Author: Giese-BPDD

SPARKS Grant: Apply for a New Grant Opportunity

The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities announces a new exciting grant opportunities for the disability community: SPARKS mini-grants of $500 to $3,000 are designed to help community groups of people with disabilities and family members make a change in their community. People with disabilities must be at the center of the project and participate at all levels. This year’s SPARKS mini-grants have a priority on transportation ideas/strategies. Priority will be given to under-served and under-represented groups. The mini-grant also includes a full day of support and technical assistance (Sept. 27, 2017) and ongoing support during the year...

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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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BPDD Health Care Kit Available

The Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD) Self-directed Health Care Kit is a practical way to help you and your supports set up and prepare for appointments by gathering the needed information ahead of time. It gives you the necessary tools to be prepared and to receive the quality care you deserve at every medical appointment or hospital visit. We hope this kit is useful to you and becomes a part of your health and wellness routine. This Self-directed Health Care Kit is designed to help individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities (I/DD) advocate for their own health...

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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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