Want to Change the Future for People with Disabilities? Start Today!. 4 th Annual Wisconsin Statewide Self-Determination Conference 2011. There is a Need for Change Agents. Policymaking is an Art, Not a Science The Personal is Political. Ways to Participate in Policymaking. Simply voting
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4th Annual Wisconsin Statewide Self-Determination Conference
Policymaking is an Art,
Not a Science
The Personal is Political
The Olmstead Supreme Court Decision interprets ADA to end unnecessary institution of people with developmental disabilities.
1981-1984: Disability rights advocates blocked an attempt by the Reagan administration to repeal parts of IDEA and Section 504.
Parents and providers advocate for Section 504 of the Rehab Act. Protection from discrimination.
Holocaust – 100,000 children and adults with disabilities killed; Considered flawed.
Large numbers in institutions; Segregation and sterilization.
Parents still encouraged to institutionalize. Beginning
of parent advocacy movement. Focus on winning civil and legal rights for
Parents and educators help to pass Education for all Handicapped Children Act which becomes IDEA.
Self-advocates and community members lobby for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – full participation and independence.
Parents As Advocates – Family Voices of Wisconsin
Justice Marshall concluded that persons with developmental disabilities have been subject to a lengthy and tragic history of segregation and discrimination that can only be called “grotesque”.
– Concurring Opinion, Supreme Court 1984; Cleburne, Texas v Cleburne Living Center, Inc.
Adapted from: How to Become Effective Disability Policy Change Agents; Robert Silverstein, 2006.
“Without your believing and your leadership this day would not have been possible.”
- George Bush, handwritten note to Justin Dart at the signing of the ADA, July 26, 1990.
Increasing Competitive Employment
Increasing Competitive Employment–
OPPORTUNITIES TO INFLUENCE
Advancing Long-Term Care for People with Disabilities
Advancing Long-Term Care for People with Disabilities -
OPPORTUNITIES TO INFLUENCE
For legislator meetings:
Here’s my story (fill in blank)
I am concerned about (fill in blank) because (blank)
This should concern you because (fill in blank).
I hope you will do (fill in blank).
Wisconsin Council on Children and Families: http://wccf.org/advocate_hints.php