The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (WI BPDD) is seeking five (5) grantees to partner with the WI BPDD and a project consultant to successfully implement the Partners with Business model of employment supports.

Partners with Business is a way to support workers with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve long-term success on the job by using a creative combination of natural and formal supports, both of which are provided by the employer. Partners with Business reduces reliance on job coach staff, builds the capacity of a school or vocational agency to increase the number of people supported in community jobs, empowers employers to provide supports, and saves scarce public resources.

WI BPDD will provide mini-grants to five (5) entities.  Eligible applicants include:  public schools; care management organizations that administer Family Care or the Family Care Partnership Program; consultant agencies that assist enrollees of the IRIS self-directed services option; employment service providers for the state’s long-term care programs; and private businesses.

Awardees will receive technical assistance and project funds of $4,999 (for each grant site) to successfully implement the Partners with Business support model with least three to five (3-5) individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities in competitive jobs.

To learn more and apply, see the Partners with Business application.  Applications are due by 5:00 pm on February 28, 2019.