Author: WI-BPDD

Employment First Conference: Recorded Sessions

The 2018 Employment First Conference was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who was there as an attendee, presenter or vendor. Don’t worry if you missed out as we are compiling the presentations to review from home. Below are the three sessions that were recorded the day of, click on the title to go directly to the recorded session. We will be posting the slides and handouts from the other sessions at the Employment First website: HERE 1) Advancing Competitive Integrated Employment in Long-Term Care  Presenters: Curtis Cunningham and Amy Chartier, WI Department of Health Services In this presentation,...

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Partners in Policymaking 2018-2019: Applications available

Wisconsin Partners in Policymaking is a six-session, advocacy and systems change training program designed to develop a group of seasoned leaders across the state who are able to work 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 and family members of children and youth with developmental disabilities ages birth to 21. Participants agree to support core values laid out in the federal Developmental Disabilities Act. Please affirm that you support each value before applying for Partners....

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Partners with Business: Request for Applications

The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (WI BPDD) is seeking five (5) grantees to partner with the WI BPDD and a project consultant to successfully implement the Partners with Business model of employment supports.   Partners with Business is a way to support workers with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve long-term success on the job by using a creative combination of natural and formal supports, both of which are provided by the employer. Eligible applicants include:  private businesses; public schools; care management organizations that administer Family Care or the Family Care Partnership Program; consultant agencies that assist...

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Disability Policy Seminar 2018: WI Advocate Recommendations

Members of the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities, Disability Rights Wisconsin, The Arc WI and the Waisman center traveled to Washington DC for the 2018 Disability Policy Seminar April 22-25. During the seminar attendees had the chance to meet with Wisconsin’s Congressional representatives or their staff. Below are the electronic versions of the one-pager recommendations. Please look over the pages and feel free to use in your own advocacy! Caregiver Crisis One Problem: In a 2016 Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations survey 85% of more than 500 respondents said they cannot find enough direct care workers to...

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Register for a FREE Training on Wisconsin’s New Supported Decision-Making Law

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 older adults and people with disabilities to retain their authority to make life decisions, while also having trusted people provide support. Download the Supported Decision Making Booklet from BPDD: HERE Attend this webinar to learn what the SDM law in Wisconsin does and how you might use it in your life or to support a family member. This webinar is...

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