SD Network

Member Spotlight: Richard

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By: SD Network
Posted in: Member Spotlight

richard.jpgMeet Richard. When he’s not working at the Department of Revenue, he’s either advocating on the Arc board or participating in one of his many hobbies. He loves going to the Self-determination Conference each year where he meets new friends. He encourages people with disabilities to advocate for what they need to live a prosperous life in the community. We’re so fortunate to have him as member of the Network!    

What's your story?  Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Richard was born and raised in Connecticut, but now he currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin. He shares that he has mild autism and has done numerous amazing things independently. He has worked for the Wisconsin Department of Revenue for almost 32 years.

How are you involved with self-determination? Why did you join the SD Network?

Richard explains that he first got involved with Self-Determination when a friend, Nancy Alar, talked to him about what Self-Determination is. He has attended the annual Self-Determination Conference at Kalahari Resort for many years.

Tell us some good news - what's the most exciting thing happening for you (or in Wisconsin) in terms of self-determination?

An exciting thing for Richard is that he is a board member and self-advocate for the Arc-Dane County in Madison.  He shares that he has excellent math and cooking skills, and he’s very outgoing and friendly. He is very committed to his job at the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.

What tip or resource would you like to share with people who want to be more self-determined?

Richard encourages people who have disabilities to advocate for the accommodations they need to be able to live and work in the community. " Also, I would treat every single person with disabilities with respect, inclusion, acceptance, and love,” he says.

What are some of your hobbies?

Richard has a variety of hobbies which include: cooking, traveling, riding his bicycle, bowling, mini golf, going to high school football games, and making new friends.

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