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FSRC has assembled the following catalog of helpful website links and downloadable documents for families of children with disabilities. It is our goal to continually expand this resource center and keep it current with the latest information, so please check back often and feel free to recommend additional resources via our online contact form.
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Parent Information, Support & Advocacy
ABC for Health - ABC for Health: health benefits advocacy for families
Access to Independence, Inc. - Access to Independence (ATI) is a non-profit, consumer controlled resource center that provides an array of services to people of all ages with all types of disabilities in Dane, Columbia, Green and Dodge counties in south-central Wisconsin.
Allison Smith Foundation - The Allison Smith Foundation supports family-centered fun and recreation. Through special events and partnerships with local hotels, the Foundation provides families affiliated with Family Support & Resource Center with weekend getaways and financial assistance for recreational equipment or fun family activities.
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Arc-Dane County - Arc-Dane County: advocacy and support for individuals with disabilities in Dane County and their families
Autism Society - Autism Society - awareness, support and working together for individuals with autism spectrum disorder in Wisconsin
Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin - "The local voice of autism." ASGM is an organization for families affected by autism and the professionals who support them. Information and referral, meetings, workshops, social group, quarterly newsletter.
Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs - Information & resources, parent connections. Waisman Center, Madison WI.
Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs - Regional Centers - SouthEast Region - Children's Hospital Milwaukee -1-800-234-5437; Southern Region - Waisman Center, Madison - 1-800-532-3321
Community Outreach Wisconsin - The website of Community Outreach Wisconsin offers information on a variety of trainings, conferences, and organizations of interest to families and service providers.
Disability Advocates Wisconsin Network (DAWN) - DAWN is a statewide grassroots cross-disability network of people who care about disability issues. Resource for advocacy information and email alerts on statewide issues affecting people with developmental disabilities.
Disability Rights Wisconsin, Inc. (DRW) - Statewide protection and advocacy agency, providing legal consultation and advocacy to parents and individuals with disabilities (formerly called Wisconsin Coalition for Advocacy).
Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin - The Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin and Jacob's Fund are working in partnership on behalf of all special children, their families and communities, to educate, empower, strengthen and support wherever there is a need.
Family Voices - A network of parents, families, and advocates of children with disabilities and special health care needs which focuses on working with partners to support the voice of families to inform and influence public policy on behalf of children and families.
Grandparents & Other Relatives as Parents Program - The Grandparents & Other Relatives as Parents Program at the Rainbow Project provides a monthly support and education group, newsletter and other resources to grandparents/relatives who are primary caregivers for a child/ren. Phone:255-7356
Madison Area Down Syndrome Society - Education, advocacy, outreach, and support for individuals with Down Syndrome and their families in the Madison community. Contact at P.O. Box 44796, Madison, WI 53744. Phone: 608-692-7653.
National Alliance on Mental Illness -Wisconsin - Family Support Group: 7:00 - 9:00 PM 1st and 3rd Mondays, United Way Building, 2059 Atwood Ave. Phone: 608-249-7188
PACER Center - Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights, a national center based in Minnesota.
People First - People First Wisconsin is a statewide grassroots non-profit self-advocacy organization developed and run by people with disabilities. The local chapter, People First of Dane County, meets on the third Tuesday of each month. Contact Stefanie Primm, 608-219-8178, with questions.
Survival Coalition - Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations works with local organizations, coalitions, consumers, advocates, and families throughout Wisconsin. They are committed to creating a society where people with disabilities are full and equal participants in community life.
Volunteer Wellness Coach, Caring for Myself Program, Catholic Charities - The Caring for Myself Program is recruiting African American primary caregivers of children with development and long-term behavioral challenges to be trained as a wellness coach for the program. The Caregiver volunteer receives $135.00 for each family they serve. Please contact Marian Slaughter at (608) 256-2358 or
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Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (WBPDD) - The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (WBPDD) was established to advocate on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities, foster welcoming and inclusive communities, and improve the disability service system.
Wisconsin FACETS - Wisconsin Family Assistance Center for Education, Training & Support, Inc. (WI FACETS) provides individual assistance to parents of children receiving special education services and provides advocacy, information and referral, workshops, support groups, and parent leadership development. Phone: 1-877-374-4677
Wisconsin Family Ties (WFT) - WFT is a statewide, nonprofit organization run by families for families that include children and adolescents with social, emotional or behavioral challenges. They provide information, support, advocacy, and individual assistance to families. Phone: 1-800-422-7145
Wisconsin Legislature - Information about Wisconsin's elected officials
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