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Nov 30 2015

Grants for Organizations to Support Building Full Lives in Community

Is your organization committed to building FULL LIVES in the community by providing services and supports that are individualized, full of choices, and built around the dreams and aspirations of the individuals?

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Oct 1 2014

Shelby’s Story of Community-Integrated Employment

Inspired by National Disability Employment Awareness Month (October), Take Your Legislator to Work campaign highlights how everyone wins when people with disabilities have community-integrated jobs. BPDD is now accepting applications.

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Jul 17 2014

Meet a Self Advocate: Alisha Cloutier

Alisha Cloutier is a self-advocate who lives in Green Bay.  She works with Innovative Services, a support services organization for people with disabilities.  She has taken part in many advocacy projects in Wisconsin, including Take Your Legislator to Work, The Better Together Project, and the Self Determination Conference.  Last year, she was awarded an SDS Innovation Project Grant.  She will soon be acting as a peer mentor in her project to help people with disabilities live independently.

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Jul 17 2014

Promise Grant

BPDD’s “Let’s Get to Work” youth employment project has shown some exciting results. Now an even larger youth employment effort is underway in Wisconsin with the PROMISE grant, a 5-year, $32.5 million effort that will provide intensive family and individual employment supports to 1,000 Wisconsin youth ages 14-16 who have disabilities and are on Social Security Income (SSI).

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Jul 17 2014

Recent Board Projects Expansion

The BPDD decided at its March meeting to invest nearly $100,000 in project savings into a series of new projects.

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Jul 17 2014

SDS Innovation Grants

The BPDD recently awarded four new innovation grants focused on expanding opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to make their own choices about their lives.

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Apr 24 2014

Get Involved

You can make a difference in  countless ways with BPDD! High school students can apply for the Youth Leadership Forum and there are opportunities to get involved with the Self-Determination Conference. Also, stay informed about advocacy opportunities and other news through DAWN and BPDD’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Apr 24 2014

Meet an Advocate: Jason Endres

Photo of Jason Endres

Jason Endres is the president of People First Wisconsin and a graduate of Partners in Policymaking. He has a lot of experience advocating for the issues that matter to him. Learn about Jason’s vision for People First and what he wants to see changed for people with disabilities in Wisconsin.

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Apr 24 2014

Take Your Legislator to Work

Photo of Gov. Walker during a Take Your Legislator to Work visit in Holmen

In the campaign’s third year, 58 legislators visited 73 people with disabilities who have community-integrated jobs. After participating in the campaign, most people with disabilities say they feel more empowered and most legislators report having increased expectations regarding the abilities of people with disabilities.

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Apr 24 2014

Stay Informed with BPDD Resources

BPDD develops resources and tools to provide information, raise awareness about disability issues, and help disability advocates to be more effective. Check out our new resources about community supported living and children’s long-term support, and also our policy briefs and infographics.

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Apr 24 2014

Employment First Taking Off in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Employment First Logo

The Wisconsin Employment First goal is to double the integrated employment rate for people with disabilities. With the recent launch of its website and first annual conference, this initiative is already making a difference in Wisconsin.

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Apr 24 2014

Impact: Self-Advocates on Fire

2014 is shaping up to be  the year of the disability self-advocate. People with disabilities and their family members have been working hard to share their experiences, stories, and expertise to improve the lives of all people with disabilities in Wisconsin.

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Jan 8 2014

Get Involved

Get involved with BPDD! The Board meets in Madison in January and registration for the 2014 Wisconsin Employment First Conference is now open. Also, stay informed about advocacy opportunities through DAWN and BPDD’s Facebook page.

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Jan 8 2014

2011-2013 Biennial Report

Cover of the 2011-2013 Biennial Report

The 2011-2013 Biennial Report highlights the BPDD projects and activities that had an impact on the lives of people with developmental disabilities in Wisconsin during the last two years.

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Jan 8 2014

Participate in the Employment First Conference

The Wisconsin Employment First Conference is for anyone interested in integrated employment for people with disabilities. The theme for the 2014 conference is “We Can Get the Job Done!”

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Jan 8 2014

Meet an Advocate: Jennifer Kuhr

Jennifer Kuhr is one of the most active disability advocates you’ll ever meet. She is involved in People First, Partners in Policymaking, and the Take Your Legislator to Work Campaign. “I am hoping to lead by example…and hope others are inspired by it and make a difference in their life,” she said.

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Jan 8 2014

Self-Determination Conference Empowers

More than 600 people came together for three days of learning, connecting, and networking so people with disabilities in Wisconsin can have more control over their lives.

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Jan 8 2014

Impact: Integrated Employment in Wisconsin

BPDD is working to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities in Wisconsin. Check out how we are working with self-advocates and policymakers to ensure everyone who wants to work in the community has an opportunity to do so.

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Jan 8 2014

Take Your Legislator to Work Campaign

All over the state, legislators are visiting people with disabilities at work. With more than 50 visits scheduled, and other states conducting campaigns of their own, the campaign is working to raise awareness about the importance of community-integrated employment in Wisconsin – and beyond.

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Jul 30 2013

Meet an Advocate: Marilee Adamski-Smith

Marilee Adamski-Smith is a disability advocate from Stevens Point who owns and operates her own multimedia solutions business. She is very involved in her community and wants everyone with and without a disability to be treated equally. 

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Jul 30 2013

Events and Opportunities

The BPDD provides many opportunities for people with disabilities, their family members, and community members to improve the lives of people with disabilities in Wisconsin. Here's a quick snapshot of current and upcoming BPDD events and opportunities you or someone you know can participate in!

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Jul 30 2013

Grassroots Initiatives Expand Employment Opportunities

BPDD is part of the statewide Wisconsin Employment First Initiative that aims to improve the state’s economy by getting more people with disabilities jobs in the community. Throughout Wisconsin, BPDD's Community Action Teams (CATs) are working with local communities to help expand employment opportunities for people with disabilities. 

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Jul 30 2013

Get Ready for the Self-Determination Conference

Register now for the 2013 Wisconsin Self-Determination Conference! The conference will be held Oct. 29-31, 2013, at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. 

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Jul 30 2013

Video: Better Together Facebook Challenge

Take the Better Together Facebook Challenge and help us spread the word about Better Together! To participate, just watch the official Better Together video and share it on your Facebook page – it’s that easy. All participants will be entered into a drawing to get something special! 

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Jul 30 2013

The Big Picture: Budget Recap

The end of June marked the conclusion of six months of active participation by the BPDD and the entire state disability community in the Legislative budget process. Most importantly, this legislative season included the voices of more people with disabilities and their families than ever before.

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Jul 30 2013

2013 Board Retreat

The BPDD’s 2013 Annual Retreat was held July 16-18 in Stevens Point. The Board reviewed its work from the last 12 months, strategized ways to improve for the coming year, and said goodbye to some longtime Board members. 

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May 30 2013

Thomas-Cramer Resigns from BPDD

Chris Thomas-Cramer, BPDD’s legislative analyst for over 20 years, has resigned from the Board to concentrate on her health. She will continue advocating on issues important to people with disabilities.

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May 30 2013

Meet an Advocate: Nathaniel Lentz

Nathaniel Lentz is a self-advocate from Reedsburg and a BPDD Board member. He will graduate from UW-Whitewater next spring and is a public speaker who helps people learn more about disability issues. 

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