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.

Updates

Survival Coalition Celebrates Assembly Passage of Seclusion and Restraint Bill

The Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations congratulates the Assembly today for passing SB 527 the seclusion and restraint bill, that will further ensure students are protected from harmful practices, support schools and keep parents informed.

The bill includes common sense changes to the state’s current seclusion and restraint law (Act 125) including requiring schools to report annually to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction about how frequently these practices are occurring and requiring schools to provide a written incident report to parents, (current law only requires that parents be notified that the report exists). See More

 

Survival Coalition Supports Governor’s Proposal to Increase State Investment in Public Schools

The Survival Coalition of statewide disability organizations supports the Governor’s recommendation to convene a special session to consider additional investments in K-12 education, including two-thirds state funding of all public education. Survival Coalition has consistently advocated for additional funding for special education, school-based mental health services, and transition grant funding. In the last biennium, the legislature was able to fund some but not all the areas to help students with disabilities. Read Press Release

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR DISABILITY ADVOCACY DAY!

DISABILITY ADVOCACY DAY IS  TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2020

Register NOW!

Disability Advocacy Day is a day-long event focused on connecting Self-Advocates with their legislators to talk about issues that matter to them. Attendees are expected to participate in the full day of activities.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

  • Register Fee: $10 per person.
  • Order a lunch (optional) $10
  • YOU MUST REGISTER TO PARTICIPATE. Direct Care Workers attending to assist you for the day must register for this event.
  • Use your HOME/VOTING address to register. Business addresses or PO Boxes are not allowed.
  • No on-site registration or walk-ins.

AGENDA AT A GLANCE

9:30:               Check in: Monona Terrace, One John Nolen Drive, Madison
Stop by Voting Resource table.
10:30:             Briefing on Survival Coalition’s current issues, planning time and lunch
12:15:              Rally at the State Capitol Rotunda (3 blocks away)
1:00- 3:00:    Attend Legislative visits
3:00-3:30:     Check out and debrief after your visit at the Capitol

Event Reminders:

  • Participants support Survival Coalition’s mission to maximize community inclusion for all people w/disabilities.
  • Participants must attend the 10:30 a.m. briefing at the Monona Terrace Convention Center.
  • Attend your legislative visits at the scheduled time with your group.

Register online  

Download Registration Form

Registration Form- Spanish

Information Flyer

 

Survival Coalition Applauds Governor’s Focus on Disability Issues

The Survival Coalition of more than 30 statewide disability organizations supports the Governor’s focus on disability issues in last night’s State of the State address. The governor underscored the importance of accessible voting, adequate funding for special education, access to transit, and criminal justice reforms that impact the disability community. Read more…

Survival Coalition Celebrates Senate Passage of SB 527 the Seclusion and Restraint Bill

The Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations congratulates the Senate today for passing SB 527, the seclusion and restraint bill, that will further ensure students are protected from harmful practices, support schools and keep parents informed. The bill includes common sense changes to the state’s current seclusion and restraint law (Act 125) including requiring schools to report annually to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction about how frequently these practices are occurring and requiring schools to provide a written incident report to parents, (current law only requires that parents be notified that the report exists). This bill is supported by advocacy organizations, public school organizations, and the Department of Public Instruction. Read more…

Survival Action Alert on legislative action this week

Survival Coalition is urging members to take action this week on 3 important issues that issue teams have been working on. Call your legislators by Tuesday (you can leave a message over the long holiday weekend) on the following issues:

— SB 527 – The Seclusion and Restraint Bill will be voted on in the full Senate on Tuesday, Jan. 21. These common sense changes to the law create more transparency in reporting by requiring annual reporting to families through individual incident reports. This bill has been supported by advocacy organizations, public school organizations, and the Department of Public Instruction. Call your Senator and ask them to pass SB 527, which provides technical fixes to Wisconsin’s existing law.

–LRB-3165 and LRB-5380 – the ABLE bill. ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience. Bi-partisan legislators have just introduced an ABLE bill that would require the state Department of Financial Institutions to start an ABLE program. Read more about ABLE accounts here:   https://arcwi.org/2020/01/17/great-news-able-legislation-introduced-in-wisconsin/ Contact your Assembly representative and Senator and ask them to sign on as co-sponsors.
— LRB 2596 – The Guardianship Training bill provides free online training to family and volunteer guardians about the role, responsibilities and other important features of Wisconsin’s guardianship law before they are appointed. Ask your Assembly and Senate rep to sign on as a co-sponsor.
Go to Who are My Legislators to find your legislative reps’ contact information.