TAKE YOUR LEGISLATOR TO WORK!
Presentation by
Andrew Gerbitz & Joshua Ryf
Wisconsin Employment First Conference
April 3, 2...
Today we’ll talk about:
• What it is and why we do it
• How it works
• Results in Wisconsin
• Testimonial: Andrew Gerbitz
...
What is the ?
What is Take Your Legislator to Work?
A campaign to raise awareness that every
adult with a disability can participate in
...
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
T...
Meet & greet your legislator1
Introduce your boss & co-workers2
Give a tour of the workplace3
Show what you do everyday4
T...
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 legisla...
results
Participant Quotes
“I really felt that my representative listened
to what I had to say…It was a great
experience for me.”
...
Legislator Quotes
“It was great to see the examples of
workplace supports in person.”
“…I am very impressed with the busin...
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.
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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.

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!

  1. 1. TAKE YOUR LEGISLATOR TO WORK! Presentation by Andrew Gerbitz & Joshua Ryf Wisconsin Employment First Conference April 3, 2014
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. What is the ?
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. Who benefits from the campaign? • Legislators
  6. 6. Who benefits from the campaign? • Legislators • Employers
  7. 7. Who benefits from the campaign? • Legislators • Employers • General public
  8. 8. Who benefits from the campaign? • Legislators • Employers • General public • Participants
  9. 9. A visit
  10. 10. Meet & greet your legislator1
  11. 11. Meet & greet your legislator1 Introduce your boss & co-workers2
  12. 12. Meet & greet your legislator1 Introduce your boss & co-workers2 Give a tour of the workplace3
  13. 13. Meet & greet your legislator1 Introduce your boss & co-workers2 Give a tour of the workplace3 Show what you do everyday4
  14. 14. 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
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. How the works
  17. 17. Get approval from employer1
  18. 18. Get approval from employer1 Apply2
  19. 19. Get approval from employer1 Apply2 Schedule your visit3
  20. 20. Get approval from employer1 Apply2 Schedule your visit3 Notify employer & co-workers4
  21. 21. Get approval from employer1 Apply2 Schedule your visit3 Notify employer & co-workers4 Have your visit!5
  22. 22. Get approval from employer1 Apply2 Schedule your visit3 Notify employer & co-workers4 Have your visit!5 Thank your legislator6
  23. 23. results
  24. 24. 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.”
  25. 25. 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.”
  26. 26. A real visit
  27. 27. Andrew Gerbitz 2011 with Gov. Walker 2013 with Rep. Kleefisch
  28. 28. Media Coverage
  29. 29. Questions for Andrew?
  30. 30. Get involved: We need your help!
  31. 31. Participate yourself1 Tell your family & friends2 Encourage employees3 Sign up right now!4 Any other ideas?5
  32. 32. For more information… Go to www.wi-bpdd.org, or contact Joshua Ryf at (608) 261-7829 or joshua.ryf@wisconsin.gov.
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