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.
Access to mental health and support services that provide individualized treatment.
Abuse, neglect, and rights violations in an institution, prison or jail.
Rights to a least restrictive environment, privacy, choice, dignity and other basic human and civil rights.
Barriers to a free and appropriate education, K-12 special education, transition services and post-secondary education.
Discrimination in employment, as well as accessing, maintaining or regaining employment.
Access to voting, including registration, vote casting, and accessible polling places.
Access to assistive technology and devices, such as communication devices and power wheelchairs.
Supported Decision Making as an alternative to guardianship.
Discrimination in housing, architectural barriers, service animals, transportation.
Investigation of stolen or misused funds, or exploitation or neglect by representative payees
Madison, WI 53703
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.
Services: Advocacy, Peer Support, Independent Living Skills Training, Information & Referral, Transition Services
INTEGRAL is an Autism conference like no other. It puts adults on the Autism spectrum front and center, not as a subject for others to discuss, but for them to exchange perspectives with expert professionals and parents so that everyone can learn from each other. For more information about the conference and ways you can become involved, go to integralautism.org.
Every child must graduate feeling hopeful about their future and ready for further educationalopportunities and the workforce. It is our mission to prepare Wisconsin’s students to become contributing members of their communities and the world by connecting youth to the resources necessary for a successful transition. For students with disabilities, this can be accomplished with comprehensive advance planning for life after high school. The purpose of this interagency handbook, Opening Doors: A Guide to Adult Services, is to assist youth and their families to navigate through this planning process.
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PADRES E HIJOS EN ACCION is a grassroots organization of individuals with disabilities, their families, friends and community members building fulfilling and community-centered lives for Latino children.
PADRES E HIJOS EN ACCIÓN es una organización que tiene como base a personas con necidades especiales, sus familias, amigos, y comunidad; contruyendo oportunidades para los ninos/jovenes Latinos centrados en la vida comunitaria.
We love to talk to you, so feel free to schedule an appointment!
Nos encantaría hablar contigo, envíanos un mensaje para hacer una cita!
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.
People First members meet with the Governor's Office quarterly to discuss issues such as employment, transportation, and long-term care.
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
To ensure the rights of all persons with disabilities to live and function as independently as possible in the community of their choice, through supporting individuals' efforts to achieve control over their lives and become integrated into community life.
Independent living is an individual's right to choose his/her own lifestyle in the community of his/her choice and to be ultimately responsible for that choice. The goal of Society's Assets is to offer a variety of services that can meet an individual's needs.
The Key to Independence Since 1974
Society's Assets is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit Independent Living Center serving people of any age with any disability who live in Racine, Kenosha, Walworth, Rock, and Jefferson counties. Formed in Racine by people with disabilities, the name Society's Assets was chosen because the founders wanted to be seen as assets to society, as having abilities to contribute to the community. The organization is governed and operated by a board and staff comprised of a majority of people with disabilities. The agency supports individuals' efforts to achieve their potential and assists local communities in the removal of barriers to independent living.
This guide provides important information about empowering individuals with disabilities and aging adults to make informed decisions about their life that protect both their rights while ensuring their safety and privacy.
Being able to make choices about your life is crucial for the independence and happiness of all people, including those with disabilities. Decision-making is a skill, and everyone needs practice.Just like all of us, people with disabilities continue to grow and gain experience throughout their lives. Regularly involving young people with disabilities in decision-making results in adults who are able to make informed decisions and direct their own lives.
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Supported Decision-Making is an alternative to guardianship through which individuals get help from trusted family members, friends and professionals to help them understand the situations and choices they face, so they can make their own decisions. Supported Decision-Making enables individuals to ask for support where and when they need it. Supported Decision-Making agreements can be used for many kinds of decisions including medical, financial, housing and other life matters. Powers of attorney, representative payees and simple release of information forms can also help families provide the needed supports and safeguards without going to court and imposing guardianship restrictions.
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Systems Change Consulting is a consulting and training law firm providing local, statewide, and national consulting and training for individuals, non-profits, and public entities. Our focus is on making progressive systems change in the areas of civil rights, disability rights, general and special education, and combating abuse and neglect of vulnerable populations.
The Principal of Systems Change Consulting is Jeff Spitzer-Resnick, a nationally recognized attorney with thirty-seven years of experience in the fields of civil rights, disability and education law.
OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:
Individual representation in complex legal matters, including, but not limited to disability, special education and insurance coverage issues.Qualified expert witness in matters involving special education, juvenile justice and the ethics of representing people with disabilities.Root cause analysis to identify nature of problem and system solutionsStrategic planning to effect multi-dimensional systemic changeLegislative and administrative agency lobbyingLegislative and regulatory draftingSystemic litigationTraditional and social media campaignsGrassroots and professional trainingEducation publications for consumers and professionalsNon-profit organizational management, board development and governance