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Job Posting – Program Attorney – DRW’s Benefits Team – Madison or Milwaukee Office

Disability Rights Wisconsin seeks Public Interest Attorney in Madison or Milwaukee office to assist benefit specialists in disability-related public benefits cases, conduct trainings, and provide direct legal representation. For detailed Position Announcement, salary range, and application requirements, click here.

EEO/AA employer committed to a diverse workforce. Submit resume and cover letter to info@drwi.org or mail to: HR, 131 W. Wilson St, Ste 700, Madison, WI 53703. Deadline: 9/21/15 to be considered for first round of interviews. Will remain open until filled.

Job Posting – Part-time Intake Specialist – Madison Office

Disability Rights Wisconsin seeks a part-time Intake Specialist to perform client intake functions and other duties in Madison Office.  Requires contact/experience with vulnerable persons, substantial phone experience, excellent listening and communication skills; data base and experience with persons with disabilities desired.  Degree in Social Services or equivalent experience.  Excellent fringe benefits.  For detailed position description click here.

EEO/AA employer committed to a diverse workforce.  Submit resume and cover letter to info@drwi.org or mail to: HR, 131 W. Wilson St, Ste 700, Madison, WI 53703.  Deadline: Sep. 8, 2015 to be considered for first round of interviews.   Will remain open until filled

DRW Listening Session – Eau Claire – Friday, September 18

Help shape our advocacy plans for the future.

Come and speak or just listen to what others in your
community have to say.

WHEN: Friday, September 18, 2015 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM

L.E. Phillips Senior Center
1616 Bellinger St., Eau Claire 54703

For details, click here.


Disability Rights Wisconsin seeks an individual with a strong background in organizational improvement who can help our established team maximize the impact of their advocacy and policy prowess to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Provide coordination in the areas of organization structure, policies and procedures, quality improvement, office support, and grants management. Successful candidates will be mission driven – strategic thinkers with excellent communication, analytic and managerial skills. 5 years’ experience, non-profit experience is preferred. Excellent benefits and salary package. For the full position announcement, click here.

EEO/AA employer committed to a diverse workforce. Submit resume and cover letter to info@drwi.org or mail to: HR, 131 W. Wilson St, Ste 700, Madison, WI 53703. Deadline: Aug. 31, 2015 to be considered for first round of interviews. Will remain open until filled.

Spirit of the ADA Awards Luncheon – Monday, October 5 – Save the Date

Spirit of the ADA Luncheon - Date Saver

Disability Rights Wisconsin is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act by recognizing 25 Wisconsin companies, individuals and organizations which are positively changing and improving the lives of people with disabilities.

Please Join Us for the Spirit of ADA Awards Luncheon

Monday, October 5, 2015

Wisconsin Club
900 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee

11:30 am - Registration and VIP Reception

Noon-1:30 pm - Luncheon and Recognition of Award Recipients and Special Honoree Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner

Table sponsorship available beginning at $1250. Tickets: $75

Contact: Arlene at 414-270-3000, ext. 230 or
email: arlene@exceptionaleventswi.com

August 10 ABLE Law Celebration in Green Bay

On Monday, August 10 Disability Rights Wisconsin celebrated passage of Wisconsin’s Achieving a Better Life Experience – ABLE Law with families and people with disabilities in Green Bay.

Read our press release:  Press Release – Area Families Celebrate New Law that will Change Lives – ABLE Law – Green Bay August 10.

Read the ABLE Law FAQ: ABLE Accounts FAQ.

Read testimony from a parent: Robbin Thomas Lyons ABLE Testimony.

Read testimony from a person with a disability: ABLE LAW STATEMENT BY DAVID PINNO.

Disability Rights Wisconsin Provides Testimony for U. S Senate Hearing on Vouchers

Disability Rights Wisconsin provided testimony on July 20 during a hearing held by U.S. Senator Ron Johnson: “The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program: A Pioneer for School Choice Programs Nationwide.” To read the testimony, click here.

President Speaks on the ADA

The President of the United States spoke at yesterday’s ADA reception at the White House. Twenty-five years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law — a landmark piece of legislation prohibiting discrimination based on disability.

To read Mr. Obama’s remarks, click here.

The passage of this act was one of America’s great civil rights triumphs. It was the culmination of many years of struggle by the countless people who marched, organized, and refused to be treated as second-class citizens.

Join Us to Celebrate Wisconsin’s ABLE Creation!

Representative John Macco (R – Ledgeview), invites you to an event to celebrate a new era for people with disabilities and their families in Wisconsin.

The signing of Wisconsin’s 2015-17 budget means families and individuals with disabilities will for the first time be able to start saving for the future with new ABLE Act Accounts. It is time to celebrate!

When: 10:00 am on Monday, August 10th, 2015

Where: Options for Independent Living
555 Country Club Road, Green Bay, Wisconsin

What: A Celebration with Families and People with Disabilities who have New Options for Independence through ABLE Act Accounts

Please RSVP:
Contact Lisa Pugh with Disability Rights Wisconsin: Lisa.Pugh@drwi.org or Ben Joniaux, Benjamin.Joniaux@legis.wisconsin.gov if you plan to attend.

What is an ABLE Account?
The purpose of an ABLE Account is to encourage and assist individuals with disabilities and their families to save funds to maintain health, increase independence, and improve quality of life. ABLE stands for “Achieving a Better Life Experience.” An ABLE Account will allow individuals with qualified disabilities and their families across Wisconsin to put away their own funding for specified items, such as housing, transportation, employment training and support, assistive technology, personal support services, health care expenses and other needs while not jeopardizing the person’s eligibility for Medicaid and other programs that provide essential supports that are not otherwise available. Wisconsin’s ABLE Act provision recognizes the extra and significant costs of living with a disability and will support people to increase their independence.

Print and share this event invitation: Join Us to Celebrate Wisconsin’s ABLE Act Accounts.

Read more about Disability Rights Wisconsin’s Support for the ABLE Act in Wisconsin: Disability Rights WI Supports ABLE Act Provision.

For more details about the accounts: ABLE Accounts FAQ.

Advocates Await Assurance that IRIS will be Replicated in Wisconsin’s New Managed Care System

On June 30 the Legislative Fiscal Bureau issued this memo outlining how the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee budget motion does not address key parts of the current IRIS program including:

  • Maintaining the policy that anyone who is eligible for Family Care is eligible for self direction.
  • Access to the ongoing support of an IRIS Consultant to implement a self-direction plan.
  • The calculation of an Individual Budget based on an objective measures of a person’s functioning.
  • The requirement that all eligible individuals be provided information on the self direction option.

When the original budget motion passed on May 27 legislators had indicated that although IRIS was being folded into Family Care as a self-direction option that it would be essentially identical to the current IRIS program.

Advocates will continue to work with the Legislature to secure fixes to the budget motion to maintain IRIS.