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This historical timeline of the ADA from the ADA National Network starts in 1986 and ends in 2020. It highlights key steps of the legislative and regulatory process as well as significant court decisions such as the Olmstead decision of 1999. It notes the 2008 ADA Amendments Act and ends with the 30th anniversary of the law.

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This month is the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This online “exhibit” from the American Association of People with Disabilities and Google Arts and Culture celebrates some of the many groups and people who made the ADA possible, explores how and why it was passed, and concludes by looking at some of the major challenges people with disabilities are facing now.

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While this fall still looks uncertain with COVID-19, the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities will still be running their Fall grants and programs. Some of these may look a little different, but their staff are getting creative to support projects around the state in the safest way possible.

 Applications will be available on July 13th! This workshop will train you how to advocate for policies and initiatives that support full participation and inclusion of people with developmental disabilities. We are looking to be flexible with how we hold these training sessions as the Fall has so many unknowns. For now, we are planning to have a mix of virtual and in-person training sessions but we will adhere to public safety standards so we may hold all virtually. If you have always wanted to do Partners, but transportation has been a barrier, this may be your year! Apply by August 31st and our staff will keep you informed on how the sessions will look as Fall gets closer.

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While this fall still looks uncertain with COVID-19, the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities will still be running their Fall grants and programs. Some of these may look a little different, but their staff are getting creative to support projects around the state in the safest way possible.

Do you have an idea to make your community a better place for people with disabilities? Our SPARKs grant applications will be available on July 13th! Organize your grassroots group and apply for funding to help make it happen! Individuals with developmental disabilities and family members may apply. We are looking for projects with a focus on voting (for the 2020 election), COVID-19, create transportation ideas, and project ideas from under-served communities.

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While this fall still looks uncertain with COVID-19, the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities will still be running their Fall grants and programs. Some of these may look a little different, but their staff are getting creative to support projects around the state in the safest way possible.

 Does your program, school or organization want to increase employment for people with disabilities? Applications for Employment First Partner grants will open on July 13th! Spread the word to others in your community about the importance of employment for people with disabilities. Activities our grants support include presenting to service clubs and business groups, organizing community conversations, holding legislative events and town hall meetings, and educating people with disabilities and their families about having community jobs.

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Application Requests are now available for the 2020 Self-Determination Conference

Turning Vision into Reality! October 26-28, 2020

Calling all Wisconsin organizations that support self-determination and self-directed support in Wisconsin. We encourage you to submit an exhibitor’s application. This Year’s Conference will be held virtually.

Only applications from exhibitors that directly support self-determination and self-direction in WI will be accepted. All applications will be reviewed by a committee and selected based on interest, needs, variety and mission of the conference. We are particularly interested in having exhibitors with innovative approaches to services and supports for self- direction including the use of technology to help people with disabilities live full and inclusive lives.  Exhibit (Zoom) rooms will be live during Conference Networking Breaks on  October 27-28, 2020. Applications must be submitted by August 1, 2020

https://wi-bpdd.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Exhibitor-Application-Request-2020.docx

Calling all Micro-business owners!

There is a new way to exhibit at the Self-Determination Conference this year! The All Abilities Market is an online marketplace where microenterprises and artists can sell their products and/or services. You have the unique opportunity to join this marketplace and sell online, not only at the Self-Determination Conference but all year long!. Support is available to help you through the process. For more information about the All Abilities Market, visit www.allAmarket.org.
Applications must be submitted by August 1, 2020

https://wi-bpdd.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/All-Abilities-MicroEntreprise-Market-and-Exhibit-Application-2020.docx 

SPONSOR

Do you Support Self-Determination in Wisconsin? We need your Support!
We are accepting sponsorship to the 2020 Self-Determination Conference. This year conference sponsorships will enable individuals with disabilities, their families, and professionals to attend the conference FREE of Charge. Learning together has always been an important tenet of our conference. Scholarships will help to ensure we provide the best virtual experience possible. Your contribution will help us continue to empower self-advocacy and self-direction in Wisconsin.

 https://wi-bpdd.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/2020-SD-Conference-Sponsorship.docx

For additional information please contact Fil Clissa at fil.clissa@wisconsin.gov .

See you at the Conference: October 26-28, Virtually Everywhere! 

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Housing security is vital for the health, wellbeing,  and community integration of people with—and without—disabilities. The Community Living Policy Center released a brief about the housing disparities for people with disabilities. It has many interesting stats and information. 

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The 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act ( ADA) is this month. One of the many things it is to require public transportation to be accessible. While there have been giant improvements made in this area, there are still many things that need to change. 

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