Resource Page

ABC for Health, Inc.: nonprofit public interest law firm dedicated to ensuring health care access for children with special need

American with Disabilities Act (ADA): Information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act. Government site:

Aging Disability and Resource Centers(ADRC): provides information, supports and connection to services for adults with disabilities

Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin: The Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin exists to provide a community for individuals affected by autism, their families, and professionals who serve them. Our goal is to increase the quality of life for those affected by autism and respond to the emerging needs of the autism community.

Client Assistance Program (CAP): information and assistance to individuals who have a dispute with DVR

Children’s Long-Term Support: Provides information about services and resources, funding

Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA-8): website for the transition services office location in Gillett Wisconsin.

Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW): Provides protection and advocacy for persons with disabilities in Wisconsin

Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin: The Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin’s mission is to provide support to Wisconsin families and individuals with Down syndrome and related disabilities through awareness, education, information, programs, services, and the exchange of ideas and experiences

Family Voices of Wisconsin: grass roots training, information, advocacy network of families with focus on policy & budget

Great Lakes Inter Tribal Council(GLITC): provides information and supports to tribal members to access programs and services

Guardianship Support Center (GWAAR): information and assistance on issues related to adult guardianship, protective placement and advanced directives

Managed Care Ombudsman: Investigates and resolves problems, provides information, referral and consultation and works with licensing, Certification and other enforcement agencies to improve the quality of care in long term programs

Medicaid (Medical Assistance, M.A., Title 19, Badger Care Plus, Katie Beckett, SSI, MAPP, Health Check) Recipient Hotline: Information about eligibility, rights, covered benefits, providers, problems with bills. Ect. For those with Medicaid

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): provides crucial information to persons affected by mental illness

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition: Coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities.

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth: Assist state and local workforce development systems to better serve all youth, including youth with disabilities and other vulnerable youth.

Northeast Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs: Information and links to get your questions answered about your child’s special health care.

Office for the Blind or Visually Impaired (OBVI): provides information and referral services on a variety of topics tailored to the unique needs of Blind or Visually Impaired residents

Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH): provides information and referral services on a variety of topics tailored to the unique needs of Deaf, Deaf-Blind, or hard of hearing residents

Options for Independent Living: Independent Living Center serves 17 counties in Northeast Wisconsin. Model home is a showcase of assistive technology, loan closet, resource assistance, advocacy for individuals with all disabilities and ages.

Parent to Parent of Wisconsin: provides one to one connection with another parent who has similar experience and who knows firsthand about the feelings and realities that come with having a child with special needs

Respite Care Association of Wisconsin: promote, support and expand quality respite care resources across the lifespan for families

Supplemental Security Income (SSI): financial benefits (including SSI, SSDI) for youth meeting income and asset eligibility criteria

Social Security Administration (SSA): Information on Social Security benefits, benefits counseling, SSI & Medicaid

Waisman Center: Includes informational resources on specific diagnoses, communication connections, adaptive products and technology, adaptive recreational activities, education, worship, health issues, disability-related media and literature.

WATI: a volunteer network of assistive technology (AT) consultants providing training within Wisconsin educational settings

Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities: The board was established to advocate on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities, foster welcoming and inclusive communities, and improve the disability service system

Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired: services, advocating legislation and educating the general public.

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI): information on public education for youth with disabilities

Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR): state employment training program for individuals with disabilities

Wisconsin Family Assistance Center for Education, Training and Support (WIFACETS): provides free information and assistance to families concerning parent and student rights and opportunities in education.

Wisconsin Family Ties: network of Family Advocates who provide support groups, peer-mentoring, training, advocacy, information and Referral for families that include children and youth with mental, emotional, behavioral or substance abuse disorders

Wisconsin Statewide Parent Educator Initiative (WSPEI): parent liaisons that work with families, educators and school districts through the CESA’s to promote positive partnership and free consultation to families of children with special educational needs

Wisconsin’s Self-Directed Transition Planning: Lesson plans intended to be used by educators to support self-directed transition planning and instructions.

Wisconsin Youth First: Unique website developed by youth, for youth. Wisconsin friends can keep in touch, about school, work and leadership activities.

Youthhood: Youthhood is a student-friendly site, which provides interesting and educational links regarding school, employment, health, independent living and other issues facing youth as they transition toward adulthood.

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