Survival Coalition Wisconsin

The Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations is a cross-disability coalition of more than 40 state and local organizations and groups. For more than 20 years, Survival has been focused on changing and improving policies and practices that support people with disabilities of all ages to be full participants in community life.


Survival Coalition submits testimony to the Assembly Speaker’s Task Force on Urban Education

Survival submits testimony on behalf of the Wisconsin’s student population (117,000 – one in 7) who of have disabilities. Many of the issues the Urban Education Task Force is exploring today – lower than average academic achievement, problematic truancy and graduation rates – are experienced to a greater degree by students with disabilities. Read full document.

DHS response to Survival Coalition’s inquiry on stakeholder input

Read letter.

Survival Coalition’s summary on 2015-17 State budget

People with disabilities, their families and advocates across Wisconsin have spent the last several months testifying at hearings, making phone calls, and sending messages to legislators, sharing their ideas for improving the lives of people with disabilities by engaging in the state budget process. The Survival Coalition of more than 30 disability organizations in Wisconsin has assembled the following summary of the state budget’s impact on the disability community.

It includes an assessment of the impact on the lives of people with disabilities, their families, and allies across a series of issues areas. Read More

Public Comments on IRIS waiver renewal due September 11, 2015

The state budget eliminates IRIS as a separate Medicaid Waiver program, and folds self-direction under the umbrella of managed care. However, DHS current must renew the current IRIS waiver—set to expire at the end of 2015— so the IRIS program can continue to run until (and if) it is replaced by the new system.

Every opportunity to tell DHS what self-direction should look like is important. Submitting public comments on the current IRIS program—even though the state budget calls for self-direction to be folded under managed care in the new system—can clearly communicate the elements of self-direction that people with disabilities and their families feel are important to retain in a new system.

IRIS Wavier Renewal FAQ

Survival Coalition Hearing Testimony – The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program

Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations submitted testimony on the July 20th U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Field Hearing on the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program.

FAQ: Long-Term Care State Budget Outcomes

Now that the budget has been signed into law, what does that mean for Family Care and IRIS? There will be changes to the way Family Care and IRIS operate. These changes will unfold over the course of the next two years. The shift to the new long term care system will happen after the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approves a waiver–which will contain details on the kinds and levels of services offered and how the new program will run. Read More