Wisconsin BPDD Launches "Better Together"

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New Initiative Taps Autism Awareness Month to Give Voice to Those Touched by Disability

Barriers can be overcome when policy-makers, professionals, communities and people with disabilities and their families work together.

The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD), http://www.wi-bpdd.org, recently launched a new initiative, “Better Together: Sharing stories, sharing lives.” As part of its recognition of National Autism Awareness Month, the BPDD is spotlighting Better Together as a way to increase public awareness and understanding of the ways people with developmental disabilities of all kinds contribute to community life. Throughout 2013, Better Together will use Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to celebrate the many ways the people of Wisconsin come together to support one another across their professional and personal lives by collecting and sharing stories from those whose lives have been touched by disability.

“People with developmental disabilities continue to be among the most marginalized groups in the world, typically living with poorer health outcomes, lower economic and community participation, and higher rates of poverty than other groups,” said Barbara Katz, BPDD Chair. “These barriers can be overcome when policy-makers, professionals, communities and people with disabilities and their families work together. Our new initiative is a fun way to celebrate the many ways people of all abilities in Wisconsin are better together.”

The BPDD will be collecting stories online via Facebook and in person using a traveling story booth. The portable booth will be making appearances at community and state events across Wisconsin throughout 2013. Visitors to the booth can tell their story through words, pictures or video. Photos and stories will be posted on the BPDD’s Facebook page where people can tag photos and share stories with friends.

The BPDD is sounding the call for stories. Anyone can participate. People who live with – or have been influenced by – someone with a developmental disability can visit the BPDD on Facebook to share their story and learn more. For Better Together story booth locations and dates, or to inquire about making the story booth a part of your event, contact the BPDD.

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