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This presentation was provided by Andrew Gerbitz and Joshua Ryf at the 2014 Wisconsin Employment First Conference on April 3, 2014. ...

This presentation was provided by Andrew Gerbitz and Joshua Ryf at the 2014 Wisconsin Employment First Conference on April 3, 2014.

Session description from the conference program: Learn about BPDD’s Take Your Legislator to Work Campaign and how you can get involved in 2014! If you have a job in the community, if you employ a person with a disability, or if you just know someone who is working in the community, this session is for you! During the Take Your Legislator to Work Campaign, legislators visit people with disabilities who have community-integrated jobs. During the visit, the legislator gets to experience first-hand how everyone wins when people with disabilities work in the community. 2014 will be the fourth year of the campaign and it is already spreading like wildfire throughout the state. After learning about this campaign, other states have even starting conducting campaigns of their own. Come to this session and learn how you can be part of this campaign that is working to raise awareness about Employment First in Wisconsin!

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Take Your Legislator to Work! Take Your Legislator to Work! Presentation Transcript

  • TAKE YOUR LEGISLATOR TO WORK! Presentation by Andrew Gerbitz & Joshua Ryf Wisconsin Employment First Conference April 3, 2014
  • Today we’ll talk about: • What it is and why we do it • How it works • Results in Wisconsin • Testimonial: Andrew Gerbitz • How you can get involved • Your ideas
  • What is the ?
  • What is Take Your Legislator to Work? A campaign to raise awareness that every adult with a disability can participate in gainful employment and have a meaningful job in the community.
  • Who benefits from the campaign? • Legislators
  • Who benefits from the campaign? • Legislators • Employers
  • Who benefits from the campaign? • Legislators • Employers • General public
  • Who benefits from the campaign? • Legislators • Employers • General public • Participants
  • A visit
  • Meet & greet your legislator1
  • Meet & greet your legislator1 Introduce your boss & co-workers2
  • Meet & greet your legislator1 Introduce your boss & co-workers2 Give a tour of the workplace3
  • Meet & greet your legislator1 Introduce your boss & co-workers2 Give a tour of the workplace3 Show what you do everyday4
  • Meet & greet your legislator1 Introduce your boss & co-workers2 Give a tour of the workplace3 Show what you do everyday4 Talk about how you got your job5
  • Meet & greet your legislator1 Introduce your boss & co-workers2 Give a tour of the workplace3 Show what you do everyday4 Talk about how you got your job5 Talk about how important your job is6
  • How the works
  • Get approval from employer1
  • Get approval from employer1 Apply2
  • Get approval from employer1 Apply2 Schedule your visit3
  • Get approval from employer1 Apply2 Schedule your visit3 Notify employer & co-workers4
  • Get approval from employer1 Apply2 Schedule your visit3 Notify employer & co-workers4 Have your visit!5
  • Get approval from employer1 Apply2 Schedule your visit3 Notify employer & co-workers4 Have your visit!5 Thank your legislator6
  • results
  • Participant Quotes “I really felt that my representative listened to what I had to say…It was a great experience for me.” “The visit went very well and it was nice to…inform her about the importance of community employment.” “I got to talk to my legislator about the issues that affect my group and myself.”
  • Legislator Quotes “It was great to see the examples of workplace supports in person.” “…I am very impressed with the business relationships between people with disabilities and business.” “It made a great impact on me. My support for programs like DVR has grown tremendously.”
  • A real visit
  • Andrew Gerbitz 2011 with Gov. Walker 2013 with Rep. Kleefisch
  • Media Coverage
  • Questions for Andrew?
  • Get involved: We need your help!
  • Participate yourself1 Tell your family & friends2 Encourage employees3 Sign up right now!4 Any other ideas?5
  • For more information… Go to www.wi-bpdd.org, or contact Joshua Ryf at (608) 261-7829 or joshua.ryf@wisconsin.gov.