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Options for Independent Living Options provides opportunities and services, through advocacy and education, for individuals with l disabilities of all ages in 17 NE WI counties.
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Check out this upcoming event, "The ADA: Your Rights and the Complaint Process", sponsored by our sister independent liv...
09/10/2021

Check out this upcoming event, "The ADA: Your Rights and the Complaint Process", sponsored by our sister independent living center, independence first.

Date: Tuesday, September 21st, 2021
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Register by September 17th by e-mailing Denise Johnson at [email protected].

Check out this upcoming event, "The ADA: Your Rights and the Complaint Process", sponsored by our sister independent living center, independence first.

Date: Tuesday, September 21st, 2021
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Register by September 17th by e-mailing Denise Johnson at [email protected].

Stop by Options for Independent Living today to drop off any broken or unused durable medical equipment from 10-2. Grill...
08/25/2021

Stop by Options for Independent Living today to drop off any broken or unused durable medical equipment from 10-2. Grill out, local resources and tours of our building available!

Stop by Options for Independent Living today to drop off any broken or unused durable medical equipment from 10-2. Grill out, local resources and tours of our building available!

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has announced that Wisconsin residents ages 12 and older who receive their f...
08/23/2021
Wisconsin Department of Health Services

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has announced that Wisconsin residents ages 12 and older who receive their first COVID-19 vaccine from a Wisconsin vaccination provider from August 20 through September 6 will receive a $100 vaccine reward in the form of a Visa Gift Card. Everyone who is eligible to receive the free COVID-19 vaccine is eligible to receive this gift card, regardless of insurance, ID, or citizenship.

To learn more and find out about the information needed to determine eligibility for the $100 gift card, please visit: https://100.wisconsin.gov/

Protecting and promoting the health and safety of the people of Wisconsin

08/18/2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 18, 2021

CONTACT: Elizabeth Goodsitt, 608-266-1683
Jennifer Miller, 608-266-1683

Wisconsin to Offer Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Dose to People Who are Immunocompromised

DHS supports FDA, ACIP recommendations of additional dose of mRNA vaccine to people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) supports the recommendation that some immunocompromised people are recommended and eligible to get an additional dose of Pfizer (ages 12 and up) or Moderna (ages 18 and up) COVID-19 vaccine following a completed series.

“Our nation’s leading medical experts have reviewed the available data and made this recommendation to improve protection against COVID-19 for some of our most vulnerable populations,” said DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake. “Clinical experts reviewing data from the first months of administering COVID-19 vaccines have determined that certain medical conditions and treatments keep people from building the full immunity we would expect from the original two-dose mRNA vaccine series.”

After rigorous review of all available data, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the additional dose for certain immunocompromised people on Thursday. On Friday, August 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted unanimously to recommend an additional dose for individuals with specific medical conditions or who are receiving treatments that are associated with moderate to severe immune compromise.

This includes people who have:

* Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood.
* Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
* Received a stem cell transplant within the last two years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
* Moderate to severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome).
* Advanced or untreated HIV infection.
* Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids, alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, tumor-necrosis (TNF) blockers, or other drugs that may suppress your immune response.

“The science has shown that those with weakened immune systems often do not develop the same level of immune response after their initial COVID-19 vaccine series as those with uncompromised immune systems,” said Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer for the Bureau of Communicable Diseases. “Fortunately, studies show that a third dose can help bolster the immune response in these individuals to achieve the same strong protection from the virus that those who are not immunocompromised were able to develop with just the two-dose series. If you are not included in this new group of individuals recommended for an additional dose, you should be reassured that the data shows good protection with the one or two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series at this time.”

The additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine should be administered at least 28 days after completing the primary COVID-19 vaccine series. ACIP recommends that patients should receive the same vaccine product as the first two doses. However, if that is not feasible, a dose of the other mRNA COVID-19 vaccine is permitted. If you think you may be eligible, or are interested in additional information about the recommendation for an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine, visit the DHS COVID-19 Additional Dose webpage.

At this time, fully vaccinated people who are not moderately or severely immunocompromised do not need an additional COVID-19 vaccine dose. As more information on additional, or booster, doses for the general public becomes available, DHS will update the public. It is important that until further guidance is released, those who are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 infection have adequate opportunity to get access an additional dose.
To find a COVID-19 vaccine provider in your community, visit Vaccines.gov(link is external), or call 211 or 877-947-2211.

For up-to-date information about Wisconsin’s COVID-19 response, visit the DHS COVID-19 webpage. You can also follow @DHSWI on Facebook(link is external), Twitter(link is external), or dhs.wi on Instagram(link is external) for more information on COVID-19.

