Imagine a place where campers with disabilities are free to be themselves and valued for it. Where they are able to try new things and make new friends in an accessible, inclusive, and fun environment. Campers of all ages and abilities can challenge themselves, set goals and accomplish them – making the most of their camp experience. In this relaxed environment, families and caregivers can be confident their loved one is safe and taken care of, and in return, they receive a respite. Campers will have the time of their lives at a place they’ll never forget.
We provide support, education and advocacy to individuals with Autism, their families and the community in south central and south western WI.
Access to Independence, Inc. 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.
ILC’s are a nationwide network of consumer controlled disability resource centers, where the majority of board and staff are people with disabilities. Through our Independent Living (IL) Philosophy, we help people develop the tools and skills to make informed choice for themselves and work to increase the choices available to people with disabilities.
We are a part of a network of centers across the nation and one of the eight centers in Wisconsin. All centers share the Independent Living Philosophy and focus on providing specific services that help people with disabilities live as independently as they choose.
Established in 1974, Society’s Assets is a private, nonprofit organization.
What is Independent Living Services?
Independent living (IL) services help people with disabilities achieve greater independence in the home and community. We are a non-residential, nonprofit organization that helps people with disabilities achieve their independent living goals. There are 7 other nonprofits like ours in Wisconsin. We serve all people, regardless of their disability type.
All 8 of us provide, at a minimum:
Peer Support: Meeting with other people with disabilities in a group or individual setting for mentoring
Information and Referral: Helping people get the information they need to live independently)
Individual and Systems Advocacy: Speaking out to pursue personal rights and policy change
Independent Living Skills Training: Education on the many elements for a successful life in the community
Transition Support: Bridging high school to college and/or work, and assist individuals living in a nursing home that want to return to their homes in the community
Centers for Independent Living (CILs) help people with disabilities achieve or maintain more self-sufficient and productive lives in their communities. People with disabilities are assisted in exploring alternatives to institutionalization and are encouraged to make their own decisions about how they will live. CILs directly provide or coordinate through referral those services which assist people in increasing their abilities to exercise control over their lives. Control over one’s life means having a choice of acceptable options that minimize reliance on others in making decisions and performing every day activities. This includes managing one’s own affairs, participating in day-to-day community life and fulfilling a range of social roles.