Press Releases

DRW Applauds New Legislation for People with Disabilities

Advocates and legislators at bill signing with Governor Walker for support decision making
For Immediate Release: April 16, 2018 Contact: Amy Devine, 608-267-0214 Madison, WI- Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) celebrates the Governor’s signing of the Supported Decision-Making legislation (AB 655) and the “Partners with Business” legislation (AB 819) today. DRW has been a champion of supported decision-making as another tool for people with disabilities and older adults to use in their daily lives. This legislation will allow people with disabilities and older adults to formally designate others they…
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Supporting Juvenile Justice Reform

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For Immediate Release March 30, 2018 Contact: Amy Devine, Public Policy Coordinator, 608-267-0214 Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW), the designated Protection and Advocacy system for people with disabilities, is pleased with the passage and signing of the Juvenile Justice Reform Bill (AB 953), which points Wisconsin’s juvenile corrections and treatment systems in a new direction. DRW has engaged in both individual and systemic advocacy around the intersection of disability and the criminal justice system for many…
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DRW Applauds the Signing of “Employment First” Bill

People with Disabilities in Wisconsin witness signing of State’s Employment First bill into Law in state capitol
For Immediate Release: March 28, 2018 Contact: Amy Devine, 608-267-0214, amyd@drwi.org Madison, WI- Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) celebrates the signing of the groundbreaking Employment First bill (AB 625/SB 514). The Employment First bill, which has broad bipartisan support, will positively impact competitive integrated employment opportunities for people with disabilities by increasing cooperation between state agencies, identifying barriers to competitive integrated employment, and setting benchmarks for improving competitive integrated employment rates. Amy Devine, Public Policy Coordinator,…
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Seeking a Comprehensive Approach to School Safety

Teacher and student playing instruments on floor in classroom.
For Immediate Release: March 16, 2018 Contact: Sally Flaschberger, 414-292-2737, sallyf@drwi.org Amy Devine, 608-267-0214, amyd@drwi.org Madison, WI- Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) is encouraged to see an ongoing statewide discussion on how to best keep our students safe and advocates for legislation that is sustainable and flexible while offering a comprehensive approach to supporting students, especially students with disabilities, and the community. While a number of proposals have been introduced and the Governor has requested a…
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DRW Celebrates Bills Supporting People with Disabilities

People with Disabilities in Wisconsin witness signing of State’s Employment First bill into Law in state capitol
Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) celebrates the passage of three important bills for people with disabilities by the Wisconsin State Assembly and Senate and asks for the Governor to sign them into law. DRW celebrates the passage of the Supported Decision-Making bill (AB 655/SB 552). DRW has been a champion of supported decision-making as another tool for people with disabilities and older adults to use in their daily lives. This legislation will allow people with disabilities…
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