Fox Valley Advocacy Coalition: Serving People with Disabilities and the Elderly in Northeast Wisconsin and the Fox Valley
Legislative Advocacy:

Legislative Advocacy:

The Fox Valley Advocacy Coalition collects and distributes information on important issues and current legislation to inform legislators, voters and the general public.  It also mobilizes citizens to write letters of support or concern about key public issues.  FVAC has advocated with legislators and other public officials on topics such as the Regional Transit Authority, guardianship, and the Home Care Initiative.

Education:

Education:

FVAC educates agencies and the community about the rights and needs of people with disabilities and the elderly.  FVAC has educated key stakeholders about important issues: Family Care, guardianship, fixed-route transportation changes, home care options. FVAC has informed people about services like Options for Independent Living, make the ride happen, and how to get help with important issues.

Transportation:

Transportation:

FVAC is trying to maximize the independence of people with disabilities and the elderly by insuring the availability of affordable, accessible transportation options.  FVAC advocated to keep evening transportation, supports the regional transit authority legislation in the Fox Valley, takes para transit consumer comments or complaints, supports Making the Ride Happen, and has discussions with Valley Transit on how transportation affects those they serve who are elderly or have a disability.

Parking:

Parking:

Some FVAC members advocated for higher penalties for disabled parking violations. Through legislation penalties were raised to $300 in Appleton, WI and eventually Wisconsin wide.  It is hoped a large fine will be a deterrent for illegal parking.  Special parking for people with disabilities ensures easy access to vehicle and place of business.  Many people with disabilities have restrictions on distance walking or need special equipment for accessing their vehicle.

FVAC Member Represented Groups – List 1

FVAC Member Represented Groups – List 1

  • Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)
  • Covey
  • DisabilityVoice (DV)
  • East Central Wisconsin Regional Transportation Planning Commission
  • Easter Seals Wisconsin
  • Making the Ride Happen (LSS)
  • Options for Independent Living
FVAC Member Represented Groups – List 2

FVAC Member Represented Groups – List 2

  • Outagamie County Aging Services
  • Outagamie County Housing Authority
  • SOAR Fox Cities
  • The Office for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • United Way Fox Cities
  • Valley Transit
  • WisconSibs, Inc.
  • Wisconsin AAC

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  • There will be a Wheelchair Wash in Appleton, WI, 11:00 AM-3:00 PM, Friday, May 1, 2020. This event will be held at NuMotion, 920 Westhill Blvd. Appleton, WI 54914.

    Get your wheelchair / scooter washed and help celebrate the Fox Valley’s 20th year washing wheelchairs for the community!! Enjoy food and opportunities to win prizes. We will have a special cake-cutting ceremony at 1P.

    Watkins Accepted, Registration Appreciated. Register with Make The Ride Happen 920-225-1719. View Flyer for More Details

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  • Read the Previous Meeting Notes before the March 17th Meeting.

    Previous Meeting

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  • On March 6, 2020, at 7P Vegas Madness brings fun and excitement to your night. It’s all for children siblings of those with disabilities. Players Receive Unlimited “fun money” for casino games. Fox Club cash bar with complimentary snack. Prizes and fun! Raffle tickets available!

    Location: Timber Rattler’s Fox Club, 2400 N Casaloma Dr., Appleton, WI 54913
    COST: $40 in advance/$50 at the door

    Contact: Harriet Redman 920-968-1742 – info@wisconsibs.org

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  • Knowledge, independence, Togetherness, Empowerment, Conference (KITE) is a mini-conference for parents, family members, self-advocates, and professionals. This is an opportunity to learn about disability-related topics from presenters and to connect with local community resources.

    Saturday, March 7, 2020 – Registration at 8:30 PM – Conference 9A-2P

    Location: Fox Valley Technical College – 1825 N. Bluemound Dr, Appleton

    Keynote Speaker: Terri Couwenhoven MS, CSE is a well-known sex educator and author, specializing in the design and implementation of … + Read More


  • View Flyer
    Transportation for people with disabilities is inadequate throughout Wisconsin. Many People with Disabilities can’t afford their own transportation. Many times people with disabilities are limited to their own county or town. Sometimes the transportation service doesn’t run evenings or weekends. People with disabilities have been left stranded because they simply weren’t quick enough to get out to their ride in cold weather. Also, transportation can be up to an hour early or an hour late for the appointment which makes it difficult to plan a ride.
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