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.

Updates

Recognizing the Need to Address the Caregiver Crisis and Supports to Families

Caregiver Survey Shows People are Going Without Needed Care, Families are Reducing Work to Provide Care. Stress is High.

Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations members continue to see the impacts of the pandemic on family caregivers and direct care workers who are in crisis. These survey
results from early 2021 share what is happening in Wisconsin communities and emphasize the need for the $400 billion increase proposed in the Better Care Better Jobs Act. Specifically, Survival Coalition supports increased home and community-based funding and other policy changes to increase direct care worker wages and support family caregivers who are providing a majority of care. Read full report

Update September 14: COVID Cases and Deaths Among People with Disabilities and Older Adults in Wisconsin

(Madison) – The Survival Coalition of more than 20 disability organizations supports the work of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Governor Evers’ administration to share regularly updated data regarding the impacts of COVID-19 in Wisconsin’s Medicaid Adult Home and Community-Based Services system.  People with disabilities and older adults, particularly those who live in congregate or group settings are particularly vulnerable to the virus. Wisconsin’s long-term care program enrollment is 77,432 or approximately 1.4% of the WI population but accounts for more than 1/6 of all state COVID-19 deaths.

Survival Coalition is sharing the Department’s updated data Monthly.

The following data was published on September 14, 2021 and can be accessed in detail here: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/hcbs/data.htm#cases
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Survival Coalition Supports Governor’s Veto of Voting Bills

The Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations is gratified to see Governor Evers’ veto today of bills that would have restricted the ability of many Wisconsin residents with disabilities, older adults, and other voters to participate in the electoral process. (See full statement)

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Update July 6: COVID Cases and Deaths Among People with Disabilities and Older Adults in Wisconsin

(Madison) – The Survival Coalition of more than 20 disability organizations supports the work of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Governor Evers’ administration to share regularly updated data regarding the impacts of COVID-19 in Wisconsin’s Medicaid Adult Home and Community-Based Services system.  People with disabilities and older adults, particularly those who live in congregate or group settings are particularly vulnerable to the virus. Wisconsin’s long-term care program enrollment is 77,432 or approximately 1.4% of the WI population but accounts for more than 1/6 of all state COVID-19 deaths.

Survival Coalition is sharing the Department’s updated data Monthly.

The following data was published on July 6, 2021 and can be accessed in detail here: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/hcbs/data.htm#cases

Read full report.

Comparison Chart Now Available

Here is a final chart comparing Survival’s positions on key disability-related budget issues in the Governor’s Proposal to the final budget passed by the Legislature. The Governor has until Thursday to sign or veto. For the full set of original budget proposals Survival Coalition recommended to the Governor and Legislature.
See Comparison Chart.

Media Advisory: Legislature’s State Budget Falls Short for People with Disabilities, Family Caregivers

Disability advocates are deeply disappointed with the lack of investment and cuts to key programs contained in the Legislature’s state budget. People with disabilities and their families across Wisconsin are really struggling. Many were struggling before the pandemic, and COVID-19 made existing problems worse.

Many important low-cost, critically needed investments are missing from the currently-proposed budget—including removing lead pipes and paint that are a 100% preventable cause of intellectual and developmental disabilities in babies and toddlers and funding to guarantee poisoned children can get help. Family caregivers are leaving the workforce, sacrificing family income, and burning out trying to fill the gaps left by the caregiver crisis. This budget does not help those struggling daily to meet care needs. Students receiving special education services have lost ground both academically and socially because of the pandemic and may need years to rebuild and recover skills. Cuts to Wisconsin’s largest transit systems will make it more difficult for low-income people with disabilities and the caregiver workforce that rely on it to commute to client homes to return to work and live independently.

The state budget is Wisconsin’s opportunity to help people now and commit to ongoing investments that will support people in the future. Our folks can’t wait. Read Full Advisory

Also read Survival’s Document: State Budget Leaves Many People
with Disabilities Behind