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Take Your Legislator to Work (NACDD 2013)

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This information was presented by Joshua Ryf at the 2013 NACDD Annual Conference. It was part of the session "Advancing Successful Partnerships with Business Leaders and Policymakers."

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Take Your Legislator to Work (NACDD 2013)

  1. 1. 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.
  2. 2. Why conduct the campaign? Reason #1: Educate legislators
  3. 3. Why conduct the campaign? Reason #2: Show employability of people with disabilities
  4. 4. Why conduct the campaign? Reason #3: Raise awareness about the importance of community-integrated jobs
  5. 5. Why conduct the campaign? Reason #4: Strengthen disability advocacy
  6. 6. Where does the campaign happen? 33 Senate districts + 99 Assembly districts = 132 possible visits* *133 if you count the Governor
  7. 7. When does the campaign happen? October, in conjunction with National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).
  8. 8. Who is involved? • Participants • Facilitators • Employers and business community • Legislators
  9. 9. Before the visit, participants: 1. Get approval from their employer 2. Complete the Participant Information Form 3. Get approval from BPDD 4. Invite their legislator to visit 5. Plan the visit
  10. 10. During to the visit, participants: 1. Give their legislator a tour 2. Show them what they do 3. Introduce them to co-workers and employer 4. Sit down with their legislator and share their story
  11. 11. Andrew Gerbitz BPDD Board Member Down Syndrome Association of WI Board Member
  12. 12. Andrew’s Visit
  13. 13. Andrew’s Visit – Video (TMJ4) http://www.todaystmj4.com/multimedia/videos/?bctid=1352689824001
  14. 14. Before the Campaign (Aug/Sep) • Recruit/find participants • Notify legislators • Reach out to employers and chambers of commerce
  15. 15. What a visit looks like for BPDD: 1. Campaign toolkit to participant 2. Provide guidance as needed 3. Media alert before visit 4. Press release after visit 5. Highlight visit on social media
  16. 16. 2012 Highlights
  17. 17. Branding with T-Shirts
  18. 18. Jobs First! of Manitowoc County
  19. 19. DHS Sec. Smith
  20. 20. Patrick Young & Gov. Walker
  21. 21. Patrick Young & Gov. Walker http://fox6now.com/2012/11/27/gov-walker-highlights-national-disability-employment-month/
  22. 22. 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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