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Apply for the Employment First Partner Grants

By Shannon Webb, 2016-06-22

Apply for the Employment First Partner Grants

Are you interested in expanding employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), including people with diverse identities and/or individuals who are underserved? Do you have creative ideas for local community  outreach activities  that would lead to increased community integrated employment for individuals with I/DD? 

If your answer is yes, then apply for the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (WBPDD) Employment First (EF) Partner Grants. EF Partner Grants provide you with funding up to $3,000 , technical assistance, and tools/resources to support your outreach activities.

Previous EF Partners have: hosted legislative breakfasts, conducted town hall meetings with legislators and local businesses, developed media campaigns and Public Service Announcements. 

If you are interested you need to complete a brief application  (if link does not work, cut and paste this URL into browser:

Send completed application to: 
EF Partner Grant
101 East Wilson Street
Room 219
Madison, WI 53703

The deadline for submission of applications is Friday, July 29th, 2016.   Individuals (or groups) with I/DD who have diverse identities and /or individuals that are underserved are encouraged to apply. 

If you have any questions contact:  Ann Sievert at 608-267-9897 or 


The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities
101 East Wilson Street, Rm. 219
Madison, WI 53703
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Great News Coverage out of Milwaukee Area

By Shannon Webb, 2013-11-22

Collaboration promotes hiring of workers with disabilities

Anthony Mixon says he enjoys all aspects of working at the Colectivo cafe in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood. Six independent area nonprofits formed Disabilities Solutions Collaborative recently to help place workers with disabilities in jobs.

See the full article at:

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Spread Some Inspiration!

By Shannon Webb, 2013-05-30

The Real People, Real Jobswebsite highlights the employment successes of people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) who are working in paid jobs in their communities. Through the use of innovative, front-line employment support practices, these individuals are earning money, forming networks, and contributing to their communities. Learn more about these people and the promising practices that led to their success.

Visit the website to get ideas and inspiration!

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Grant Writing Webcast

By Shannon Webb, 2013-01-10

This months VCU Project Empowerment webcast is presented by Ms. Jessica Venable from VCU and is entitled Grant Writing 101: Its Not Rocket Surgery.

Details: The webcast will be streamed on Wednesday, January 16th at 2:00pm though our website: If you cannot watch it on this day, it will be immediately archived at: This is a highly relevant webcast to any students/staff/faculty interested in grant writing.

Email Teri Blankenship ( or Jessica Bourdon ( with any questions.

Virginia Commonwealth University |
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (#H133A080060)
730 East Broad Street, Room 3070 | PO Box 980330 | Richmond, Virginia 23298
Phone: (804) 827-0914 | TTY: (804) 828-1120 | Fax: (804) 828-1321
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Updated Transition Action Guide Now Available

By Shannon Webb, 2012-08-13

The Transition Action Guide has been revised and updated! Both the short and full version are available on the DVR website:

Full Version:

Short Version:

Please disseminate to others!

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Child Labor Law Guide

By Shannon Webb, 2012-08-13

The NEW Child Labor Law Guide has been released.

You can share it, print it, and use it with students and employers. While written with an approach to better inform work-based learning employer partners, the laws, of course, apply to ALL employed minors.

This document makes it easy to locate specific hazardous restrictions, as well as, understand the exceptions. In addition, you should note the standard work-based learning and employment definitions developed with the Department of Public Instruction and the Labor Standards Bureau, and inclusion of pictures of Youth Apprenticeship students and quotes employers.

If you have any questions about this document, please contactRobin Kroyer-Kubicek,Youth Apprenticeship Curriculum Coordinator, at920-252-0359orJim Chiolino, DWD Labor Standards Bureau, at 608-266-3345.


The Guide is ALSO connected through the Youth Apprenticeship Website, Right Side Link- "Child Labor Law" under "Hazardous Restrictions" at:

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Resources for Supporting Youth

By Shannon Webb, 2012-06-15

These resources can help adults prepare youth with disabilities for careers after high school:

Soft Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success


This free curriculum focuses on teaching soft or workforce readiness skills to youth with and without disabilities ages 14-21. Created for youth development professionals as an introduction to workplace interpersonal and professional skills, it has hands-on, engaging activities in six areas: communication, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, networking, problem solving and critical thinking, and professionalism. Developed by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor.

Finding Jobs for Students with Intellectual Disability: Where Do You Start?

The audio content from this March 2012 Webinar is available for free downloading. It gives participants a process they can use to create opportunities for students by getting their foot in the door of the right businesses. Sponsored by Think College, based at the Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston.

Paving the Way to Work: A Guide to Career- Focused Mentoring for Youth withDisabilities

This free guide was developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/ Youth) specifically to help professionals address the mentoring needs of youth with disabilities during their transition from school to work.

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Get Ready for October!

By Shannon Webb, 2012-06-15

US Labor Departments Office of Disability Employment Policy announces 2012 theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy today announced the official theme for October's National Disability Employment Awareness Month: "A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce: What Can YOU Do?" The theme promotes the benefits of a diverse workforce that includes workers with disabilities, who represent a highly skilled talent pool.

"Employers who ensure that inclusive workplace policies and practices are woven into the fabric and culture of the organization create an environment that encourages all workers including those of us with disabilities to work to their full capacity and contribute fully to the organization's success," said Kathy Martinez, assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy.

Early announcement of the theme helps communities nationwide plan a series of announcements, events and meetings to begin in October, some of which will continue throughout the year. Such activities include proclamations, public awareness programs and job fairs that showcase the skills and talents of workers with disabilities.

As background, Public Law 176, enacted by Congress in 1945, designated the first week in October each year as "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week." President Harry S. Truman designated the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities to carry out the observance. In 1962, the word "physically" was removed from the week's name to acknowledge the employment needs of all Americans with disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed its name to "National Disability Awareness Month," which eventually evolved to its current name. The Labor Department's Office of Disability Employment Policy took over responsibility for National Disability Employment Awareness Month in 2001.

Members of the public with questions related to the 2012 theme should contact Carol Dunlap in ODEP at202-693-7902. The media should contact Bennett Gamble using the information above.

ODEP's mission is to provide national leadership by developing and influencing disability-related policies and practices to increase the employment of people with disabilities.

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