Advocacy Season Begins Now
Wisconsin State Budget will Impact People with Disabilities
It is time for disability advocates in Wisconsin to focus their efforts on the 2013-2015 State Budget. The budget will affect people with disabilities and their families in many ways. Issues like long-term care, employment, education, Medicaid, and transportation will be addressed by the Legislature as they develop the state budget. Your legislators’ decisions could affect whether services are available and the quality of those services.
During the coming weeks and months, there will be many opportunities for you to use your advocacy skills to talk about critical disability issues.
In February and March, the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD) will hold regional budget trainings throughout the state. Disability advocates will leave these trainings with the knowledge and tools necessary to effectively advocate on state budget issues that will affect people with disabilities. Trainings will be held in Eau Claire, Hudson, La Crosse, Oshkosh, Sheboygan, and the Milwaukee area. Specific dates and locations will be announced soon.
On Wednesday, March 20, the Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations is hosting Disability Advocacy Day in Madison. Disability Advocacy Day is designed to connect people with disabilities and their family members with their legislators so they can advocate on important issues. Before meeting with their legislators, participants will attend a briefing and learn about current issues in Wisconsin. Survival will schedule legislative visits for participants. The day will include a rally at 12:30 p.m. outside the Capitol. Registration will be available soon.
If you want to start doing your homework, check out BPDD’s Budget Platform and Survival’s Budget Priorities. These documents explain the issues and provide specific budget recommendations. Also, check out this special needs school vouchers fact sheet. This fact sheet is the first of a series of “2013 Priorities for People with Disabilities in Wisconsin” fact sheets.
Thank you for your advocacy!