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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11/29/2021

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All polling places are required by law to have an accessible voting machine. This machine will allow voters to independently mark the ballot. Learn about the accessible voting machine and use one when you vote in 2022!

https://disabilityvote.org/2019/know-your-rights/

Image description: Graphic reads, “Accessible voting machines are required by law!”

Options will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday November 25 and Friday November 26.  We would like to ta...
11/24/2021

Options will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday November 25 and Friday November 26. We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Options will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday November 25 and Friday November 26. We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!

11/18/2021
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State and Territory Assistive Technology (AT) ACT Programs Support Post-COVID Conditions (Long COVID)

"Persons with long COVID may be experiencing disability for the first time in their lives. The national field of State and Territory Assistive Technology (AT) Act Programs has spent decades committed to serving individuals of all ages with all kinds of disabilities (and combinations of disabilities) wherever they live, learn, work, and play. AT Act Programs uniquely understand and respond to the needs of adults and children that arise from temporary and long-term disabilities. AT Act Programs provide a stigma-free environment for persons with disabilities (and those who serve or love them) to learn about, try out, and acquire the assistive technologies that maintain or improve independence. As we learn more about how to treat long COVID, those experiencing long-term effects from COVID-19 can benefit from the AT services millions of people have sought for staying in or getting back into their lives."

https://www.at3center.net/content/EOCONTENTMEDIACENTER/documents/Publications/Long%20COVID%2011_15%20EJA.pdf

We are at the Door County Caregiver Conference today showing how assistive technology can be great for caregiver support...
11/12/2021

We are at the Door County Caregiver Conference today showing how assistive technology can be great for caregiver support. Demo rides with the trackchair will be available! Access Ability Wisconsin

Options for Independent Living would like to thank all our armed forces personnel!
11/12/2021

Options for Independent Living would like to thank all our armed forces personnel!

Options for Independent Living would like to thank all our armed forces personnel!

11/11/2021
disabilityvote.org

Options for Independent Living joined several other disability and aging-specific organizations in signing a Statement of Support affirming the voting rights of people with disabilities and older adults.

November 10, 2021
Contact: Barbara Beckert, [email protected] 414-292-2724

Affirmation of Voting Rights of Older Adults and People with Disabilities

The right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy. Recent investigations have called into question the voting rights of care facility residents and people with disabilities, including cognitive disabilities. As advocates for people with disabilities and older adults, we affirm these voting rights and demand that policy makers commit to upholding the state and federal laws that protect these voting rights.

The undersigned organizations affirm the following:

• People with disabilities, including intellectual and other cognitive disabilities, and older adults, who are citizens of Wisconsin have the right to vote unless they have legally been declared incompetent AND have had their voting rights taken away in court.

• Family members, friends and others do not have the right to assess whether a person with a disability or an older adult is capable of voting. The right to vote may only be taken away by a court, or because of a criminal conviction.

• The pandemic created unprecedented challenges and it was important to ensure that care facility residents were not disenfranchised.

• Repeated investigations of the 2020 election have concluded that it was safe, secure, and accurate.

• If a voter has difficulty reading or marking their ballot, they may receive assistance from any individual except the elector's employer or an agent of that employer or an officer or agent of a labor organization which represents the elector.

• All voters, no matter where they reside, have a right to be free of interference, coercion, discrimination, and reprisal in exercising their rights. No one should ever experience coercion or interference in casting their vote; these concerns should be promptly reported when they occur and investigated by the district attorney or other law enforcement.

• Many voters with disabilities, of all ages, face numerous barriers to voting. As policy makers review election administration, these investigations must also examine if voter rights are protected, including to what extent election officials across the state are complying with laws that protect the rights of voters with disabilities and older adults, and that ensure the accessibility of our elections.

• We call on policy makers to address concerns related to polling place accessibility, accessible ballots, curb-side voting, barriers to obtaining photo IDs or to get to a polling site, access to technology and digital literacy, and access to accommodations and voting rights that are protected by state and federal law.

