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Take Your Legislator to Work Campaign (SABE 2012)


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Check out the Take Your Legislator to Work Campaign PowerPoint we presented at the 2012 SABE Conference in St. Paul, MN.

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Take Your Legislator to Work Campaign (SABE 2012)

  1. 1. Get Involved in theTAKE YOUR LEGISLATOR TO WORK CAMPAIGN! Presentation by Fil Clissa, Lisa Gilson & Joshua Ryf SABE Conference September 1, 2012
  2. 2. Question:Who has contacted their legislator?
  3. 3. What is Take Your Legislator to Work?A campaign to raise awareness thatevery adult with a disability inWisconsin can participate in gainfulemployment and have a meaningful jobin the community.
  4. 4. Why conduct the campaign?Reason #1: Educate legislators
  5. 5. Why? Educate LegislatorsLegislators create laws and allocatefunding that affects people withdisabilities.We want legislators to know thatindividualized, community-integratedemployment is a high priority and goodfor Wisconsin.
  6. 6. Why conduct the campaign?Reason #2: Show employability ofpeople with disabilities
  7. 7. Why? Show EmployabilityGive individuals with disabilities theopportunity to show their skills andtalents to their elected officials.
  8. 8. Why conduct the campaign?Reason #3: Raise awareness about theimportance of community-integratedjobs
  9. 9. Why? Raise AwarenessWhen people with disabilities havecommunity-integrated jobs, everyonebenefits:• Stronger workforce• More inclusive community• People pay taxes and rely less on programs and services
  10. 10. Why conduct the campaign?Reason #4: Strengthen disabilityadvocacy in Wisconsin
  11. 11. Why? Strengthen Disability AdvocacyPeople who participate in the campaignwill have the confidence to voice theiropinions to their legislators.Building relationships betweenlegislators and people with disabilitiescan be beneficial to both parties.
  12. 12. Where does the campaign happen?Everywhere in Wisconsin!33 Senate districts + 99 Assemblydistricts = 132 possible visits** 133 if you count the Governor
  13. 13. When does the campaign happen?October, in conjunction with NationalDisability Employment AwarenessMonth (NDEAM).
  14. 14. Who can be involved?People with disabilities who want toparticipate and show their legislatorhow everyone benefits when peoplewith disabilities have community-integrated employment at acompetitive wage.(Participants)
  15. 15. Who can be involved?People who know a person with adisability who might be a goodcandidate to participate.(Facilitators)
  16. 16. Who can be involved?Facilitators can include:• Family/friends of a participant• MCO staff• IRIS consultants• Employers• Job coach
  17. 17. Who can be involved?People who want to oversee a regionof the state and help make thecampaign successful in their region.There are 14 regions in Wisconsin.Stipends are available.(Regional Coordinators)
  18. 18. Who can be involved?Employers of people with disabilitieswho provide community-integratedjobs at competitive wages.(Employers)
  19. 19. Did we miss anyone?
  20. 20. Legislators!
  21. 21. How does it work?For individuals with disabilities who areinterested in participating, there arethings to do both prior to and duringthe visit.
  22. 22. How? Prior to the VisitIndividuals with disabilities who areinterested in participating…1. Get approval from their employer2. Complete the Participant Information Form3. Invite their legislator to visit4. Plan the visit
  23. 23. How? During to the VisitCampaign participants1. Give their legislator a tour2. Show them what they do3. Introduce them to co-workers and employer4. Sit down with their legislator and share their story
  24. 24. 2011 Campaign40 people with disabilities participated28 legislators and the Governor madevisits
  25. 25. One of those 40participants was…
  26. 26. Lisa Gilson!
  27. 27. Lisa’s Affordable ShreddingRibbon cutting ceremony in front ofLisa’s business
  28. 28. Lisa’s Story• A year ago, Lisa was working in a local hospital and noticed the need for a service to shred documents.• She paid to fix-up her parents’ old bait shop and opened Lisa’s Affordable Shredding.• Lisa is a very positive person. She hopes that her story will encourage others to give it a shot!
  29. 29. Lisa’s Business – Video (NewsWatch 12)
  30. 30. Questions for Lisa?
  31. 31. Andrew Gerbitz
  32. 32. Andrew’s Visit – Video (TMJ4)
  33. 33. How do you get involved?Anyone can take their legislator to work– you don’t even need a campaign.If you want to show your legislator thevalue of community-integratedemployment, take YOUR legislator towork!
  34. 34. Steps to take to get involvedStep 1: Get help (if you need it)If you think you might need help totake your legislator to work, don’t beafraid to ask someone you know andtrust to help you!
  35. 35. Steps to take to get involvedStep 2: Get approval from youremployerTalk to your employer about invitingyour legislator to visit you at work andmake sure everybody – including yourco-workers – are comfortable having avisit where you work.
  36. 36. Steps to take to get involvedStep 3: Invite your legislator to visit youFigure out which one of your legislatorsyou want to invite to visit you.Invite the legislator right away!Legislators are busy and their schedulesfill up quickly, so schedule the visit assoon as possible.
  37. 37. Steps to take to get involvedStep 4: Inform everybody of the visitLet your employer and co-workersknow the details about the visit. Tellthem the date and time of the visit, andalso what you plan to show yourlegislator during the visit.
  38. 38. Steps to take to get involvedStep 5: During the visitWhile your legislator visits you at work,show them what you do, introducethem to your employer and co-workers,and talk about why working in thecommunity is important to you.
  39. 39. Steps to take to get involvedStep 6: After the visitAfter your visit, follow-up with yourlegislator. You can thank them forvisiting you and you can also remindthem why working in the community isimportant for people with disabilities.Thank everyone who was involved!
  40. 40. For more information…Go to, orcontact Joshua Ryf at (608) 261-7829
  41. 41. Thank you for attending!