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 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: 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.

Survival Coalition response on CNA bill

The Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations is concerned about the planned Assembly

vote to override Governor Evers’ veto of Assembly Bill 76. The bill would decrease training requirements for certified nursing aides (CNAs) from the current requirement of 120 hours to the federal minimum of 75 hours. Read more.


Survival Coalition recommendations for the Governor’s Council on Equity and Inclusion

Survival Coalition members support Executive Order #59 which requires state agencies to develop and implement equity and inclusion action plans, directs the Wisconsin Department of Administration to develop and provide mandatory equity and inclusion training for all state agency employees, and creates the Governor’s Advisory Council on Equity and Inclusion. Read document here.


Survival Coalition responds to the request for public comments to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights regarding its investigation into 14c subminimum wage.

Wisconsin Survival Coalition submitted recommendations on subminimum wage. Read full document