Disability Rights Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities presented in November 2012 at the National TASH Conference. The presentation’s focus was Get Out the Vote (GOTV) efforts and research we have conducted on voters from the disability community in Wisconsin.
Our presentation outlines what we have learned and the outcomes of our project as part of the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition. Click here to read the powerpoint document: Research-Based Voter Engagement – Voters with Disabilities.
Voting is a constitutional right and responsibility of citizenship. It is an important way to help select the national, state and local officials who make laws, design programs and decide how tax dollars are spent. For information on voting in Wisconsin for individuals with disabilities, download a copy of the manual Voting in Wisconsin: A Guide for Citizens with Disabilities. Drafted by the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition.
The information in this publication is based on current Wisconsin election laws and is believed to be accurate. Questions on specific interpretations of the law should be referred to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.
Click below for the documents for the Medicare Part D training.
Developed through the Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Project of Wisconsin, A Practical Guide for Creating Trauma-Informed Disability, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Organizations highlights and explores effective trauma-informed conditions or core values that victims, survivors and people with disabilities find essential for safety and healing. The Guide leads readers on a journey of exploration into the context of these conditions to promote dialogue and understanding, and spur implementation of strategies for domestic violence, sexual assault and disability organizations to become more trauma-informed. December 2011
This report highlights a variety of DRW’s advocacy activities both at the individual and systems level throughout the state. It also includes a tribute to former Executive Director Lynn Breedlove, who retired from DRW in January, 2012 after 31 years.
CREATING SAFETY by Asking What Makes People Vulnerable? July 2011
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), this guide is a ground-breaking culmination of open thought, keen observation and practical understanding of how many people with disabilities experience human interactions and relationships designed to provide them support. While people who provide paid support or caregiving to individuals with disabilities are the primary audience for whom this guide was designed, for domestic and sexual violence advocates, human services workers, social workers or counselors, and even family members, the ideas broached and questions raised throughout this piece are important considerations for any of us who work with, support, advocate or love someone with a disability. Through exploring linkages among assertiveness, vulnerability, compliance models and imbalances of power in caregiving relationships, readers will begin to glimpse the often hidden reality of how these linkages make some individuals more vulnerable… more vulnerable to abuse.
Victims/Survivors Who Use Service Animals: An Updated Background Paper and Sample Policy for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Programs September 2011
This booklet was originally developed and now updated by the Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Project of Wisconsin to assist domestic violence and sexual assault organizations, and other service organizations that have questions about addressing requests for service animals as a reasonable accommodation or modification for program participants with disabilities. People with disabilities use service animals to perform tasks related to their disabilities. The assistance these animals provide can lessen symptoms or help remove day-to-day barriers people with disabilities experience. This booklet is designed to inform organizations about the legal requirements and practical expectations when service animals are present within your agency and its programs. Learning about the legal requirements, developing your agency’s own service animal policy, and training staff to apply it consistently helps to alleviate potential liability issues — for both illegal discrimination and presence of an animal on-site.
Click here to download DRW’s Quick Reference Directory for resources in Mental Health, Employment, Self-Advocacy, Independent Living/Housing, Educational Advocacy, Benefits and MORE!!
Here is the FCIOP handout for Family Care members and IRIS participants and their families, revised for Winter/Spring 2011.
Here is the FCIOP PowerPoint presentation for consumers and their families, updated for Winter/Spring 2011.