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2018 Wisconsin Employment First Conference: Registration Closed

2018 Wisconsin Employment First Conference: Registration Closed

Building Full Lives:  Charting a New Course for Service Transformation May 22, 2018 The Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells This year’s Employment First conference is shifting gears to provide an intensive, collaborative day of learning and problem solving for service providers, funders, and self-advocates who want to transform services to support people with disabilities to build Read the full article…

Introducing the Employment First bill

Introducing the Employment First bill

At a press conference at the Capitol in Assembly Parlor on Dec 19th at 10 am the Employment First bill was introduced. The Employment First proposal (Assembly Bill 625 and Senate Bill 514) supports businesses to increase employment of all people with disabilities in Wisconsin. The proposal is based on the Partners in Business model. Read the full article…

BPDD Wants Your Input!

Are you an individual with a disability or family member? Did you participate in the Determination Conference, Partners in Policy Making, Disability Advocacy Day, Youth Leadership Forum, or any other Wisconsin Board for People with Disabilities (BPDD) activity during the past year? If you answered yes, please take a moment to complete this brief survey: Read the full article…

Building FULL Lives

Building FULL Lives (BFL) is a project of the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities. BFL provides training and technical assistance to support organizations in moving from a segregated to integrated service model that flexibly supports both a person’s integrated employment and community living goals. BFL provides services and supports that are individualized, full Read the full article…

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…