What is Take Your Legislator to Work?A campaign to raise awareness that everyadult with a disability in Wisconsin canparticipate in gainful employment and havea meaningful job in the community.The campaign is conducted by theWisconsin Board for People withDevelopmental Disabilities (BPDD).
Why conduct the campaign?Reason #1: Educate legislators
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.
Why conduct the campaign?Reason #2: Show employability ofpeople with disabilities
Why? Show EmployabilityGive individuals with disabilities theopportunity to show their skills andtalents to their elected officials.
Why conduct the campaign?Reason #3: Raise awareness about theimportance of community-integrated jobs
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
Why conduct the campaign?Reason #4: Strengthen disabilityadvocacy
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.
Where DOES the campaign happen?33 Senate districts + 99 Assemblydistricts = 132 possible visits**133 if you count theGovernor
Where COULD the campaign happen?40 Senate districts + 120 Assemblydistricts = 160 possible visits**161 if you count theGovernor
When does the campaign happen?October, in conjunction with NationalDisability Employment AwarenessMonth (NDEAM).
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)
Who can be involved?People who know a person with adisability who might be a goodcandidate to participate.(Facilitators)
Who can be involved?Facilitators can include:• Family/friends of a participant• MCO staff• IRIS consultants• Employers• Job coach
Who can be involved?Employers of people with disabilitieswho provide community-integratedjobs at competitive wages.(Employers)
How does it work?For individuals with disabilities who areinterested in participating, there arethings to do both prior to and duringthe visit.
How? Prior to the VisitIndividuals with disabilities who areinterested in participating…1. Get approval from their employer2. Complete the Participant Information Form3. Get approval from BPDD4. Invite their legislator to visit5. Plan the visit
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
2011 Campaign• 40 people with disabilities participated• 28 legislators and the Governor made visits
2012 Campaign• 50 people with disabilities have participated or are scheduled to participate• 40 legislators, the Governor, and DHS Sec. Smith have made visits or are scheduled to make visits• Visits are still being scheduled
Patrick Young & Gov. Walkerhttp://fox6now.com/2012/11/27/gov-walker-highlights-national-disability-employment-month/
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!
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!
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.
Steps to take to get involvedStep 3: Invite your legislator to visit you• Figure out which one of your legislators you want to invite to visit you.• Invite the legislator right away! Legislators are busy and their schedules fill up quickly, so schedule the visit as soon as possible.
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.
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.
Steps to take to get involvedStep 6: After the visit• After your visit, follow-up with your legislator. You can thank them for visiting you and you can also remind them why working in the community is important for people with disabilities.• Thank everyone who was involved!
For more information…Go to www.wi-bpdd.org, orcontact Joshua Ryf at (608) 261-7829 email@example.com.