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DRW Statement on Indefinitely Confined Voters

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(View this press release as a PDF or read the content below.) As the federally mandated protection and advocacy agency for Wisconsin, DRW provides education and assistance to people with disabilities to promote their full participation in the electoral process. During the 2020 elections, DRW has provided assistance to hundreds of Wisconsinites with disabilities and older adults, who wanted to safely and lawfully cast a ballot during the pandemic. This year, voting absentee was a…
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DRW PAIMI Advisory Council Opening

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The DRW PAIMI Advisory Council has an opening for an Attorney who wants to advance positive change in working to protect and advocate for the rights of Wisconsinites with mental health diagnoses.  DRW’s PAIMI program protects the human and civil rights of children and adults with serious mental health conditions.  PAIMI stands for Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness.  DRW’s PAIMI advocacy is supported by a PAIMI Advisory Council. The  Council helps staff…
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Press Release: Know Your Voter Rights

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The Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition urges voters with disabilities to make a plan to safely cast their ballot tomorrow. Approximately 23% of the electorate will be people with disabilities, according to the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). Many voters with disabilities report barriers to asserting their right to vote, and COVID-19 has created additional difficulties. The Disability Vote Coalition encourages voters to check MyVote Wisconsin for their polling place as it may have…
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Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition in the News

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The Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition, a project of Disability Rights Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities, is featured in a news story about voters with disabilities on the eve of the November election.  Read or watch the story: https://www.channel3000.com/23-percent-of-american-voters-have-some-form-of-disability-this-wisconsin-group-makes-sure-their-voice-is-heard/
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Rides to the Polls in Wisconsin

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Do you need a ride to the polls? This resource lists options for transportation for election day and early voting for the November 2020 election. https://disabilityvote.org/rides-to-polls 
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Know Your Voting Rights

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As a person with a disability, it is your right to have a full and equal opportunity to register to vote, cast a ballot, and access disability related accommodations.  Check out the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition’s Know Your Voting Rights Fact Sheet to learn more.  This fact sheet is current for the November 2020 election.
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Press Release: Resources for Voters with Disabilities

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Contact: Barbara Beckert, barbara.beckert@drwi.org, 414-292-2724 Voters with disabilities are historically underrepresented at the polls, and COVID-19 has created additional barriers. The Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition is working to advance full participation of voters with disabilities and provide guidance on how to safely vote during the pandemic. Approximately 23% of the electorate will be people with disabilities, according to the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). Early voting begins in many communities today, October 20….
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Press Release: DRW Congratulates DHS on it’s New “Suspend Don’t Terminate” Medicaid Policy

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Disability Rights Wisconsin is extremely pleased with the Department of Health Services’ announcement that it will no longer terminate Medicaid eligibility for individuals for entering Wisconsin jails and prisons and will suspend their coverage instead. Read the full press release about this new policy.
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DRW Attorney co-authors article on working with survivors of violence

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Nadya Rosen, Managing Attorney of the Victim Advocacy Program co-authored an article in the latest edition of Wisconsin Lawyer entitled, “Remote Hearings: How to Prepare Survivors of Violence.” As the COVID-19 pandemic has moved most courtrooms on-line, the authors provide tips and suggestions for how to effectively tell a client’s story and insure their safety. DRW’s Victim Advocacy Program works with survivors of crime with disabilities around the state of Wisconsin providing advice and advocacy…
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Seeking Comments on 2021 Proposed PADD Plan

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DRW invites you to comment on our plan to use the Federal funding we receive for our “Protection and Advocacy for people with Developmental Disabilities” (PADD) grant. The Goals and Priorities contained in this plan identify areas upon which we expect to devote our Federal PADD funding in 2021. To ensure consideration, comments should be received by November 30, 2020. Read our 2021 Proposed PADD plan.
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