April 9, 2012 //
Learn to Vote Project to Increase Voter Turnout among People with Disabilities in Milwaukee
– The Adaptive Community Approach Program received a SPARKS Grant for its Learn to Vote project. The goal of the project is to increase voter turnout among people with disabilities in Milwaukee. SPARKS Grants are provided by the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD).
The Learn to Vote project will educate adults with disabilities who either live in group homes or are a part of various agencies serving people with disabilities about voting. The project will create a DVD explaining the voting registration process and empowering viewers to understand their rights and responsibilities as voters. The project will also transport individuals to the Department of Motor Vehicles in order to obtain state-issued ID cards that are required for voting.
“The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities is excited to award this SPARKS Grant to the Adaptive Community Approach Program,” said Beth Swedeen, BPDD Executive Director. “This group put together a project proposal that has the potential to create real change in the lives of people with disabilities in their communities.”
SPARKS Grants are designed to “spark” innovative methods of building community capacity in the areas of grassroots community organizing, integrated employment, and self-directed supports. The innovative methods SPARKS Grants ignite are intended to lead to systems change that improves the lives of people with disabilities in Wisconsin. SPARKS Grants are provided by the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities.
For more information about this and other SPARKS Grants, contact John Shaw at (608) 266-7707 or [email protected]