Options for Independent Living

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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09/04/2020
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The Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition is hosting a webinar, "Voting in the Time of Pandemic Part 3: Voting Updates for the November 3, 2020 Election".

DATE: Wednesday, September 16, 2020
TIME: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The November 3rd election, including candidates for President, is approaching quickly, but there is still time to help voters with disabilities and older adults cast their ballots safely.

This session is to inform Managed Care Organizations, Health Maintenance Organizations, IRIS Consultant Organizations and others who serve Wisconsinites with disabilities and older adults about the latest updates on the November election, and highlight updated guidance and new resources for supporting Wisconsinites with disabilities and older adults.

Our panel of experts will respond to your voting questions. We encourage you to submit your voting questions in advance by emailing [email protected] with the subject line “Webinar Question”.

To register: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=iPZAh_yqY0O08PIyn-SbFXRnJVrUkq1Ao85D4T4LSVlUOU1NRTE2WDVXQUs2VDZSU0xXSlhOM0JITy4u

08/31/2020
www.survivalcoalitionwi.org

Check out the The Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations': "Issues that Impact People with Disabilities in Wisconsin: Background Papers" document. Use this as a tool when educating policy makers on important disability issues!

http://www.survivalcoalitionwi.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Survival-Coalition-Background-paper.pdf

08/14/2020
Certified Peer Specialist and Permanent Supportive Housing Program Collaboration

On Wednesday, August 12th, Advocacy Coordinator, Stephanie Birmingham, talked on-air with 105.7 WAPL about a pilot program between Options for Independent Living and Newcap, Inc. to incorporate Certified Peer Specialists (CPS) in Newcap's Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) Program. This parternship is made possible through a grant from the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation and generous support from U.S. Venture, Inc.

Certified Peer Specialists are indivduals with personal lived experience of either a mental health issue and/or substance use issue. They have professional training and share their own experience to help foster and support a person's own individual journey towards recovery. The PSH Program provides long-term housing with supportive services for homeless persons with disabilities by reintegrating chronically homeless and other highly vulnerable homeless families and individuals into the community by addressing their basic needs for housing and providing ongoing support.

To learn more about Options for Independent Living or Certified Peer Specialists, please contact Stephanie at [email protected]. To learn more about Newcap or the Permanent Supportive Housing program please contact Erika at [email protected].

08/13/2020

New Virtual Education Guide to Help Millions of Students with Disabilities
On August 6, RespectAbility released a new guide, entitled Virtual Education & Students With Disabilities: Supporting Student Success in the Time of COVID-19 and Beyond, is available for free on RespectAbility’s website. The guide covers critical topics such as virtual resources from a wide range of disability advocacy organizations, home-based programs for students of all ages, live synchronous learning opportunities, state-specific information for parents of students with disabilities and mental health resources. More information available here.

The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin (LWVWI) has created a voter experience survey to gather feedback from people who...
08/13/2020
August 2020 Primary Election Voter Experience Survey

The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin (LWVWI) has created a voter experience survey to gather feedback from people who voted in the August Primary election. The information they collect will help guide LWVWI in their work to improve future elections, and will also be a resource for the Disability Vote Coalition. The League has been a phenomenal partner in our work – let’s spread the word far and wide, and please complete the survey regarding your voter experience!

Please help spread the word about this survey and encourage voters to fill it out. LWVWI would like to hear from as many voters as possible, whether you voter on election day, voted absentee, or were not able to vote due to barriers.

Take the survey:

https://my.lwv.org/wisconsin/article/august-2020-primary-election-voter-experience-survey (English version)

https://my.lwv.org/wisconsin/article/encuesta-de-la-lwvwi-sobre-la-experiencia-del-votante-tras-las-elecciones-de-agosto-de-2020 (Spanish version)

The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin and our Election Protection Coalition Partners are conducting this survey to learn from voters about their voting experience for the August 11, 2020 election. If you answer, it will help us learn about your voting experience and any challenges you experienced.

08/12/2020

Did you vote at your polling place on August 11th? How was your voting experience? Disability Rights Wisconsin like to hear from you!

Share your comments! If you had a concern at your polling place and would like assistance with reporting it, contact the DRW Voter Hotline at 844-DIS-VOTE or email [email protected]

Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition Disability Rights Wisconsin #Vote2020

08/11/2020

Today is #ElectionDay!

If you have disability related questions about voting, the Disability Rights Wisconsin Voter Hotline can help. Call DRW at 844-DIS-VOTE / 844-347-8683.

Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition #Vote2020

08/10/2020

As a voter with a disability, you have the right to ask for reasonable accommodations at your polling place.

Some of the most common accommodation requests are a chair to sit, a signature guide, magnifying glass, assistance stating a person’s name/address or assistance signing a person’s name or marking a ballot.

Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition #Vote2020

From all of us at Options have a wonderful weekend! :-)
08/07/2020

From all of us at Options have a wonderful weekend! :-)

If you are planning to vote in person, and have difficulty entering your polling place due to disability, you may reques...
08/07/2020
My Municipal Clerk

If you are planning to vote in person, and have difficulty entering your polling place due to disability, you may request curbside voting.

