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The Wisconsin Self-Determination Conference works to empower people with disabilities in Wisconsin to have more control over their lives. More than 600 people each year participate in the conference to learn more about self-determination and SDS so they can live independently, be members of their communities, and use public funds efficiently. The conference participants include people with disabilities and their family members, direct care providers, and professionals from Wisconsin’s disability community.

2017 Self-Determination Conference

November 1-3, Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI

Join us as we celebrate 10 years of the SD Conference! 

Celebrating You…Mind, Body and Spirit

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Registration fees include: meals, materials, and refreshments

  • Adult Consumer Scholarship: $25.00
  • Student Plus One Scholarship: $50.00
  • Consumer: $90.00
  • Direct Care Provider attending with a Consumer: $100.00
  • Family Member: $100.00
  • Professional/Other: $225.00

Download the 2017 Registration Form 

Registration Form (en español)


For over 10 years we have been inviting you to the conversation about Self-Determination and Self-Direction. Over 15,000 people with disabilities and frail elders use Self-Directed Supports to live full lives which includes working in their community, living with whom they want to live with, and participating in community life. The Self-Determination Conference is uniquely designed to bring the experiences of self-advocates together by sharing practical information and hands-on tools provided with the help of professionals, family members, and support staff. More than 500 people with disabilities have shared their experiences and expertise by presenting and sharing at the Self-Determination Conference: a standard by which many other conferences have since adopted.

2017 SD Conference Brochure

2017 SD Conference Brochure  (en español)

Sponsorship Opportunities- Want to help support the Conference? Sponsorship opportunities are available for you and your organization. Please contact Fil Clissa at or call (608) 266-5395 for more information. Sponsorships help support over 100 scholarships, conference materials and activities.

Download the 2017 SD Conference Sponsorship Form

Diehard Award  Nominate someone for a Diehard Award  who goes above and beyond to improve community supports for individuals with disabilities. Deadline is  October 6, 2017.  Awards will be  announced at the  conference.

Diehard Award 

Scholarships. Scholarships are reviewed on a first come basis. Scholarships: A limited number of scholarships are available to individuals with disabilities who qualify. Scholarships will be accepted until September 15, 2017 or until funds have run out. * If you are requesting a scholarship, DO NOT make your own hotel reservations. Please contact Fil Clissa at or call (608) 266-5395 for more information.

Download the 2017 Scholarship Request Form