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Blowing bubbles...The Internet offers a vast wealth of information resources. The challenge comes in sorting through the virtually endless content to find the right information for your family's needs. LINK has assembled the following catalog of resource links and downloadable documents for families of children with disabilities. It is our goal to continually expand this resource center and keep it current with the latest research and information, so please check back often.

Jump to category:  Advocacy |  Coalitions / Organizations |  Education |  Equipment |  Events |  Housing |  Inclusion |  Online Communities / Resources |  Recreation

Advocacy  
1. ABC for Health - Health Advocacy for Families
http://www.ABCforhealth.org
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2. Autism Society of Greater Madison (ASGM) - The Autism Society of Greater Madison is an organization of families affected by autism and the professionals who assist them. Information and referral, meetings, workshops, social group, newsletter.
http://www.autismmadison.org
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3. Dane County Services for Children with Disabilities - The website of Dane County's Human Services Department includes an overview of county-funded services for children with developmental disabilities.
http://www.danecountyhumanservices.org/dd_child.htm
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4. Dawn Network - Advocacy Information
http://www.dawninfo.org/index.cfm
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5. Disability Rights Wisconsin - Legal Consultation and Advocacy Provided to parents and individuals with disabilities (formerly Wisconsin Coalition for Advocacy).
http://www.w-c-a.org
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6. FSRC Family Support Case manager position posting - There is a full time position available for case manager at the Family Support and Resource Center. Please call the agency at 237-7630 for an application. Deadline for application materials is February 23, 2009.
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7. LINK's State of the System report - LINK releases an annual report, summarizing important information about county-funded services for children with disabilities.
click to download
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8. Madison Partners for Inclusive Education - Madison Partners is a group of parents and professionals that advocates for inclusive education in the Madison Metropolitan School District. The group, which also provides information and support to parents about special education issues, has an extensive listserv and meets regularly.
http://www.madisonpartnersforinclusion.org/
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9. Partners In Education Online Courses for Parents Regading Advocacy and Education - Partners in Education, is a self-study course designed to help parents of children with developmental disabilities navigate the special education system and help their children make the most of their potential.
http://www.partnersinpolicymaking.com/education/index.html
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10. Signs of An Inclusive School - How do you know if a school is truly inclusive? This short handout provides ideas and examples of what to look for.
click to download
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11. The Arc-Dane County - Advocacy for families in Dane County with children with disabilities
http://www.arcdanecounty.org
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12. The Center for Self-Determination - The Center for Self-Determination

The Center for Self-Determination is not a place. It is a highly interactive
working collaborative of individuals and organizations committed to the
principles of self-determination. The purpose of the collaborative is to
change the nature of the support and service system for individuals with
disabilities, using the principles of self-determination to help all persons
create the lives they want, connected to and with their communities.
http://www.self-determination.com/
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13. Who are my Legislators - This website will help you identify your state and federal legislators.
http://waml.legis.state.wi.us
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14. Who Is Your Dane County Board Supervisor - This website will help you identify and contact your elected county board representative.
http://www.co.dane.wi.us/coboard
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15. Wisconsin Council on Developmental Disability - Advocacy Information
http://www.wcdd.org
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16. Wisconsin Legislature - State government agency
http://www.legis.state.wi.us
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Coalitions / Organizations  
1. Autism Society - Awareness, Support and Working together for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Wisconsin.
http://www.asw4autism.org
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2. Autism Society of Greater Madison (ASGM) - The Autism Society of Greater Madison is an organization of families affected by autism and the professionals who assist them. Information and referral, meetings, workshops, social group, newsletter.
http://www.autismmadison.org
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3. Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin - The Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin and Jacob's Fund are working in partnership on behalf of all special children, their families and communities, to educate, empower, strengthen and support wherever there is a need.
http://www.dsaw.org
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4. Family Enhancement/Shore to Shore - ? a support and education program for families and caregivers with children who are deaf and hard of hearing. All communication choices, ages of children and levels of hearing loss are welcome. Shore to Shore provides opportunities for children and parents to build language, social and emotional skills, as well as make connections to others in the deaf and hard of hearing community and to related resources.
http://www.familyenhancement.org/programs/shore-to-shore.php
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5. FSRC Family Support Case manager position posting - There is a full time position available for case manager at the Family Support and Resource Center. Please call the agency at 237-7630 for an application. Deadline for application materials is February 23, 2009.
click to download
Document
6. Madison Partners for Inclusive Education - Madison Partners is a group of parents and professionals that advocates for inclusive education in the Madison Metropolitan School District. The group, which also provides information and support to parents about special education issues, has an extensive listserv and meets regularly.
http://www.madisonpartnersforinclusion.org/
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7. National Respite Care Association - Our Mission is to develop and demonstrate programs and strategies that will enhance the lives of children and families. Of principal concern to project staff are families in poverty, families caring for the elderly, children with disabilities or chronic illness, and children at risk of abuse and neglect.
http://www.chtop.com
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8. Respite Care Association of Wisconsin - "Respite Care? is care that is provided to a person with special needs, or a person at risk of abuse or neglect, in order to provide temporary relief to the caregiver of that person or when the caregiver is unable to provide care.

