Disability Advocacy Day and BPDD 40th Anniversary
On Wednesday, March 20, two significant disability-related events happened in Madison – Disability Advocacy Day and the BPDD’s 40th Anniversary Celebration.
For the third year in a row, the Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations hosted Disability Advocacy Day at the Capitol. BPDD is one of the 40 organizations that are members of the coalition. The event is designed to connect disability advocates with their legislators so they can share their stories. This year, over 400 advocates attended Disability Advocacy Day, many for the first time.
The day began at the Concourse Hotel with a briefing about disability issues (video) that will be affected by the state budget, such as transportation, long-term care, education, etc. After the briefing, advocates participated in a rally at the hotel before walking to the Capitol to meet with their legislators. About 90% of the state legislators had visits with Disability Advocacy Day participants. Participants ended the day by debriefing with Survival staff and planning next steps to stay in-touch with their legislators and advocate for the issues they care about. Photos from the event are available on BPDD’s Facebook page.
When Disability Advocacy Day was finished, BPDD celebrated it’s 40th anniversary at the Concourse Hotel. Policymakers, partners, and past and present Board members helped BPDD mark the milestone by attending the celebration. During the event, BPDD officially launched the Better Together campaign. March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and the campaign is a public awareness initiative that celebrates the many ways the people of Wisconsin come together to support one another across their professional and personal lives. A photo booth was set-up at the event and people had their photo taken with people who they are better together with.