Tuesday, Nov. 6 is Election Day, but now is the time for disability advocates to raise awareness about the issues important to them and find out where their candidates stand on disability issues. Recently, BPDD partnered with People First Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition (WDVC) to create tools to help advocates get involved this election season.
BPDD and People First Wisconsin collaborated to create the 2013-2015 Wisconsin Self-Advocate State Budget. This document identifies the issues that are most important to self-advocates in Wisconsin and provides the recommendations self-advocates have for the 2013-2015 state budget. The Self-Advocate State Budget, which is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation, was developed based on the survey results of nearly 300 self-advocates who live in Wisconsin. This document can be given to political candidates so they know what self-advocates would like to see changed or improved for people with disabilities in Wisconsin.
BPDD also worked with Lisa Pugh, from the Disability Policy Partnership, and WDVC to create two documents that provide disability advocates with questions to ask candidates in the lead up to the November elections. The documents – 5 Key Questions for Federal Candidates and 6 Key Questions for State Candidates –also provide suggestions for how to use the questions, as well as background information that puts each question in context. In addition to learning where candidates stand on disability issues, these documents can be used to create awareness among candidates and the community.