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.
EmployAbility: Employment and Housing Solutions seeks to create partnerships with businesses to create long-lasting and successful employment by focusing on the abilities and strengths of the people we work with. We work to empower people to gain meaningful employment by providing one on one job search services tailored to meet their needs, expectations, and goals.
EmployAbility provides housing support services to people who are working with Comprehensive Community Services (CCS). Our Housing Team is dedicated and committed to helping people navigate the housing system and we all believe that housing is a human right. We can help you find suitable rentals, address concerns with property managers, identify resources, work toward developing independent living skills, and much more.
Our programs and services include enforcement of fair housing laws, outreach and education, fair lending and inclusive communities programs.
Enforcement: Intake of fair housing complaints and counseling on options for administrative or judicial remedy. Investigative services for persons who allege housing discrimination. Systemic investigations of institutional discrimination.
Fair Lending: Investigates allegations of predatory lending, mortgage rescue scams and other fair lending violations. Monitors financial institutions' fair lending practices. Provides information to financial institutions on how to improve service to low and moderate income communities and people of color. Provides technical assistance and education on fair lending and foreclosure prevention to lenders, policy makers and the general public.
Inclusive Communities: Technical assistance and professional support to community organizations, developers and local policy makers on inclusionary housing policies and the promotion of racial and economic integration. Assistance with consumers’ access to pro-integrative housing choices. Research, analysis and documentation of fair and affordable housing opportunities and impediments.
Outreach and Education: Presentations to consumers, advocates and the general public. Fair housing training for members of the housing industry. Fair housing technical assistance and professional support to government agencies, civil rights organizations, social service agencies and housing providers. Development and distribution of fair housing educational materials.
HHP is a non profit dedicated to creating and developing housing options for disabled residents to live in harmony surrounded by residents of different ages and abilities.
Housing options for independent and privately contracted integrated living experiences.
Home of Our Own is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit established to create inclusive, affordable housing for disabled adults through partnership with other community-based nonprofits. Our first project, Prairie Haus, opened its doors in December 2020, providing 40 apartment homes for disabled adults, seniors, and working adults and families struggling with the rising cost of housing. We are so proud of this beautiful apartment building and the community of tenants that live here. Prairie Haus is unique in that it provides affordable homes in an integrated setting for individuals with a wide range of support and behavioral needs. We are truly a caring community where no one is excluded from housing based on the challenges of their disability.
New Glarus, WI
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
They offer free/low cost safety and accessibility modifications to homes for families who have children with disabilities.
Logan’s Heart and Smiles is a 100% volunteer run non-profit organization dedicated to improving homes and inspiring hope to families with children with special needs across southern Wisconsin. When families do not have the substantial resources required to make necessary safety and accessibility modifications to their homes, they often have nowhere to turn for help.
It is our mission and honor to help families in need by providing free labor and materials to help ease the burden these families face.
Through the generous support of sponsors, donors and volunteers who give their time, resources, and skill, we are able to provide families with safer, accessible environments to support the needs of their children. Our primary source of funding each year is our Annual Fundraiser. We use the proceeds from this event and all donations throughout the year to purchase the tools and materials necessary to construct wheelchair ramps, safety fences, enlarged doorways, hand rails, bathroom modifications, and other custom home improvements.
Our organization was founded by nonprofit leaders and stakeholders seeking to promote affordable housing for first time home buyers at or below 80% of median income in the Madison and Dane County area.
The Madison Area Community Land Trust (MACLT) is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization that has been taking land off of the speculative market for current and future generations in Madison, Wisconsin, since 1991.
Our organization was founded by nonprofit leaders and stakeholders seeking to promote affordable housing for first time home buyers at or below 80% of median income in the Madison and Dane County area. Housing prices in the Madison area have risen beyond the means of moderately-low income people: the median price of a home in Madison jumped from $83,000 in 1991 to $205,000 in 2005, and over $300,000 in 2020, while wages have stagnated.
Buying a home through MACLT saves homebuyers 30% on average, or $56,000!
Under the community land trust (CLT) model, homeowners purchase their house, but not the land (this lowers the purchase price). The land is leased by the homeowner from the land trust. When MACLT homeowners sell their home, 75% of the appreciated value stays with the house, so it’s more affordable for the next buyer. The CLT homeowner also gets to keep the equity they invested into the home plus 25% of the increase in value.
Movin’ Out, Inc. partners with people with disabilities, their families, and their allies, to create and sustain community-integrated, safe, affordable homes.
Access to safe, quality, affordable housing, and the support needed to stay there for many years, are among the most important economic and social conditions that affect health outcomes.
Since 1995, Movin’ Out has worked to improve housing access and support, helping to build healthier, more resilient communities.
We work with people across the state of Wisconsin who meet income, disability, or veteran eligibility criteria to find homes that meet their preferences and needs—safe, affordable homes that are part of ordinary neighborhoods.
With assistance and resources from Movin’ Out, people with disabilities, veterans, and others can purchase or rent affordable, accessible homes of all types that form the foundation for success in other areas of life.
Movin’ Out se asocia con personas con discapacidades, sus familiares y sus aliados para crear
y sostener viviendas integradas en la comunidad, seguras y accesibles.
Desde 1995, Movin’ Out ha ayudado a construir comunidades más saludables y más flexibles. Trabajamos con las personas en todo Wisconsin que cumplan con los criterios de elegibilidad de ingresos, discapacidad o que sean veteranos para encontrar casas accesibles y asequibles que sean parte de vecindarios comunes. Con nuestra ayuda y nuestros recursos, las personas pueden comprar o alquilar casas de todo tipo que proporcionan una base estable para lograr el éxito en otros ámbitos de la vida.