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Self-Advocacy Fellowship Opportunity!

By Employment Network, 2017-12-13

Self-Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center (SARTAC) is offering Fellowship opportunities. 

A SARTAC Fellowship is a one year self-advocacy project.A Fellow is a person chosen by SARTAC to do one of these projects. As a Fellow, you will work with a group called a Host organization. Applications are completed by the self-advocate and the host organization together. If you don't have an organization that will work with you, they can help you find one. 

The project should help the Fellow grow their own skills as a leader. The project might work on finding new ideas to help solve problems many people have. It must end with a report or products others can use after the project is over. The Fellows will work on their projects about 6 hours each week. SARTAC pays Fellows $5,000 to complete their projects. Six Fellows will be chosen this year.

Deadline: December 31, 2017 at 5 pm Pacific time.

For more information, check this website

2018_SARTAC_Fellowship_Information_and-Preparation-2.docx SARTAC Self-Advocacy Fellowship Information
2018_SARTAC_Fellowship_Information_and-Preparation-2.docx, 866KB

Call for Presenters: The Circle of Life Conference

By Employment Network, 2016-08-05

Circles of Life Conference - CALL FOR PRESENTERS!!

The Call for Presenter application and instructions are now available on the COL website! The conference will be held May 4-5, 2017 at the Holiday Inn, Stevens Point and draws 400 - 500 families who have children with special needs from around the state. The deadline is October 7th.

The Circles of Life Conference Planning Committee encourages you to submit an application!


The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced the availability of approximately $15.6 million in grants intended to increase the participation of youth and adults with disabilities in federally funded education and training programs. DOL’s Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) will make the grants available to state workforce agencies to develop flexible and innovative strategies to engage more people with disabilities in employment services. DOL anticipates awarding eight grants for at least one project for each of the following target populations: adults with disabilities, youth with disabilities (ages 14-24) and individuals with significant disabilities (ages 14 and older). The deadline to apply is August 1, 2016.

https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20160628" target="_blank">Learn about the DEI grants

Call for Proposals: Across the Lifespan Conference

By Employment Network, 2016-05-02
Across the Lifespan Conference
Glacier Canyon Lodge
Wisconsin Dells, WI
November 3-4, 2016

The Across the Lifespan Conference is the primary statewide conference focused on services across the lifespan to create collaboration and smooth transitions between the stages of life. 
Across the Lifespan "Bringing the Best Together" seeks presenters for this year's conference.
The Call for proposals opens up on April 4th!
Our attendees represent professionals in the fields of assistive technology, education, rehabilitation, community living, in addition to students, consumers, and families. Your participation as a presenter ensures that the conference attendees will experience the latest technology, information, and resources.
This year's conference is focused on gaining proposals that truly focus from birth to older adulthood. Presentation proposals are encouraged to focus your submission to the following tracks:
Assistive Technology Post Secondary Disability Services Transition Services Employment
Older Adult Services Special Education Independent living, recreation/leisure
How to submit a presentation proposal:
- All proposals must be submitted online at: https://uwstout.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6g6UxpcrgT9EscJ 
- You will receive an automated confirmation email
- The committee will be reviewing proposals June 15, 2016- You will receive a confirmation of acceptance and an "At a Glance" by July 31, 2016
Call for presentations opens April 4, 2016 and closes July 31, 2016
In appreciation of your time and efforts, all lead presenters will receive free registration to the Across the Lifespan Conference. All co-presenters must register and pay a discounted registration fee of $75.00. 
Conference Hotel  
Glacier Canyon Lodge, Wisconsin Dells, WI
Rooms are reserved at a state rate of $82.00 for single and $99.00 for double queen sofa room (plus tax). Call 1.800.867.9453 for reservations - Reference Number: 500604Assistive Technology Across the Lifespan Conference. Cutoff date for reservations isOctober 2, 2016.
Phone: Jaclyn Wilsey 715.232.5231 

Wisconsin Youth Leadership Forum

By Employment Network, 2016-03-25

The Wisconsin Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) is a week-long leadership training and career awareness program for high school students with disabilities held June 26- July 1, 2016 at Edgewood College in Madison, WI.

Costs of the program are covered by BPDD.

YLF is for high school students with a disability who are active in their school and/or community and would like to develop leadership and advocacy skills, explore career options, and start making valuable connections with others.

Please forward the application form and other information available at: http://www.wi-bpdd.org/projects/YouthLeadershipForum.cfm to high school students that may be interested.

Application Deadline: Monday, May 1, 2016

Please direct questions to John Shaw at – john1.shaw@wisconsin.gov or (608) 266-7707.

Call for Proposals: 2016 Self-Determination Conference

By Employment Network, 2016-03-01

Now accepting proposals for presenters for the 2016 Self-Determination Conference, November 8-10.  Are you using self-directed supports in an interesting way? Do you want to share your story at the SD Conference? 

We’re looking for new and innovative ideas that help you and others live successfully in the community. Share ideas about transportation, employment, community living, housing and more. Take a look at our special sessions on life hacks! Do you have some life hacks you want to share? Share these ideas with over 500 advocates this November! Proposal deadline is April 8

Download the 2016 Presentation Proposal Form  

***Thanks to the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities for sharing this information with us.

Apply Now for the 2016 Transition Improvement Grant Scholarship

The Transition Improvement Grant is now accepting applications for the 2016 scholarships.  TIG will be awarding four $1,000.00 scholarships to students with a disability pursuing further education.  Students must be graduating in the Spring of 2016, and be a student receiving special education services.  Students must complete and submit the online application and essay questions to be considered. 

The application may be completed by clicking HERE or by visiting www.witig.org

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. March 31, 2016


Volunteers needed for Disability Advocacy Day!

By Employment Network, 2016-02-16

Volunteer for Disability Advocacy Day!

Tuesday March 15, 2016

Disability Advocacy is successful because of the many volunteers that give of their time and expertise.

Volunteers are needed for the following duties:

Help at Monona Terrace with set up and registration: help needed between 8 am-12pm (20 people needed)

·         Put materials on tables

·         Check participants in  when they arrive

·         Hand out  t-shirts or lunches

Assistance at the Capitol: help needed between 12-3 (30-35 people needed)

·         Guide participant to their appointments

·         Assist individual who may be lost

·         Assist in the debriefing rooms

Table/Visit facilitators: 10am- 2:30 pm (70 people needed)

·         Facilitate discussion as tables to coordinate a smooth visit

·         Stay with your table members (district constituents) and escort them to the visits and help facilitate the conversations with their legislators.
(note there may be more than one facilitator for each group and you may facilitate both the Senate and Assembly visits)
* Every effort will be made to keep you in your own district but we cannot guarantee this.

** Facilitators are not able to volunteer to other duties between 10am and 2:30 pm as you will be busy with your group

If you are interested in helping please use this link to sign up 


or contact Todd or Fil for assistance:

Todd Costello: (608) 242-8335 or costellot@clanet.org

Fil Clissa: (608)698-0333 or survivalcoalitionwi@gmail.com