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Back to Sleep, Tummy to Play Brochure: View the informational brochure

Positioning Your Baby for Optimal Development: View video

Picky Eating Brochure: View the informational brochure

Sensory Processing Disorder Brochure: View the informational brochure

Vestibular Disorders Brochure: View the informational brochure

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Funding Programs

Birth to Three Program serves children under age three with developmental disabilities or delays and their families to provide Early Intervention therapy and services.

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.

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).

Katie Beckett Waiver Program offers special eligibility for some children with long-term special needs to obtain a Wisconsin ForwardHealth Medicaid card.

Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services (DHS) has more information on programs that may benefit families.

General Resources and Adaptive Equipment

Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin offers informational resources, networking opportunities, workshops and support groups for families.

Autism Speaks is a national organization with the goal of connecting individuals with autism and their families with resources and information to address the challenges associated with autism throughout the lifespan.

Best Buddies creates opportunities for friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Disability Rights Wisconsin works to advocate and reform legislation on behalf of individuals with disabilities.

Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin supports families and individuals with Down syndrome through support groups, educational resources and other family services. 

IndependenceFirst connects individuals with disabilities to a variety of community resources and advocacy opportunities.

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.

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.

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."

Team Up! with Families looks to enrich, nurture, and strengthen families of children with special needs through various activities, services, and programs.

Variety, The Children's Charity of Wisconsin, works to get children with special needs various medical equipment, including adaptive bikes and augmentative speech devices.

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.

Wisconsin Assistive Technology Program (WisTech) provides information to help with selecting, funding, installing and using assistive technology devices.

Wisconsin Early Autism Project (WEAP) is a leader in early comprehensive behavioral treatment for young children with autism.

Wisconsin Family Assistance Center for Education, Training and Support (WI FACETS) connects families with a number of resources, including support groups.

Accessible Playgrounds

All Children's Playground: Centinnel Park in Cedarburg 

Frame Park Playground: Frame Park in Waukesha

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. While we work closely with many of these organizations, we do not endorse any products, services, providers, individuals or organizations.

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