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 writes Governor Evers and Policy makers to share concerns regarding policies other states are implementing that discriminate against people with disabilities.

Survival Coalition writes to share concerns regarding policies other states are implementing that discriminate against people with disabilities and disabling conditions as state’s seek to ration life-saving treatment during the COVID-19 health crisis. While we recognize that our own health care system may at some point lack sufficient acute care services and equipment, such as ventilators, to meet the demand of patients with COVID-19 who require intensive treatment, we encourage our state leaders to adopt and promote guidelines and policies that maximize equity and eliminate disability bias. Read More

Survival Coalition COVID-19 Survey

Survival Coalition would like to know how people with disabilities are doing, how has the recent COVID-19 pandemic affected your life: work, home, health etc.
Thank You in advance for completing the survey.  We will be sharing back the results, Your responses will help us best advocate for people with disabilities and older adults.

COVID-19 Essential worker and other recommendations

Survival Coalition has sent recommendations to the Governor and DHS, DOT, DWD Leadership regarding recommendations on the COVID-19 public health emergency as it relates to people with disabilities. Please see the Survival Coalition letter of recommendations and the following resources from the State California Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD): referenced in the letter.

Top Questions SCDD Received from Parents and Family Advocates (in Spanish)

Top Questions SCDD Received from Self-Advocates (in Spanish)

Survival Coalition sends letter to Governor Evers on COVID-19

Thank you for your efforts to rapidly respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize the public health emergency is evolving and unfolding. The purpose of this letter is to offer strategies to help high risk populations successfully self-isolate, prevent the spread of infection and ensure continuity of care. Additionally, it is essential to protect the businesses and workers who provide critical long-term care and other services. Continuity of Medicaid and vocational rehabilitation funding is essential to ensure that this workforce is sustained to continue to pay workers and retain a qualified workforce.

People with disabilities and older adults are at high risk as COVID-19 spreads across the country. This population faces a greater risk of complications and death if exposed to the outbreak. It is essential that they isolate themselves for protection. Critical in-home supports are needed so that people with disabilities may safely remain in their homes. Care in institutional or other congregate settings in violation of their rights and at risk to their health. Read full letter.

The 2020 Disability Advocacy Day is cancelled

Disability Advocacy Day is cancelled for this year due to concerns about containing the spread of Coronavirus. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is recommending that large meetings and gatherings be cancelled or held remotely as a strategy to slow the spread of the virus in Wisconsin. We are discussing a free webinar-based option for the day and will let people know more within a few days. We are in the process of notifying those who already registered and will refund their payments.
More information will be  coming in the next day or two.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Survival Coalition Celebrates Governor Evers’ Signature on Act 118

The Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations thanks Governor Evers for his signature today on Act 118, 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 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 full Press Release