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We want to partner with Supported Employment service providers interested in increasing the independence of employees with disabilities and reducing the need for ongoing job coaching.

These grant funds and technical assistance provide an opportunity to take new or creative approaches to reduce the reliance on job coaching through better job matching, employer engagement, systematic instruction, natural supports and paid coworker support options. This is essential as agencies struggle to hire job coaches.

Check out the Request for Proposals for more information. Deadline to apply: Thursday, February 2nd at 5p.m.

Hiring people with disabilities is good for business! BPDD’s Partners with Business initiative helps service providers and employers support workers with disabilities to be successful and independent at work. Partners with Business strategies result in cost-effective, flexible, inclusive employment, and help businesses improve their bottom line and workplace diversity goals.

Click the button below to read the Annual Report to the WI legislature. 

What Is Partners with Business?

Partners with Business is an initiative that was passed by the Wisconsin Legislature in 2018 to assist businesses to hire and support workers with disabilities. 

Through the Partners with Business initiative, employers and supported employment service providers use best practice strategies to train and support workers with disabilities. If a worker needs additional support above and beyond what is typically provided by supervisors and coworkers, the employer can receive funding to provide this extra support.

Each year BPDD selects five Partners with Business grantees through a Request for Application process. These grantees receive guidance to implement Partners with Business strategies. Businesses, service providers, schools, Managed Care Organizations, and IRIS Consultant Agencies can apply for the Partners with Business grant.  

Resources for Businesses
  • Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR): DVR is an office within the Department of Workforce Development that connects qualified job applicants to employers through a variety of services, including resources for Internships and Temporary Work Experiences
  • Disability:IN Wisconsin: A non-profit, non-partisan business-to-business network that raises awareness and works to advance, improve and expand employment for people with disabilities
  • Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN): Provides comprehensive resources for employers to learn how to recruit, hire, retain and advance employees with disabilities
  • Job Accommodation Network (JAN): Provides information, resources and free consultation for businesses about workplace accommodations. Ask JAN. They can help.