Advocacy Opportunities

Learn more how you can get involved in your community and advocate for issues you are passionate about.

“We drive the change that we want to see in our community.

We are the spark that lifts people and ideas off the ground.

We are the catalyst for change.”

Inclusion of People with Disabilities Community Conversation

Monday, 9/25/23, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
In person at ADRC

Emerging Abilities is hosting a conversation to create more opportunities in the areas of employment, recreation, entrepreneurship and independent living for people of color with disabilities. Emerging Abilities is a collaboration between We All Rise, Grounded Cafe, Innovative Services Inc, Options for Independent Living, and Curative Connections. RSVP by calling Saphronia Purnell @ 920-392-1014 or email emergingabilities@gmail.com.

Partners in Policymaking

Wisconsin Partners in Policymaking is a six‐session advocacy and systems change training program that develops future leaders across the state who are able to work with legislators and communities on policies and initiatives that will support the full participation and inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all aspects of life.

Dates for the Class of 2022/2023 are:

  • November 3 & 4, 2023 (Madison*)
  • December 1 & 2, 2023 (Virtual only)
  • January 12 & 13, 2024 (Virtual only)
  • February 23 & 24, 2024 (Virtual only)
  • April 5 & 6, 2024 (Madison*)
  • May 3 & 4, 2024 (Madison*)

*If attending in person is a barrier, please contact Jenny Neugart, Project Manager at Jennifer.neugart@wisconsin.gov to discuss options.

Wisconsin Senior Advocates (WSA) Need You!

Wisconsin Senior Advocates (WSA) is a coalition of older adults that wish to have input on policies and procedures affecting the older adult population in the state.

Activities and Goals:

  1. Member of the Wisconsin Aging Advocacy Network (WAAN). Participate in WAAN activities including Aging Advocacy Day at the capital.
  2. Keeps informed of issues at the local, state, and federal levels.
  3. Advocates on issues at all levels that impact the senior community – providing information to elected officials including phone calls, office visits, budget testimony, and more.
  4. Works with older adults on how to advocate for themselves and their needs.

Contacts:

Esther Olson – olson3207@gmail.com

 Stephanie Sue Stein – ssstein@gmail.com

Dain Maddox – dainmaddox@gmail.com

Jim Schmidlkofer – aged_cheddar@yahoo.com

This information is provided for educational purposes and to empower you with information. As advocates, being educated on proposed legislation is critical.

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Advocacy Blogs

Ask I&A: Making Your Voice Heard!

Question: I want to help people understand their rights and become more empowered to make their voice heard. What are some options that older adults and people with disabilities can use to advocate for themselves? Answer: There are multiple advocacy organizations that...

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