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Aging and Disability Resource Center of Dane County

Community Organizations

The organizations listed on this webpage are for information and referral purposes only. The Aging & Disability Resource Center does not license, endorse or recommend any particular provider.

Advocacy Organizations

  • Access to Independence, Inc: Access to Independence is a non-profit, consumer controlled Independent Living Center (ILC) that provides advocacy, resources, and services to people of all ages with all types of disabilities in Dane, Columbia, Green, and Dodge counties in south-central Wisconsin.
  • ARC of Dane County: ARC of Dane County advocates for educational, employment, residential, and social opportunities for people with disabilities.
  • Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW): Disability Rights Wisconsin helps people across Wisconsin gain access to benefits, supports and services, and experience opportunity through its advocacy services and legal expertise.
  • Family Voices of WI: Family Voices is a network of families who have children and youth with disabilities and/or special health care needs. Their work focuses on health care, community supports, education/information and advocacy.
  • In Control WI: InControl Wisconsin partners with individuals and families, advocacy groups, government agencies, and many other community partners to promote Self-Determination and Self-Directed Supports.
  • Living Our Visions Inclusively: Living Our Visions Inclusively is a member led organization working to promote inclusion and access for individuals with disabilities and their families.
  • People First Wisconsin: People First Wisconsin is a statewide self-advocacy organization for people with disabilities.
  • WisconSibs: Offers advocacy, information and connections for Wisconsin siblings of people with disabilities.
  • Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD): BPDD was established to advocate on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities, foster welcoming and inclusive communities and improve the disability service system.
  • Wisconsin Family Assistance Center for Education, Training and Support, Inc (WI FACETS): WI FACETS is a source of information and support in Wisconsin for children and youth who have special needs, their families and others who support them. Services include information & referral, support groups, leadership development, individual assistance and training opportunities.

Disability Specific Organizations

  • Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin: The Autism Society is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of all affected by autism. They do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.
  • Brain Injury Alliance of Wisconsin: The Brain Injury Alliance of Wisconsin is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals affected by brain injury.
  • 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 through awareness, education, information, programs, services, and the exchange of ideas and experiences.
  • Epilepsy Foundation: The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives. The Epilepsy Foundation has many educational and informational resources, tools to find doctors and providers in your area, 24/7 helpline, referral services, and advocacy.
  • Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired: The mission of the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired is to promote the dignity and empowerment of the people in Wisconsin who are blind and visually impaired by providing services, advocating legislation and educating the general public.
  • Wisconsin Office for the Blind and Visually Impaired: Rehabilitation services are provided by the Office for the Blind and Visually Impaired (OBVI) to help individuals who are blind or visually impaired to achieve their own goals of independent living. OBVI staff visit individuals in their homes, conduct group trainings, and teach techniques and technologies for use in daily living (home management, personal care, Orientation & Mobility, and communications). These specialized skills allow individuals to adapt and adjust to vision loss, enabling them to live as independently as possible.

Gateway to Children's Services (Under the Age of 18)

  • Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs: Wisconsin has five regional centers dedicated to supporting families with children and youth with special health care needs. Contact a Regional Center Specialist for guidance on a wide range of topics.
  • Dane County Department of Human Services: Families can learn about Katie Beckett Medicaid and Children’s Long-Term Support Waiver through Dane County Department of Human Services. Contact 608-242-6226 or to inquire about these services.
  • Waisman Center: The Waisman Center offers many different services including clinics, autism treatment programs, the Waisman Resource Center, the Waisman Early Childhood program, education and information for families.
  • Well Badger Resource Center: Well Badger helps connect women, pregnant women, families, adolescents, children, and health professionals with health care services and resources throughout the state. Well Badger specializes in referrals for children and youth with special health care needs and those with developmental disabilities and delays. It provides referrals for women and children in WIC, BadgerCare Plus, and the Wisconsin Well Woman Program.

Education Organizations

  • The Cooperative Educational Service Agency 2 (CESA2): CESA2 provides services and support to its 74 member school districts throughout Dane, Green, Jefferson, Kenosha, Racine, Rock and Walworth counties in southern Wisconsin.
  • Transition Improvement Grant (TIG): TIG’s mission is to provide professional development to educators, youth, families and transition partners to ensure every child graduates school and is career ready! Their website features many self-advocacy tools including the WiTransition App, which was designed to help Wisconsin students and family members to participate in the transition planning process.

Please email if you would like to make a request for your community organization to be added to this website. Requests for organization description edits can be sent to that same email address.