David Morstad of Watertown has been elected chair of the Governor’s Committee for People with Disabilities.
First appointed to the committee by then Gov. Scott Walker in 2015, he was reappointed by Gov. Tony Evers in January of 2019 and elected chair by the committee in December.
Established in 1948, the governor’s committee addresses the interests of people across the disability spectrum including physical disabilities, blindness and visual impairment, deaf and hard of hearing, developmental disabilities, mental health, and alcohol and other drug abuse. The committee exists to advise the governor and state agencies on disability matters, review legislation affecting people with disabilities, and encourage their effective involvement in government.
The two-year committee chair term is effective as of Jan. 20. “It’s an honor to serve at this level”, Morstad said, “particularly alongside my colleagues with disabilities.”
In his role as chair, he will help promote the collection, dissemination and incorporation of adequate information from people with disabilities for purposes of public planning at all levels of government.
Morstad is a widely published writer, speaker and advocate in the disability field. He worked for many years for Bethesda Lutheran Communities in roles that included vice president of communications, and was the founding executive director of the Bethesda Institute. He is a fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and has advised organizations across the US, Central America, and Europe.
In 2018, he authored the book, “Whole Community: Introducing Faith Communities to People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.”