Advocacy Days

April 6 – 8, 2021

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 get involved with the important issues facing people who are blind or visually impaired in Wisconsin.

Advocacy Days 2021:
Begins April 6

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Due to COVID-19, Advocacy Days (formerly Legislative Day) will be offered virtually over multiple days. 

This is your chance to learn about what is happening in your state government. Hear updates from legislators and state agency representatives and champion issues important to people who are blind or visually impaired. 

How to Conduct an Advocacy Visit — Tuesday, April 6 at 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Overview of the Council’s legislative priorities, the proposed state budget and relevant legislative proposals. We’ll cover the budget process, share tips on how to enhance the success of a conversation with your legislator, and how you can help advance the Council’s advocacy priorities. This general session is mandatory to attend one or both of the breakout sessions below.

Content Session: Transportation — Wednesday, April 7 at 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

What’s in the Wisconsin state budget for transportation? Hear from a transportation policy official. We will cover Council-specific asks around transportation and action steps you can take.

Content Session: Accessibility — Thursday, April 8 at 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

We will cover accessibility issues including broadband internet access, the accessibility of state websites and access to voting for voters with disabilities. A policy expert from a state agency will attend. Learn about what the Council is working on and how you can support our work.  

If you have any difficulty with the registration form below, contact Kathleen Callen at KCallen@WCBlind.org or call 608-237-8120.

Advocacy Days Registration

Legislative Priorities

You can view and download our legislative briefing documents covering Civil Rights, Education, Employment, Healthcare, Transportation, and Accessibile Absentee Voting. More information on these issues and other policies can be found on our Advocacy page.

Accessible Absentee Voting

“I am inspired each year to attend the Council’s Legislative 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.”

Rhonda Staats
Council Board Secretary, La Crosse, Wisconsin