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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