Disability Pride Festival 2019

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Festival Schedule

Here’s your guide to what’s happening this Saturday!
(UPDATED 7/25)

12:00pm Festival begins! 
12:00pm Face painting available near The Madison Children’s Museum display
12:15pm MAIN STAGE Opening Ceremony- Mayor Satya Rhodes- Conway
12:20pm MAIN STAGE Welcome by Cecil Leigh Wilson
12:25pm MAIN STAGE Director of Disability Pride Madison Kate Moran
12:30pm MAIN STAGE Music by Dj Cooper Talbot
1:00pm: MAIN STAGE Performance by Johnny T- Bird
1:00pm WORKSHOP – Access Downtown Madison
1:00pm First free MSCR Pontoon Ride departs
1:00pm Story Time and Activities with the Madison Children’s Museum
2:00pm MAIN STAGE Speaker Linda – Lights for Liberty
2:00pm WORKSHOP Adaptive Yoga with YAFA
2:00pm Second free MSCR Pontoon Ride departs 
2:15pm MAIN STAGE Speaker Folajogun Akinlami – Beyond Challenges
2:20 pm MAIN STAGE Speaker Lexy Ware – Community Organizer 
2:30pm MAIN STAGE Performance By Onikho
3:00pm Story Time and Activities with the Madison Children’s Museum
3:00pm Final free MSCR Pontoon Ride departs
3:30pm WORKSHOP Beyond Challenges with Folajogun Akinlami
3:35pm MAIN STAGE Christy Anderson- Line Dance
3:40pm MAIN STAGE Director of Disability Pride Madison Kate Moran
3:45pm MAIN STAGE Raffle Drawing by Mad City Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
3:55pm MAIN STAGE Speaker Angie Rehling – Outreach
4:00pm MAIN STAGE Comedy and Drag by Drag King Keith Darring
4:30pm MAIN STAGE Music by Dj Cooper Talbot
5:00pm Festival ends!


Community Living Alliance Community Living Alliance (CLA) is a community-based, non-profit, trauma-informed, organization providing services and community resources for all people with disabilities and chronic illnesses and for older adults. CLA was founded by people with disabilities, healthcare professionals and concerned citizens. CLA’s history spans over three decades and is firmly rooted in supporting the values of the independent living philosophy.
Yoga Accessible for All Yoga Accessible for All is a specialized 501C non profit studio dedicated to  offering yoga programs that meet the differing needs of groups of people with life and health challenges. Our mission is to help anyone who wants to experience the universal benefits of yoga find a class that meets them where the need to start their practice.
Outreach LGBTQ Community Center Our mission is a commitment to equity and quality of life for all LGBTQ+ people through community building, health and human services, and economic, social, and racial justice advocacy. We provide social support services to the LGBTQ+ communities.
VSA Wisconsin VSA Wisconsin provides direct services and educational programming to individuals with disabilities of all ages across the disability spectrum in dance, drama, creative writing, music, and visual art.
GT Independence GT Independence enables individuals with long term care needs or disabilities to easily hire and employ caregivers. GT will assist in making it possible to stay in your own home and receive your care from caregivers that you choose, including family members.
AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin is at the forefront of HIV prevention, care and treatment and is dedicated to providing quality medical, dental, mental health and social services for all people with HIV. We envision a world without AIDS and strive to assure that everyone with HIV disease will live a long and healthy life.
Chrysalis Pops Chrysalis Pops offers individuals the opportunity to gain meaningful, paid work experience while producing and selling local, organic fruit pops. To book Chrysalis Pops for your next event and even deliver them with the Chrysalis Pops-cycle, learn more here.
Mississippi Mayhem
First Congregational Church (UCC)
United Cerebral Palsy of Dane Co.
Cecil Leigh Wilson Handmade fiber arts by a queer, trans, & crip craftsperson
Sydney Hoel
A Sense of Self A Sense of Self is an autistic run and owned business. The hand crafted marble mazes, bean bags, and other stim toys are perfect for sensory regulation, tactile stimming, fidgeting, and relieving anxiety. They keep your hands busy as well as keep your sensory needs fulfilled so you can regulate your body and mind. Engage your senses, engage your self.
Obsurdart Obsurd Striving to turn individual disability into capability becoming the Superman or superwoman you always was inside of you
Connections WI

Connections IRIS Consultant Agency supports participants and their families in 53 counties throughout Wisconsin. Our consultants are dedicated to help you live the promise of Self-direction. We built Connections, an IRIS consultant agency, from the ground up with a group of determined leaders who have personal and professional experience improving and navigating the long-term care system – and who understand it intimately.

