Jan 29 2013

Attend a State Budget Advocacy Training

Posted by BPDD at 8:29 AM
- Categories: Advocacy | BPDD | DAWN Alerts | Miscellaneous | Trainings

Get the information and tools necessary to be an effective advocate!

The 2013-2015 state budget will have an impact on people with disabilities and their families. Issues like long-term care, employment, education, Medicaid, and transportation will be addressed. The impact of this year’s budget  could affect people with disabilities in Wisconsin for years to come. It will be very important for disability advocates to make their voices heard so the priorities of people with disabilities are considered when the state budget is developed.

To ensure disability advocates can effectively advocate on state budget issues, the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD) is conducting a series of free state budget advocacy trainings around the state. The series, “From Info to Action: State Budget Trainings for Disability Advocates,” will provide the information and tools advocates need to have an impact on the state budget. People who attend a “From Info to Action” training will learn:

  • The state budget process and when advocates can make their voice heard
  • The important issues that will be addressed in the state budget and how they will affect people with disabilities and their families
  • How to talk to a legislator and advocate on the issues important to you

Participants  will also receive an Advocacy Toolkit, which will include fact sheets about disability issues, a legislative directory, tips about how to contact your legislator, and more!

BPDD will conduct six “From Info to Action” regional trainings in February and March. No RSVP is required and attendance is free – just attend, learn, and advocate!

If you have questions, contact John Shaw at (608) 266-7707 or john1.shaw@wisconsin.gov.

“From Info to Action” trainings:

Eau Claire
Thursday, Feb. 14
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Lake Street Methodist Church
Corner of Lake Street and 4th Street

Friday, Feb. 15
6:30-8:30 p.m.
1st Presbyterian Church of Hudson
1901 Vine Street

La Crosse
Wednesday, Feb. 27
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Days Inn Hotel
101 Sky Harbor Drive

Wednesday, Mar. 6
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Mead Public Library
710 N. 8th St.

Thursday, Mar. 7
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn
1355 West 20th Avenue

Tuesday, Mar. 12
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Portal Industries
1015 Cedar Creek Road



Stewart Holman

Stewart Holman wrote on 02/04/13 3:21 PM

Need improved service delivery for transportation in Northern Wisconsin. Logistic Care is not filling the job. I know they have ended their contract with Wisconsin, but they could reapply for the job again to replace themselves. If improvements in pickup and delivery times and general service are not made, having LogisTic Care again would be unacceptable. Also, I support the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act as this would allow people needing health insurance to get coverage...this will also provide needed funds to our hospitals (and additional employment)...I see the Wisconsin Hospital Assoc is supporting an expansion. I hope you can find a way to have a trainng session in the Ashland area for consumers and guardians who need these services to continue.

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