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.
People with disabilities and their families will become a strong, statewide network of effective advocates. People with disabilities and family members will be effective advocates for systems change through participation in the DAWN (Disability Advocates Wisconsin Network).
We strive to have people with disabilities and their family members to become community organizers who will provide training and support for grassroots groups. It is important that the people whose lives are most impacted by the way the system is set up should be the ones who speak out for and against the issues. Who better to understand the effects of the system then those who live with a disability and/or those who care for an individual with a disability?
We look for local coalitions who can identify issues important to them and develop strategies for systems change. We look to strengthen the coalitions with continued community organizing, outreach and training.
We work with people with Developmental Disabilities (DD) on issues of their choice and try to match them up with groups such as People First. We are working with Self-Advocacy leaders statewide to get more people with DD involved and to identify the issues they care about.