Author: Giese-BPDD

August is national ABLE to Save Month

August is national ABLE to Save Month! #ABLEtoSave. ABLE to Save is a nationwide awareness campaign to provide information about ABLE accounts. The ABLE Act lets eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses. This will allow qualified individuals with disabilities to save money while keeping their eligibility for federal public benefits. For resources and webinars, see

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Sign up for Action Alerts from BPDD

Become an Active Advocate! Sign up for Action Alerts from BPDD. Join a network of disability advocates and take action on issues that affect people with disabilities and their families in Wisconsin. Members receive timely email alerts and/or text messages about opportunities to use their voice regarding policy and legislation. Sign up today!...

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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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SPARKS Grants: Small Grants Make Big Impacts!

The Board’s small grants of $3,000 or less help “SPARK” local communities into action and have led to big changes at the local level.  For example, Oshkosh used their grant to plan and build an accessible playground. Their effort which also received generous private and public support, resulted in a playground the whole community uses valued at nearly $300,000! They now consult with other communities in the Midwest on how to build their own accessible park and the Oshkosh parks program has created inclusive programs and park options citywide. For more information, see

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