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 Youth Ambassador Alesia Saffold!

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

“My name is Alesia Saffold and I’m 24 years old. I am currently in college for early childhood education. I made the decision for what I want to do with my life on my own. Going to school and deciding what to do is a big responsibility for me. I knew what I wanted to do so it wasn’t a hard decision to make. I also had a lot of support from my mom because she wants to support me to be as independent as possible and learn how to make my own decisions.”

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