Month: June 2017

Apply for the next Partners in Policymaking Class!

Apply now for the 2017-2018 Partners in Policymaking class! Applications are due at noon on Friday, September 1, 2017. Wisconsin Partners in Policymaking is a six‐session advocacy and systems change training program designed to develop a group of future leaders across the state who are able to work with legislators and communities on policies and initiatives that will support the full participation and inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all aspects of life. Partners in Policymaking is designed for adults with developmental disabilities, adult siblings of individuals with developmental disabilities, and parents/primary caregivers of children and youth with...

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SPARKS Grants: Small Grants Make Big Impacts!

The Board’s small grants of $3,000 or less help “SPARK” local communities into action and have led to big changes at the local level.  For example, Oshkosh used their grant to plan and build an accessible playground. Their effort which also received generous private and public support, resulted in a playground the whole community uses valued at nearly $300,000! They now consult with other communities in the Midwest on how to build their own accessible park and the Oshkosh parks program has created inclusive programs and park options citywide. For more information, see

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Let’s Get to Work – BPDD Returns on Investment

The Board’s Let’s Get to Work project was a grant to help youth with the most significant disabilities to find and keep jobs as they graduated from high school. The grant equipped youth, their families, schools, and local businesses with resources/training to triple the number of students with paid jobs in their communities in its first year. For more about Let’s Get to Work, see: For more on what the Board does, see our one-page impact reports on employment, building full lives in the community, and advocacy: The Trump Administration’s proposed budget would make cuts to multiple disability programs:...

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Building Full Lives

The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities is committed to building full lives in the community for people with disabilities.  The Board’s Building Full Lives program has increased choice, independence and community participation leading to decreased dependence on paid supports. Building FULL Lives provides coaching and business planning expertise to providers working with hundreds of people around the state with the most significant disabilities and their families to more flexibly support people with disabilities in the community. Providers are learning to create individualized supports that lead to better employment, health, and other quality of life outcomes. Permanent changes...

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What’s the Word?

Every month we plan to share some perspective on disability issues written by a self-advocate. This could be about an advocacy effort in the state or just some food for thought.

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