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.
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…
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.
Disability Rights Wisconsin has issued a statement recommending that Wisconsin schools stop relying on school resource officers (SROs) as a response to school violence and invest instead in appropriate school personnel and programs to address the needs and safety of students with disabilities. DRW Press Release: SROs Do Not Belong in Wisconsin Schools Full Statement: School Resource Officers Do Not Belong in Wisconsin Schools
Earlier this summer, the State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee (SDMAC) created an Ethics Subcommittee to develop and propose a statement of ethical principles for the distribution of scarce resources. Their charge included reviewing relevant resources including national and other state guidelines in order to identify and define generally agreed-upon principles to guide ethical decision making about allocating resources such as vaccines and therapeutics. Yesterday, the SDMAC Ethics Subcommittee posted a DRAFT Ethical Framework to Guide…
DRW is pleased with the recommendations put forth by the Governor’s Task Force on Caregiving. The recommendations cover a wide range of issues that affect the availability of caregivers in Wisconsin. Read our press release here.
Disability Rights Wisconsin condemns the law enforcement treatment of Jacob Blake. After a racially charged incident in which Mr. Blake was shot in the back by police, he was shackled to his hospital bed. Though the shackles have now been removed, his treatment after being rendered paralyzed from the waist down put his health at further risk and violated his right to a disability accommodation. Read the statement here.
A sad passing of Deidre Davis Butler: an amazing advocate for disability rights and racial equity After a lifetime of advocacy, Deidre Davis Butler died last week at the age of 64. Nothing slowed her down, especially being told she couldn’t do something. She earned a law degree and fought hard for people with disabilities, especially people of color. She helped draft the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which just marked its 30th anniversary in…
Disability Rights Wisconsin applauds DWD Secretary Frostman, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and Representatives Ron Kind, Mark Pocan, and Gwen Moore, for their work to secure Pandemic Emergency Unemployment relief (PUA) for Wisconsin SSDI recipients out of work due to COVID-19. Read the full press release about the PUA benefit that is now available to SSDI recipients in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin has been experiencing a loss of caregivers in its labor force over the past several years. On February 18, 2019, Governor Evers signed Executive Order #11 to create a Task Force on Caregiving. The GTFC has been working with a sense of urgency analyzing this complicated issue and considering possible ways to address it. The GTFC has issued its initial recommendations and has been accepting public comments. Read the comments submitted by DRW.
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