This summer, Autism Society of Nebraska will send three (3) board members to the Washington, D.C. area to participate in important legislative advocacy efforts to ensure that Nebraska can continue to become more inclusive and accepting of people affected by autism.
WHO WILL BE ATTENDING?
Janine Brooks is one of Nebraska’s most prominent autism self-advocates. Through her work with the online forum, “Living Life on the Spectrum,” and other vehicles, Janine has empowered hundreds of individuals on the autism spectrum to advocate for their own needs and accommodations. Janine works full-time at University of Nebraska at Omaha, holds a Master’s Degree from University of Nebraska at Omaha, and is a member of Autism Society of Nebraska’s Board of Directors. She has attended ASA National Conferences and Day on the Hill events in the past and interacted with multiple policymakers. She will be attending both the ASA Conference and the Day on the Hill events.
Robyn Roberts is the Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Autism Society of Nebraska and the family member of an individual on the autism spectrum. In addition to her board service, tne of Robyn’s greatest contributions to autism advocacy in Nebraska is her leadership of the annual execution of ASN’s Omaha Puzzle Walk & Family Funfest, which is one of Nebraska’s largest autism-related events. Since 2008, this event has continuously raised awareness of autism in Nebraska, raised money to fuel Autism Society of Nebraska’s barrier-free programs and services, and build community among people affected by autism in a world where people are becoming increasingly isolated from one another — especially among individuals affected by intellectual and developmental disabilities. Robyn will be attending the Conference.
Michelle McPeck is a member of the Board of Directors of the Autism Society of Nebraska. She is the family member of an individual on the autism spectrum and a professional educator. Michelle works for Omaha Public Schools and in her role as an educator, she sees how public policy affects the lives of children and families every day. Michelle will be attending the Day on the Hill events.
These advocates are in the process of pursuing meetings with the following Nebraskan legislators:
- Ben Sasse (US Senate)
- Deb Fischer (US Senate)
- Jeff Fortenberry (Congress 1st District)
- Don Bacon (Congress 2nd District)
- Adrian Smith (Congress 3rd District)
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