Series: Speaking up for Special Needs
2015 IRE Award Finalist
Speaking up for Special Needs Part I
November 12, 2015
Investigation found an alarming number of children with disabilities are dying in Wisconsin after being abused or neglected, depsite repeated calls to Child Protective Services. Cases closed when victims have a hard time communicating or can't talk because of a disability.
Speaking up for Special Needs Part IV
December 11, 2015
State lawmakers charged with protecting Wisconsin's children violated state law by failing to hold required public hearings on the welfare of children who have been egregiously injured or killed.
Speaking up for Special Needs Part VII
April 17, 2016
Governor Scott Walker signs legislation changing the way abuse and neglect cases are investigated in Wisconsin when they involve children with disabilities.
Speaking up for Special Needs Part II
November 29, 2015
Special education teacher speaks out about frustrations with the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare. Legislation introduced to get police involved in all abuse and neglect reports.
Speaking up for Special Needs Part V
December 30, 2015
After our Dec. 11th report accuses lawmakers of violating state law, they schedule a last minute hearing to comply with Act 78. Legislative changes expected to address issues raised in this series of reports.
Speaking up for Special Needs Part III
December 9, 2015
Parents say there aren't enough resources for families who are caring for children with disabilities. In the last two years, two parents have murdered their disabled children after reaching their breaking point.
Speaking up for Special Needs Part VI
January 7, 2016
A new bill is introduced to address the issues raised in our series.