Governor's Committee for People with Disabilities

News and updates

September 2021: GCPD and the WisTech Assistive Technology Program distributed a GOV-D message, GCPD: Membership VacancyThe GCPD is looking for a person with a disability to fill a vacant seat on the Committee. 

August 2021: Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Prevention Program and GCPD distributed the GOV-D message, Addressing Barriers to Health Care Services for People with Disabilities, reminding facilities that visitation policies and restrictions still need to comply with the American's with Disabilities Act and other anti-discrimination regulations, even during a public health emergency.

June 2021: Wisconsin Council on Physical Disabilities (CPD) and GCPD partnered to create the Emergency Preparedness Communications Folder. This folder was designed as a resource for health care providers and people with disabilities to address communication and access barriers in health care settings. 

April 2021: GCPD conducted the Right to Have a Support Person/Caregiver at Appointment Survey and has learned that people with disabilities have been denied reasonable accommodations which has impeded their access to health care services. The full survey results and Executive Summary are now available. GCPD hopes that the resulting data will promote a dialogue to improve access to health care for people with disabilities


In 1948, a Governor's Committee was established with one goal: to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

The group's mission was broadened in 1976 to cover many aspects of disability in Wisconsin and became the Governor's Committee for People with Disabilities (GCPD).

Unlike other disability councils in state government, the focus of the Governor's Committee includes all disabilities and six of its members represent specific disability constituencies:

The Governor's Committee is charged with the following duties:

  • Advise the Governor and state agencies on problems faced by people with disabilities
  • Review legislation affecting people with disabilities
  • Promote effective operation of publicly-administered or supported programs serving people with disabilities
  • Promote the collection, dissemination and incorporation of adequate information about people with disabilities for purposes of public planning at all levels of government
  • Promote public awareness of the needs and abilities of people with disabilities
  • Encourage the effective involvement of people with disabilities in government

The Governor's Committee for People with Disabilities (GCPD) values your input on program, policies, and legislation that impacts people with disabilities. The GCPD works on and recommends changes in disability programs and policies.

The GCPD does not provide: financial assistance, direct service provision, oversight, legal advice, or enforcement of business, facilities, providers, or services in violation of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). Please visit the GCPD's resources section for additional resource links.

Please email if you have questions or comments, or call us at 608-266-5364 (voice), TTY/TDD/Relay: WI Relay 711.

Last Revised: September 20, 2021

This content reflects the views and opinions of the advisory council. It may not reflect the official policy or position of DHS.