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Medicare Part D: 2015-2016 Training Materials

Every year we conduct training to provide updates on Medicare D and related topics.

For a link to the training webcast, click here.

For the materials handed out, see the links below:

2015 Fall Training Medigap & Employer Coverage

2015 Medicare Advantage Plans

2016 List of Low Cost Plans

2016 Med Adv Landscape

2016 SNP landscape

certofcomp

Medicare and Marketplace 9 2015

Medicare Part D – 2016 Final 10.14.15

SeniorCare PP Sept 2015

WI PDP plans 2016

Are You Registered to Vote?

Do you know if  you are registered to vote?  You can find out by going to the myvote website https://myvote.wi.gov/ Here you can also find out who is on the ballot in your local races.  Remember to vote on February 16th.  You will need a photo ID for this election.

Transportation to get an ID for Voting and to Vote on Election Day

If you need an ID for Voting or a Ride to the Polls, please contact The Wisconsin Association of Mobility Managers. For more information, click on the link below:

WI Association of Mobility Managers.

Disability Organizations Release Report: Seeking Solutions to End Harmful Seclusion & Restraint

A new report issued today by Disability Rights Wisconsin, Wisconsin Family Ties, and WI FACETS, shows that Wisconsin children continue to be frequently subjected to controversial seclusion and restraint practices in Wisconsin’s public schools, despite the passage of a law intended to reduce such measures. Families and advocates are speaking out about the harmful emotional and physical consequences of seclusion and restraint on children.

The report, called Seclusion & Restraint in Wisconsin Public School Districts 2013-2014: Miles to Go and available here, is based on open records requests to special education directors statewide, collecting the data they were required to report to their school boards following the 2012 passage of Wisconsin Act 125, which established crucial regulations on public-school use of seclusion and restraint.

Click here to read the rest of Disability Organizations Release Report: Seeking Solutions to End Harmful Seclusion & Restraint »

Want to Vote but don’t have an ID? Get a free ID at the Department of Motor Vehicles

If you do not have a photo ID to vote you can get a free one at the Department of Motor vehicles. To find out more about what you will need to get a free ID you can go to here: Free state ID.

Do you have more questions or need assistance in getting an ID for voting? VoteRiders.org
is a non-partisan organization that offers free voter ID assistance. The toll-free number is: 844-338-8743.

Remember, there is a primary on the 16th of February and you will need an ID to vote.

Disability Organizations Concerned about Continued Controversial Seclusion and Restraint of Wisconsin Students: Report to be Released February 9

Contact:
Sally Flaschberger, Disability Rights Wisconsin, 414-773-4646
Joanne Juhnke, Wisconsin Family Ties, 608-320-6165
Courtney Salzer, WI FACETS, 414-374-4645

When: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 – 10:00 AM

Where: Wisconsin State Capitol, 2 E Main Street, Madison- Room 300SE

A new report will be issued by Disability Rights Wisconsin, Wisconsin Family Ties, and WI FACETS at the State Capitol on February 9th, showing that Wisconsin children continue to be frequently subjected to controversial seclusion and restraint practices in Wisconsin’s public schools, despite the passage of a law intended to reduce such measures. Families from across the state will join disability organizations at the Capitol to share their stories about the harmful emotional and physical consequences of seclusion and restraint on children. We invite you to attend the event to hear the stories and recommendations on how changes to the law could provide greater protection for students with and without disabilities across our state. This is the second year Disability Rights Wisconsin, Wisconsin Family Ties, and WI FACETS – the state’s leading advocacy organizations for students with disabilities – have collaborated to collect seclusion and restraint data from nearly every school district in the state.

• The 2016 report will detail how families continue to report instances in which children, even those as young as five, are being secluded and restrained repeatedly, sometimes daily.

• The report gives data from more than 400 Wisconsin school districts that responded to an open records request.

• The report highlights great discrepancy in how districts across the state report their data; continued confusion on the definitions of seclusion and restraint; significant concerns regarding the role of law enforcement officers in restraining students; and a lack of parent notification when these practices are occurring.

Click here for a pdf of this invitation.

• Disability Rights Wisconsin is a statewide private nonprofit organization that is part of a national system of federally mandated independent disability agencies.

• Wisconsin Family Ties, Wisconsin’s family voice for children’s mental health, is a parent-run nonprofit serving families that include children with social, emotional or behavioral challenges.

• WI FACETS is Wisconsin’s U.S. Dept. of Education/Office of Special Education Programs-funded Parent Training and Information Center serving families of children and youth with disabilities statewide.

New Publication: Access from an Interpersonal Angle

Access from an Interpersonal Angle was developed through the Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Project of Wisconsin and authored by Mark Sweet, Trainer and Consultant at Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW). Access is often understood as a list of requirements based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Parking spaces, ramps, power doors and architectural dimensions for bathrooms are some of the factors that support and service organizations can check off their lists as either requirements met or not. From the points of view of service organizations, once they have accounted for structural access, there is often an assumption that access has been addressed. Being fully accessible is a dynamic practice that requires our attention one contact at a time.

This Tool is to be used by sexual assault and domestic violence programs to review their programs and services to ensure that people with disabilities have equal access and an equal opportunity to participate. Accessibility includes removing not only physical barriers to participation, but also cultural and attitudinal barriers. This Tool compliments the Self-Assessment Tool for Ensuring Access for People with Disabilities and the Accessibility Guide developed by the Project in 2004.

Click here to view Access from an Interpersonal Angle.

Last long-term care unit closes at Milwaukee Mental Health Complex

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel headlined its Sunday edition this past weekend with a story about the successful relocation of an individual to the community from the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex. DRW has advocated for the closure of the long term care units at the Complex for many years. Some units closed as a result of the Joan S lawsuit brought by DRW and legal services partners in the early 1990’s. DRW advocates have served on the closing team for more than two years and, with some grant funding, have been making follow-up visits to many residents and guardians. DRW will be issuing a report with our findings and recommendations later this year.

The full story can be found here: Last long-term care unit closes at Milwaukee Mental Health Complex.

Integrating disabled citizens into the community – Op Ed by DRW’s Milwaukee Office Director Barbara Beckert

The promise of the ADA — for people with disabilities to be fully integrated into our community — is being realized in Milwaukee County with the closure of the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex long-term care units.

Click here to read the Op-Ed on the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel website.

Join Disability Rights Wisconsin on the Road to Freedom!

Donate today to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and keep the disability rights movement moving forward toward freedom and opportunity for all!