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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  • Meeting March 17, 2020, Canceled, Stay Tuned for Updates.

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  • The Fox Valley Advocacy Coalition Meeting will be on

    Tues, March. 17, 2019, 1 PM, Full Agenda      Notes From Dec 17, 2019    

    • Discussion on Listening Session for People with Disabilities
    • Update on the Valley Transit Development Plan
    • Update on MRH/Winnebago Catch A Ride
    • ADA Parking Committee
    • Valley Transit II

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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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  • The Fox Valley Advocacy Coalition Meeting will be on

    Tues, Aug. 17, 2019, 1 PM, Full Agenda    Notes From June 18, 2019    

    SOAR Fox Cities, Inc., 211 E. Franklin St., Suite A, Appleton, WI 54911, Main Level, Boar Room

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  • 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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