Our team members have served as IRIS consultants and have experience as parents of people with disabilities and caregivers of older adults in need of long-term support. As a result, they understand the challenges you face because they live them every day. Our team-based consultant approach helps share these real-life experiences among our members to benefit you.

Connections also draws upon the vast experience of our parent organization, Lutheran Social Services (LSS), which has served Wisconsin and Upper Michigan residents for 130 years. All LSS-affiliated services are offered to state residents regardless of religious affiliation or background.

M. Rose Sweetnam Art

M.Rose Sweetnam is a mixed media artist, working primarily with print, photography, found object, and collage. They are a student at UW-Madison, studying Gender & Women’s Studies, LGBTQ+ Studies, and Studio Art. For the past three years they have worked at the Gender & Sexuality Campus Center as the Event and Accessibility Coordinator. They teach art at the Arts + Literature Laboratory and in/around the community.

They currently reside in Madison, and are working on LGBTQ+ community care, mental health advocacy, and children’s education and empowerment.

M.Rose’s most recent artworks reflect an effort to transform their art practice from goal oriented back to a playful and restorative pursuit. These pieces center what brings the artist joy, with bright surreal images of nature, queerness, fantasy, and embodiment.

Hasse Communication Counseling, LLC As an Accredited Business Communicator and Global Career Development Facilitator, Jim Hasse is the founder of cerebral-palsy-career-builders.com, the comprehensive career coaching guide for parents of youngsters with a disability. Jim has 29 years of experience in corporate communications (10 of them as a vice president for a Fortune 500 company). At Disability Pride Madison on July 27, pick up your FREE copy of Jim’s “BREAK OUT: Finding Freedom When You Don’t Quite Fit the Mold” paperback book of 51 true stories about setting aside vulnerability. Only 192 left from first printing.
T.L. Luke Art T.L. Luke creates dark and whimsical illustrations inspiring creativity and adventure no matter who you are!
TMG Wisconsin As Wisconsin’s first certified IRIS Consultant Agency, TMG partners with thousands of adults with disabilities and older adults statewide, empowering them to enjoy meaningful lives in their communities
Bakke Athletics Hybrid Athletic Club is one of the premier training facilities in the Madison, WI area and combines studio style training along with a general membership environment. Additionally, we offer fitness opportunities specifically for individuals with physical disabilities. There is something for everyone here at Hybrid.
Ora Photography Amanda is an aspiring photojournalist who is part of many marginalized communities, including the disabled community. She hopes to focus on those communities she is a part of, as well as others in her work. Documenting the lives of the underprivileged is her way of participating in changing perceptions and the world.
Community Living Connections Community Living Connections, Inc. (CLC) is a private non-profit organization with the mission to support individuals to live their best life in their own home and in their community. CLC supports individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, and frail elders to live as independently as possible, in their own homes. The supports CLC provides are flexible, person-centered and committed. CLC has provided services since 2004. AA/EOE

PADRES E HIJOS EN ACCION is a grassroots organization of individuals with disabilities, their families, friends and community members building fulfilling and community-centered lives for Latino children.

PADRES E HIJOS EN ACCION envision a world in which all people with disabilities have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, and strengthen the civic life of the community as a whole. By focusing on the assets of Latino Children with disabilities and their family members.

Ryan’s Artastic Art

My art comes from my soul. I make it my own. It reflects my likes, dislikes, and personality. I feel imaginative when I make art.

I like fantasy, science-fiction and comic books and base my art off of them, more or less. Music and TV shows also inspire me and help me come up with the subject matter of my art. I want people to be intrigued and interested when they see my art.

Aging & Disability Resource Center The ADRC of Dane County provides information about resources and support on all aspects of life related to aging or living with a disability and is a one-stop shop for older adults, people with disabilities and their families. ADRC staff are unbiased and knowledgeable professionals who listen to your concerns, help clarify your options and direct you to appropriate resources. The ADRC is also the access point for information about long-term care options and applying for public benefits. Services provided by the ADRC are free and available to all Dane County residents regardless of income or assets
Movin’ Out, Inc.