"Lifespan Respite Care" is a coordinated, family-centered system of respite care available to families regardless of disability, income, age, or other characteristic.

Our mission is: To promote, support, and expand quality statewide respite care across the lifespan.
http://www.respitecarewi.org/
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9. Wisconsin Facets - Parent Organization
http://www.wifacets.org
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Education
Information related to Special Education and School Supports
 
1. IEP Checklist - Resource for parents to help prepare for IEP meetings and development.
click to download
Document
2. Madison Partners for Inclusive Education - Madison Partners is a group of parents and professionals that advocates for inclusive education in the Madison Metropolitan School District. The group, which also provides information and support to parents about special education issues, has an extensive listserv and meets regularly.
http://www.madisonpartnersforinclusion.org/
Website
3. Partners In Education Online Courses for Parents Regading Advocacy and Education - Partners in Education, is a self-study course designed to help parents of children with developmental disabilities navigate the special education system and help their children make the most of their potential.
http://www.partnersinpolicymaking.com/education/index.html
Website
4. Signs of An Inclusive School - How do you know if a school is truly inclusive? This short handout provides ideas and examples of what to look for.
click to download
Document

Equipment  
1. Abilitations - Specialized Equipment Catalog
http://www.abilitations.com
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2. Attainment Company - Specialized Educational Materials and Adaptations
http://www.attainmentcompany.com
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Events
Local events related to developmental disabilities and community supports
 
1. Community Outreach Wisconsin - Community Outreach Wisconsin's website offers information on upcoming trainings, conferences, & organizational meetings of interest to consumers, family members, and service providers.
http://cow.waisman.wisc.edu:8000/traincon.html
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Housing
Resources for finding safe, affordable, accessible housing
 
1. MortageLoan.com - A comprehensive guide to housing and mortgages for people with disabilities, covers terminology, the process of buying a house, financial assistance and more.
http://www.mortgageloan.com/disabilities/
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2. Movin' Out - Movin' Out: Help for families of children with disabilities to secure sustainable, affordable, accessible housing. And help for families to plan for housing solutions as their children transition to adulthood.
http://www.movin-out.org
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Inclusion
Resources regarding the inclusion of individuals with disabilitites in their school and community.
 
