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Learn about Supported Decision-Making in Wisconsin

Supported Decision-Making is now the Law in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Department of Health Services Supported Decision-Making Agreement Form *New Supported Decision-Making Tool – A letter for my doctors. In 2018 Governor Walker signed Supported Decision-Making into Law in Wisconsin, giving individuals with disabilities, older adults and families an alternative to more restrictive guardianship. Wisconsin among the […]

The Arc Wisconsin Members are Grateful for New Support for Home and Community-Based Providers and People with Disabilities

Today’s announcement by Governor Evers that federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding will be directed to needs in Wisconsin’s Home and Community-Based Services system is welcome news to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families across Wisconsin who have been particularly anxious about the future. “Thousands of people […]

Who is an Essential Health Care Provider in the COVID-19 crisis?

The Arc Wisconsin has been working alongside other advocates in the state to help define who is considered a “health care provider” during the COVID-19 pandemic and to make sure that definition includes those direct support professionals who provide care to people with disabilities. Why is this important?  As local communities start to reopen, providers […]

Join a media event: Attorneys for People with Disabilities and Older Adults Discuss Amicus Filed with State Supreme Court

What: National and state Attorneys representing disability and aging advocates will discuss why the state’s ability to protect vulnerable populations through a Safer At Home order is essential to save lives and slow the COVID-19 pandemic. Disability and aging advocates have filed an amicus brief that outlines why these populations are uniquely vulnerable. • When: […]

Over 30 Groups File Amicus Brief in Wisconsin Regarding Heightened COVID-19 Risks to People with Disabilities & Older Adults

Members of the media invited:**Shira Wakschlag. Director, Legal Advocacy & Associate General Counsel, The Arc of the United States, and representing The Arc Wisconsin, will participate in a Zoom press conference call TODAY 4/30/20, 1:30PM CST. To register, email SurvivalCoalitionwi@gmail.com to receive the link. Washington, D.C. – The Arc, The Arc Wisconsin, and over thirty […]

Statement from The Arc Eau Claire about Horrific Abuse

The Arc Eau Claire was inaccurately referenced in a recent article about a horrific abuse case. They are in no way connected to the case and have issued the following statement. The Arc Eau Claire, Inc. Response to Leader Telegram Article Eau Claire, WI – 4/28/2020 – In response to the Leader-Telegram article dated 4/28/2020 […]

People with Disabilities Statewide Share their COVID-19 stories

From Eau Claire to Oshkosh; Nekoosa to Watertown, people with disabilities are feeling significant impacts of  COVID-19 in their daily lives. People with disabilities are among the most vulnerable in the COVID-19 pandemic. View the recording of an April 23 press event by the Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations that featured 4 people with […]

Have your Policymaker Contact Sheet Handy!

People with disabilities and their families are often directly impacted by funding and policymaking decisions made in both Washington, D.C. and Madison. That’s why it is so important to develop a relationship with your policymaker so they know you and understand the supports you need to live your life. This will help them make good […]

The Legislature Meets this Week to Vote on COVID-19 Help

There is disagreement between Governor Evers and the State Legislature on what is needed to address the COVID-19 crisis and the help people with disabilities need in their communities. Read what the Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations thinks is needed and what they asked the legislature to pass. You can watch the Assembly and […]

The Survival Coalition Tells the Legislature what is Needed Now

The Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations sent the following correspondence  to Governor Evers’ team, and all legislators on Friday April 10th. The Legislature plans to vote on a COVID-19 package on Tuesday, April 14. The letter outlines the COVID-19-related needs of people with disabilities and older adults using Wisconsin’s long-term care system. The Survival […]

Determining Who Receives Life-Saving Treatment in Wisconsin

Update – April 15, 2020: The State Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm has issued a letter to the State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee directing members to engage with disability stakeholders. She also indicates she will appoint an expert in intellectual/developmental disabilities to the Committee that will issue guidelines on rationing of life-saving treatment, […]