We recommend that you contact your Municipal Clerk in advance to determine the process to access curbside voting. Look up their contact information on MyVote Wisconsin. myvote.wi.gov/en-US/MyMunicipalClerk

Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition #Vote2020

My Vote

08/06/2020

Did you know that there are 3 ways to respond to the 2020 U.S. Census! Don't let the moment pass by - Be COUNTED!

1.) Online: my2020census.gov Most households received their invitation to respond to the 2020 Census between March 12–20. These official Census Bureau mailings will include detailed information and a Census ID for completing the census online. If you do not have an invitation to respond, simply indicate that you do not have a Census ID and then enter the address for which you are responding.

2.) By mail: Homes in areas that are less likely to respond online will receive a paper questionnaire (sometimes known as the census form) and all homes will receive a paper questionnaire if they do not first respond online or by phone.

3.) By Phone: English 844-330-2020; Spanish 844-468-2020; TDD 844-467-2020 (Note: Phone response hours of operation are from 7 am to 2 am EST, 7 days a week)

#BeCounted2020 #USCensus #2020Census #DisabilityCounts2020

Many communities offer in-person absentee voting for the August 11th election. You can also register to vote at this tim...
08/06/2020
My Municipal Clerk

Many communities offer in-person absentee voting for the August 11th election. You can also register to vote at this time.

To find out about early voting in your community, contact your municipal clerk. Look up their contact information on MyVote Wisconsin. https://myvote.wi.gov/en-US/MyMunicipalClerk

Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition #Vote2020

My Vote

The August 11 election is a partisan primary. You must choose a political party and only vote for candidates within that...
08/05/2020
What's On My Ballot

The August 11 election is a partisan primary. You must choose a political party and only vote for candidates within that political party. Voting in more than one party may void your voting choices.

See what’s on your ballot at MyVote Wisconsin: myvote.wi.gov/en-us/PreviewMyBallot

Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition #Vote2020 #DisabilityVote

My Vote

Are you voting absentee? Be sure to complete and return your absentee ballot AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!Your completed absentee...
08/05/2020
My Municipal Clerk

Are you voting absentee? Be sure to complete and return your absentee ballot AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!

Your completed absentee ballot must be delivered to your municipal clerk's office, your polling place, or a local dropbox established by your clerk no later than 8 PM on Election Day.

If you are mailing your completed ballot, the US postal services recommends you mail at least one week in advance to arrive in time.

To find your Municipal Clerk's Office go to: https://myvote.wi.gov/en-US/MyMunicipalClerk

My Vote

08/04/2020

Make sure YOU count in the 2020 U.S. Census! The census is a once-a-decade population count of everyone who lives in the United States on April 1st. Responses from the census help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funds are allocated for critical public services and programs in communities around the country each year for the next 10 years. Historically, people with disabilities are undercounted in the overall numbers which has real-life implications for programs and services for the disability community.

It's NOT too late to participate! Take action and respond to the census by one of three ways: Online (at 2020census.gov), by phone, or by filling out the paper form you received in the mail. If you didn't receive a paper form, and you don't have a Census ID for the address where you need to count yourself, you can use the online or phone response options without using an ID.

To respond by phone call:
844-330-2020 (English); or 844-468-2020 (Spanish)

#BeCounted2020 #USCensus #2020Census #DisabilityCounts2020 Census Bureau 2020

07/30/2020

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today declared a Public Health Emergency and issued an Emergency Order requiring individuals to wear face coverings when indoors and not in a private residence, with some exceptions as clarified and defined in the order. The order is effective at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2020, and will expire on September 28, 2020 or by a subsequent superseding order. Executive Order #82 declaring a public health emergency is available here and Emergency Order #1 requiring face coverings statewide is available here. More information to follow or visit DHS at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/

The celebrations for the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act continues...
07/28/2020
Events Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act | ACL Administration for Community Living

The celebrations for the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act continues...

July 28, 2020 Visit ACL.gov/ADA and join us at noon ET on Thursday, July 30, for a virtual celebration Virtual Celebration Presented by ACL and OCR At noon ET on Thursday, July 30, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will host a virtual celebration...

"Celebrating 30 Years of the ADA with the U.S. Access Board (Virtual Meeting)" Join the US Access Board for their virtua...
07/28/2020
Join the Access Board for a Virtual Celebration of the ADA on July 29 - United States Access Board

"Celebrating 30 Years of the ADA with the U.S. Access Board (Virtual Meeting)"

Join the US Access Board for their virtual celebration on July 29th from 12:30 – 2:00pm CST.

