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.