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 Kat Klawes. 

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“As a person with many different identities, I grew up in a world I felt was not built for someone like me. My mother called me the “patchwork kid” because there were so many unique parts of me. I am a woman with both physical, communicative, and mental disabilities who has strived to beat the statistics and work in a world not welcoming to those with disabilities; much less those with multiple disabilities.”

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