Come and get your FREE COVID vaccination and visit Options booth at the COVID vaccination site at NWTC.  Vaccinations ar...
08/17/2021

Come and get your FREE COVID vaccination and visit Options booth at the COVID vaccination site at NWTC. Vaccinations are free tomorrow, August 18th, from 11 am to 1 pm and August 24th from 1 pm - 4 pm., at Entrance 1 at the Tech. We had a good day today with students partaking in the clinic along with community members. The pictures show Options Executive Director Josh Theis talking to an WFRV camera man by the vaccine bus and Josh at Options table right inside the door at NWTC.

Timeline Photos
08/17/2021

Timeline Photos

Wisconsin's outdoors are for everyone. We are committed to offering licenses, permits and unique outdoor opportunities that allow Wisconsinites of all abilities to enjoy all that the state has to offer.

For example, persons with disabilities can use the Hunting or Trolling Disability Permit Authorizations Application form 9400-604 to apply for the following privileges:
--Shoot from a stationary vehicle
--Use of a laser sight
--Use of an adaptive device on a firearm

Visit the DNR's website to learn more about permit options and how to apply: https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/permits/disabled.html

Photo Credit: John Martinson

Brown County HHS - Community Services and Brown County Health & Human Services - Public Health Division are sponsoring t...
08/17/2021

Brown County HHS - Community Services and Brown County Health & Human Services - Public Health Division are sponsoring the 2021 COMMUNITY HEALTH EXPO!

Date: Saturday, September 11th, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

"A one stop shop for all things health and well being!"

* Vaccinations * Vision Screenings
* Hearing Screenings * Home and Car Seat Safety
* Tips for Families * Healthy Foods
* Mental Health Info. * Public Assistance Programs
* Veterans Programs * Blood Drive
* Cultural Community Resources * Kids Activities

For more information visit: www.stayhealthybc.com

Brown County HHS - Community Services and Brown County Health & Human Services - Public Health Division are sponsoring the 2021 COMMUNITY HEALTH EXPO!

Date: Saturday, September 11th, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

"A one stop shop for all things health and well being!"

* Vaccinations * Vision Screenings
* Hearing Screenings * Home and Car Seat Safety
* Tips for Families * Healthy Foods
* Mental Health Info. * Public Assistance Programs
* Veterans Programs * Blood Drive
* Cultural Community Resources * Kids Activities

For more information visit: www.stayhealthybc.com

WEBINAR: Promoting Inclusivity: Creating Accessible DocumentsDate: August 19th; 10:30 AM via Zoom"The concept of equitab...
08/12/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Promoting Inclusivity: Creating Accessible Documents. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

WEBINAR: Promoting Inclusivity: Creating Accessible Documents

Date: August 19th; 10:30 AM via Zoom

"The concept of equitable access has become newsworthy and addresses many unique areas of the work we do. An important component of equitable access includes the availability of print, electronic, and web based information for people with disabilities. This past year has highlighted the importance of access to electronic and web based information so as content creators it’s our job to learn about the ways we can ensure the information we share is available to everyone. Accessible information means that content is available for people who have a vision loss and may use specialized software, it’s providing captions for video content, and it’s composing information so that it is easy to comprehend for people with learning differences.

This session will discuss the 'why' of making content accessible and then will dive into the 'how' to make it happen. Many of the tools we use to create accessible content are easy to learn and it will become second nature to fit this into anything you develop in the future.

You will gain the most from this session if you have access to a computer and Microsoft Office Word and Power Point. This session will focus on these two programs since they are the most commonly used."

To register, visit: https://dhswi.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_n3YioY4lR7i8I2p7e6iQXg

This webinar is hosted by Hosted by WisTech, Wisconsin's Assistive Technology Act Program and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services

The concept of equitable access has become newsworthy and addresses many unique areas of the work we do. An important component of equitable access includes the availability of print, electronic, and web based information for people with disabilities. This past year has highlighted the importance of...

Did you know that Wisconsin has a program to assist people with hearing loss, vision loss, speech impairment or limited ...
08/11/2021
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Did you know that Wisconsin has a program to assist people with hearing loss, vision loss, speech impairment or limited mobility with access to telecommunications adaptive equipment? If you or someone you know struggled with telecommunications for one of these reasons, please contact Calvin at Options to schedule an appointment to try different devices that may assist and talk about funding if necessary. (920) 393-1037

​The Telecommunications Equipment Purchase Program (TEPP) is to help people with disabilities buy specialized equipment they need in order to use basic telephone services. To apply for a TEPP voucher online, use our revised online application below. If you are unable to use the online application,...

