First Annual Dan C. Johnson Award for Advocacy Excellence

The State of Wisconsin Governor's Committee for People with Disabilities is seeking nominations for the first Dan C. Johnson Award for Advocacy Excellence. Dan Johnson was an employee of the Department of Health Services for 36 years, who—as a person who lived most of his life with a disability—dedicated himself to developing strategies and policy to reduce barriers, and ensure inclusion, equality, and opportunity for people with disabilities.

For more information, read the full announcement.

Nominations may be sent to:

Lisa Sobczyk
Voice: 608-266-9354
TTY/TDD/Relay: WI Relay 711


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

Interested in becoming a member?

Applicants are invited to apply for appointment to the Committee. Instructions on how to apply are available on the Governor's "Apply to Serve Wisconsin" website.

For more information about the GCPD, please contact:

The Governor's Committee for People with Disabilities
1 W. Wilson Street, Room 551
Madison, Wisconsin 53703
608-267-3203 Fax