Finding Your Passion: How to Become a Good Advocate in Your Community

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm

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Everyone has something they are passionate about. This workshop is about finding your passion and using it in a way that will help people with disabilities lead independent and fulfilling lives in society. We hope that this presentation challenges you to think about and practice advocacy in new ways.



Jessie Benash, LCSW, is a wife, mom and amputee. She is also an adjunct professor of social work at UW-Whitewater and a motivational speaker. She has been involved with Wisconsin’s Trauma Informed Care movement for over ten years, working in a residential treatment center and as an outpatient therapist. She is also a disability advocate and has spread awareness through Facebook pages as well as meeting with local businesses and legislators.

Jessie enjoys sharing her story of getting into a motorcycle accident when she was 15 that left her with a disability. Seven years ago, at age 34, she ultimately had to have her leg amputated.  In this workshop Jessie will share that experience and talk about how she advocates for and with others. There will also be a time for questions and to talk about what efforts you are doing in your area to advocate for yourself or others.




Workshop Registration Form

Workshop Registration Form

Registration is required for all WI FACETS–sponsored workshops. You may use the form below to register or you may register by contacting Sandra McFarland at 877-374-0511. If you use the form, please make sure to include the title and date of the event you are registering for.

All WI FACETS-sponsored workshops are free.  Requests for any special accommodations must be made at least two weeks prior to the event. Please list any accommodations requested in the “Special Request” box below.