State Legislative Issues - To stay informed on important legislative issues that affect individuals with autism in Wisconsin join the ASW listserv. We also encourage you to sign up for statewide legislative email alerts from Disability Alerts Wisconsin Network (DAWN). The Autism Society’s Action Alerts will inform you of important national legislation, giving you a chance to make your voice heard by your congressperson. Click here to sign up.
Other Advocacy Organizations in Wisconsin:
Advocacy and Benefits Counseling for Health (ABC for Health)
Is a non-profit law firm that helps you locate health care financing, offers counseling on the application or appeals process, and advocates for you when a conflict arises with an insurer, public benefit program, or a provider's billing department. You are eligible for services if you have children up to 19 years old and are unable to obtain or afford health care, or if you have a child with a chronic illness or disability.
Client Assistance Program (CAP)
Assists if you are having a conflict with DVR regarding services or lack thereof. Visit their website here or contact them at:
Disability Rights Wisconsin
Disability Rights helps people across Wisconsin gain access to services and opportunity through its advocacy and legal expertise. We regularly challenge systems and society to create positive change and improve the lives of people with disabilities. Disability Rights Wisconsin serves people of all ages, including people with developmental disabilities, people with mental illness, people with physical or sensory disabilities, and people with traumatic brain injury. Advocacy services are free.
Help with Insurance Problems:
Office of the Commissioner of Insurance
Legal Action of Wisconsin
Legal Action of Wisconsin provides free legal services to low-income people who would be denied justice without our help.
We deliver top-quality, personalized legal service to each and every client we serve. We also emphasize legal work with a broader reach, aimed at systemic changes that will help more people achieve a decent quality of life.
Our priority practice areas and special projects include: Benefits and Health programs, Family Law, Housing Law, Licenses, Criminal Records & Employment, SeniorLAW, Migrant Farmworkers, Social Security and the DOES Project.
The Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations
A cross-disability coalition of more than 40 state and local organizations and groups, of which ASW is a member. 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. Click here to visit their website.
The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (WBPDD)
The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (WBPDD) was established to advocate on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities, foster inclusive communities, and improve the disability service system. The Board is dedicated to improving the independence, productivity, and integration of people with developmental disabilities.
Wisconsin Family Assistance Center for Education, Training & Support (“WI FACETS”) is a statewide non-profit organization, with its main office located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. WI FACETS was founded in June 1995 by a small group of parents who had a strong desire to help other families understand the special education laws and systems.
WI FACETS offers free workshops in person, over the telephone and on our website to parents of children with disabilities and the professionals working with families.
WI FACETS provides basic and specialized workshops. Topic areas include: general special education (including information on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) program); early childhood; transition for students to adult life; communication strategies, dispute resolution, bullying; and many more!
Phone: (414) 374-4645
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