Each month BPDD features a different leader in Wisconsin living with a disability. “What’s the Word?” is an opportunity to hear directly from self-advocates about what’s important to them. This month’s column comes from Philip Temme!

Below is a short excerpt from his column but you can read the full piece by clicking the button below. 

“My name is Philip Temme and in May of 2021 I moved into my own apartment! I started looking at apartments right before COVID hit and when things started opening again, I decided to move out. Moving into my apartment was a scary yet rewarding experience. I remember I was excited to live on my own, but I had lived with my parents for almost thirty years. If you feel scared and emotional, please know that was me on my first night on my own.”

If you or somebody you know would like to be featured in “What’s the Word?” contact Jeremy at jeremy.gundlach@wisconsin.gov.