The “A-TEAM” Voice your Choice Tour Stops at Riverfront

Category: Advocacy, Press Releases

Individuals with Disabilities and Families Tour Wisconsin to Protect Their Choices

Wednesday, August 6th  10:30 a.m
Riverfront, Inc., 3000 South Avenue, La Crosse, WI 54650

About the Event

Hundreds of individuals with disabilities and their families plan to mobilize at 10 stops around the state to voice their choice in response to the Department of Health Services (DHS) proposed changes to the Family Care Waiver. This proposal is concerning to families who want to preserve the full array of employment and home choices for their loved ones with significant disabilities. Examples of service choices include integrated community employment, supported employment, community-based pre-vocational training, community –based day services, as well as, facility-based services.

Beginning August 1st, 2014, the public has 30 days to make their comments, feedback, and advisement to the state officials with DHS on how they plan to follow the federal government’s Center for Medicaid Services (CMS) rules. Organizers of the Voice your Choice Tour want to ensure that people with disabilities who may be affected by these proposed changes, along with their devoted family members, are aware of the proposal and advised on how to exercise their rights to comment on it. At the events, self – advocates and families will be provided information on the proposed changes, a communication tool kit and important facts to consider when preparing a public comment.

Find information on the tour and how to take action.

Background on Family Care Renewal Process

The official draft of the Family Care Waiver Renewal Applications and Transition Plan is posted for public comment.

About A TEAM –Wisconsin

There are 7 active chapters of the A TEAM Wisconsin from around the state; including Southeastern Wisconsin, Chippewa Valley, Crawford County, Central Wisconsin, South Central Wisconsin, Washington County and Chilton. In addition, there are advocacy groups throughout the state that share the same mission to protect the full array of service choices for individuals with disabilities who will be participating in the tour, as well.

The A-TEAM has become a leader in the grassroots movement across Wisconsin and has sparked national attention because it was founded by parents and families, who are not constrained by formal expectations of state advocacy groups, government programs, or otherwise. Instead, it is led and expanded organically through the efforts of individuals with disabilities and their loved ones. The mission is simple; protect and sustain all choices that promote independence. United for choice!