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Care Wisconsin Awarded Grant from The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities

Care Wisconsin was awarded a grant from The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (WBPDD). The grant will allow Care Wisconsin to conduct two listening sessions around self-directed care.

Self-directed care, or self-directed services (SDS) allows individuals to take more control and responsibility for workers helping them live more independently. It can also help individuals live a more meaningful life.

The grant will be used to hold Self-Determination Listening–Learning sessions where members will have a chance to provide feedback on work being done by Care Wisconsin's SDS Guiding Coalition.

The SDS Guiding Coalition is a group of staff who are working to identify ways to enhance self-directed care and increase use of it by members over the next two years. Work has focused on two areas:

  1. My Own Home: Working to increase the number of individuals living in My Own Home. This means choosing where you live, living with people you choose, with your name on the lease or deed, and where there is no business relationship between the services received and the property owner.
  2. Meaningful Day: The goal is to identify ways in which members can take part in meaningful community activities. The group is looking at options such as time banking, where individuals exchange services as well as other creative solutions for vocational and day service opportunities.

The listening sessions will give members a chance to participate in the process by providing a forum for member interaction. Members who are interested will have an opportunity to be involved as the coalition continues its work. Planning for the listening sessions will begin shortly.

The WBPDD was established to advocate on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities, foster welcoming and inclusive communities, and improve the disability service system. The Board's mission is to help people with developmental disabilities become independent, productive, and included in all facets of community life.