Registration Now Open for the 2018 Self-Determination Conference!

Monday, October 29 – Wednesday, October 31

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.

Conference agenda with session titles can be found below along with the electronic copy of the conference brochure.

To register  online, visit: HERE

To download a paper registration follow the link: HERE

Registration deadline is October 12, 2018

Catch the Early Bird savings by September 7th, 2018

Conference Scholarships will be available until September 7, 2018 or until funds run out. There are a limited number of scholarships available and they are determined on a first come, first serve basis. We will try to approve as many requests as possible, but we may run out before the deadline. If you are looking to apply for a scholarship, follow the link below to download the application.

If you have questions about scholarships or registration Please contact Michelle Roach at 920-723-5571 or email at


Nominations are open for the 2018 Die-hard Awards!

Do you know someone who goes above and beyond to improve community supports for individuals with disabilities?  Do they support self-determination?  Nominate them for a Diehard Award in one of the following two categories (you may only submit one nomination for each category):

Professional Advocate

Self-Advocate/Grassroots Advocate

A Diehard is an individual who has made a significant contribution to the advocacy work here in Wisconsin. A diehard is someone with a steadfast commitment to the principles of community integration and self-determination. Diehards go above and beyond to make sure everyone is counted.

Awards will be presented at the Self-Determination Conference on October 30th at the Kalahari Resort and Conference Center in the Wisconsin Dells.

Nomination Forms must be in the BPDD office no later than 12 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.

The Conference Planning Committee reserves the right to present none or multiple awards in any of the categories.

Download Nomination Form Here or go to


Exhibitor Applications are now available for the 2018 Self-Determination Conference.

Calling all Wisconsin organizations that support self-determination and self-directed support in Wisconsin. We encourage you to submit an application. Space is limited and only applications from exhibitors that directly support self-determination and self-direction in WI will be accepted. All applications will be reviewed by a committee and selected based on interest, needs, variety and mission of the conference. We are particularly interested in having exhibitors with innovative approaches to services and supports for self- direction including health and wellness supports for people with disabilities.  Exhibit tables are open Oct. 29-31, 2018.

Calling all Micro-business owners! If you are a person with a disability and own your own micro-business apply to share your gifts and talents with over 900 people this October? Be an exhibitor at the 2018 Self-Determination Conference!

Exhibitor Application

Application Deadline: August 7, 2018

Sponsorship Applications are now available for the 2018 Self-Determination Conference.

We are accepting sponsorship to the 2018 Self-Determination Conference. Conference sponsorships are used to increase the  number of scholarships we can provide to  people with disabilities and their families and help to keep  conference fees are low as possible.

Your contribution will help us continue to empower self-advocacy and self direction in Wisconsin.

For additional information please contact  Fil Clissa at or call 608-266-5395.

Sponsorship Application


Past Self Determination Conference Resources 

2017 Self Determination Conference Resources

2016 Self Determination Conference Resources