Zoom Meeting (with captioning):
www.zoomgov.com/j/1609886567
Dial in option: (669) 254-5252 or (646) 828-7666;
Session ID: 160 988 6

https://www.access-board.gov/news/2008-join-the-access-board-for-a-virtual-celebration-of-the-ada-on-july-29

The Access Board will celebrate the ADA’s 30th anniversary with a virtual public meeting on July 29 from 1:30 – 3:00 (ET). The event will feature a discussion of the ADA and its achievements with guest speakers and Access Board members.

Check out the newest website celebrating the Americans with Disabilities Act https://acl.gov/ada. This site is a collabo...
07/28/2020
ADA | ACL Administration for Community Living

Check out the newest website celebrating the Americans with Disabilities Act https://acl.gov/ada. This site is a collaborative effort between the Administration on Community Living and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights. #Ada30 #AdaAnniversary #CivilRightsAreHumanRights

On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law; this landmark civil rights law affirmed the inherent dignity of every person, regardless of disability. This sweeping legislation protects prohibits discrimination by local and state governments, provid...

Happy 30th Anniversary to the Americans with Disabilities Act! It was signed into law on July 26th, 1990 by former Presi...
07/26/2020

Happy 30th Anniversary to the Americans with Disabilities Act! It was signed into law on July 26th, 1990 by former President George H.W. Bush on the White House lawn. The ADA is a civil rights law that protects against discrimination based on disability!

Sunday, July 26th, is the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  This law created equal access to Emp...
07/24/2020
#ADA30 - Celebrate. Learn. Share. | ADA Anniversary Tool Kit

Sunday, July 26th, is the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This law created equal access to Employment, State and Local Government, Public Accommodations, Tele-communications and much more for people with disabilities. Just look around you when you are out in public and you will see all the things in our environment that are now accessible due to the ADA. From curb cuts to lifts on buses to level entries into businesses to relay systems for those who are deaf, and so much more. It was a monumental piece of legislation then and still continues to be now. So take time to learn more about the ADA and all it has accomplished. And celebrate on Sunday, even if it is just for a moment.

Happy 30th ADA!

Throughout the year, celebrate 30 years of progress in access & inclusion — Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and ADA Anniversary (July 26).

"ADA30 Lead On: Celebration of Disability Arts, Culture, Education & Pride!" Join this Live Streaming event on July 23, ...
07/22/2020

"ADA30 Lead On: Celebration of Disability Arts, Culture, Education & Pride!"

Join this Live Streaming event on July 23, from 7:00-9:15pm ET on YouTube & Facebook Live

**Register Free here: ADA30LeadOn.Eventbrite.com.

Join host Danny Woodburn & other disability rights leaders, performers, artists, singers, dancers, poets, filmmakers and storytellers with disabilities. Thanks to our Lead Sponsor, AT&T.

Image description - Two gold comedy and tragedy masks with red and blue accessible/lip readable PPE face masks revealing the smile of comedy and the frown of tragedy, next to a paint brush that is creating a musical staff that ends with a silhouette of Alice Sheppard, dancer using a wheelchair. The words ADA30 LEAD ON at the top, with Celebration of Disability Arts, Culture, Education & Pride appear at the bottom.

We are getting closer to the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26th...check out the Wiscon...
07/21/2020
Videos - Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition

We are getting closer to the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26th...check out the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalitions Website where there are a few Wisconsinites videoed giving their stories of how the ADA affected their lives...

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Attention Door County consumers - Rental Assistance and Food Assistance is available!
07/17/2020

Attention Door County consumers - Rental Assistance and Food Assistance is available!

If you need help paying your rent due to COVID, check out this resource!

07/17/2020
disabilityvote.org

Not sure what to talk about with your political candidates when deciding who to vote for in the upcoming elections? Here are some great topics to chose from:

- Medicaid Programs and Services
- SSI and SSDI Programs
- Paid and Unpaid Caregivers
- Affordable Housing
- Access to Mental Health Services
- Employment in the Community
- Disability Rights
- Special Education

https://disabilityvote.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/DVC-Congressional-candidate-questions-6-2020-acc.pdf

#NationalDisabilityVoterRegistrationWeek #RevUp #DisabilityVote

07/17/2020
disabilityvote.org

Read up on the recommendations recently released by the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition on ways to improve voter access for Wisconsinites with disabilities.https://disabilityvote.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/DVC-policy-recomendations-7-2020-acc.pdf
#NationalDisabilityVoterRegistrationWeek #RevUp #DisabilityVote

07/15/2020
U.S. Election Assistance Commission

U.S. Election Assistance Commission

A video by The U.S. Election Assistance Commission. Virtual Roundtable to Assist Voters with Disabilities and Election Officials with EAC Commissioner Thomas Hicks, Lou Ann Blake (Deputy Executive Director, National Federation of the Blind), Lee Page (Associate Director of Advocacy, Paralyzed Veterans of America), Derek Bowens (Director of Elections, Durham County, NC Durham County Board of Elections), and Brett Harbage (ADA Coordinator, Office of the Ohio Secretary of State). Recorded on June 11, 2020. #NationalDisabilityVoterRegistrationWeek

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Friday 08:00 - 16:30

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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.