1. Inclusion Press - Resources and materials related to person centered planning and inclusion
http://www.inclusion.org
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2. Kids Together--A listserv for individuals interested in inclusive education - Discussions dedicated to sharing and discovering solutions for educating children with disabilities in general education classes. How to use technology, adaptations and modifications to make general education classrooms accessible to all children.
http://www.freelists.org/webpage/kidstogether
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3. Madison Partners for Inclusive Education - Madison Partners is a group of parents and professionals that advocates for inclusive education in the Madison Metropolitan School District. The group, which also provides information and support to parents about special education issues, has an extensive listserv and meets regularly.
http://www.madisonpartnersforinclusion.org/
Website
4. Signs of An Inclusive School - How do you know if a school is truly inclusive? This short handout provides ideas and examples of what to look for.
click to download
Document
5. The Center for Human Policy - The Center on Human Policy (CHP) is a Syracuse University based policy, research, and advocacy organization involved in the national movement to insure the rights of people with disabilities. Since its founding, the Center has been involved in the study and promotion of open settings (inclusive community opportunities) for people with disabilities.


The Center's staff and associates include educators, human services professionals, people with disabilities, graduate students, and family members of children and youth with disabilities. The Center has an Advocacy Board composed of people with disabilities, parents, and interested citizens that serves as an independent voice on behalf of the rights of people with disabilities in the community.


The Center is involved with a broad range of local, statewide, national and international activities, including policy studies, research, information and referral, advocacy, training and consultation, and information dissemination.
http://thechp.syr.edu/
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Online Communities / Resources  
1. Beach Center - Kansas - Informational Website
http://www.beachcenter.org
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2. Community Outreach Wisconsin - Community Outreach Wisconsin's website offers information on upcoming trainings, conferences, & organizational meetings of interest to consumers, family members, and service providers.
http://cow.waisman.wisc.edu:8000/traincon.html
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3. Dane County Home Page - Description of county services and publications
http://www.co.dane.wi.us
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4. Family Village - Online Resource
http://www.familyvillage.wisc.edu/index.htmlx
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5. Family Voices of Wisconsin - Family resource website
http://www.wfv.org
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6. Pacer-Minnesota - Advocacy Website
http://www.pacer.org
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7. Partners In Education Online Courses for Parents Regading Advocacy and Education - Partners in Education, is a self-study course designed to help parents of children with developmental disabilities navigate the special education system and help their children make the most of their potential.
http://www.partnersinpolicymaking.com/education/index.html
Website
8. Provider Checklist - The checklist is a tool for families to give individuals providing care for their children at home.
click to download
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9. Special Child website - This is an online publication dedicated to parents of children with special needs. It was developed by a mother and uncle of a child with special needs.
http://www.specialchild.com
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10. The Center for Self-Determination - The Center for Self-Determination

The Center for Self-Determination is not a place. It is a highly interactive
working collaborative of individuals and organizations committed to the
principles of self-determination. The purpose of the collaborative is to
change the nature of the support and service system for individuals with
disabilities, using the principles of self-determination to help all persons
create the lives they want, connected to and with their communities.
http://www.self-determination.com/
Website
11. Waisman Center Community Training and Consultation Events Catalog - Catalog lists locally offered training opportunities related to respite care, individuals with disaibilites, service system and support strategy.
click to download
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Recreation  
1. Accessible cabins in Wisconsin's State Park - Information, photos, reservation information for accessible cabins in five Wisconsin State Parks.
http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/parks/access/bigcabin.html
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2. Easter Seals - Easter Seals Wisconsin provides programs and services for people with disabilities living in Wisconsin. We offer year-round camp and respite programs, farmer rehabilitation, self-employment services, a disability helpline and information and referral service.
http://www.eastersealswisconsin.com
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3. Hancock Center - Hancock Center provides dance/movement therapy sessions, classes in creative movement and Alexander Technique, outreach workshops and other programming for the local and statewide community.
http://www.hancockcenter.net
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4. Madison School and Community Recreation - Madison Community Inclusive Recreation Programs
http://www.mscr.org
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5. Pine Forest Lodge - Accessible Cabins
http://www.pineforestlodge.com
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6. Wisconsin Badger Camp - Wisconsin Badger Camp?s mission is to provide a positive natural environment where individuals with developmental challenges can learn about their surroundings and realize their full potential. Through a group living experience, campers develop friendships and expand their social skills. Everyone, regardless of the severity of their disability, are welcome at Badger Camp.
http://www.badgercamp.com
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