April 18-20, 2023
April 18-20, 2023
Every day, we advocate for legislation that fulfill the Council’s legislative priorities by building relationships with legislators and their staff. Advocacy Days is a chance for you to hear about these efforts and learn how you can become an effective advocate on the important issues facing people in Wisconsin who are blind or visually impaired.
Thank you to all who attended 2023 Advocacy Days! It was gratifying to gather virtually with old friends and new to talk about issues important to people in Wisconsin living with vision loss, and to provide the tools, skills and information to help you take the next step in your journey as an active constituent.
For those who were unable to attend Advocacy Days, we invite you to check out the recordings of all three Advocacy Days sessions: “Advocacy 101” and the lunch and learn webinars on “Health Care Access for People with Vision Loss” and “Transportation Equity for Non-Drivers.”
This session will include:
NOTE: This sessions is required to be able to attend the May 3 State Capitol session.
Over 109,000 Wisconsinites have blindness and vision loss, but only about 3% of us receive vision services such as orientation and mobility training, access technology instruction and vision rehabilitation to live more safely and independently. Part of the challenge is the serious lack of these services statewide. In this session attendees will:
Speakers: Denise Jess, WCBVI and Jacci Borchardt, Vision Forward
The ability to get to where we need to go on our schedules, whether to work, to the doctor or to spend time with friends or family, is essential. Transportation access is a social determinant of health, a link to employment, and often a step toward financial security. Nearly 1/3 of Wisconsin residents are non-drivers, yet our transportation systems are built for those who do drive. In this session, attendees will:
Speakers: Denise Jess, WCBVI, Nick Musson, Greater WI Agency on Aging Resources and Holly Keenan, Luther Social Services
This session includes:
1. An overview of the Council’s advocacy priorities and our biennial state budget recommendations.
2. A review of the state budget process to identify advocacy opportunities.
3. A storytelling tool to enhance the effectiveness of your advocacy efforts with legislators and local officials.
View our advocacy priority handouts:
You can view and download our legislative briefing documents covering Civil Rights, Education, Employment, Healthcare, Transportation, and Accessible Absentee Voting. More information on these issues and other policies can be found on our Advocacy page.
“I am inspired each year to attend the Council’s Advocacy Day because I never wish to pass up the chance to begin to build a relationship with a legislator or member of staff. Additionally, it is important to bring the Council’s legislative priorities forward to key personnel who may not have considered state programs and services from a blind/visually impaired person’s perspective.”
Council Board Secretary, La Crosse, Wisconsin