Movin’ Out provides a range of safe, affordable, community-integrated housing solutions to adults with disabilities and to families that include children with disabilities.

We are dedicated to creating more inclusive affordable housing options that are embedded within neighborhoods where people with disabilities are truly a part of the community.

Iceonfiremeg DisAbility Diversity Officer
Public Health Madison & Dane County We’re your local health department with a staff of more than 140 people, serving over 500,000 people in more than 60 cities, villages, and towns across Dane County. Our work to enhance, protect, and promote the health of the environment and the well being of all people has a direct impact on the quality of life we experience in Madison and Dane County.
Black and Pink Milwaukee Black and Pink MKE is a prison abolitionist organization supporting LGBTQ+ incarcerated people and those living with HIV. Our main project is a pen pal program that connects incarcerated people to “free world” allies, reaching across walls to break the isolation of the prison industrial complex.
Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired The mission of the Council is to promote the dignity and empowerment of the people in Wisconsin who are blind and visually impaired by providing services, advocating legislation and educating the general public.
The Arc-Dane County & The Arc Wisconsin The Arc Wisconsin And The Arc-Dane County serve individuals and their families in the I/DD community. We work to develop programs and advocate for public policy giving people with I/DD the opportunity to learn, live, and work inclusively in their communities.
Compassion Caregivers, LLC Compassion Caregivers LLC, is a Madison based personalized home health care agency that strives to provide adequate care for clients while preserving their independence with dignity in the comfort of their own homes.
Kathleen Designs! My website features my gallery, my story and my shop.
Disability Rights Wisconsin

Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) serves people with disabilities who are residents of Wisconsin. We serve people with disabilities of all ages, including (but not limited to) people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, people with mental illness, people with physical or sensory disabilities, and people with traumatic brain injury.

How we can help you will depend on the type of issue and whether or not you are eligible for our services. Disability Rights Wisconsin respects the cultural values and personal choices of all those seeking our services. We value diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our agency’s operations. Regardless of your race, ethnicity, legal status, sexual orientation, or gender identity, we are here to help.

Disability Rights Wisconsin helps people across Wisconsin gain access to benefits, supports and services, and experience opportunity through its advocacy services and legal expertise. Our mission is to challenge systems and society to create positive change and improve the lives of people with disabilities. DRW manages a variety of programs in support of this mission.

Our board and staff members are among the strongest advocates in the state. We support the right of each person to live in dignity, and to work and attend school in the mainstream of society. We also work on disability issues with state and local governments. DRW receives financial support from state and federal contracts or grants, private foundations, training fees, and individual

Fishing Has No Boundaries, Madison Chapter Fishing Has No Boundaries®, Inc. (FHNB) is a non-profit 501-C3 organization whose goal is to open up the great outdoors for people with disabilities through the world of fishing. Incorporated in 1994, the Madison Chapter celebrates 25 Years of accessible fishing! The Madison event provides two days of fun on the Lake Mendota, experienced guides, boats and bait, adaptive fishing gear, fish cleaning, food, beverages, and memorabilia!
Premier Financial Management Services Premier Financial Services provides Fiscal Employer Agent and Fiscal Conduit services to individuals in long-term care programs throughout the country. We were founded to serve people with disabilities in our community. Our company was built upon a set of Core Values that acts as a guiding light in our every endeavor.
Black Cat Designs

I love the patterns and colors I see in the world and I put them in my art. I draw, paint and lately have been doing a lot of collage.

People sometimes ask me what my art tries to express and my answer is simple: when I draw pigs it means I like to draw pigs. When I draw cats it means I like to draw cats. Art is about making what you like.

Jennifer’s whimsical line drawings are brought to life through her spirited, yet judicious use of color. Jennifer uses screen printing techniques, both as a creative tool in creating her completed original artworks, as well as a means for producing many of her handmade products.

People First Wisconsin People First helps people to speak up for themselves, to start and support local self-advocacy groups.
League of Women Voters of Dane County The League of Women Voters is a non-profit, non-partisan, national organization whose purpose is to promote informed and active participation of citizens in government at all levels.
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