Four Great Opportunities for Disability Advocates
Serve on the Independent Living Council of Wisconsin
If you have (A) a disability or a personal connection to disability and (B) ideas about how to make Wisconsin a better place for you or others living with disability, consider applying to serve on the Independent Living Council of Wisconsin (ILCW). ILCW is looking for dedicated members who are interested in rolling up their sleeves and working to maximize the leadership, empowerment, and productivity of individuals with disabilities. Council members work with state government to help set priorities and direct funding for Independent Living services for people with disabilities. ILCW also collaborates with other disability councils in Wisconsin to promote inclusion and self-determination for all people with all types of disability regardless of age. For more information, contact ILCW staff at (608) 256-9257 or visit ILCW’s website.
Ignite Your Community with a SPARKS Grant
SPARKS Grants are designed to "spark" innovative ways for building community capacity in the areas of (1) grassroots community organizing, (2) integrated employment, or (3) self-directed supports. The grants can support local, grassroots efforts that involve people with and without disabilities, leading to systems change that improves the lives of people with disabilities. The SPARKS Grants application packet is available online and the deadline to apply is 12 p.m. on Monday, July 23, 2012. To learn more about SPARKS Grants, visit the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD) website.
Develop Your Leadership Skills with Partners in Policymaking
If you are a family member of a child with a developmental disability or a self-advocate with a developmental disability and you have been searching for a leadership opportunity, apply for Wisconsin Partners in Policymaking. Partners in Policymaking is a six-session advocacy and systems change program designed to develop a group of seasoned leaders across the state. At the end of the program, leaders will be able to work on policies and initiatives that support the full participation and inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all aspects of life. Those interested in participating must submit an application by September 1, 2012. Additional information about the program, including the application packet and specific training dates, is available on BPDD’s website. For more information or for help filling out the application, contact John Shaw at (608) 266—7707.
Self-Advocates: Share Your Ideas
People First Wisconsin and BPDD are conducting the 2012 Wisconsin Self-Advocate Survey. The survey provides a great opportunity for self-advocates to communicate the issues that they think should be included in the 2013-2015 state budget. The survey asks questions about how policies affect the day-to-day lives of self-advocates. It also asks what ideas self-advocates have for improving policies in Wisconsin. Results of the survey will be shared with legislators and other state budget decision-makers. The survey is available online. If you need hard copies of the survey, please contact Joshua Ryf at firstname.lastname@example.org or (608) 261-7829.