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 one of our newest board members, Felicia Clayborne. 

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“I started attending the annual Disability Advocacy Day at the capitol in Madison. At first, I was nervous to tell my story and talk to legislators thinking they wouldn’t listen and might be rude. I was happy to be wrong when I realized that they were just people and were open to hearing me out and actually enjoyed my suggestions. I’ve made it a priority to go to Disability Advocacy Day every year since and I keep in touch with my legislators throughout the year. Some of my priorities when talking to my legislators are, transportation, health care, mental health services and safety for people with disabilities in our communities.”

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