Tap the Potential (Disabilities Awareness Month)

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Tap the Potential, Disability Awareness Month


Tap the Potential in 2014

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This year we are celebrating our 11th Anniversary of Tap the Potential! Tap the Potential Disability Awareness month has been celebrated in Milwaukee each October since 2003. This year organizations are sponsoring a variety of activities geared towards raising the public’s awareness of the talents and issues of people with disabilities in our community. Initially coordinated by the Milwaukee County Office for Persons with Disabilities, the 2014 effort is a group effort including organizations such as: Milwaukee County, Milwaukee Public Theatre, Goodwill, VSA, Independence First, MCFI, Spina Bifida of Wisconsin, Easter Seals, Curative, ARC Milwaukee, Life Navigators, & Dona Lexa .

Tap the Potential October Events

Tap the Potential has organized a number of awareness raising events throughout the month. Organizations are encouraged to sponsor their own events and invited to list them on the calendar. The calendar will be updated throughout the month as information is received. To find out more information and add events to your calendar, click here.


Mitchell Airport Art Show

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An exhibition of over fifty artists representing a full spectrum of disabilities is being held at Mitchell International Airport. The Art Exhibition will be on display from October 2nd - October 22nd. The Artist's Reception is being held at Mitchell International Airport’s main concourse on Thursday, October 2nd at 11:00 A.M. 


Click here to see previous Art Displays at the Airport.


 The Airport show will once again ask the public to share their comments about the artwork. Many passengers wrote messages sending support and encouragement to the artists. Click here to see the messages that were posted in previous years of the event. This year, travelers will be asked to vote for their favorite artist in which the top artists will receive cash prizes.


If you are looking for to enter some of your artwork into the Art Exhibition or are looking for Art Sales information, please contact Mike Bonk or Email him by clicking here


Entry forms for the Art Exhibition can be found by clicking here.


Click Here for a Flyer for this event!


Thanks to the committee members: Heide Planey - VSA Arts of Wisconsin, Jan Kruk and Jennifer Houston - Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin, Barbara Leigh - Milwaukee Public Theatre, Mary Newhouse - Curative, Susan Endes & Samantha Brophy - MCFI, William Horak & Easter Seals Color Guard, Mike Bonk - Milwaukee County Office for Persons with Disabilities and other Community Volunteers.




Picture of a bookmarkEach year artwork is submitted by artists with disabilities and laminated for bookmarks. Information about the artist and the sponsoring agency is included on the back. We have collected various works throughout the years and will have bookmarks available at our various events. Previously representatives from five states across the nation saw information about our bookmarks on the website and requested quantities.Click here to see some of our previous bookmarks. Contact Mike if you'd like some bookmarks. Click here to email Mike. Special thanks to Susan Russell - Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin for coordinating and producing this effort.




Bus Pass


The Milwaukee County Transit System again selected Tap the Potential as one of its weekly and monthly bus pass themes this year.  This year's theme is titled "Together We Stand",  To see current and previous bus passes please click here.


Thanks to Mike Bonk, Milwaukee County Office for Persons with Disabilities; Tom Roehl, Milwaukee County Transit Company; and Dan Spitz for their creativity and talent in creating the pass.



More Information: For more information about Tap the Potential contact Mike Bonk, Milwaukee County Office for Persons with Disabilities at 414-278-3938 or 


email him here.


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