I am a husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. I believe in sharing my talents and experiences by giving back to the community by giving my time to coaching, church and especially to the disability community. I truly believe that all men and women are created equally.
People First Wisconsin ( http://peoplefirstwi.org/) is a group of self advocats who have really embrassed my sons participation in their group. From the time Tyler walked into his first meeting, every member began engaging him. Not just talking to him for a couple of minutes and than walking away, but really having a conversation with him. What I liked about this experience for Tyler was that he was in an environment where his input was valued. At his last meeting, they would not move forward on their agenda until Tyler voted on the issue.
The group was so happy for Tyler to be there, that they changed the age to join the group to 12 to accomodate Tyler and his friends. The group is comprised of adults with varying degrees of disabilities. They have been looking for ways to get younger people more involved in the group and their hope is the group can grow by adding these younger individuals. Their hope is that through Tyler's baseball and basletball teams, more young people will become involved.
The groups focus is advocacy. There are Chapters throughout the State. This is where I first heard the phrase "Nothing About Us Without Us."
If you or someone you know might be interested in learning more about the local group please contact People First at 414-483-2546 or contact me.