The following organizations have signed on to this statement:
Access to Independence
ACLU of Wisconsin
Action for the Climate Emergency
African American Roundtable
All Voting Is Local
Center for Independent Living for Western Wisconsin, Inc.
Chippewa Valley Votes
Common Cause Wisconsin
Disability Rights Wisconsin
Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, Inc
Independence First
League of Women Voters of Wisconsin
Mental Health America of Wisconsin
Metcalfe Park Community Bridges
Milwaukee County Commission on Aging
NAMI Wisconsin
Options for Independent Living, Inc.
People First Wisconsin
Souls to the Polls
Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations
The Arc Wisconsin
Wisconsin Aging Advocacy Network
Wisconsin Association of Benefit Specialists
Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities
Wisconsin Coalition of Independent Living Centers, Inc.
Wisconsin Conservation Voters
Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition
Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice
Wisconsin Family Ties
Wisconsin Senior Advocates

11/11/2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 3, 2021

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

Wisconsin to Offer COVID-19 Vaccinations to Children Ages 5-11
Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine deemed safe and effective for this age group

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announces that children 5-11 years old are now eligible to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech (Pfizer) COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine requires two doses 21 days apart for full protection, and is the first and only vaccine currently available for this age group.

Vaccinations for this age group will begin as soon as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) releases the associated clinical guidance and vaccinators are able to review and complete the necessary trainings. It is important that parents and guardians are patient as Wisconsin vaccinators take the necessary steps to be properly informed and trained before beginning vaccination.

“The pandemic has been tough on everyone, but I know it has been especially hard for our kids,” said Gov. Tony Evers. “Now with a COVID-19 vaccine available to nearly all school-aged children, we can do more to protect our kids from this virus. Whether they are at school, playing with their friends, or spending time with family, vaccinating your kids means they can do the things they love while also staying safe and healthy.”

After successful clinical trials and a rigorous review of all available data, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized Pfizer’s request to expand the emergency use authorization (EUA) to include children ages 5-11 on October 29. On November 2, the CDC Director officially confirmed the vaccine is safe and recommended the vaccine to this age group.

“Our nation’s leading medical experts have reviewed the available data and confirmed that the Pfizer vaccine is safe for children 5 to 11 years of age,” said DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake. “We will soon begin vaccinating more of Wisconsin’s children to protect them from the long-term symptoms of COVID-19 and reduce disruptions in and out of the classroom. We are urging parents and guardians to get their children vaccinated as soon as they can to protect them and those around them.”

Disease activity remains very high(link is external) across Wisconsin. Children and youth under 18 continue to represent the highest number of new confirmed cases compared to other age groups. COVID-19, particularly the Delta variant, can have a serious impact on your child’s health. Infection with the Delta variant has resulted in nearly three times the number of children in the hospital in the U.S. since early summer. Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 1,600 Wisconsinites under 20 years old have been hospitalized with COVID-19. Vaccination is a safe and critical tool in both combating further COVID-19 illness among children and stopping the spread in our communities.

Parents and guardians of children ages 5-11 can schedule a vaccination using a variety of options, including with their health care provider, at community-based vaccination clinics, local and tribal health departments, or pharmacies. To locate a provider administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11, visit Vaccines.gov(link is external). Parents and guardians can learn more by visiting the COVID-19: Resources for Parents and Guardians page or by calling 844-684-1064 toll-free.

In addition to getting your child vaccinated, DHS urges Wisconsin families to take the steps necessary to protect themselves and their communities: mask up when in indoor public settings or outside where physical distancing is not possible, stay home if you are feeling sick, and get tested if you’re experiencing any symptoms or have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

For up-to-date information about Wisconsin’s COVID-19 response, visit the DHS COVID-19 webpage. We encourage you to 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.

Disability Rights Wisconsin's Barbara Beckert was interviewed by PBS Wisconsin about the competency of voters in nursing...
11/05/2021
Noon Wednesday: The Competency of Voters in Nursing Homes

Disability Rights Wisconsin's Barbara Beckert was interviewed by PBS Wisconsin about the competency of voters in nursing homes. The Racine County Sheriff has alleged systemic voter fraud in a Mount Pleasant long-term care facility, citing a handful of familial statements about the competency of their elder relatives. These assertions are creating concerns about voter disenfranchisement in the disability community. Barbara Beckert of Disability Rights Wisconsin discusses apprehensions about these far-reaching claims.

