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Department of Justice Voting Listening Session

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Thank you to the Wisconsin voters with disabilities and allies who spoke so powerfully at the September 11th Voting Listening Session hosted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western and Eastern Districts of Wisconsin and the Department of Justice’s Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division. The listening session was an opportunity to share barriers experienced by Wisconsin voters with disabilities. DRW staff joined voters from across Wisconsin to share their experience with barriers…
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DRW Comments for September 7, 2023 WI Elections Commission Meeting

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The Wisconsin Elections Commission met on September 7th. Disability Rights Wisconsin provided public comments regarding the draft Administrative Rule on Election Observers, Mandatory Use of Uniform Instructions for Absentee Voting, and Updated Uniform Instructions for Wisconsin Absentee Voters. Learn more about the Wisconsin Elections Commission September 2023 Meeting. Read Disability Rights Wisconsin’s Public Comments here (accessible PDF).
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DRW Public Comments for August 29 Senate Elections Committee Hearing

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The Senate Committee on Shared Revenue, Elections, and Consumer Protection held a public hearing on August 29th. Disability Rights Wisconsin submitted public comments supporting Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator, Meagan Wolfe, for her dedicated and effective work to improve the accessibility of Wisconsin elections and to uphold the state and federal laws that protect the rights of voters with disabilities. DRW supports her continued service as Administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission. Read Disability Rights Wisconsin’s…
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US DOJ Voting Listening Session to Share Barriers Faced by Individuals with Disabilities

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Please join the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western and Eastern Districts of Wisconsin and the Department of Justice’s Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, for a listening session on September 11, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Central Time) via Zoom or in-person at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin at 517 E. Wisconsin Ave, Room 630, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The purpose of the session is for community members…
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Now Hiring: Mental Health Task Force Coordinator

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Disability Rights Wisconsin is searching for an excellent communicator to take on our Mental Health Task Force Coordinator position as part of the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force. The Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force (MHTF) was formed in 2004, in response to a crisis in inpatient psychiatric services that exposed major gaps in Milwaukee’s system of mental health care. The MHTF includes participants from community organizations, and other community members, who work collaboratively to advance…
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Milwaukee’s 33rd Anniversary Celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act

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Join Disability Rights Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition on July 26th as Milwaukee County celebrates the 33rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We will be at Milwaukee’s ADA celebration and Community Resource fair on Wednesday, July 26th from 10 AM – 2 PM at Clinton Rose Senior Center, 3045 N. Martin Luther King Drive. Stop by to say hello and get some resources! 33 years ago on July 26, 1990,…
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Now Hiring: Disability Benefits Specialist Program Attorney

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Disability Rights Wisconsin is searching for a detail-oriented attorney to join our Disability Benefits Specialist team as a Program Attorney! The Program Attorney for the Disability Benefit Specialist (DBS) Program has primary responsibility for providing technical assistance and training to DBSs located in Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) on public benefits matters relevant to people with disabilities. The position is located anywhere in Wisconsin. Applicants must be a Wisconsin resident. The deadline to apply…
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Now Hiring: Investigator, Representative Payee Program

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Disability Rights Wisconsin is searching for an inquisitive person to fill our Investigator position on the Representative Payee team. Social Security’s Representative Payee Program provides financial management for the Social Security and SSI payments of Social Security beneficiaries who have been determined to be incapable of managing their own Social Security or SSI payments. The Social Security Representative Payee Program at DRW is charged with conducting onsite reviews selected by the Social Security Administration of…
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Now Hiring: Director of Finance

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Disability Rights Wisconsin is searching for an organized and capable individual to take on our Director of Finance position. The Director of Finance will perform day-to-day finance operations and is responsible for the overall financial health of the organization. These activities include oversight of all budgeting, finance, accounting, and financial reporting activities; support presentations to the Board of Directors; prepare for and liase with DRW’s auditor; and participate as a member of DRW’s leadership team….
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ForwardHealth Update: Spoken and Signed Language Interpretative Services Reimbursement Now Available

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Effective for dates of service on and after August 1, 2023, ForwardHealth will reimburse interpretive services provided to BadgerCare Plus and Medicaid members who are deaf or hard of hearing or who have limited English proficiency (LEP). A member with LEP is someone who does not speak English as their primary language and who has a limited ability to read, speak, write, or understand English. For additional detail about this news and coverage, read the…
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