ACAP is a partnership of people who have disabilities and a passion to demonstrate their abilities in the community around them. ACAP is not merely an assemblage of staff and members, but people coming together to work, learn, adapt, and serve the community. We endeavor to build up the larger community and in so doing, discover our valued place within it.
Advancing Choices, Inc. is a private organization committed to assisting young adults with disabilities to move into supportive and uniquely-tailored community living arrangements. Our staff are educated, highly trained and experienced in supporting adults with disabilities to live full, meaningful lives in communities and homes of their choosing.
Wisconsin has many programs designed to improve the lives of children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The ADRC page is designed to help those with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their caregivers find programs that meet their needs.
The mission of the Association for the Rights of Citizens with Handicaps (ARCH) is to empower children and adults with disabilities to reach their full potential, and to increase prevention and awareness in the community.
Designed for those who support, instruct, work with, or live with someone with autism, the Autism Internet Modules (AIM) guide users through case studies, instructional videos, pre- and post-assessments, discussion questions, activities, and more. AIM provides free online professional Autism learning.
Bethesda College of Applied Learning provides students with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to turn their dreams of a college education into a reality. Set in the safe, inclusive university environment of Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW), we prepare students for independent adult living by providing them a full range of college and life experiences.
From community-based homes and at-home life skills development, to job placement and coaching, to behavior support, community engagement and day programs, we help people live meaningful and fulfilling lives.
Our support brokers are hired by people with disabilities, or their families, to help them navigate the many systems and programs they are likely to encounter throughout all stages of life. They also keenly focus on helping client’s blend all the aspects of life—social, emotional, financial, mental, and physical—to provide them more peace of mind and support for self-determination. IRIS, Medicare, SSI issues, etc.
We provide visual art instruction for adults and teens with special needs, as well as for older adults of all abilities. We have art studios in Waukesha, West Milwaukee, and West Bend, and we provide outreach classes on-site at locations where individuals with special needs live and receive other services.
Our adult day services serve adults with disabilities while providing their families and caregivers with respite and access to community resources. We believe that we exist to support the people we serve so their lives are filled with purpose and high self-esteem and a deep connection to their community.
HALO (Helping Autism through Learning and Outreach) is an organization that provides the services of Soma®RPM (Soma-Rapid Prompting Method), an academic program leading towards communication, the expression of reasoning and understanding, more reliable motor skills, and greater sensory tolerance.
IndependenceFirst is Metro Milwaukee’s FIRST resource when people have questions regarding access and disability. We offer over 20 Programs & Services to people with disabilities of all kinds, in all age groups and provide programs on disability awareness, employment tips and access to the general community. Over 50% of our staff, managers and Board have disabilities themselves and this peer approach leads to excellent outcomes.
Social Emotional Learning—or SEL—is the process in which we all develop awareness of our own emotions, how we self-regulate them, and how we use those feelings to connect meaningfully with others. SEL is essential to understand the primary foundation of social emotional learning—interoception.
LifeStriders is a non-profit organization that provides life-enhancing, physical and psychological experiences and services, to individuals and families with special needs. Through Equine-Assisted Therapy, children and adults can experience the beneficial physical and mental benefits achieved through the human-horse connection.
Minnesota Independence College & Community (MICC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit vocational and life skills training program for young adults with learning differences and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Using our MICC Curriculum, our students learn in their own apartments, at the grocery store, in the workplace, at restaurants, and on public transportation.
St. Coletta offers a range of vocational and day programs that focus on the roles that education, employment, and training play in fostering independence and the development of a meaningful life. All of our day programs are open to both residential and non-residential clients, and some choose to customize their schedules by dividing their day between programs.
Located in Mukwonago, we are dedicated to providing meaningful & enjoyable community-based day programming services for individuals of all ability levels by channeling the enthusiasm, creativity, and individual strengths of our participants into goal-based outcomes.
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater LIFE (Learning is for Everyone) program provides a complete college experience for young adults between the ages of 18-25 who have an intellectual disability. With ample supports, specialized instruction, on-campus residential living, and community integration, the program serves a critical need in our region and community.