Resources for Families and Children

Young disabled boy using a specialty walker

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ABC for Health, Inc.: A public interest law firm that works to improve health care access through advocacy, benefits counseling, and legal services for low-income families.

Children with Special Health Care Needs: There are five Regional Centers dedicated to supporting families with children and youth with special healthcare needs and the providers who serve them.

Children with Special Health Care Needs: Family Partnerships: Supports the voice of families in decision-making, leadership and systems change. Includes Family Voices of Wisconsin, which provides information, training and support around health care and community services to families and professional partners, and Parent to Parent of Wisconsin, a statewide network of families supporting each other in parenting children with special health care needs.

Disability Rights Wisconsin: The Governor's designated Protection and Advocacy agency for people with developmental disabilities and people with long term mental illness. The agency provides advocacy and makes referrals in cases where there has been a violation of rights in areas such as education, special needs programming, Medicare, and Medicaid.

MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network: Offers matching on a nationwide basis for families who wish to be matched with other families who have the same or similar disorders. Parents are matched, if possible, with families whose children are the same age or living in the same area, from a database containing over 1,600 families covering over 350 disorders. Information about national, state and local support groups is available. Newsletter and other services are free to parents.

Center for Parent Information and Resources: Provides free, current information on disability topics, specific conditions, statistics on incidence, educational implications, and legal rights of children in the community. Information and referral is available for parents regarding direct services for children, advocacy, and support groups.

Regional Centers for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs: Locator map and contact information for the five Regional Centers for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs.

Wisconsin FACETS: A nonprofit organization serving Wisconsin children and adults with disabilities, their families and those who support them. FACETS was founded in 1995 by parents who believed that parents are the best advocates for their children.

Wisconsin First Step: An information and referral service that assists Wisconsin families who have young children with special needs. First Step can help locate a variety of services for children and families, including early intervention services, financial assistance, support groups, child care respite, home health care, educational and therapy providers, medical resources, evaluation, advocacy, transportation, assistive technology devices and services.

Wisconsin Statewide Parent-Educator Initiative: A resource to connect Wisconsin families with information from other parents, schools, organizations and agencies to enhance child learning for students with disabilities.

Last Revised: July 20, 2016