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Registration Now Open for the 2018 Self-Determination Conference!

Self-Determination: What’s Your Superpower? Join us at the SD Conference! The Wisconsin Self-Determination Conference empowers people with disabilities in Wisconsin to have more control over their lives. Join us for the Super Bowl of Conferences as we learn ways to live healthier, happier and more productive lives. To register or apply for a scholarship, visit LINK or download registration forms at LINK Registration deadline is October 12, 2018. Catch the Early Bird savings by August 30, 2018. 11 Super things you will experience at the conference Pre-conference sessions are back! Register for the session you are most interested in....

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Partners with Business: Grant Recipients

The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities has announced seven awards statewide to school districts and services providers designed so they can help local businesses hire and support workers with significant disabilities. The “Partners with Business” initiative was signed into law this spring and is based on a successful, cost-effective strategy from BPDD’s Let’s Get to Work youth employment project that shows businesses how co-workers can provide supports to employees with disabilities on the job. The grantees are: Opportunity Development Centers Inc (WI Rapids) VIP Services Inc (Elkhorn) Green Valley Enterprises (Beaver Dam) School District of Altoona Green...

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SPARKS Grants: Applications Available

What are SPARKS Grants?  The purpose of SPARKS Grants is to organize local grassroots groups to make changes in their communities that result in a positive impact on the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), including individuals with diverse identities and/or individuals that are underserved. * Grassroots community organizing means groups that are led by individuals with disabilities together with their allies, who are working for positive community change for individuals with I/DD on issues that are important to them.  Priority activities for 2018-19 SPARKS Grants are: Increasing transportation options for people with I/DD Increasing the...

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What’s the Word?- New from BPDD

We welcome you to the first-ever submission for What’s the Word, our new way to highlight stories and thoughts for advocacy written by someone living with disability. 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. We will be sending these out through our newsletter but we will also have the current write-up and previous ones on our website. The page link will be under the “Recent News” menu on the side of the website. This month we...

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Supported Decision-Making: Recorded Webinar Available

The Arc Wisconsin along with the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities, Disability Rights Wisconsin and the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources are coordinating informational sessions and trainings on Wisconsin’s new Supported Decision-Making law. See slides from the May 21 webinar training here. Listen to a recording of the May 21 webinar training here. Find the Supported Decision-Making Agreement form here. Wisconsin now has one of the nation’s only supported decision-making laws. Supported decision-making is a formal process that is an alternative to more restrictive guardianship and will be a helpful tool for many Wisconsin residents. Supported Decision-Making can allow...

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