Call for Nominations: Dan C. Johnson Award for Advocacy Excellence
The State of Wisconsin Governor's Committee for People with Disabilities (GCPD) is asking for nominations for the first Dan C. Johnson Award for Advocacy Excellence. Dan Johnson, an employee of the Department of Health Services for 36 years, and a person who lived most of his life with a disability himself, passed away unexpectedly March 22, 2017. In his honor the GCPD will present the award to individuals who are Wisconsin residents with a disability and who demonstrate excellence in advocacy for others with disabilities. The award recipient will be announced on the first anniversary of Dan's passing, March 22, 2018.
Defining Physical Disability
Physical disability is defined in section 15.197 (4) (a) (2) of the Wisconsin Statutes as follows:
A physical condition, including an anatomical loss, or musculoskeletal, neurological, respiratory or cardiovascular impairment, which results from injury, disease or congenital disorder and which significantly interferes with or significantly limits at least one major life activity of a person.
The phrase major life activity is defined in subsection (4) (a) (1) of the same statute. The definition includes:
Self-care, performance of manual tasks unrelated to gainful employment, walking, receptive and expressive language, breathing, working, participating in educational programs, mobility other than walking, and capacity for independent living.
The definitions cited above were established in 1990 as part of the statute that created the state Council on Physical Disabilities. This definition may be interpreted to include, but not be limited to persons with:
Amputation, cancer, diabetes, stroke, heart disease, lung disease, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, muscular dystrophy, polio, spina- bifida, spinal cord injury and disease.
Mentoring Resources for People with Disabilities
Are you interested in influencing the life direction and future success of a young person? Mentoring makes a difference. You can change the course of someone’s life by sharing your experience, insights, and talents. Please visit Great People Have Great Mentors to learn about opportunities for being a mentor and resources available for finding a mentor.
- Aging & Disability Resource Centers
- Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Resources
- Assistive Technology
- Benefits and Income Resources
- Children with Physical Disabilities
- Civil Rights, Voting Rights and Resources
- 2016 College Resources for Student with Disabilities
- Consumer Guide to Health Care – Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Units
- Community Options Program
- Coordinator of Resources for Persons with Physical Disabilities
- Council on Physical Disabilities
- Demographics of Disabilities in Wisconsin
- Employment Resources
- Family Care and Family Care Partnership
- Governor's Committee for People with Disabilities
- Health Care Benefits
- Housing and Architectural Accessibility Resources
- IRIS (Include, Respect, I Self-Direct)
- Independent Living Centers
- Long-Term Care and Support Resources
- Prevention Activities
- Service Animals and Assistance Animals for People with Disabilities
- Spinal Cord Injury Project with Demographics
- Transportation and Parking Resources
- Trauma Care System
- Trauma-Informed Care
- Wheelchair Lemon Law
- Wisconsin County Human Services Association