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Wisconsin Coalition for Advocacy
131 West Wilson St., Suite 700
Madison, WI 53703
The Wisconsin Coalition for Advocacy (WCA) is a private, non-profit organization that was designated by the Governor in 1977 as the protection and advocacy agency for individuals with disabilities in Wisconsin. The Coalition's staff members, who work statewide to advocate for the rights of people with disabilities, investigate complaints, resolve problems, and work to change and improve the system through a variety of advocacy strategies. The Coalition is dedicated to ensuring that individuals with disabilities may live, work, and attend school in the least restrictive environment as full participants in community life; receive individualized support in the way the consumers choose for as long as needed; have opportunities to become more independent and to interact with a variety of citizens; and are safe from all forms of abuse or neglect, regardless of whether individuals are in an institutional or a community setting. The WCA provides advocacy for people with mental illness, individuals with developmental disabilities, children with disabilities who require special education services, people with other disabilities who may have been discriminated against in housing and employment, and people who need assistive technology. (WCA does not provide legal help for criminal or family law issues.) The Coalition's services include representation of individuals with disabilities by advocacy specialists and/or attorneys; information, advice, and referral services; coalition building with other organizations; and legislative advocacy. Additional services include self advocacy training, citizen advocacy, and grassroots organizing to help empower people with disabilities and their families; local and statewide training for consumers, family members, and other caregivers on a variety of topics, such as legal rights, inclusive education, and advocacy strategy; and class action and impact legislation.
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