Advocacy and Disability Rights Resources

Summary:

A private non-profit organization that protects the rights of people with disabilities statewide. Our mission is to advance the dignity, equality, and self-determination of people with disabilities.

Location by County/County(ies) served:
Crawford, Columbia, Dane, Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, Richland, Rock, Sauk
Ages Served:
Birth – 2 years old, 3-5 years old, Elementary School Age, Middle School Age, High School Age, 18-21 years old, Adults
Summary:

We are the Wisconsin board that is charged with bringing people together to solve problems, remove barriers and create statewide change for the developmental disability community.

Location by County/County(ies) served:
Crawford, Columbia, Dane, Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, Richland, Rock, Sauk
Ages Served:
Birth – 2 years old, 3-5 years old, Elementary School Age, Middle School Age, High School Age, 18-21 years old, Adults
Summary:

People First Wisconsin is a statewide self-advocacy organization for people with disabilities. By joining together in groups, individuals with disabilities learn to speak up for themselves, share ideas, friendships and information.

Location by County/County(ies) served:
Crawford, Columbia, Dane, Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, Richland, Rock, Sauk
Ages Served:
Birth – 2 years old, 3-5 years old, Elementary School Age, Middle School Age, High School Age, 18-21 years old, Adults
Summary:

Our mission is to provide and broaden opportunities that enhance the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities and their families, with emphasis on support for underserved families in the community. Nuestra misión es mejorar la calidad de vida para niños y adultos con discapacidades y sus familias, con énfasis en las familias menos favorecidas de la comunidad.

Location by County/County(ies) served:
Crawford, Columbia, Dane, Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, Richland, Rock, Sauk
Ages Served:
Birth – 2 years old, 3-5 years old, Elementary School Age, Middle School Age, High School Age, 18-21 years old, Adults
Summary:

Wisconsin families of children with special needs and school districts, together or individually, can request a mediation, a facilitated IEP meeting, or a facilitator for a resolution meeting from the WSEMS (www.wsems.us/wsems-forms/) Las familias de niños con necesidades especiales de Wisconsin y los distritos escolares, en conjunto o individualmente, pueden solicitar a WSEMS por una mediación, una reunión facilitada de IEP o un facilitador para una reunión de resolución (www.wsems.us/es/formularios-de-wsems/).

Location by County/County(ies) served:
Crawford, Columbia, Dane, Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, Richland, Rock, Sauk
Ages Served:
Birth – 2 years old, 3-5 years old, Elementary School Age, Middle School Age, High School Age, 18-21 years old, Adults
Summary:

WSPEI is all about partnerships. Our goal is to help families and school districts find or create the resources that will help them build positive working relationships that lead to shared decision making and better outcomes for the student.

Location by County/County(ies) served:
Crawford, Columbia, Dane, Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, Richland, Rock, Sauk
Ages Served:
Birth – 2 years old, 3-5 years old, Elementary School Age, Middle School Age, High School Age, 18-21 years old
Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin
Summary:

We provide support, education and advocacy to individuals with Autism, their families and the community in south central and south western WI.

Location by County/County(ies) served:
Crawford, Columbia, Dane, Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, Richland, Rock, Sauk
Ages Served:
Birth – 2 years old, 3-5 years old, Elementary School Age, Middle School Age, High School Age, 18-21 years old, Adults
Summary:

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.

Location by County/County(ies) served:
Columbia, Dane, Green
Ages Served:
Birth – 2 years old, 3-5 years old, Elementary School Age, Middle School Age, High School Age, 18-21 years old, Adults
Summary:

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

Location by County/County(ies) served:
Rock
Ages Served:
Birth – 2 years old, 3-5 years old, Elementary School Age, Middle School Age, High School Age, 18-21 years old, Adults
Summary:

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.

Location by County/County(ies) served:
Crawford, Grant, Iowa, Lafayette, Richland, Sauk
Ages Served:
Birth – 2 years old, 3-5 years old, Elementary School Age, Middle School Age, High School Age, 18-21 years old, Adults