This team is hard at work to ensure laws and regulations regarding accessibility are being met by area businesses and government entities as well as improving places that are currently not accessible. The team also works on trying to change current laws regarding access and accommodations and making sure they are being enforced. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. - noon at the IndependenceFirst Milwaukee office, 540 S. 1st Street in Milwaukee.
Contact: Brian Peters, Community Access and Policy Specialist, at (414) 937-5912 VP/Relay
Deaf Access Consumer Advocacy Team
This team works on the access and communication issues of individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind. Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month from 3-4 p.m. at the IndependenceFirst
Milwaukee office, 540 S. 1st Street in Milwaukee.
Contact: Denise Johnson
Wisconsin Statewide Project Coordinator Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Services for Persons who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind, at (414) 937-5910 VP/Relay
Long Term Care Advocacy Team
This team provides opportunities for education, advocacy and systems change relating to long term care. This team assists consumers in learning how to manage their own health care. Additionally, the team provides information on ways to access community resources. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the IndependenceFirst Milwaukee office, 540 S. 1st Street in Milwaukee.
Contact: Julie Alexander, ILS Lead Coordinator at (414) 226-8378 V/Relay
Transportation Advocacy Team
This team focuses on transportation issues that affect individuals with disabilities. The team continues to work on improving, sustaining and creating accessible, affordable and reliable transportation options for people with disabilities. The team meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon. at the IndependenceFirst Milwaukee office, 540 S. 1st Street in Milwaukee.
Contact: Tiffany Payne, ILS/I&R Coordinator, at (414) 226-8340 V/Relay
The Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington (W.O.W) Counties Advocacy Team
This team works together as self-advocates learning how to speak assertively and promote change on local and systemic levels. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month from 10-11 a.m. at the IndependenceFirst Waukesha County office located inside the Workforce Development Center, 892 Main Street in Pewaukee.
Contact: Tonya Villwock
, Independent Living Services Coordinator, at 414-226-8138 V/Relay