Thanks to so many!

Because of donors and supporters like you, WILC is able to provide individual and small group skills training for daily living, recreational therapy, prevocational, community outreach / volunteerism and vocational services to autistic adults. We are an IRIS and a DVR vendor (Supported and Customized Employment, Skills to Pay the Bills, and Explore Work).

Wisconsin Independent Learning College LogoMission Statement:

WILC is a private nonprofit educational training program serving autistic adults who desire continued learning by assisting them in reaching their goals for independence. We believe that people with Autism Spectrum Disorders are intelligent and valuable members of society. It is our mission to provide each student with the necessary supports so that they may not only have a successful learning experience but also become inspired to achieve their purpose in life.

Knowledge is power. A specially trained autism staff is essential to the success of our unique program. WILC strives to provide an environment that inspires opportunity, encourage individuality and support young adults with Autism to be part of a community, to express their thoughts and opinions, and ultimately realize their dreams.

Each student and family is unique and partakes in individualized programming to achieve their goals and highest level of independent functioning. WILC provides integrated, personalized skill training and therapy programs within a community that applies practice to mastery through innovative multi-modality approaches.

“Thank You!” to our partners and business supporters!

WILC Business Sponsor - CONNOILS
WILC Business Sponsor - Associated Bank
WILC Business Sponsor - Waukesha State Bank Logo

WI Independent Learning College, Inc. Resources

Learn more about the businesses, staff, leadership, and organizations that help our students to succeed.

ARCH – Association for Rights for Citizens with Handicaps

ADRC Resource Guide – Waukesha County Aging and Disability Resource Center Guide – A resource guide for older adults, adults with physical or developmental disabilities, and adults with mental health or substance use concerns.

DVR – Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. As a DVR vendor for Supported and Customized Employment, WILC has an 85% job placement rate. 75% of our students are currently working through WILC supported employment with job coaches, work experiences, or permanent part-time jobs in or near the student’s home community.

IRIS – The IRIS program is a Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver for self-directed long-term supports. The program is an option for adults with long-term care need. WILC accepts IRIS for hourly tuition.

Advancing Choices, Inc – A private organization committed to assisting young adults with disabilities to move into supportive and uniquely-tailored community living arrangements.

Good Friend Inc – Autism acceptance and awareness in schools

Dogs in Vests – DogsInVests began with a dream to help others in our area to become more independent. They strive to empower individuals with special needs by providing them with custom trained service dogs. Their goal is to facilitate specialized training, education, and ensure the placement of service dogs to individuals with autism, without causing financial burdens on themselves or their families.

Waisman Center article – “New CDC Report Finds Increasing Prevalence of Autism in School Age Children” – April 30, 2018

Terri Johnson
Executive Director

Breanne Duvall
Lead Instructor

Christina Buchholtz
Instructor / Job Coach

Caelee Rabay
Recreational Therapist

Kaycie Kelly
Employment Specialist / Job Coach / Instructional Assistant

Jennifer Lytle
Administrative Assistant / Employment Specialist

Sara Lubus
Job Coach / Instructional Assistant

Danielle Par
Job Coach/Instructional Assistant

McKayla Nigon – University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, Recreational Therapy Intern 2021 Spring

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Meet our Current Board Members

Thank you to all of our past and current board members!

Meet Our

Wisconsin Independent Learning College, Inc.

BOARD MEMBERS

LINDA SUMWALTBoard President
Retired Special Education & Student Services Coordinator, School Dist. of Waukesha and Ladlake Special Education Instructor
Mike PreviteBoard Member
WCTC Business Program Lead Instructor for Human Resources.
TOD FRISKEBoard Treasurer
Retired Business Co-Owner, Palmer Hamilton
KATHI WEIDEMANBoard Secretary
Retired business paraprofessional
TERRI LYNN JOHNSONExecutive Director
Wisconsin Independent Learning College since 2014.
CHRIS DERRABoard Member
CFO & Vice President of Finance, Bostik, Inc.
JULIE REIELSBoard Member
Vice President of Business Development, Trissential
CRAIG GRENFELLParent Representative and previous Board Member
Sr. Commercial Lines Underwriter, Acuity Insurance
KELLY FULTONParent Representative
Special Education Educator/Autism Specialist, Burlington School District, WI.
Past WILC Board Memberswith our special thanks:
2012 to present: Scott Kelly, President; Nicole Zeroth, Secretary and Volunteer; Carlene Chavez, Treasurer; Jeff Stewart, Amy Masek, Amy Friedman; Maggie Kumbier, Parent Representative; Jeff Adix, Treasurer; Anne Vogel, Treasurer; Pam Joy, Vice President; Stacy Peterson, and Laura Peterson.

What Do Our Students think?

Current and former students share their thoughts about WILC.

“I love my coworkers and the many tasks I have learned in my job.”

Mike K.

“Glad I’m taking risks with DVR and it feels terrific to dream! My dream job is to be a good listener and an eager worker…. now I am working at a unique job.”

Evan V.
“I get to go to my awesome hotel job every week.”
Andy R.

“I wanted to work in an office with the right environment for me and now I have found it.”

Rob M.