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2017 Wisconsin Employment First Conference: Embracing Change: Together We Make it Happen

  2017 Wisconsin Employment First Conference a Huge Success! The fourth annual Employment First Conference, “Embracing Change: Together We Make It Happen” was a huge success! A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who attended the conference. There were close to 350 people who participated in the event, and 15 micro-enterprise owners selling their products!   Read the full article…

Presentations from 2016 EF Conference

Check out information and presentations from the 3rd annual Employment First (EF) Conference: Celebrating Progress! The 2016 EF conference celebrated the major achievements in employment policy and practice and honored the hard work of advocates, families, providers, state agencies, and schools. For more, see http://www.wiemploymentfirst.com/events/2016-conference/

Report on BPDD’s Employment Efforts in 2016

Find out what BPDD is doing to increase employment for individuals with disabilities in Wisconsin! BPDD Board Presentation on Employment First Partners in 2016 WI Employment First Partners are community groups and organizations that engage in outreach activities in their local community to expand integrated employment opportunities for people with disabilities. WI Employment First Partners Read the full article…

BPDD Grant for Organizations Supporting Individuals with Disabilities to Build Full Lives in the Community

BPDD is Offering a Great Opportunity for Organizations Interested in Supporting Individuals with Disabilities to Build FULL LIVES in the 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? Are you Read the full article…

Congratulations to the 16 recipients of the Employment First Partner Grants

The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities awarded Employment First Partner grants to 16 community organizations, including: schools, employment providers, long term care providers, and advocacy organizations.  These organizations will work in their local communities to expand employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.  Activities will include:  legislative breakfasts, Take Your Legislator to Work visits, Read the full article…

Apply for an Employment First Partner Grant

Do you believe that providing opportunities for integrated employment should be given the highest priority for working age individuals with developmental disabilities? Are you interested in helping to increase integrated employment options for individuals with disabilities? If yes, than apply for a WI Employment First Partner grant!    The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Read the full article…

Employment First Partner: The Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District

Check out the work of one of BPDD’s Employment First Partners: The Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District partners with businesses to provide valuable job skills training for youth with disabilities. Teachers at Chi-Hi identify students with special needs who could benefit from certain training opportunities. The program helps those students secure an internship with Read the full article…

Excellent Training Opportunities Available!

·  Job Development Boot Camp 2015: Meeting the Needs of Employers.  June 15th-19th at Edgewood College, sponsored by Edgewood College, Innovations Now and APSE-WI.  This is a one week intensive training experience designed for job developers, teachers and employment professionals. Registration fee includes business tours and seminar materials, and meals. Registration is limited to 20 Read the full article…

Let Your Voice Be Heard!

Rep. Born proposes motion to remove Family Care, IRIS, and ADRC changes from the 2015-17 Biennial Budget ·       Rep. Mark Born (R, Beaver Dam) has submitted a motion to the Joint Finance committee to remove Family Care, IRIS and ADRC changes from the 2015-17 Biennial Budget.  ·       This motion would have to be approved by Read the full article…