April 6, 2022
2021-22 Wise Webinar Series
Finding Your Place, The Road to Success...
Perspectives of a Mother and Son who Experiences Autism
Chuy Campuzano met Kim Johnson-Evans and her son William Bedford through the disability advocacy community. William, a man who experiences autism, has his own place and is a contributing member of his community both through work at Chicago Public Schools and his disability rights advocacy. Kim also works at Chicago schools and has also become a major disability rights advocate. In this webinar, Chuy will explore with them the challenges, barriers and success they have experienced and the true meaning of "dignity of risk".
- Participants will gain perspective from a person with disabilities on how to support individuals to get past the stigma of disabilities in the community
- People will learn to emphasize with parents of individuals with disabilities through all stages of life
- Participants will identify ways to provide better support for individuals
- Participants will learn the Importance of dignity of risk
Jesus Chuy Campuzano
Jesus Chuy Campuzano was born and raised in Chicago Illinois where he still resides. Growing up in Chicago he went through the special education system. After graduating he never received services from the Illinois Council of Developmental Disabilities as he was unaware and uninterested in long term services. Chuy was ashamed and felt isolated with his disability. Fortunately, he joined, Access Living, a Disability Rights Organization in 2008 where he met Curtis Harris. He began to learn about individuals with all types of disabilities and to accept them. This led to Chuy becoming a leader in the advocacy community.
Chuy is a member of the Going Home Coalition and chairs the leadership committee. As a member of the WOW team Chuy plans and co-hosts the meetings and created the WOW Facebook Group. Chuy is a regular presenter at the Speak Up Speak Out Summit. His project “Dis Life …An historical perspective of Lives that matter” has allowed him to conduct numerous interviews with individual in the disability community. Chuy believes that getting to know individuals and their strengths will lead to better outcomes in life. Everyone should be treated with respect and dignity!
William is a 29-year-old self-advocate living with Autism. Since William was diagnosed in the mid-90s services and supports were not as accessible and due to his late diagnosis, he was not able to engage in early intervention services although services were extremely limited. William began his journey to self-advocacy when he entered Lincoln College and graduated with an Associate of Science degree from Lincoln College in 2017. William works full time as a custodian at Chicago Public Schools through Twin City Cleaning Management Company. William drives himself to and from work daily and is planning to purchase his first car and move into his own apartment in 2023. William has a very active volunteer life through the Chicagoland Autism Connection and a great group of friends and is a huge fan of The Chicago White Sox!
Kimberly L. Johnson
Kimberly is a professional disability legislative advocate, parent engagement administrator, and Individualized Education Program (IEP)/504 Plan liaison. Kim is also a subject matter expert regarding services, resources, and processes servicing the disability community through her work with the Illinois Department of Human Services Developmental Disability Division, The Arc of Illinois, and Chicago Public Schools. She is the mother of an adult son living with Autism and gained her lived experience through their journey navigating services in Chicago, IL.