Denise Johnson to Receive the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force Karen Avery Award
September 11th at IndependenceFirst
The Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force (MHTF) is delighted to announce that Denise Johnson will be the fifth recipient of the Karen Avery Award. The award was established to honor Karen’s tremendous legacy as an advocate, mentor, peer, and leader in advancing the rights of people with disabilities, and supporting independence and power for people with disabilities. Karen was a leader in the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force and a mentor to so many.
Denise Johnson, BSW, is a Deaf professional working in collaboration with the 8 Independent Living Centers (ILCs) in Wisconsin, as the Wisconsin Statewide Project Coordinator SUD/MH Services for Persons who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind. Denise has dedicated her professional career to advocating for and with persons with disabilities, and especially those who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf blind and live with a mental illness or substance abuse concerns. Among her many contributions, Denise serves on the Wisconsin State Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (SCAODA) Diversity Sub-Committee, is the Vice President of American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association (ADARA), and is the Chair of IndependenceFirst’s Deaf Access Consumer Advocacy Team. Denise is one of the co-founding members of Deaf Unity in Wisconsin. She is an active member of the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force. Click here to view a printable announcement.