Bureau of Aging and Disability Resources

The Bureau of Aging and Disability Resources (BADR) is responsible for the development of policy and the management of programs that serve persons who are elderly, persons with physical disabilities, persons who are blind or visually impaired, persons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, persons in need of adult protective services and persons who need or receive information about or access to community-based long-term support through an Aging and Disability Resource Center. BADR carries out its responsibilities under contracts with multiple federal agencies in a way that actively promotes individual choice, dignity, relationships, overall health, community participation, self-sufficiency and respect. BADR works closely with other units of the Department to implement the long-term care reform proposals that utilize the Aging and Disability Resource Centers as single points of entry.

Carrie Molke, Director

1 W. Wilson Street, Room 551
Post Office Box 7851
Madison, WI 53707-7851

608-266-2536 Bureau Reception
608-267-3203 Bureau Fax

BADR has five sections:

Office for the Blind and Visually Impaired (OBVI):

The Office for the Blind and Visually Impaired central point for State blind services, representing the interests and needs of the adult blind and visually impaired population in Wisconsin. Through the provision of a wide range of independent living services, the Office for the Blind and Visually Impaired is the single state authority on quality of life and quality of care issues of older blind adults.

Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH):

The Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is the single state authority on quality of life and quality of care issues for people in Wisconsin of all ages who are deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing. Its mission is to ensure that the quality of life's choices and equal opportunities are available to all deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing people.

Office on Aging (OOA):

The Office on Aging has responsibility for developing and promoting public policy, and planning the delivery of services that enhance the self-sufficiency of older persons of all incomes and conditions. This section has responsibility to administer programs and activities required, authorized, and/or funded by the federal Older Americans Act and the Wisconsin Elders Act. These include information and assistance, the elderly nutrition program, the Elder Benefit Specialist Program (for persons age 60 and older), caregiver support and intergenerational programs and the variety of supportive and preventive services provided through county and tribal aging offices as well as six area agencies, four of which are regional not-for-profit agencies. The office also administers senior employment funds for the Department of Labor and volunteer programs under the National Corporation for Community Service.

Office for Resource Center Development (ORCD):

The Office for Resource Center Development (ORCD) staff are dedicated to assisting ADRCs operate successfully.

Physical Disabilities Resources:

The Coordinator of Resources for Persons with Physical Disabilities is the focal point in state government for policies and services affecting people with physical disabilities.

Last Revised: March 23, 2017