Month: January 2018

Disability Advocacy Day – March 20

Disability Advocacy Day 2018 is Tuesday, March 20 beginning at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, 1 John Nolen Drive, in Madison and ending with legislative visits at the State Capitol. Disability Advocacy Day connects you with your legislators to talk about issues that matter to you. Make certain your voice is heard! For more information and to register:   Día de abogacía para la incapacidad  – Marzo 20 El día de abogacía para la incapacidad es el Martes, 20 de Marzo del 2018 y comienza en el edificio llamado “Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center”, en 1...

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Next Statewide Election in Wisconsin!

The next statewide elections in Wisconsin are the Spring Primary Feb. 20 and the Spring Election April 3. State offices to be elected are Supreme Court Justice, Court of Appeals Judge, Districts I and IV, and Circuit Court Judge. More information on the Spring Election can be found here: NOW YOUR VOTER RIGHTS An accepted photo ID card is required to vote. Do you have the correct photo ID? Find out here: Make sure you’re registered to vote! If you aren’t sure if you’re registered or you need to find your polling place visit If you can’t...

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How Has the Board Helped Me?

The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities is doing outreach to a variety of diverse communities. We are gathering input on how we can better serve everyone in the state. Celestine Burrows comments about what she has gathered from Board member Delores Sallis’ Parent University events and how Delores has helped her. Delores has also established Proud Milwaukee Parents Speak Out. In this “How Has the Board Helped Me?” video series we will share each month of what we are hearing from different BPDD program participants around the state. Thank you, Ms. Burrows!   Watch the Video: Do...

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Self-Directed Healthcare Kit in both English and Spanish

The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities recently completed our Self-Directed Healthcare Kit in both English and Spanish. The Self-directed Health Care Kit is designed to help individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities (I/DD) advocate for their own health care and support clear communication between the individual and their health care practitioners. The kit includes a set of forms for tracking health care concerns and interventions. It has also been designed to help the person in a supportive role to help advocate for the individual and enhance the interaction between the individual and the health care practitioner. Equipo...

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Four Organizations Join Building Full Lives Initiative

The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities has selected four organizations to join the Building Full Lives initiative in 2018. These organizations are: RCS Empowers, Paragon Community Services, Ventures Unlimited, and Opportunity Center of Crawford County. The Board is providing technical assistance to help organizations shift their business models from segregated to fully integrated services that are individualized, full of choices, and built around the dreams and aspirations of individuals. Building Full Lives in the community means creating opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) (including individuals with diverse identities and/or who are underserved), to have...

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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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