I am a husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. I believe in sharing my talents and experiences by giving back to the community by giving my time to coaching, church and especially to the disability community. I truly believe that all men and women are created equally.
Over the next couple of days, I am going to share with you what the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (http://wi-bpdd.org/) is all about and where I am coming from on issues that affect those with developmental disabilities.
The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD) is the State's federally-funded Council on Developmental Disabilities. The BPDD works to promote the independence, integration and productivity of people with developmental disabilities. The Board identifies and addresses pressing needs, including inequities in employment, education, housing, transportation and health care. The BPDD receives federal funding authorized under the Developmental Disabilities Act to support its work. Seventeen of its 25 members (more than 60%) are people with developmental disabilities or family members.
BPDD Rights Statement People with disabilities have the same rights as other citizens. BPDD advocates for the development of policies and programs that support these rights and to support the independence, self-determination, productivity, and inclusion of citizens with disabilities. In particular, BPDD believes people with disabilities have the following rights.
Civil Rights Everyone has the rights under the State and U.S. Constitutions and State and Federal laws. Wisconsin has a proud history of supporting civil rights . Among these rights is full citizenship, self-determination, the right of all people to make decisions for themselves and to be independent, productive and included in all aspects of life.
- Vote, unless the right has been taken away by the courts.
- Make informed decisions and have those decisions respected whether or not others agree.
- Freedom from physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse, including seclusion and mechanical, chemical, and physical restraints and bullying.
- Access to affordable housing, employment, public accomodations, transportation and other aspects of community life without discrimination or barriers.
In the days ahead, I will be talking about Community Life, Education, Employment and Health and Wellness.