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.
It never gets old. We attended our second Disability Advocacy Day this week. There was so much excitement and anxiety around the Capitol. Unlike last year, because there was so much going on, we were unable to meet with our Legislators, Sen Larson and Rep Sinicki.
We were able to speak with Sen Larson’s staff. It is a great feeling when the staff remembers your visit as well as the messages you leave. Much more was going on in the Assembly, so there was nobody in Rep Sinicki’s office when we arrived.
There were about 200 individuals walking around the Capitol in our blue shirts. Every time that I turned around, there was another blue shirt. There were other groups walking around as well, you could tell by the number of individuals in their colored shirts. What a powerful feeling seeing so many blue shirts.
For the disability advocates, it was old fashioned grass roots campaigning. We had no large super PAC or lobbyist backing us with money. No, we were just citizens of the State of Wisconsin letting our Legislators know how we feel about the issues that affect us. We offer our ideas on how these various legislative issues affect us, in ways that they may not have thought of.
Super Tuesday did not happen as we had hoped, but other than some political rhetoric, nothing bad has happened either. We are still hopeful that the issues will be voted on as we hope. It looks like the votes will be taking place Tuesday March 13.
The 4 issues are:
Family Care/IRIS Caps and Expansion (AB 477) I want the caps lifted with no amendments. If the Senate can pass a clean bill unanimously, the Assembly should be able to do the same.
Seclusion and Restrain in Schools (AB 455). I want this bill to pass. Like above, it has already passed the Senate unanimously.
People First Language in State Law (AB 471). This is a companion bill to the Federal Rosa’s Law. I support this bill as well. Again, it has already passed the Senate.
Special Needs Voucher’s (AB 110). I do not want this bill to pass. Individuals should not have to give up their IDEA (Individual with Disabilities Education Act) rights. There are to many things wrong with this bill and would negatively affect individuals with disabilities and their families. For additional info please read this blog: http://www.cudahynow.com/blogs/communityblogs/140656943.html
If you have the same beliefs as I do, please contact your State Assembly member and let them know how you feel. (http://legis.wisconsin.gov/w3asp/waml/waml.aspx).
We need your help TODAY, the votes are Tuesday. Please call your State Representative TODAY and tell them how you feel.