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Statement on US Department of Justice Joining in Voting Lawsuit

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Disability Rights Wisconsin welcomes the August 18th Statement of Interest from the U.S. Department of Justice, joining a lawsuit filed by four Wisconsin residents with disabilities asking the federal court to ensure their rights to assistance turning in their ballots. The lawsuit is needed to assert federal protections because of a recent state Supreme Court ruling that left Wisconsin absentee voting procedures in question. Read our full statement here (accessible PDF).
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Guardianship and Voting: Preserving and Restoring the Right to Vote

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Join us on Zoom to learn about voting rights for people under guardianship. We will discuss how voting rights are addressed in the guardianship process, and the process for restoring the right to vote. This training will provide information to support people with disabilities and older adults to retain or restore their voting rights. Registration is required for this Zoom event. Register here. ASL Interpreters and captioning will be provided. Other accommodations may be requested…
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Process for Requesting an Accommodation for Ballot Return Assistance

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Disability Rights Wisconsin is receiving questions from voters with disabilities about their rights to have assistance with mailing or delivery of their absentee ballot. Federal law protects the right of people with disabilities to have assistance mailing their ballot, and also to have a person of their choice deliver their ballot to their clerk or polling place. If it is too close to the election to mail your completed ballot, and you are not able…
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Victim Advocacy Program Fellowship

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Introduction Are you a 3L, recent law graduate, or judicial clerk in the fall of 2022? Are you interested in the Skadden or Equal Justice Works (EJW) Fellowship? The Victim Advocacy Program at Disability Rights Wisconsin is now seeking candidates interested in pursuing these fellowships for the Class Year of 2023! The ideal fellowship candidate will have a public interest background, experience in the anti-violence movement, a strong interest in victim’s rights, and a demonstrated…
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A Celebration of the ADA’s 32nd Anniversary and Its Impact on Voting Rights

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Join the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition on Zoom as we celebrate the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and discuss its impact on voting rights! We will hear from our keynote speaker, Charlotte Lanvers, a Trial Attorney from the Disability Rights Section of the Civil Rights Division within the US Department of Justice, as well as Kit Kerschensteiner, the Directory of Legal and Advocacy Services of Disability Rights Wisconsin, and a panel of…
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Now Hiring: Development and Communications Manager

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DRW is seeking a top-notch fund development professional to help us reach our full potential in advocating for people with disabilities! The position is full-time and based in Wisconsin. As part of this exciting new position, the Development and Communications Manager will design and implement DRW’s first development and communications program! Through their media work, they will also help Wisconsin’s communities connect with the issues faced by people with disabilities, spotlight DRW’s work, and attract…
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Disability Pride Month 2022

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In the month of July, we celebrate the diversity and history of the disability community in the United States for Disability Pride Month. On July 26th, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law, prohibiting discrimination on basis of disabilities. We recognize that disability is a natural part of life that intersects with so many aspects of identity, from race to gender to socioeconomic class and that today, disability advocates and activists are…
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Other Views to Consider as the 988 Hotline Rolls Out

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988, the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline has officially launched nationwide, as announced by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. DRW applauds the effort to increase access to mental health services. We appreciate 988 as part of a more effective response to people experiencing mental health crises. But 988 alone is not enough. Some people with lived experience and others have raised questions about how the new system will work, including concerns about forced treatment and police involvement…
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Deadline for Senior Litigating Attorney Position Now July 27

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We are searching for a Wisconsin-based attorney that has experience litigating individual cases in state and federal court, including negotiation, mediation, and other forms of resolution, and is a passionate advocate for the legal rights of people with disabilities and other vulnerable populations. The Senior Litigating Attorney will work with a team on systemic change litigation on a variety of disability rights issues such as employment, housing, schools, civil rights, access to community services, and conditions…
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DRW Statement on Teigen vs Wisconsin Elections Commission

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Today the Supreme Court of Wisconsin issued a ruling that will impact the voting rights of thousands of Wisconsinites with disabilities. While unstaffed drop boxes will no longer be allowed, DRW is pleased that federal law will protect the rights of voters with disabilities to have assistance with mailing or delivery of their absentee ballots. Read our statement here (accessible PDF). Read Our Voices, Our Votes: Disabled Voters Speak Out on Voting Rights and Ballot…
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