Disability Rights Wisconsin seeks a Public Policy Coordinator to participate in developing/implementing overall state and federal public policy strategy:
- Will track relevant state and federal legislation and budget issues
- Provide a variety of support to the partner agencies their public policy work
- Work with other disability organizations on public policy strategies
- Work directly with legislators and legislative staff
- Provide training on public policy issues to consumers and families
- Coordinate state and federal legislative and policy activities of several disability organizations in Wisconsin
This position is based in Madison and is .8 FTE. For a detailed position description click here. EEO/AA employer committed to a diverse workforce. Submit resume and cover letter to email@example.com. Deadline: December 19, 2016 to be considered for 1st round of interviews.
People with disabilities need their voices heard in Washington and Madison.
Since the election it has become clear that there are big changes on the horizon for people with disabilities. Access to healthcare, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security and Home and Community Based Services are all at stake.
Now, more than ever it is important that people with disabilities have a voice in how, when, and if programs and policies are changed.
At Disability Rights Wisconsin we empower people with disabilities to exercise the full extent of their rights and pursue the greatest possible quality of life.
We work in coalition with people with disabilities, other agencies, and advocates, to ensure that the rights of people with disabilities are protected.
We give voice to their concerns with state and national policymakers – and we have incredibly successful.
This year, Disability Rights Wisconsin strengthened the rights of children with disabilities in the child protective services system through legislative advocacy.
In the coming months we will be working hard to maintain the hard won gains and resist changes that will exclude or segregate people with disabilities or weaken programs that support them.
Join our mission! Now more than ever — FUND OUR VOICE.
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 from 4:00 to 6:30 PM
Informational Session: 4:00 – 4:30
Learn about the mission and advocacy work of DRW
Presented by DRW Executive Director Dan Idzikowski
Board Listening Session: 4:30 – 6:30
Help shape our advocacy plans for the future. Come and speak or just listen to what others in your community have to say.
WHERE: North Central Technical College
1000 W. Campus Drive, Wausau 54401
In the Center for Business and Industry – at the north end of the campus—Room #110
BUS: Served by Wausau Metro Ride – Route B
Last stop/pickup at the College bus stop is at 6:15.
All buses run until 6:30.
For rider information call 715-842-9287 or click here.
PARKING: Free parking available by the building—use Lot D
If you need language translation or an accommodation, please contact Mary Sykes at 608-267-0214 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov. 21.
Sign language interpreters will be present.
To submit written comments, email email@example.com or mail to DRW, 131 W. Wilson St., Suite 700, Madison, WI 53703.
For a flyer with details, click here.
Wisconsin’s Special Olympics World Games gold medalist and outstanding disability advocate, Olivia Quigley, has died at the age of 25. Olivia had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015.
Olivia was adopted at the age of 3 from China by her parents, Dan and Judy- a former Disability Rights Wisconsin board member. Olivia had a diagnosis of autism, lived in her own apartment and was a success story for the Project Search program that supports young people with disabilities in community jobs. She excelled at her job at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and was a role model for countless other young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
In 2015 ESPN named Olivia to their Impact25 list of influential women in sports and she received the inaugural Inspiration Award. She was also honored as a Hometown Hero by the Wisconsin State Assembly and received a standing ovation on the floor of the Assembly.
You can read more about Olivia’s extraordinary life and advocacy for people with disabilities here: Remembering Special Olympics World Games gold medalist Olivia Quigley
Disability Rights Wisconsin shares condolences with the Quigley family and honors Olivia’s memory.
The United States Department of Justice this week issued a “Statement on Application of the Integration Mandate of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Olmstead v. L.C. to State and Local Governments’ Employment Service Systems for Individuals with Disabilities.”
The Justice Department clarified that the Americans with Disabilities Act’s integration mandate applies in all aspects of a person’s life, including the employment context. “The civil rights of persons with disabilities, including individuals with mental illness, intellectual or developmental disabilities, or physical disabilities, are violated by unnecessary segregation in a wide variety of settings, including in segregated employment, vocational, and day programs.”
As the Protection and Advocacy system for Wisconsin charged with advancing the civil rights of all people with disabilities, Disability Rights Wisconsin has consistently advocated for state and local governments to ensure that taxpayer funding is being used to advance, and not impede, individuals with disabilities’ right to live, work, and recreate in the most integrated environment possible. Click here to read the rest of US Department of Justice Issues Guidance on ADA Integrated Employment Mandate »
To watch the webcast of this year’s DHS-sponsored Medicare Training for Professionals, click here.
Disability Rights Wisconsin seeks a Volunteer & Training Coordinator to develop a statewide volunteer legal advocate network. Duties include recruitment, training, support, and retention of pro bono attorneys and advocates. Successful candidates will be able to convey passion for serving victims of crime and abuse with disabilities in a way that compels others to volunteer their time, and to develop a system of professional support for volunteer advocates and attorneys. Travel required. Full time/benefits. For a detailed position description click here.
EEO/AA employer committed to a diverse workforce. Submit resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: Nov 7, 2016 to be considered for 1st round of interviews.
Disability Rights Wisconsin is seeking an attorney to manage and provide legal oversight of our statewide Victim Advocacy programs. The successful candidate will have a working knowledge of the criminal justice and victim response systems, ability to lead and supervise a team of advocates, manage grant outcomes and write reports on deadline. Previous experience working with victims of crime and people with disabilities from a trauma informed perspective preferable. Member Wisconsin Bar. Full time/benefits. Detailed position description at Managing Atty Position Description.
EEO/AA employer committed to a diverse workforce. Submit resume, cover letter, and short writing sample to email@example.com. Deadline: November 6th, to be considered for 1st interviews.
Disability Rights Wisconsin is seeking an Advocacy Specialist to work in our SSI Managed Care External Advocacy Project and the Medicare Part D Helpline Project. This is a limited term appointment, with a possibility of extension. This position can be located in our Madison or Milwaukee offices and will provide statewide advocacy, information and outreach to SSI-related Medicaid recipients enrolled in managed care plans and Medicare Part D. Successful candidates will have previous experience with public benefits such as SSI and Med D and experience with people with disabilities. Bachelor’s Degree in related field or equivalent experience. Excellent salary and fringe benefits. For detailed position description click here.
EEO/AA employer committed to a diverse workforce. Submit resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: Oct. 31, 2016 to be considered for first round of interviews. Will remain open until filled.