Survival Coalition Wisconsin

The Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations is a cross-disability coalition of more than 20 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.


Don’t make it harder for our vote to count

For Immediate Release

Today the Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules (JCRAR) rejected the Wisconsin Election Commission’s emergency rule 2209 to clarify the kinds of minor clerical errors election clerks can correct on absentee ballots and should be adopted. This rule would have formalized existing election practices.

“Errors are not voter fraud; they are common mistakes,” said Kit Kerschensteiner, Survival Coalition Co-Chair. “Minor technicalities, like a missing city or zip code on a witness address, are easily corrected, and should not result in an absentee voter’s ballot being discounted.”

Wisconsin’s professional nonpartisan election clerks have local knowledge and common sense, and they currently monitor and correct these mistakes. This practice has been accepted for years and has worked for countless past elections. Read full press release

Survival Coalition 2023-2025 Budget Priorities

Survival Coalition has developed a set of budget priorities for the 2023-2025 State budget. You can read the full document here. We have also provided an individual paper for priorities in each issue area.
Read Long-Term Care
Read Children’s Long-Term Supports
Read Education
Read Employment
Read Mental Health
Read Workforce
Read Transportation

Press Release: More Than 200 Members of Disability Community Plan to Participate in Virtual Annual Disability Advocacy Day

Direct Care Workforce, Family Caregiving, Voting Access All on Priority List

(MADISON) – More than 200 members of the disability community from all parts of Wisconsin plan to rally virtually on March 16 for the Survival Coalition’s annual Disability Advocacy Day. Grassroots advocates will participate in issue discussions and planning sessions before making targeted calls to their state legislators to tell their story and discuss the issues that impact people with disabilities in their everyday lives. Read full press release

Survival Coalition Statement on Senate Education Actions:

Negative Consequences and Missed Opportunities for Students with Disabilities

Madison – The Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations is disappointed in Tuesday’s conclusion of the State Senate session, especially the passage of AB966 and AB970 and the legislature’s failure to use state surplus dollars to relieve chronic underfunding for students with disabilities. Read full press release

Survival Coalition Concerned about bills scheduled for Assembly vote that increase bureaucracy and take BadgerCare away from working people with disabilities.

Survival Coalition has concerns about two bills the full Assembly will vote on today that would increase paperwork and penalize people who are already working for not working more by taking away their health care coverage. Read full Press Release

Disability Advocacy Day of Action!

March 16, 2022, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm  Join us virtually on Zoom

Registration Open– Deadline is March 8!

Disability Day of Action is a virtual event focused on connecting Disability Advocates with their legislators to talk about issues that matter.  Participants learn more about issues during a short briefing then work in teams to plan what they want to say. Everyone will get their legislators’ phone numbers to call right after.

· Everyone MUST register to participate
· Use your VOTING address to register.  Business addresses or PO Boxes are not allowed.


 10:00– 12:00   – Check in to the Zoom meeting
                           – Briefing on issues                           
                            – Small group discussion and support for calling your

 Afternoon: Call your legislators!
Register Now:

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