Resources for parents and caregivers
Birth to Three Program serves children under age three with developmental disabilities or delays and their families to provide Early Intervention therapy and services. www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/health-care-coverage/health-care-coverage/birth-3-program
Children's Long Term Support Program (CLTS) offers funding for families of children who have developmental disabilities, emotional disturbances, and/or physical disabilities to provide services based on the child's needs. www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/clts/index.htm
Community Options Program (COP) provides support for children and individuals who need long term care to stay in their home, including equipment and aids, care management and applied behavior analysis (ABA therapy). www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/fsp/index.htm
Katie Beckett Waiver Program offers special eligibility for some children with long-term special needs to obtain a Wisconsin ForwardHealth Medicaid card. www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/kbp/index.htm
Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services has more information on programs that may benefit families. www.dhs.wisconsin.gov
General Resources and Adaptive Equipment
Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin offers informational resources, networking opportunities, workshops and support groups for families. www.assew.org
Best Buddies creates opportunities for friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. www.bestbuddies.org
Disability Rights Wisconsin works to advocate and reform legislation on behalf of individuals with disabilities. www.disabilityrightswi.org
Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin supports families and individuals with Down syndrome through support groups, educational resources and other family services. www.dsaw.org
IndependenceFirst connects individuals with disabilities to a variety of community resources and advocacy opportunities. www.independencefirst.org
IndependenceFirst Mobility Store provides high quality, refurbished medical equipment for all ages. www.ifmobility.mcservices.com
Katy's Kloset (a service of Team Up! With Families) offers a "lending library" of used medical equipment and new medical supplies for children and adults at no charge. www.teamupwithfamilies.org/katys-kloset
Southeast Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (located within Children's Hospital of Wisconsin) is a resource available to support families of children with special needs. www.southeastregionalcenter.org
Special Olympics Wisconsin aims to "provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy while participating in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, Special Olympics athletes and the community." www.specialolympicswisconsin.org
Team Up! with Families looks to enrich, nurture, and strengthen families of children with special needs through various activities, services, and programs. www.teamupwithfamilies.org
Variety, The Children's Charity of Wisconsin, works to get children with special needs various medical equipment, including adaptive bikes and augmentative speech devices. www.varietywi.org
Waisman Center provides research, training, service and outreach to advance knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases through the University of Wisconsin - Madison. www.waisman.wisc.edu
Wisconsin Assistive Technology Program (WisTech) provides information to help with selecting, funding, installing and using assistive technology devices. www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/disabilities/wistech
Wisconsin Family Assistance Center for Education, Training and Support (WI FACETS) connects families with a number of resources, including support groups. www.wifacets.org
All Children's Playground: Centinnel Park in Cedarburg.
Imagination Station: Roosevelt Park in Oconomowoc.
Kayla's Playground: Franklin Woods Nature Center.
Playground at Malone: Malone Park in New Berlin.
Possibility Playground: Port Washington’s Upper Lake Park.
Please note that this list is not fully inclusive of all locally available resources and is for informational purposes only. Curative Care does not endore any products, services, service providers, individuals or organizations.