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Courage Award: Exemplifies Disability Rights Wisconsin’s value of Liberation – challenging attitudes, barriers, and discrimination, and opening new pathways to freedom. Honors a person or firm who, from lived experience, gives extraordinary voice to people with disabilities’ fight for justice to break down the walls of exclusion.

jason and julie endresJason and Julie Endres could write the handbook on courage: This couple knows how to open new pathways to freedom, and how to change attitudes about people with disabilities. They are known throughout Wisconsin as leaders inside and out of the disability advocacy community. They are a wonderful team, and both teach through example and experience, selflessly giving their time and talent to help improve the lives of others.

Making their home in Eau Claire, Jason and Julie drive endless miles throughout Wisconsin to advocate on behalf of people with disabilities. They take every opportunity to connect with others and share their own lived experience. These connections, whether for children or adults can alter the trajectory of their lives.

Together, Jason and Julie have supported people to develop their own businesses, participate in their community in new ways, live independently, create change to systems, participate in advocacy, and think beyond what others have told them is possible. For them, it’s never been a question as to whether they will stand up for people with disabilities, but rather where and when they will advocate for others with disabilities next?