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 Develops 6 Information Sheets Comparing Gov Budget To Joint Finance Proposal

The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) finished making changes to the Governor’s proposed budget this week. The state budget must now be approved or amended further by the full State Senate and State Assembly.

Survival Coalition has developed a summary of disability issues as proposed in the Governor’s budget compared with the Joint Finance Committee proposal. Please distribute these files to your membership for their use, and use to post on your social media. Survival Coalition will be uploading individual sheets on its website.

Survival Coalition will be hosting three call-in days next week for people with disabilities and family members to call their state Senators and State Representatives to let them know the good things that should be kept in the budget, need more funding, and should be added to the budget.

Look for an e-mail message Monday  for more information and instructions on the call-in days.

You can direct your members to use the Legislative Hotline (1-800-362-9472) to call your state Senator and state Representative to let them know what you like in JFC’s proposal and what you think should be changed.

View each information sheet:

Special Education



Children’s Disability Programs

Mental Health



People with disabilities can’t wait: transportation budget

Survival Coalition appreciates new investments in public transportation for people with disabilities that were approved in the Joint Finance Committee budget, but remains concerned that a continued lack of necessary investment in public transit and other transportation options for non-drivers are not addressing the needs of  people with disabilities and their families. Read full document.

Survival Coalition Recommendations on DOT Budget Options

The Department of Transportation (DOT) provides funding for public transit and other county-based transportation services critical to people with disabilities, aging adults, and low-income caregivers commuting to work in client’s homes.

Survival Coalition has reviewed the Legislative Fiscal Bureau budget papers for DOT and recommends the committee support the following alternatives: See full document.

Survival Coalition Statement on Joint Finance Committee DHS Budget Vote

People with disabilities and older adults can’t wait: state budget committee makes some critical investments, not others

The Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee’s (JFC) actions yesterday in considering the Department of Health Services budget show they have begun to listen statewide to the overwhelming numbers who are struggling to find adequate care to remain in their homes by beginning to acknowledge the depth and critical nature of Wisconsin’s workforce crisis. See full document.

Survival sends Joint Finance Committee and Legislature recommendations on Legislative Fiscal Bureau budget papers for DHS

Survival Coalition has reviewed the Legislative Fiscal Bureau budget papers for DHS and recommends the committee support the alternatives outlines in full document. Please see full document.

Survival Coalition Disappointed with Lack of Funding for Students with Disabilities

The Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations is disappointed that the Republican members of the Joint Finance Committee are ignoring the needs of students with disabilities and the clear message from families and schools that a 30% reimbursement rate is not adequate to meet the needs of students and keep pace with more than a decade of flat funding to special education supports.

Based upon hundreds of family stories from across the state, Survival sees that the need is clear and overdue.  The current proposal is 1/6 of what the Governor requested, and does not even provide 1/3 of the costs of the special education, pushing the majority of expenses back on local districts. Read full press release.