Author: Giese-BPDD

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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Wisconsin Promise Training Event

Wisconsin Promise is a project that supports more than 1,000 participating Wisconsin families with 14 to 16 year old teens who receive Supplemental Social Security Income (SSI). The goal is to provide resources and services to youth receiving SSI and their families so they can achieve their education and career goals. The Board has been partnering with PROMISE to improve outcomes for participants. Recently, the Board worked with more than 40 teens and their families about how best to obtain services and to improve their self-advocacy. BPDD will hold additional regional trainings for PROMISE participants this summer. An upcoming...

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2016-2017 BPDD Partners in Policymaking

This weekend, May 5-6, is the final and graduation session for this year’s group of Partners In Policymaking. BPDD’s 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. Since it began 6 years ago in Wisconsin, more than 150 people have graduated from the program and are active in local, state and federal policy issues. Congratulations to...

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U.S. House Health Reform Bill Puts People with Disabilities at Risk

The Board has issued a statement on the US House passage of the health reform bill (AHCA): U.S. House health reform bill puts people with disabilities at risk Today, the U.S. House passed a health reform bill (AHCA) that cuts Medicaid funding by 25% ($900 billion), and jeopardizes the critical Medicaid supports that makes it possible for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities to live and work in the community instead of being forced into expensive nursing homes or institutions. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities rely on all of Wisconsin’s 20 state Medicaid programs—including Family Care, IRIS, MAPP, BadgerCare—and...

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Find Out About Employment First in Wisconsin

Eric Mikoleit and two Employment First ambassadors from Lakeland Union High School, Peter and Dakota, presented to the Lac du Flambeau tribal council this week about increasing employment outcomes for youth with disabilities. WI Employment First Partners receive small grants from the Board to engage with their local communities to increase integrated employment opportunities. Employment First (EF) has been an active national movement for over a decade. EF works for the development of policy and practice that makes integrated employment the number one priority for all individuals with disabilities. EF advocates for states to adopt formal laws and policies...

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