In November, the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (WBPDD) released its report for 2021 to 2023. It covers projects the board is working on and accomplishments they’ve made in the community. The report also shares future needs for the developmentally disabled community.
The 2021-23 report highlights WBPDD’s impact, including:
- $130,000 in COVID grants for vaccine funding
- $268,000 in total grant awards through their partnership with People First Wisconsin
- Educating over 2,500 families on lead abatement; continued strategies to avoid lead exposure
- Improved voting access for individuals with disabilities in Wisconsin
- Mandated training for guardians
- Family assistance for affordable and accessible housing to those at risk to lead poisoning
The Self-Determination Conference is also featured in the report. The hybrid event provides better access for those who can’t attend in-person. The conference provides resources for living independently and being part of the community for those who control their own services.
In a survey held at the Self-Determination Conference, the WBPDD found the following:
- 92% reported making more choices about what is important to them
- 91% reported they have more resources through the Self-Determination conference to live the life they desire
- 82% created at least one new connection through the conference
The report includes a list of future needs. These include the following measures to help the developmentally disabled community:
- Increased access to state agency data
- Accessible language on state agency websites
The full report can be found through the link below as well as through the WBPDD’s website (https://wi-bpdd.org/).
Full Report – 2021-2023 WBPDD Biennial Report