For parents and guardians of youth with disabilities to find community services and resources to fit their unique needs. 

First Steps

 

 

 

Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) are in most counties and are the first place to go to get accurate, unbiased information on all aspects of life related to aging or living with a disability. Go here to learn about resources. 

 

 

 

 

Provides outreach, intake, application and eligibility determination for Children’s Long-Term Support services to families living in Adams, Columbia, Dane, Green, Jackson, Jefferson, Kenosha, La Crosse, Lafayette, Marquette, Moroe, Ozaukee, Racine, Rock, Walworth, Washington, and Waukesha counties.

 

The Katie Beckett Program is a special eligibility process that allows certain children with long-term disabilities, mental illness, or complex medical needs, living at home with their families. Children who are not eligible for other Medicaid programs because the income or assets of their parents are too high may be eligible for Medicaid through the Katie Beckett Program. A child may be eligible for this source of Medicaid even if they are currently covered under a private health insurance policy.

 

 

Resources

 

 

Helps families who have children and youth with disabilities and/or special health care needs navigate health care and community supports.

 

 

 

Wisconsin chapters of the Arc are located statewide and can offer information on local programs and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) across the lifespan.

 

 

 

Provides support to parents of children with special needs through a one-to-one connection with another parent who has a similar experience.

 

 

Serving Wisconsin brothers and sisters with siblings with disabilities. Wisconsibs offers Sibshops and camps for boys and girls, future-planning training and social events for adults and families.

 

WSPEI (Wisconsin Statewide Parent - Educator Initiative) is all about partnerships. WSPEI assists families and educators to find the resources that will help them build positive working relationships leading to shared decision making and positive outcomes for children’s learning. WSPEI services are free and confidential.

 

 

 

Regional Centers for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN)

Regional centers provide free support to the families with children and youth with special health care needs and the providers who serve them. The Centers help get answers, find services, and connect to community resources.

 

 

 

 

 

Advocates for the independence and inclusion of people with developmental disabilities through a series of projects, trainings, public policy work and funding opportunities available to the public.

 

 

 

 

The Waisman Center University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities supports the full inclusion and self-determination of people with developmental disabilities and their families through a variety of programs including personnel development, direct services and clinics, technical assistance and information dissemination.

 

 

 

Information, resources and support for families with children who have emotional, mental health or behavioral disorders.

 

 

 

 

Aptiv has services for youth, teens, transition ages, and adults, 3 through life, to help people with disabilities live, learn and work. This program guide is a comprehensive tool to all of our services. 

 

The Wisconsin Birth to 3 Program is committed to serving children under the age of 3 with developmental delays and disabilities and their families. The Birth to 3 Program works to enhance the child’s development and support the family’s knowledge, skills and abilities as they interact with and raise their child.

 

 

Informational Resources

 

"Special Education in Plain Language":A User-Friendly Handbook on Special Education Laws, Policies and Practices in Wisconsin

 

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

An Introduction to Special Education

 

 

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

"Finding Your Way": A Navigation Guide for Wisconsin Families Who Have Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and Disabilities

 

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