Author: Giese-BPDD

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. Maria Barajas’ comments about what she learned at the 2017 Self Determination Conference are part of a video series we will share each month of what we are hearing from different BPDD program participants around the state. Here Maria Barajas speaks about some of the things she has learned at the 2017 Self – Determination Conference. Thank you Maria! Watch the Video: https://youtu.be/0VebhLkd0zw Do you have a story to...

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Apply for the Family-Led Network Coordinator Grant

Are you interested in building strong family-led networks in Wisconsin? A Family- led group is a network of families with children transitioning from high school or young adults with I /DD that are committed to work together to educate themselves on various aspects of adult life for their children with disabilities in their community. A Family-Led Network Coordinator will assist two current and three new family-led groups around the state of Wisconsin. A coordinator will provide technical support, facilitation and training to these groups to support their education on various aspects of developing an integrated life for their sons...

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Supported Decision-Making

Supported Decision-Making is a set of strategies that help individuals with disabilities have more control over their life and future. It involves family and friends working together with individuals to support them in making complex decisions. This guide provides important information about empowering individuals with disabilities to make informed decisions about their life that protect both their rights while ensuring their safety and privacy. It is for: family members and friends who support individuals with disabilities;legal and education professionals; and service providers, including guardians or other supporters who work with people with disabilities. Direct link to Guide: http://wi-bpdd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Supported_decision_making_booklet.pdf  Supported Decision-Making...

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November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and Caregivers Month

November shines a light on caregivers and Alzheimer’s Disease. November is  Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and Caregivers Month. President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983. At the time, fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s; today, the number of people with the disease has soared to nearly 5.4 million. At the Annual Fall Caregiver Conference in Green Bay, the Mind and Memory Matters team provided information on intellectual/developmental disabilities and dementia, suggested specialized caregiving tips, and training on the NTG-EDSD tool. This annual forum, held Thursday, November 2nd, was sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association...

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Apply for a Building Full Lives Grant: Deadline November 17

The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities in partnership with Wisconsin In Control is offering a great opportunity for organizations Interested in supporting individuals with disabilities to Build FULL LIVES in the community. Is your organization committed to shifting your business model from segregated to fully integrated services that are individualized, full of choices, and built around the dreams and aspirations of individuals? Is your organization invested in establishing services that support individuals FULL LIVES by flexibly combining customized employment with individualized community integrated activities? If yes, then you should apply for a Building FULL Lives in the...

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