The Arc Wisconsin hosted the following webinar on April 9, 2020.



COVID-19 is causing extraordinary stress for the disability community. People are going without care, providers are closing. While Congress has passed some legislation to help, will it be focused on what people with disabilities, including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities say they need?

Things are changing daily. The Arc’s public policy staff is on the front lines in Washington, DC – fighting to ensure people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are represented.

Action Items Discussed on the Webinar: How you can influence Congress to get more HCBS Support in Wisconsin

  • Use the #WeAreEssential campaign to ensure that Congress includes the vital needs of people with disabilities, their families, and the direct support professional workforce in the next coronavirus relief package.
  • Use this campaign toolkit with sample social media for the upcoming weeks of  action, including letters to the editor, and a social media graphic: Toolkit
  •  See a summary of the 4 weeks of action #WeAreEssential Weeks of Action.

The weeks of action are:

  • 4/6: HCBS
  • 4/13: PFMLA
  • 4/20: SSA Fixes
  • 4/27: Access to Medications, Supplies, PPE

COVID-19 Medical Rationing

Many states are creating policies around how to ration life-saving treatment during the COVID-19 crisis.

Guidance on SSI and Stimulus Payments.

How to Ensure there are Supports in Wisconsin: Contact your State Legislator

The Wisconsin legislature will meet Tuesday, April 14th to decide on how to get support to people with disabilities and others in the COVID-19 crisis. The Survival Coalition sent the Legislature this letter. Share this letter with your State Legislator and tell them how you are being impacted TODAY!

Webinar Speakers: 

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Bethany Lilly is the current Director of Income Policy at The Arc. She is the former Deputy Director of Policy and Legal Advocacy of the  Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law . Bethany received her J.D. from Duke University School of Law.

Nicole Jorwic is the Senior Director of Public Policy at The Arc. Prior to joining The Arc’s policy team, Nicole served as Senior Policy Advisor for the state of Illinois. She received her BS from the University of Illinois. Nicole is also a sibling – her brother Chris is 29 and has autism.