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.
Management Advantage Series
The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD), the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) are partnering to offer a management learning series for employment service providers. The intent of the series is to build capacity with service providers to increase community-based services and competitive integrated employment (CIE) outcomes for people with disabilities. Management Advantage Series
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.
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 spring 2019 BPDD granted five awards statewide to services providers and funders to guide their implementation of the model with local businesses. Read the annual report to the legislature for outcomes from 2018-2019.
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.
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 will be available in Summer 2020.
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. Save the Date! Next year’s conference is scheduled for May 19, 2020, in Wisconsin Dells!
Handouts and recordings from the 2019 conference are available 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 http://www.letsgettoworkwi.org/