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Advancing opportunities for individuals with disabilities and their families is Broadscope’s mission. It’s key to the work we do and to the lives of individuals and families living with disabilities to stay informed about relevant public policy and legislation.

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Make Your Voice Heard on How the Proposed State Budget Impacts You

Many people with disabilities, their families, providers, and the disability community have questions about the proposed changes in the proposed state budget regarding long-term care supports (Family Care/IRIS).

Among the changes proposed, the Governor’s budget completely redesigns Family Care, eliminates IRIS, and includes significant changes to the role of ADRCs and the Children’s Long-Term Care (CLTS/Family Support) program.

Read about Kelley Santi, featured in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Many have asked what they can do.

To take action:

1.  Review and Share FAQ: Review and share this FAQ widely with your networks and other stakeholders. Send electronically, make paper copies for meetings, and link to your websites. Many long-term care participants still have not heard about these proposed changes. Others don’t have access to information to answer their questions.

2. Participate in and help your members get to Disability Advocacy Day on March 17 at Monona Terrace/Capitol in Madison. Register today at: http://www.survivalcoalitionwi.org/index.php/events/. They will set up legislative visits for you. We need strong participation in Disability Advocacy Day to raise legislative awareness of the disability community’s priorities and concerns. Need a Ride to Disability Advocacy Day? Transportation is being provided in various areas around the state. For more information go to: http://www.survivalcoalitionwi.org/index.php/2015/updates/need-a-ride-to-disability-advocacy-day/

  1. Contact your legislators directly and encourage your organization’s members to contact their legislators on their own time. To find who your legislators are go to legis.wisconsin.gov/ and enter your address.  Also, contact members of the Joint Committee on Finance: http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2015/committees/joint/1384
  2. State Budget Training Sessions: BPDD, DRW, and People First have organized a series of state budget trainings (starting March 2) to provide the latest information about the budget and how it will affect individuals with disabilities and their families and how you can participate in the budget process. Here is a link to the flyer on dates, times, and locations:  http://www.wi-bpdd.org/docs/2015/BPDD-State-Budget-Training-2015.pdf

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