Issues that Impact People with Disabilities in Wisconsin: Background Papers

Survival has prepared these issue papers to provide background and a disability perspective for elected
officials, candidates for office and other policymakers and advocates. Many people with disabilities access programs and services funded by the federal, state, or local governments to support them in maintaining their health, accessing education and employment, and participating in their communities. As policy makers, you will make decisions on programs and services that are critical to the independence and the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, mental health conditions, sensory disabilities, and aging adults.

The issues discussed in these background papers impact many Wisconsinites. The Center of Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 26% (1 in 4) of adults have some type of disability. Survival Coalition invites candidates and elected officials to include the disability perspective as you deliberate on policies for employment, transportation, education, health care, voting, mental health, and long-term care. Our Coalition leadership and member organizations are available to address questions and serve as a resource for you.

COVID-19 has created new challenges for Wisconsinites with disabilities to access the services they rely on to maintain their health and independence.  Since many people with disabilities are at greater risk for COVID-19, it is essential that policy makers prioritize the needed funding and policies to provide and maintain vital services in a manner that is safe, accessible, and person-centered.  COVID-19 relief legislation and policies must address funding to state and local government to sustain vital services for people with disabilities including funding for Medicaid, Home and Community Based services, transportation, and support for students with disabilities and public schools.  Read Background Papers