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Aging and Disability Resource Center of Dane County

ADRC Services

ADRCs work with older adults, adults with disabilities and caregivers to connect them to community services that help keep them healthy and safe in the community.  We provide a friendly, welcoming place where you can get information about aging or living with a disability.

The ADRC is the first place to go to get accurate, unbiased information on all aspects of life related to aging or living with a disability, whether you are looking for yourself, or you are a concerned family member or friend, or a professional.

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Our Brochure

Download a free copy of our ADRC brochure in EnglishHmong, or Spanish.

For the Deaf or Hard of Hearing

The Aging and Disability Resource Center provides services and information in an accessible format for people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

What happens when you contact the ADRC?

Our phone line is open Monday through Friday, 7:45am – 4:30pm.  We have several staff answering calls live during these hours.  When you call, an Information & Assistance Specialist will answer the phone.  You will be able to talk to us right away about your situation.  ADRC staff will listen to you and will ask you questions that will help us understand your preferences and needs.  We will then narrow down some options for assistance with you and help you determine the next steps to work toward your goals.  We can help you with applications or referrals if needed.

The ADRC provides unbiased information on a broad range of programs and services.  We can also help you apply for benefits and programs. 

The ADRC can connect you to resources such as:  In-home care, adaptive equipment, transportation, health, nutrition, public benefit programs, Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security, caregiver support and respite. 

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Options Counseling for Long Term Care We help people understand the various long-term care options available to them.  We help people apply for programs and benefits, and serve as the access point for publicly funded long-term care.

The ADRC provides:

  • Information about the choices you have when making decisions about where to live, what kind of help you need, where to receive that care and help, and how to pay for it.
  • One-on-one consultation to help you think through the pros and cons of the various options in light of your situation, values, resources, and preferences.
  • Information about Wisconsin’s long-term care programs and help connect you to resources in your area.

·         The ADRC can complete an assessment to determine if you will be eligible for public funding for your long-term care.

·         The ADRC can help you prepare your Medicaid application, if eligible.


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Disability Benefit Specialists

Disability Benefit Specialists (DBS) may assist individuals between the ages of 18 and 59 who have physical disabilities, developmental disabilities, mental health issues, and/or substance abuse issues.

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The Aging and Disability Resource Center provides accurate and current information on private and government benefits and programs. This includes assisting individuals when they have questions or when they need help with the process of accessing Medicare, Social Security, or other benefits.

Elder Benefit Specialist Program

A Legal Services Program of the Area Agency on Aging of Dane County

The Dane County Elder Benefit Specialist (EBS) Program is administered by the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) of Dane County and is co-located and operated in partnership with the Dane County Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC). The EBS Program provides legal advice/representation for senior adults (age 60+) residing in Dane County that are faced with benefit, housing and other disputes or denials, complications, changes in benefits, claims not paid, and other similar issue groups that have an economic or socially isolating effect on the older adult.

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If you are a young adult with a disability or family member of a young adult and are interested in learning about options after high school, our high school transition team can help. The ADRC has specialists who can meet with you in your home to identify resources and/or services that can help you as school services end and the transition to life as an adult occurs.
At age 17 ½ or older feel free to contact the Aging and Disability Resource Center High School Transition Helpline at (608) 240-7476 to request information on applying for Dane County Adult Services. An Information and Assistance Specialist (I&A Specialist) will explain the eligibility criteria and process. The ADRC is responsible for determining eligibility for Adult Waiver Services and will need to complete an assessment and gather required medical documentation of your disability. An I&A Specialist will are also able to explain Dane County’s guidelines for supporting adults with developmental and physical disabilities in the community.