About Us

We are proud to offer daily living, prevocational, and vocational services to young adults with autism as both an IRIS and DVR vendor for Supported and Customized Employment.

Wisconsin Independent Learning College LogoMission Statement:

WILC is a private nonprofit college serving adults with autism who desire continued learning; 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 he/she may not only have a successful college experience but also become inspired to achieve their purpose in life.

At WILC we believe that knowledge is power. We understand that specially trained staff with the heart and vision of our mission is essential to the success of our program. We strive to provide an environment that inspires creativity, encourages individuality and supports young adults affected by Autism to feel safe and free to express their thoughts, feelings and opinions and ultimately realize their dreams.

We understand that each person is unique and will require individualized programming to achieve their highest level of independent functioning. We provide integrated, personalize training and therapy programs within a campus-life community that teaches, trains, and coaches through an innovative multi-modality approach.

WILC Would Like to Say Thank You!

to our loyal partners and business sponsors

WILC Business Sponsor - CONNOILS
Core Support Products
WILC Business Sponsor - Associated Bank
WILC Business Sponsor - Computing Technology Solutions
WILC Business Sponsor - Waukesha State Bank Logo

WILC Resources

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

ARCH – Association for Rights for Citizens with Handicaps

DVR – Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. As a DVR vendor, 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.

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.

Good Friend Inc – Autism acceptance and awareness in schools

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

Ben Friske
Lead Instructor

Breanne Duvall
Lead Instructor

Deb Gill-Dorgan
Substitute / Speech and Language

Kaycie Kelly
Support / Job Coach

Jennifer Lytle
Employment Specialist

Susie Thomas
Vocational & Program Coordinator

Dina Visuri
Yoga Instructor

Jeanne Evans
Culinary / Employment Specialist / Volunteer Coordinator

Christina Buchholtz
Instructional Assistant and Job Coach

Caelee Rabay
Recreational Therapist

Sara Lubus
Job Coach

View our staff bios
Meet our Current Board Members

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

Wisconsin Independent Learning College | About Us

Meet Our Board Members

LINDA SUMWALTBoard President
Special Education & Student Services Coord., School Dist. of Waukesha
TBDBoard Vice Pres.
WILC is currently looking to add a new board member.
TOD FRISKEActing Treasurer
Retired Business Co-Owner, Palmer Hamilton
Retired business paraprofessional
Wisconsin Independent Learning College
TBABoard Member
New board member to be announced soon.
VP Business Development, Trissential
Sr. Commercial Lines Underwriter, Acuity Insurance
OpeningParent Rep.
WILC has a second parent representative opening.
Past Board Members
Anne Vogel, Pam Joy, Maggie Kumbier, Nicole Zeroth, Carlene Chavez, Scott Kelly, Jeff Stewart, Amy Masek, Amy Friedman, Stacy 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.