The Self-Determination Conference had Ben Barrett Chairperson of the Wisconsin Council on Physical Disabilities, Karen Secor Chairperson for the Emergency Preparedness Toolkit by the Council, and me as Vice-Chair of the Council present on the Emergency Preparedness Toolkit. I hope that our workshop entirely made people with physical disabilities feel like you all belong. I also enjoyed tremendously the work done by My Team Triumph with their booth, the keynote, and the workshop. This has huge belonging for people with physical disabilities. I don't mean to negate Stacy's point. I point out a couple of these experiences for me as if there is anything I can do with the organizers of the Self-Determination Conference to help assure in upcoming years that people with physical disabilities are experiencing their expectations being met, I feel it is the role I have taken on in volunteerism. I am happy to be of service in any and every way that I can.
I know the Self-Determination Conference to be a great success of the Board for People with Developmental Disabilities and the other networks they rely on. This was my first time being able to experience the Conference thanks to Adaptive Community Approach Program (ACAP) of Waukesha. When I was involved with Ben, Karen, and Micki (DHS staff), I added the breakdown that the Governor's Committee for People with Disabilities encompasses I/DD, deaf, blind, physical disabilities, alcohol and other substance abuse, and mental health. I am completely impressed with what the I/DD community has done to lead the charge on this Conference now 10 years strong. The Toolkit we presented was inspired by the Wisconsin Association of the Deaf and others through that network in how they created a Toolkit for emergency preparedness with the deaf community in mind. I think we are at the cusp of bringing these different factions of the entire disability community together like never ever before. I applaud whatever the Wisconsinites who have a physical disability want to do to propose more attraction and satisfaction with being involved as they seek to be with the event within the Conference. Thanks for making this conversation available online like this.
I got into this channel of disability services and activities through adaptive water skiing brought to our Ski Club by ACAP Waukesha 25 years ago. My work throughout the year is wildly in the realm of over 50 options for adaptive sports, recreation, hobbies, leisure, pastimes, and therapeutic activities. I am thinking that My Team Triumph has lived up to their name and perhaps created a great pathway by which to keep rolling into this direction of activities which is remarkable by and for people with physical disabilities.