08/10/2021

Press Release from the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition

For immediate release: August 10, 2021
Contact: Jenny Neugart, [email protected], 920-723-8201 or Barbara Beckert, [email protected], 414-292-2724

Disability Vote Coalition Thanks Governor Evers for
Protecting Our Freedom to Vote

The Disability Vote Coalition thanks Governor Evers for protecting our freedom to vote by taking action today on voting bills that we have opposed. For our democracy to work, it must include all of us. The bills vetoed today would have significantly restricted the ability of voters with disabilities, older adults, and many other Wisconsin voters to participate in the electoral process.

Our recent publication, Voting Rights Are Human Rights: In Our Own Voices shares the concerns of voters with disabilities and their allies about the voting bills that were vetoed today. These bills would have created new barriers and impacted the voting rights of hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites with disabilities, older adults and other voters. Voters with disabilities already have numerous barriers to voting including lack of transportation, polling places that are inaccessible, complex medical conditions, difficulty obtaining photo ID, less access to technology and the internet and more.

Voting rights are the cornerstone of our democracy. Adding more administrative hurdles and penalties for voters or people trying to help voters is not fair or wise. Our goal should be to make it easier for our citizens to participate in elections – not harder. In that spirit, we ask our state and national policy makers to work with us to make our elections fully accessible and inclusive of people of all abilities.

Thank you, Governor Evers, for taking action today to protect our freedom to vote, to ensure that every eligible voter can cast a ballot, and that every ballot is counted.

About the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition
The WDVC is a non-partisan effort to help ensure full participation in the entire electoral process of voters with disabilities. Members include people with disabilities, and community agencies including Access to Independence, Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired, NAMI Wisconsin, Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, Inc.(GWAAR), CIL Western Wisconsin, People First Wisconsin, Mental Health America, Wisconsin Association of the Deaf, Wisconsin Coalition of Independent Living Centers, and many others. The Coalition is coordinated by Disability Rights Wisconsin and Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities.

08/06/2021

Check out the Administration for Community Living's latest "Policy Round-Up" and learn more about what's happening at the national level for people with disabilities and older adults.
https://acl.gov/news-and-events/acl-blog/acl-policy-round

*Medicaid coverage of non-emergency medical transportation*

Quick summary: The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 includes language that helps to remove transportation barriers for people with Medicaid seeking needed healthcare. Specifically, the law requires states to ensure necessary transportation for Medicaid beneficiaries to and from covered services; requires states to establish payment rates to ensure that Medicaid beneficiaries have the same access to non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) as people who are not covered by Medicaid; and establishes new requirements for NEMT providers and drivers. On July 12, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an informational bulletin to explain these provisions.

*CMS announces $15M in grants to help states bolster mobile crisis intervention services*

Quick summary: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a $15 million funding opportunity for planning grants to help strengthen system capacity to provide community-based mobile crisis intervention services for those with Medicaid. (The grants are available to state Medicaid agencies.)

*Input needed: Proposed Rules*

Department of Labor proposed rule prevents sub-minimum wage for federal contractors with disabilities: On July 22, the Department of Labor (DOL) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) raising the minimum wage for federal contractors, including people with disabilities.

DOL is currently seeking public comment on the proposed rule. Comments can be submitted online or by mail, and the deadline has been extended through August 27, 2021 https://www.regulations.gov/document/WHD-2021-0004-0001

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule would increase access to benefits for direct service providers (DSP): The DSP workforce is the backbone of our country’s home and community-based services (HCBS) system. However, low pay and absence of benefits (together with other factors), have caused high rates of turnover and recruiting challenges. These issues have, in turn, created critical workforce shortages and negatively affected the quality, stability, and availability of services.

CMS is currently seeking public comment on the proposed rule. Because this rule would affect many in the Medicaid HCBS workforce, which in turn has a direct and immediate impact on the quality of and access to services available to Medicaid beneficiaries, input from the aging and disability networks is crucial. Comments can be submitted online or by mail until September 28, 2021.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/08/03/2021-16430/medicaid-program-reassignment-of-medicaid-provider-claims

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Green Bay, WI
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Tuesday 8am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8am - 4:30pm
Friday 8am - 4:30pm

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Options for Independent Living

Options for Independent Living is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization committed to empowering people with disabilities to lead independent and productive lives in their community through advocacy, the provision of information, education, technology and related services.

As part of the independent living philosophy of consumer-directed services, Options staff will provide information so individuals with disabilities, family and friends can make informed choices and achieve their goals.

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Online Voter Registration is being offered by the American Association of People with Disabilities https://www.whenweallvote.org/aapdrevup/. Please share to spread the word!
Thanks to an adaptive fishing pole from Options, I was able to cast and catch some fish even though my shoulder wasn't working properly.