The goal of BPDD’s employment projects is for people with developmental disabilities to be employed in integrated jobs of their choosing in the community. Go to the links below for more information about each project, including how to get involved and who to contact with questions.

Building Full Lives 

Through the Building Full Lives project, the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities collaborates with service provider organizations in Wisconsin to expand community-based services to support people to safely explore, connect, and contribute to their communities while developing specific life skills. These “Building Full Life” services provide a pathway to greater independence, meaningful connections and relationships, and employment. Applications are now available for 2019!

Partners with Business

The Partners with Business initiative was signed into law in April 2018 and is based on a successful, cost-effective strategy from BPDD’s Let’s Get to Work youth employment project that shows businesses how co-workers can provide support to employees with disabilities on the job.  In the summer of 2018 BPDD granted seven awards statewide to school districts and services providers to guide their implementation of the model with local businesses.

Take Your Legislator to Work Logo ImageTake Your Legislator to Work Campaign

BPDD conducts the Take Your Legislator to Work Campaign to raise awareness about the importance of integrated employment for people with disabilities. People with disabilities who have integrated jobs are encouraged to participate in the campaign.


WI Employment First Wisconsin Employment First 

Wisconsin Employment First promotes Integrated Employment – jobs in typical business settings at minimum wage or higher – in the general workforce for people with disabilities. The initiative combines the work of grassroots groups with statewide policy and legislative efforts. Employment First Partner applications are now available!

Wisconsin Employment First Conference

The Wisconsin Employment First Conference is for anyone interested in increasing integrated employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Conference participants learn strategies that support people with disabilities to get jobs, develop local action plans, and develop a statewide network. Join us on May 15, 2019, for the next WI Employment First Conference.  Registration is now openConference agenda and Session descriptions and now available. Room block guaranteed until 4/14/19. Interested in sponsoring?  Click here. View a summary of the 2018 conference session discussions and content here.

Let’s Get to Work

The Board has finished the Let’s Get to Work project. This project focused on developing and implementing policies and practices that raise community expectations and reduce systems barriers, leading to higher integrated employment outcomes for youth in transition who have significant intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more information, see