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March 2013 - Milwaukee Community Sailing Center to host U.S. Disabled Sailing Championships September 5-8th, 2013

The Milwaukee Community Sailing Center will be the site of the U.S. Disabled Sailing Championships, September 5th-8th, 2013. The Championships are still in the planning stage, information to be forthcoming.

March 20, 2013 - Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations will host Disability Advocacy Day in Madison

The Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations will host Disability Advocacy Day in Madison on March 20, 2013. A day for you to connect with your legislators and share your story with them, tell them how legislative policies affect people with disabilities. The survival coalition will give a briefing and will set up your legislative visit. You can register online or by submitting the registration form. The deadline to register is Wednesday, March 13. See the article at Disability Advocacy Day

December 2, 2012 - Accessible Cabin Fundraiser - Friends of Harrington Beach State Park

There are only seven accessible cabins in Wisconsin's state parks and they are in such high demand that they are booked solid throughout the camping season. As a result, reservations have even been limited to four nights. A charter member and past vice-president of the friends group, Jim Schendel, who became a paraplegic following a car accident, spent his life working to make life easier for those with disabilities and was very active at Harrington Beach State Park, helping design accessible paths, a bridge and a walkway. He encouraged the friends group to develop a fully accessible park. Unfortunately, Jim passed away before the cabin project began.

The Friends Group of Harrington Beach State Park will have a fundraiser for the Accessible Cabin Project, a Packer Tailgate Party on December 2nd at the Belgium Community Center located just west of the park in Belgium (Interstate 43 north to Belgium exit just north of Port Washington). Doors open at 11 am. Brats, hot dogs, hamburgers, pasta and potato salads, chips and beverages and cash bar will be available. There will be prizes, a silent auction, 50/50 games, strip cards, and more! For more information, visit the Friends of Harrington Beach Accessible Cabin letter or their website at www.friendsofharrington.org or see the article below.

October 2012 - Let your Voice be Heard! VOTE in the November 6 elections - Did you know you can vote early?

See our NHU Advocacy Alerts with information on Presidential candidates' positions on disability issues and voting at Wisconsin Disability Legislation News . Did you know you can vote early? Be sure to Let your Voice be Heard!

October 20, 2012 - Transition Workshop on Guardianship - Plan for the Future of Your Youth with Special Needs

If your youth with special needs will need a guardian when they become an adult at 18, you need to prepare for the decisions to be made before they reach this age. The process for filing with the court for guardianship must be done in a timely manner at about 17 and 6 months of age.. There will be a hands-on Transition Workshop for parents and caregivers of youth who will need a legal guardian when they turn 18, Saturday, October 20th, 8:00 am until 11:30 am, at Children's Hospital Auditorium. RSVP by Oct. 13 to SERC@ch.org or 414-266-3188. Find out why an individual may need a legal guardian, who will not require a legal guardian, an overview of the guardianship process, how the guardianship law protects an individual's rights, the responsibilities of the guardian and how to file the paperwork. The court process and legal forms will be explained but you will not be able to ask questions and they will not be able to provide legal advice for individual situations. This workshop is presented by attorneys and sponsored by the Southeast Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, Children's Hospital of WI Social Work Program and the Transition Planning Committee. For more information, see their Transition Workshop Flyer.

August 11, 2012 - Milwaukee Wisconsin - FRIENDS OF HANK AARON STATE TRAIL - 13TH ANNUAL 5K RUN/WALK - an accessible state trail

Honoring Hank Aaron #44 whose major league career started with the Milwaukee Braves. The race starts at the Klement's Sausage Haus east of Miller Park Stadium and winds through Menomonee Valley, Milwaukee. Prizes are awarded to top three male & female finishers in 13 age groups, top corporate teams. Every 44th finisher wins a prize. Live music, snacks, beverages, prize drawings. Wheelchair entries call first. See their brochure

< July 20, 2012 - Center for Medicare and Medicaid - Wisconsin consumers affected by the cap on Family Care Have a Right to Reimbursement

The federal government provides 60% of the funding for Wisconsin Family Care. Wisconsin's cap on Family Care from July 2011 until April 2012 was in violation of Wisconsin's federal waiver agreement. The federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has notified the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) approving that individuals affected by the cap can appeal the state for any health care costs incurred while on the cap wait list. This is good news for individuals with disabilities affected by the caps. If you have questions about your rights, contact the Disability Rights Wisconsin Family Care and IRIS Ombudsman Program at 800-928-8778. CMS is approving federal funds to Wisconsin once again this year for Family Care but the notification states that CMS will be quarterly monitoring Wisconsin's program expenditures and that changes cannot be made by the state of Wisconsin without approval from CMS. Wisconsin Legislators were in error to cap Family Care without approval from CMS.

June 3, 2012 - Pancake Breakfast to raise funds for Wisconsin's 8th Fully Accessible Cabin to be built at Harrington Beach State Park

On Sunday, June 3rd between 9:00AM and 12:00PM, a pancake breakfast will be held at the Welcome Center at Harrington Beach State Park to raise funds for the accessible cabin project. The cost of the breakfast is $8.00 adults, $3.50 children (3-11yrs) Under 3 Free and includes; pancakes and syrup, sausage, applesauce, orange juice, coffee and milk.

The Friend's of the Park undertake the 8th accessible cabin project in honor of Jim Schendel, himself a quadriplegic, who was a leader of accessibility venues at the park (of which there are many), volunteered as a computer trainer for us at New Horizons Un-Limited and very active throughout Southeastern Wisconsin in making the world a better place for people with disabilities. See the Friends of Harrington Beach Accessible Cabin letter on the NHU website.

Please come and bring your family and friends to have a morning in the park followed by breakfast. June 3rd is also the free State Park admissions day. It is a great opportunity to experience the beauty of Harrington Beach State Park.

Directions: Harrington Beach is about 35 miles north of Milwaukee and 21 miles south of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, via Interstate Highway 43. From I-43, take exit 107 (Belgium/Lake Church) and go east on County Highway D about 1 mile. The park entrance will be on your right. Geographic coordinates are 43° 29' 37.81" N, 87° 48' 8.13" W.

2012 - Wisconsin's State Parks 8th Fully Accessible Cabin to be built at Harrington Beach State Park

The Friends of Harrington Beach State Park, a local citizen support group, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources are planning to build Wisconsin’s 8th wheelchair accessible cabin for people with disabilities at the family campground of Harrington Beach State Park near Belgium, Wisconsin.

The cabin will be built in memory and honor of Jim Schendel, an active member of Wisconsin’s disability community, and a tireless advocate for increased accessibility within the park, who unexpectedly passed away in January 2008. Jim also volunteered for New Horizons Un-Limited as a computer trainer at various computer labs and workshops for people with disabilities across Southeastern Wisconsin. The Friends Group has asked New Horizons Un-Limited, Miller Engineering Information Technologies Group Inc., and Strass Maguire and Associates Inc., architects, to coordinate accessibility issues and donate the design for Jim's cabin for the State of Wisconsin. For more information about the accessible cabin project, see our NHU press release at 8th Accessible Cabin to be built at Harrington Beach State Park

You can help make this accessible cabin available to the many campers who might not otherwise be able to enjoy the experience of camping in the great outdoors. The Harrington Accessible Cabin is in the stage of raising funds and is seeking your support. To learn more about this project, how you may be able to assist with their fund raising efforts, see the Friends of Harrington Beach State Park Letter. To make a tax-deductible, 501(c)(3) donation to FHBSP/Accessible Cabin, call the park at (262) 285-3015 or e-mail us at New Horizons Un-Limited at horizons@new-horizons.org.

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