Specific Steps Needed to Protect People with Disabilities and Older Adults in 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. When Wisconsin begins […]

After Safer At Home Ends, Specific Steps Needed to Protect People with Disabilities and Older Adults in Wisconsin

As Wisconsin considers when and how to re-open businesses and state services, Survival Coalition urges strong state and local actions to protect high-risk populations and public health. COVID-19 is particularly dangerous to people with disabilities, older adults, and people with chronic conditions. In Wisconsin, 36.5% of adults (1,612,619 people) are at high risk of serious […]

Nearly 40 Wisconsin & National Disability and Aging Advocates File Amicus Brief Explaining Heightened COVID-19 Risks to People with Disabilities and Older Adults

Media are invited to a Zoom press conference Thursday, April 30 at 1:30 to hear from aging and disability experts about why extending social distancing practices through Wisconsin’s Safer at Home is especially critical to the health of people with disabilities and older adults. See the attached media advisory. Contact Fil Clissa at survivalcoalitionwi@gmail.com to get a […]

Survival Coalition survey shows Impact of COVID-19 on people with disabilities, older adults, families, and direct care workforce

Almost 500 people with disabilities and older adults representing nearly 80% of Wisconsin counties responded to Survival Coalition’s COVID-19 survey. “COVID-19 is amplifying the existing direct care workforce crisis, causing reductions and disruptions in needed services, and straining families to the breaking point as they try to fill in caregiving gaps, often while struggling to […]

Media Advisory: Join a Virtual Press Event to Hear How the State’s Most Vulnerable People with Disabilities and Older Adults are Coping

For Immediate Release: April 21, 2020 Survival Coalition Co-Chair Contacts: Lisa Pugh, pugh@thearc.org; (608) 422-4250 Beth Swedeen, beth.swedeen@wisconsin.gov; (608) 266-1166 Kristin M. Kerschensteiner, kitk@drwi.org; (608) 267-0214 COVID-19 is particularly dangerous to people with disabilities older adults, and people with chronic conditions. For these vulnerable individuals, it’s critical to help them stay healthy and ensure they […]

Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations Says Legislature’s COVID-19 Response Helps; Is not Enough

Members of the Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations reacted today to the legislature’s COVID-19 response bill with both gratitude and concern about the ability to meet future needs. Wisconsin is already far behind the actions of at least 44 other states who have moved critical COVID-19 plans forward for federal approval and several others […]