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.
Information and Referral
Available to any individual in the community who has a disability related question, concern or need
ACCESS works to assist individuals to communicate their needs to obtain services and support.
Staff and trained volunteers with disabilities assist consumers with reaching independent living goals.
Individualized and group training in many skill areas
Specialized help in areas of community and post secondary transition
Access provides a wide variety of classes and services specifically for youth 18 and under
Over 1,000 devices can be tried, and many can by borrowed, free of charge for up to three weeks
Home safety, workplace accessibility, and ADA compliance assessments to improve physical and programmatic accessibility.
Aspire creates individualized plans and matches experienced therapists to uniquely meet the needs of each child. Our team of experienced clinicians provides services in a variety of settings including our clinics, private schools, daycares, preschools, or other agreed upon locations. We work with you to determine what location is best to meet the needs of your child.
Aspire tailors its pediatric therapy services to the unique needs of each individual providing pediatric speech, language, occupational, and physical therapy, assistive technologies and devices, and related learning services.
Our team of experienced therapists will help your child overcome barriers in communication, social skills, sensory processing, handwriting, food sensitivity, movement challenges, and more through individual sessions or with peers in small groups and camps.
Whether in our two convenient clinics or at your daycare, preschool, private school or home, Aspire meets your child “where they are” in every way possible.
There are a broad range of services offered through the CLTS Waiver Program to meet the needs and goals of your child and your family. Each plan is individualized and a CLTS case manager will work with children and their families to identify needs and goals that will help a child be an active participant in their home and community.
Fitchburg, WI 53711
Through our partnership with Variety - the Children's Charity of Wisconsin, graduate speech pathology students and other student volunteers and instructors host this overnight camp for children with special needs who use assistive communication devices and their immediate family members.
Wisconsin's Children's Long-Term Support Waiver Program makes Medicaid funding available to support children with substantial limitations due to developmental, physical, or severe emotional disabilities who are living at home or in the community. Funding may be used to support a range of services based on an assessment of your child's and family's specific needs and identified goals or outcomes.
Wisconsin's Children's Long-Term Support (CLTS) Waiver Program (including the Katie Beckett Program and the Children's Community Options Program) makes Medicaid funding available to support children with substantial limitations due to developmental, physical, or severe emotional disabilities who are living at home or in the community. Funding can be used to support a range of services based on an assessment of the needs of the child and his or her family.
El Programa de Exención de Apoyo a Largo Plazo para Niños (CLTS) de Wisconsin (que incluye el Programa Katie Beckett y el Programa de Opciones Comunitarias para Niños) hace que los fondos de Medicaid estén disponibles para apoyar a los niños con limitaciones sustanciales debido a discapacidades del desarrollo, físicas o emocionales graves que viven en el hogar o en la comunidad. La financiación se puede utilizar para apoyar una variedad de servicios basados en una evaluación de las necesidades del niño y su familia.
Madison, WI 53704
The CLTS Waiver was established in 2003 to help families support their children with severe disabilities within their homes. Wisconsin has three CLTS Waivers for children with developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, and severe emotional disturbances. The CLTS Waivers are funded through Medicaid and local funding. They are known as Medicaid Waivers because the federal government “waived” certain regulations so that Medicaid dollars can pay for services in the community. Funding can be used to support a range of different services based on an assessment of the needs of the child and his or her family.
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Baraboo, WI 53913
The Children’s Long-Term Support (CLTS) Program helps children with disabilities and their families through supports and services that help children grow and live their best lives. This is a Medicaid Wavier program that funds services for kids with disabilities. A waiver lets states use Medicaid to fund additional non-medical services and supports not normally offered. The CLTS Program aims to keep kids at home instead of at an institution. The Children’s Long Term Support Program helps children with disabilities and their families through supports and services that help children grow and live their best lives in their home and community. These supports and services help the child and family reach their goals.
Monroe, WI 53566
CLTS is a Waiver that provides Medicaid funding for children who have substantial limitations in their daily activities and need support to remain in their home or community. Eligible children include those with developmental disabilities, severe emotional disturbances and physical disabilities. Funding can be used to support a range of different services based on an assessment of the needs of the child and family which can include: respite, adaptive aids, supportive home care, home modifications, daily living skills training, specialized medical and therapeutic supplies.
Portage, WI 53901
People sometimes assume that people with communication-related disabilities don't want to communicate or can't communicate. This assumption can prevent people from getting the supports they need. But everybody communicates - whether using language, behavior, gestures, facial expressions, sounds, or other means.
This toolkit, created by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, is designed to help you access communication evaluations and tools for effective communication for people with communication-related developmental disabilities. These may include autism, apraxia, cerebral palsy, and other developmental disabilities that affect communication.