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Accessibility Resources

Housing Resources (exit DHS)
If you are in need of help finding housing, a new website is available to assist you in your search. The website is a free resource to help you find a home that fits your needs and budget. Property providers can list apartments and homes for rent any time, which means that the list is always current.

Design Resources

Access Main Street (exit DHS)
This website offers resources to promote universal design, accessibility, inclusion, and ease of use within all aspects of the community.
ADA Guide for Small Businesses (exit DHS; PDF, 956 KB)
This guide presents an informal overview of some basic ADA requirements for small businesses that provide goods or services to the public.
ADA Guidelines for Accessible Design (exit DHS)
Guide to scoping and technical requirements for accessibility to buildings and facilities by individuals with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.
Barrier-Free Building Code in Wisconsin (exit DHS; PDF, 339 KB)
Commercial building code chapter on barrier-free design from the Department of Safety and Professional Services.
Home Modification Resource Center (exit DHS) 
University-based, non-profit organization dedicated to promote aging in place and independent living for persons of all ages and abilities.
Resources for Religious Organizations
Information about building accessible congregations.
Universal Home Design (PDF, 28 KB)
Information about the benefits of universal home design.
Universal Home Design Guide (exit DHS)
A practical guide to universal home design.
Visitability: A New Twist on Access (PDF, 23 KB)
Information on how homes can be designed in such a way that they can be lived in or visited by people who have trouble with steps or who use wheelchairs or walkers.

Discrimination Complaints

Wisconsin Fair Housing Law (exit DHS) 
Information about housing discrimination and fair housing practices.

Financial Assistance (exit DHS) is the official benefits website of the U.S. government, with information on over 1,000 benefit and assistance programs. (exit DHS) is the federal government's one-stop Web site for people with disabilities, their families, employers, veterans and service members, workforce professionals and many others. connects people with disabilities to the information and resources they need to actively participate in the workforce and in their communities.
Gap Financing for Home Purchase & Rehabilitation (exit DHS) 
Link to Movin' Out, Inc., a housing organization providing information and assistance, housing counseling, and gap financing for purchase and rehabilitation to Wisconsin households with a member who has a permanent disability.
WHEDA (exit DHS)
HOME Loan from the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) offer long-term, below-market, fixed-rate financing for low- to moderate-income, first-time homebuyers.
HOME Program (exit DHS)
Information from the Department of Commerce on the HOME-Homebuyer and Rehabilitation Program (HHR).
Project Home for Dane County (exit DHS)
Provides affordable home repairs, weatherization and accessibility modifications for low to moderate income homeowners.
Rental Help in WI  (exit DHS)
Information about rental help available in Wisconsin such as subsidized housing or public housing from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Rural Home Repair Loans for Low-Income Elders (exit DHS)
This program provides loans and grants to very low-income homeowners to repair, improve, or modernize their dwellings or to remove health and safety hazards or to complete repairs to make the dwelling accessible for household members with disabilities.
Tax Incentives for Business Accessibility (exit DHS)
Information about the disabled access credit that is available for small businesses and the tax deduction that is available for businesses of any size to help offset some of the costs of improving accessibility for customers or employees with disabilities.
Travis Roy Foundation for people with spinal cord injury (exit DHS) 
Information about grants available to paraplegics or quadriplegics paralyzed due to a spinal cord injury, which can be used for home modifications and other purposes.
Veterans Grants for Home Modifications (exit DHS)
The goal of the Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) Grant Program is to provide a barrier-free living environment that affords the veterans or service members a level of independent living he or she may not normally enjoy.
WI Public Housing Authority Contact Information (exit DHS)
Contact information for Public and Indian Housing Authorities in Wisconsin.
WisLoan Program
The WisLoan program offers loans for assistive technology such as hearing aids, modified vehicles, wheelchairs and ramps.


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Last Revised: July 11, 2014