I am a husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. I believe in sharing my talents and experiences by giving back to the community by giving my time to coaching, church and especially to the disability community. I truly believe that all men and women are created equally.
Would you like to have the opportunity speak with your elected officials in their Madison offices to discuss the disability issues that are most important to you? Then sign up for Disability Advocacy Day hosted by Survival Coalition (http://www.survivalcoalitionwi.org/).
It is a great opportunity to speak with your elected officials and some members of their staff. This will be the 3rd or 4th year that we have attended. As a parent, we feel that this is important enough to have all of the kids attend with us, not just Tyler. There is no better civics lesson that can be taught in any school then to go to the State Capitol and speak with your elected officials. It is not about whether or not you always agree with them. It is about the opportunity to share your concerns with them.
It is truly amazing when you see a sea of teal shirts moving about the Capitol, because you know that there are more individuals then just you that have a passion for sharing their thoughts on disability issues.
It is from events like Disability Advocacy Day that I have built relationships with both Senator Chris Larson and Representative Christine Sinicki. We are able to have some great conversations on disability issues, which tend to move to other issues as well. I have my passion from the advocate side and they share the politcal side of the issues. I know that that it may be unrealistic to expect 100% of everything that I want for my son, but I still must advocate for him.
To register for this great event, you can go to the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities website (http://wi-bpdd.org/) or Diasability Advocate Wisconsin Network (http://www.dawninfo.org/). Here is the direct link to the registration page (http://www.dawninfo.org/News4/post.cfm/register-now-for-disability-advocacy-day)
After the rally, please help the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities celebrate its 40th Anniversary