AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, social welfare organization with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families — such as health care, employment and income security, and protection from financial abuse. Click here to find the AARP organization for your part of the State.
Your local aging and disability resource center (ADRC) is the first place to go to get accurate, unbiased information on all aspects of life related to aging or living with a disability. The ADRC provides information on a broad range of programs and services, helps people understand the various long-term care options available to them, helps people apply for programs and benefits, and serves as the access point for publicly funded long-term care. Click here to find your local ADRC.
The Alzheimer’s Association works on a global, national and local level to provide care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Click here to find an Alzheimer’s Association for your part of the State.
Summer Camps & Programs For Individuals With Special Needs Dedicated exclusively to camps that serve individuals with one or more of a wide range of special needs. Locate a summer camp or program based upon your particular requirements and interests by entering your specific criteria using our Full Search, browse by Camp Type or Location, or use a Keyword Search. Summer camp jobs at special needs camps are posted and updated frequently.
Located in every county and tribe in the state, Wisconsin’s Family Caregiver Support Programs provide information and assistance to help people better care for their loved ones – and themselves. Whether arranging for services (e.g., respite care, transportation, etc) or helping families understand their options for care, Family Caregiver Support Programs give caregivers access to the information and services that can help them in the often rewarding – sometimes challenging – role of caregiver.
Apply for Disability Benefits (Children under 18): To apply for a child…
You will need to complete an Application for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) AND a Child Disability Report. The report collects information about the child’s disabling condition and how it affects his/her ability to function.
At this time, only the Child Disability Report can be completed online. Please contact us by phone or in person to schedule an appointment to complete the SSI application. We will help you in person or by phone.
County and Tribal Aging Offices: County and tribal aging offices can answer questions about needs, services and opportunities for older persons in their communities. Click below to find your County or Tribal Aging Office.
IRIS (Include, Respect, I Self-Direct) Program: The IRIS Program is a Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver for self-directed long-term supports. The program is an option for adults with long term care needs. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Medicaid Services (DMS), Office of IRIS Management under the authorization of the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) is responsible for oversight of the IRIS program. IRIS is available to Wisconsin residents determined financially eligible for Medicaid, functionally in need of nursing home or Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID) level of care; and living in a county where managed long-term care and IRIS are available. People who are eligible have the choice of IRIS or managed care through their local Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC).
Long Term Care Programs:
Wisconsin has multiple programs available for children with delays or disabilities. The programs assist families in caring for their child at home and in the community. Families may be eligible for one or more programs based on their assessed need. Click on the link below to learn more about what the program provides, eligibility criteria, and how to apply.
Services for Children with Delays or Disabilities: Wisconsin has multiple programs available for children with delays or disabilities. The programs assist families in caring for their child at home and in the community. Families may be eligible for one or more programs based on their assessed need. Click on the link below to learn more about what the program provides, eligibility criteria, and how to apply.
Wisconsin Department of Health Services – Division of Quality Assurance Provider Search: The Division of Quality Assurance (DQA) is responsible for protecting and promoting the health, safety, and welfare of residents living and receiving care in the health and residential care facilities regulated by the Division. DQA is responsible for regulating and licensing more than 40 different programs and facilities that provide health, long-term care, mental health and substance abuse services, as well as conducting caregiver background checks and investigations.