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DRW Commends Key Budget Investments and Notes Unmet Needs

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On July 3rd, Governor Evers signed into law the budget passed by the Wisconsin Legislature. DRW’s statement on the budget commends key budget investments that will benefit Wisconsinites with disabilities, and also notes unmet needs, including the failure to adequately fund special education services. Read DRW’s statement here.
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WI Deaf community to gain expanded protection when sign language bill becomes law

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Congratulations to Wisconsin Association of the Deaf and other advocates who worked to advance the passage of AB 250, which provides for a more appropriate scope of practice for sign language interpreters in the state, gives more protections for members of the Deaf community, and helps address the level of access. AB 250 also helps attract new and retain current sign language interpreters by increasing access to sign language interpreter licensure exams in Wisconsin. DRW…
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DRW Comments on Renewal of Family Care Waiver

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The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is planning to submit requests to renew the 1915(b) and 1915(c) Family Care waivers for the Family Care program to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). These waivers give Wisconsin options to provide Medicaid services in home and community-based settings and through managed care. Disability Rights Wisconsin has submitted comments to DHS regarding the proposed changes for the Family Care waiver.  Read “DRW Comments on Renewal…
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Voter Registration Video to Premier at Wisconsin Association of the Deaf Conference

56th Biennial WAD Conference Community Connections June 21-22, 2019
Voter Registration Video to Premier at Wisconsin Association of the Deaf Conference The Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition (WDVC), in partnership with Wisconsin Association of the Deaf (WAD), and with support of the Wisconsin Election Commission, is pleased to introduce a new video on voter registration, featuring deaf voters. The video will be premiered Saturday evening, June 22, at the 2019 WAD conference. WAD was a key partner in developing the video and WAD members Ron…
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DRW Statement on the Budget Approved by Finance Committee

Wisconsin State Capitol
The Joint Committee on Finance has completed its work on the State Budget. Disability Rights Wisconsin has released a statement on the budget approved by the Joint Finance Committee, noting the positive investments for people with disabilities, and the missed opportunities to help people with disabilities to have healthy, active lives as contributing members of their communities. The budget now moves to the State Assembly and Senate for approval, with voting expected the week of…
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Survival Coalition Call-in Days: State Budget

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Survival Coalition Call-in Days: what to keep, change, and add to the state budget for people with disabilities The Joint Finance Committee has finished its work; the state budget must now be approved or amended further by the full State Senate and State Assembly. This is an important time to be in touch with your State Senator and Assembly Representative about your priorities for the state budget. Survival Coalition is hosting call-in days this Tuesday, Wednesday,…
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DRW supports AB250 to improve ASL interpreter certification

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On Tuesday, June 4, 2019, the Committee on Workforce Development will hold a hearing on AB 250—a bill to change and improve the certification of American Sign Language interpreters. The bill will create standards for interpreters in different technical situations that often require accurate interpretation of complex or sensitive information, such as legal, mental health and medical settings. Stakeholders have been deeply involved in the development of this bill. DRW submits testimony to support AB…
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Assembly Committee Advances Voting Bill – AB168

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On May 29th, AB 168 was passed unanimously by the Wisconsin Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections. Disability Rights Wisconsin supported this bill which would clarify the requirement for stating name and address prior to voting. Under the bill, if a voter is unable to state his or her name and address, the voter may present his or her identification to the election official. The election official, or another person selected by the voter, must…
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DRW Disappointed with Joint Finance Committee Vote

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On May 9th, the Joint Committee on Finance met for the first time to vote on the proposed 2019 – 2021 state budget. The Committee voted to remove Medicaid Expansion from the Governor’s Budget. The joint finance committee voted against it 11-4, along party lines. Disability Rights Wisconsin is disappointed by the Joint Finance Committee vote to remove Medicaid expansion from the Governor’s budget proposal. DRW has supported Medicaid expansion. Many people with disabilities, older…
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Update on the State Budget and Medicaid Expansion

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DRW has supported Medicaid expansion in the state budget, because it will benefit people with disabilities by providing access to critical services, helping to address the caregiver crisis and leveraging $1.6 billion in additional funding for vital services. Last night, the legislature’s budget writing committee announced they plan to remove Medicaid expansion from the budget; this removes the funding source for many investments that would positively impact people with disabilities and older adults. It is…
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