Collective Visioning for a More Equitable Future

The City of Madison Disability Summit: Collective Visioning for a More Equitable Future is a platform for visioning and developing a city-wide agenda that will direct the work of the Department of Civil Rights – Division of Equity and Social Justice, Disability Rights and Services Program and ensure all City programs include the voices and needs of the disability community. Our objective is to:

  1. Identify the priorities of our community,
  2. Develop decision-making principles for the City that ensure people with disabilities have a seat at the table, and
  3. Explore ways to better connect diverse Disabled residents with City staff, policy makers, and each other.
  • Contact: Rebecca Hoyt, Disability Rights and Services Specialist Se (608) 266-6511.
  • See Disability Summit Summary
  • Captioning, American Sign Language, Spanish, Chinese, and Hmong interpretation will be provided. If you have access needs for the virtual event, please contact

Disability Summit Program Highlights

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July 27, 2023 (Virtual)

  • DJ Training Workshop with Sins Invalid, Disability Justice Trainer
    Ableism is a system of oppression that permeates dominant culture and impacts countless folks across our communities. We’ll take a look at how ableism has and continues to work with various forms of oppression, while Disability Justice centers intersectionality to co-create a world where all of us can survive and thrive.
  • Yvie Oddly A light-skinned, pink haired femmeKeynote Speakers: Yive Oddly, drag artist and performer; Kate Moran, Disability Pride Madison Board Chair
  • Addresses from Wisconsin Senator Agard and Representives Joers and Stubbs.
  • Breakout discussions centering identity.

July 28, 2023 (Virtual)

  • Mary Fashik, a light skinned person with dark curly hair and glasses, Jeiri Flores, a light skinned dark haired person, and  Callie Frye, a  medium-skinned person with a black bun and glassesIntersectionality and Collective Liberation Panel Discussion with Mary Fashik, Lydia X. Z. Brown, Jeiri Flores, Rebecca Hoyt (Moderator).
  • Visioning for the future of Madison: Community Building and Civic Engagement Panel Discussion, with Disability Rights Commission Chair, Will Ringland; Equal Opportunities Commissioner Autumn Neugent, Katie Sullivan (moderator).
  • Keynote Speakers: Callie Frye, Deaf and Disability Activist; Sydney Badeau, Board of People with Developmental Disabilities
  • Addresses from Wisconsin Representatives Hong and Subek.
  • Topic-based breakout discussions.

Disability Pride Festival Recording