Viewing by month: May 2013
Chris Thomas-Cramer, BPDD’s legislative analyst for over 20 years, has resigned from the Board to concentrate on her health. She will continue advocating on issues important to people with disabilities.
Nathaniel Lentz is a self-advocate from Reedsburg and a BPDD Board member. He will graduate from UW-Whitewater next spring and is a public speaker who helps people learn more about disability issues.
Twenty-three disability advocates from around the state graduated from Wisconsin Partners in Policymaking on May 11. Partners is in its second year as a leadership program that prepares graduates to work on issues that will support full participation and inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of life.
BPDD’s Better Together initiative is ready for you to share your story through multimedia. The Better Together website offers visitors a chance to share their stories about how their lives have been touched by disability.
Public policy efforts, both at the state and federal levels, have been a primary focus for BPDD during the past two months. We have been working hard so people with disabilities in Wisconsin have a seat at the table when important policy decisions that affect them are being made.
Madeleine Will, current Vice-President of Public Policy for the National Down Syndrome Society, participated in a two-day event that focused on expanding community employment options for people with disabilities in Wisconsin. Also, a statewide Employment First conference has been scheduled for 2014.
The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) will address public education funding on Wednesday, May 29. Now is the time to contact your legislators and ask them to do what’s best for students with disabilities in Wisconsin.
The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) will address transportation funding this Thursday. Now is the time to contact members of the committee and your legislators and ask them to make sure people with disabilities in Wisconsin have access to adequate public transportation.
Wisconsin currently faces an important decision about the future of health care for people with disabilities. Now is the time to contact your legislator about this important issue and it is easy to do!
Now is the time to contact members of the Joint Finance Committee and your legislator! Ask them to remember students with disabilities who attend public schools when they develop the state budget and allocate the new revenues.
Contact your legislators and ask them to support individuals with disabilities. Your legislators represent you, so tell them about the issues that are important to you. Remind them that they received the 2013 Priorities for People with Disabilities in Wisconsin papers and urge them to use this information to work with the JFC members to improve the lives of people with disabilities in Wisconsin.