Know About Medicare” series is now here! Learn more about the initial enrollment process with Ginger Rogers, our Medicare Part D Program coordinator at DRW. As you turn 65, there is an 7-month period for initial enrollment, which is the period of time a person can sign up for Medicare for the first time. Watch the video to understand why knowing this is important. View the…
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Register Now for the Welcome to Medicare Fair!

Registration for the Welcome to Medicare Fair, hosted by the SHIP Technical Assistance Center, is now open! Register for the event via the SHIPTA Center site here. Forms are available in both English and Spanish. The Welcome to Medicare Fair is a national fair for people turning 65, retiring, or joining Medicare because of a disability. Get trusted, unbiased Medicare education from the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) national network. There will be expert…
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DRW PAIMI Council: Invitation for Public Comment

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We want to hear from you about the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) program. The United States Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse, and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) and the Center of Mental Health Services (CMHS) periodically monitors the operation of the PAIMI program by the Protection and Advocacy system in each state. DRW is undergoing this monitoring on June 15-17, 2021. For a shareable flyer, view the Invitation for…
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Medicare Minutes: Medicare Savings Programs

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The Milwaukee SHIP Collaborative presents its next video in its Medicare Hot Topics series: Medicare Savings Programs. If you are looking for financial assistance with your Medicare premiums, Medicare Savings Programs can help you pay premiums, deductibles, and co-payments. Eligibility is based off the Federal Poverty Guidelines for 2021. Read the video transcript here (accessible pdf). Watch the Medicare Savings Programs video on Youtube or below:
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Join Our Board of Directors!

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Disability Rights Wisconsin is seeking energetic and passionate people to join our Board of Directors. If you are committed to protecting the rights of people with disabilities through legal advocacy and public policy and share DRW’s dedication to disability rights, come share your skills and experience with us! Members of the Board engage in DRW’s long-term goal setting, help build community networks, and act as positive ambassadors to create a welcoming environment for individuals with…
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April 20th Virtual Session: Info and Input on DRW’s Mental Health Advocacy

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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 helps to set priorities for the PAIMI program. Join us on April 20th! DRW’s PAIMI Advisory…
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