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Seeking positive change through public policy.

DRW’s public policy work includes research, analysis, community education and organizing, and education of policymakers.

Our public policy work relies on participation by people with disabilities. Policy reform processes are often difficult for members of the public to access or understand. DRW works with individuals with disabilities to meaningfully access, educate and influence policymakers on issues that matter to them. DRW listens carefully to people with disabilities, then supports them in making their voices heard to bring policy reform. This approach assures disability rights, protections, and perspectives are upheld in a manner consistent with the real, expressed interest of people with disabilities.  

DRW provides policymakers with information about threats to the rights and interests of people with disabilities, and opportunities for positive change, and then assists with the tasks of writing and implementing policy reform. DRW’s education efforts with legislators, administrative agency staff, and the courts have brought meaningful systemic change for people with disabilities.
 
DRW forges links between policymakers and their constituents who have disabilities at all levels of government. This is done by working in coalition with both local and statewide advocacy groups, and working on policies that affect the rights of people whether in the state legislature, city or county government, or in administrative departments and services.

2018 Priorities addressed by this program include: 1) Prevention of and Diversion from Homelessness and Institutionalization; 2) Prevent School Restraint and Seclusion; and 3) Supported Decision Making and Alternatives to Guardianship; 4) Increase Access to Accessible Voting Centers, Technology, Registration, and Websites. In addition, this program provides support to the other DRW programs in pursuit of some of their priorities. These include priorities affecting rights of people with disabilities in their communities, in facilities, and in jails and prisons.

If you would like to suggest additions, deletions of revisions priorities, please complete the following survey.

DRW uses private funding for activity that is not allowed by our federal funding sources.

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* 1. Name:

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* 2. Email Address:

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* 3. Which of the following best describes you? (Optional - Checking more than one is OK)

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* 4. Name of the state or territory where you live, or country if not in the United States:

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* 5. What is your race/ethnicity?  (Optional - Checking more than one is OK)

We ask this question to help us ensure the feedback we receive is representative of the diverse communities DRW serves.

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* 6. What are the three most important public policy issues involving people with disabilities that need to be addressed at the state level?

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* 7. Do you have a story to tell that will help policy makers understand how one or more of the issues being addressed that you have listed could impact you or someone you know? If so, please share.

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* 8. What are the three most important public policy issues involving people with disabilities under consideration at the federal level?

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* 9. Do you have a story to tell that will help policy makers understand how one or more of the issues being addressed that you have listed could impact you or someone you know? If so, please share.

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* 10. What else does DRW need to know related to the advocacy of this program?

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