Disability News: Wisconsin


Disability news including medical and health updates from Wisconsin United States.

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Information regarding the State of Wisconsin, including facts and statistics, news, and information of interest for persons with disabilities residing in or visiting the State of Wisconsin.

Disability decisions for Wisconsin residents are made by the Wisconsin Division of Health Care Access and Accountability, Disability Determination Bureau (DDB).

Wisconsin's definition of Developmental Disability (DD) is broader than the Federal definition, in that it does not include the restrictive clauses "b" (onset before age 22) and "d" (substantial functional limitations) of the Federal definition. In order to be eligible for the home and community-based waivers for DD persons; the consumer must meet the Federal definition of DD.

Disability Benefit Specialist Program

Disability benefit specialists operate as an integral part of each Aging and Disability Resource Center.

They provide confidential assistance at no charge to adults ages 18 to 59 with physical disabilities, developmental disabilities, mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders. Individuals age 60 and older can contact the Wisconsin Elderly Benefit Specialist Program. Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) are the first place to go with your aging and disability questions. ADRCs are service centers that provide a place for the public to get accurate, unbiased information on all aspects of life related to aging or living with a disability in Wisconsin.

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Wisconsin Disability Statistics:

  • An estimated 702,000 people in Wisconsin have a disability, or 14.0% of the population age 5 and over.
  • An estimated 114,000 people, or 2.3% of the population 5 and over, have difficulty performing self-care activities, also known as Activities of Daily Living, such as dressing, bathing, or getting around inside the home.

Latest Wisconsin Publications

Wisconsin State Assembly passed legislation that would create an expansive voucher program for children with special needs.

The CLTS Medicaid Waiver covers Rethink Autism program for children and youth with autism under 22 in Wisconsin.

Race and Disability Discrimination Complaints in Wisconsin TANF Program to Be Resolved by Statewide Agreement.

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