Check it out here: https://pbswisconsin.org/news-item/noon-wednesday-the-competency-of-voters-in-nursing-homes/

#VotingRightsAreHumanRights

The Racine County Sheriff has alleged systemic voter fraud in a Mount Pleasant long-term care facility, citing a handful of familial statements about the competency of their elder relatives. These assertions are creating concerns about voter disenfranchisement in the disability community. Barbara Be...

11/03/2021
disabilityrightswi.org

Disability Rights Wisconsin released a statement about protecting the right to vote for persons with disabilities. As they explain, the right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy. Recent investigations have called into question the voting rights of care facility residents and people with cognitive impairments. As the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy system for our state, Disability Rights Wisconsin has a responsibility to set the record straight.

#VotingRightsAreHumanRights

Read the full statement here:https://disabilityrightswi.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/DRW-Statement-Protect-the-Right-to-Vote-10-29-21-acc.pdf

Did you know that November is National Family Caregivers month?"Families are the primary source of support for older adu...
11/02/2021
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Did you know that November is National Family Caregivers month?

"Families are the primary source of support for older adults and people with disabilities in the U.S. Many caregivers work and also provide care, experiencing conflicts between competing responsibilities. Research indicates caregiving also takes a significant emotional, physical, and financial toll. With nearly half of all caregivers over age 50, many are vulnerable to a decline in their own health. Studies show that coordinated support services can reduce caregiver depression, anxiety, and stress, and enable them to provide care longer, which avoids or delays the need for costly institutional care." https://www.caregiveraction.org/
#CaregiverAnd #NFCMonth #Caregivers

Caregiver Action Network is the nation’s leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for the more than 90 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age.

10/25/2021

Statement from the EEOC Chair for National Disability Employment Awareness Month

From U.S. Equal Employment Office Commission Chair Charlotte A. Burrows:

Each October, the nation commemorates National Disability Employment Awareness Month to recognize the many contributions of persons with disabilities to our country’s economy and workplaces. In 1988, Congress first declared National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an extension of a week that had been celebrated since 1945, to raise awareness of the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities.

Approximately 61 million -- 1 in 4 -- American adults have a disability according to the Center for Disease Control. From television stars to doctors to school teachers, workers with disabilities are an integral part of our nation’s workforce, and they are employed in industries and jobs that are just as diverse as they are.

Academic studies have shown that hiring persons with disabilities benefits not only those workers, but their employers as well, through increased profitability, competitive advantages, and an inclusive workplace for all workers. Yet, discrimination against persons with disabilities in employment remains a persistent challenge.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been on the forefront of protecting the rights of workers with disabilities since it began enforcing the Americans with Disabilities Act in July 1992. Each year, we investigate thousands of charges of discrimination and recover millions of dollars for persons harmed by disability discrimination through our administrative process and litigation program. In fiscal year 2020, EEOC received over 20,000 charges alleging disability discrimination and recovered over $100 million dollars for employees or applicants with disabilities.

The tireless work of the EEOC against disability discrimination continues. In the past year, that work included, among other efforts:
• Providing ongoing technical assistance about Covid-19 and the Americans with Disabilities and Rehabilitation Act;
• Filing 40 new lawsuits, including systemic cases, alleging disability discrimination;
• Expanding direct video phone access and American Sign Language-fluent staff to better serve the Deaf and hard of hearing individuals;
• Resolving a class age and disability discrimination investigation against a healthcare provider to prevent unlawful medical examinations of older employees; and,
• Conducting the Commission’s first ever virtual hearing on the connections between Covid-19 pandemic and civil rights, including the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic threatens to set back progress toward inclusion of persons with disabilities in the workplace. In 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the percentage of persons with disabilities that were employed fell to 17.9% from 19.3% the year prior. Workers with disabilities are more likely to be working in occupations such as service, production, and transportation that were significantly impacted by the pandemic.

As employers reopen the nation’s workplaces, we must make sure that no one is left behind. This year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month theme, “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion,” is particularly appropriate. An inclusive workplace is one where persons with disabilities are integrated into the workforce and paid fairly.

The EEOC celebrates the achievements and contributions of individuals with disabilities to our workforce. And we remain committed to ensuring that our workplaces are inclusive for all.

#NDEAM #NationalDisabilityEmploymentAwarenessMonth

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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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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.