Disability Rights Wisconsin is the designated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) agency for Wisconsin and is part of a nation-wide network of P&A agencies. The Protection and Advocacy system is a combination of federally funded programs that serve people across the spectrum of disabilities to protect against abuse, neglect, or wrongdoing, and to enforce the rights of people with disabilities. We can provide many services such as advocacy, legal support, and rights protection. These programs have been expanded over the years to make sure people with disabilities have full access to:
- Inclusive education
- Financial entitlements
- Accessible housing
- Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and Independent Living Centers
See our Areas of Focus for more information about the ways the Protection and Advocacy programs support people with disabilities.
How We Help
Our Protection and Advocacy services are free. The services we are able to provide are determined by a variety of factors including the person’s
- ability to self-advocate
- if the issue or concern fits within our current priorities, and
- the staff resources available.
To determine the type of service we can offer, all requests for services must first go through our Intake process and meet our Case Acceptance Criteria. The following are the services our intake specialists, advocates, and attorneys can offer through the Protection and Advocacy programs.
Information and Referral
Individual Case Representation
Appeal or Litigation in Court
To be eligible for Protection and Advocacy services from Disability Rights Wisconsin, your issue or concern should fall within our Areas of Focus and you must be:
- A person with a disability and have an issue or concern related to disability
- A family member or guardian of a person with a disability who is seeking to protect the rights of the person with a disability.
All requests for services must go through our Intake process to determine how or if we can help you. Additional criteria may apply depending on the of the person’s situation, review of our Case Acceptance Criteria, and availability of staff resources.
Our Protection and Advocacy team is made up of highly skilled attorneys, advocates, and specialists with a diverse set of backgrounds.