Dan C. Johnson Award for Advocacy Excellence

The Governor's Committee for People with Disabilities is currently accepting nominations for the Dan C. Johnson Award for Advocacy Excellence. Dan Johnson changed the landscape for people with disabilities in Wisconsin. Dan was a man of great strength with an unwavering commitment to full inclusion in all aspects of life for people with disabilities. As a person with a disability, he had a keen, first-person insight into the nature of barriers confronting people with disabilities and helped develop strategies to reduce them. Dan developed services in the private sector and influenced disability-related public policy that created equality and opportunity for all citizens in Wisconsin. While Dan lived most of his life with a disability, the full measure of who he was as a person was so much more. Dan was a superb husband, father, and grandfather. A role that brought him so much pure joy. He was affable and accessible. He was a model of human kindness, patience and forbearance.

See the below applications for more information:


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
608-266-9354
608-267-3203 Fax