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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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.