Issues and Initiatives

Janet Zander, Advocacy & Public Policy Coordinator
Office (715) 677-6723, Cell (608) 228-7253

GWAAR advocates on a wide variety of issues and initiatives. We are part of the Wisconsin Long-Term Care Coalition made up of aging and disability advocates, managed care organizations, aging and disability resource centers, county government, and long-term care providers. GWAAR is also a member of the Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations a cross-disability coalition of more than 30 state and local organizations and groups.

Voting in Wisconsin

NonprofitVOTE is a nonpartisan resource for up-to-date information on state elections. Find state-specific information and use the voter engagement resource library to help you provide voter education and encourage voter participation.

For more information about non-partisan efforts to increase voting turnout and participation in the electoral process among members of Wisconsin’s disability community, check out the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition.

Advocacy Opportunities

Wisconsin Direct Care Workforce Crisis-Story Collection

Wisconsin is in the midst of a direct care workforce crisis - a critical shortage of workers who help older adults and people with disabilities with toileting; to get out of bed; get dressed; prepare meals; travel to and from work, school, and volunteer jobs; and other essential activities of daily living. Some workers also perform some clinical tasks, such as blood pressure readings and assistance with range-of-motion exercises.            

Wisconsin lawmakers need to hear from people whose lives are impacted by the direct care workforce crisis.

Aging and disability advocates are collecting stories about the direct care workforce crisis. We want to hear from everyone—people who need direct care workers, family caregivers and direct care workers—about why direct care workers are important and how the crisis is impacting their life.       

Please let your community members know about this story collection effort. Stories can be submitted using the following form: Deadline for submission of stories is Aug. 13, 2018. Anyone willing to share a picture to go along with his/her story can email photos to:

Survival Coalition Transportation Survey

Survival Coalition is conducting a survey to learn more about transportation options or lack of transportation options for older adults and people with disabilities across the state. They will use the results to inform policy makers and improve transportation options for older adults and people with disabilities

Please take the survey, and ask with your family, friends, and others who are interested in improving transportation for older adults and people with disabilities to take the survey:

The deadline to take the survey is July 30th, 2018.

Educational Resources

Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition

The coalition developed postcards as an educational resource for voters with disabilities. Please distribute the postcards at community events, offices of aging and disability network agencies and service providers, send to community mailing lists, and share in other places you can reach these voters.

The Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition is committed to educating the disability community about voting rights and access issues, and to increasing voter turnout among Wisconsinites with disabilities.

To request postcards for your agency to distribute, please complete this survey .

Wisconsin Aging Advocacy Network (WAAN)

WAAN's top legislative & budget priorities for 2018 include:Family Caregiver Support, Healthy Aging Grants, Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Older Adults, and Reliable, Accessible, and Affordable Transportation.

Help raise awareness of these four issues throughout the state and keep these aging priorities in the consciousness of Wisconsin policymakers with WAAN's 2018 Issue Card. Encourage advocates to share and discuss with state legislators and legislative candidates.

WAAN will be printing and distributing some issue cards for your use. You can also download the card and print with the columns back-to-back and cut them in half lengthwise.


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