University of Wisconsin–Madison

List of Programs

  • AEIOu Research Project / for children who are deaf/hard of hearing

    AEIOu Research Project/for children who are deaf/hard of hearing

    Doctor Examining Infant's EarThe purpose of this project is to collaborate in a national study with the University of Colorado-Boulder to examine the language skills of young children between the ages of 14 and 36 months who are deaf and hard of hearing and are served by an early intervention Birth to 3 Program. The study will attempt to characterize the language strengths and weaknesses of these children and identify factors that are predictive of more successful language outcomes.

    Contact:
    Anne Bradford Harris
    608-263-5796
    harris@waisman.wisc.edu

    To learn more visit: Early Hearing Detection and Intervention

  • Act Early Ambassador

    Act Early Ambassador

    This project is designed to develop a network of state-level experts to improve early identification practices. Act Early Ambassadors serve as state liaisons to the Act Early Initiative and act as a community champion or change agent to increase awareness activities and improvement of early identification practices.

    Contact:
    Gail Chödrön, PhD
    608-890-0145
    chodron@wisc.edu

    To learn more visit: http://actearly.wisc.edu/

  • Autism Treatment Programs

    Autism Treatment Services

    Boy Playing with a BallThe Waisman Center Autism Treatment Programs are provided through a partnership with the UW Medical Foundation. Three program options will be available at Waisman in the Spring 2016: Starting Together (comprehensive and focused treatment based on Applied Behavior Analysis and the Early Start Denver Model, ages 2-6 at WECP); Growing Together (focused treatment for parent and child to learn positive behavior, ages 6-14); Transitioning Together (focused treatment for parent and teen to support skill, resources and strategies for a successful transition to adult life).

    Contact:
    Molly Murphy
    608-890-3622
    memurph3@waisman.wisc.edu

  • Children And Youth With Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Southern Regional Center

    Children and Youth With Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Southern Regional Center

    CYSHCN LogoThis project provides resources for the Waisman Center UCEDD to serve as the Southern Regional Center for the Wisconsin Children With Special Health Care Needs Program (State Title V Agency). In that role, the Center: 1) Provides information, referral and follow up services so that all families with children with special health care needs, and providers residing in the service area will have access to complete and accurate information related to the needs of their special needs child. 2) Promotes a parent-to-parent support network to assure that all families have access to parent support services. 3) Works to increase the capacity of local health departments and other local agencies, such as schools, to provide service coordination through education, training and ongoing technical assistance.

    Contact:
    Anne Bradford Harris
    608-263-5796
    harris@waisman.wisc.edu

    To learn more visit: Children and Youth With Special Health Care Needs Regional Center

  • Communication Aids and Systems Clinic (CASC)

    Communication Aids and Systems Clinic (CASC)

    Smiling Young GirlThe Communication Aids and Systems Clinic provides augmentative alternative communication and computer access services. Interdisciplinary services include direct outcome-focused evaluation and intervention, consultation, technical support, student training, and outreach.

    To learn more view: Communication Aids & Systems Clinic (CASC)

    Julie Gamradt
    608-263-5527
    jgamradt@facstaff.wisc.edu

  • Communication Development Program (CDP)

    Communication Development Program (CDP)

    Boy Working on Project in ClinicThe Communication Development Program provides augmentative and alternative communication and computer access services for individuals living in Dane County, Wisconsin. Interdisciplinary services include direct outcome-focused evaluation and intervention, consultation, technical support, student training, and outreach.

    Contact:
    Julie Gamradt
    608-263-5527
    jgamradt@wisc.edu

  • Community TIES

    Community TIES

    Matt Ward works at the Madison Public Library The TIES (Training, Intervention, and Evaluation Services) program offers support to children, adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities who reside in Dane County and present challenging behaviors. Family members, guardians, and service agencies often report significant stress in supporting individuals with developmental disabilities who present challenging behaviors and thus may require additional support. The TIES program seeks to enable these individuals to remain in their natural environment. In doing so, the TIES program utilizes and teaches non-punitive ways to redirect or modify specific behaviors. The program provides support and consultation in the community based environment where a person’s challenging behavior occurs.

    Contact:
    Josh Lapin
    608-263-5962
    lapin@waisman.wisc.edu

    To learn more visit: Community TIES

  • Community TIES Psychiatric Clinic

    Community TIES Psychiatric Clinic

    People in the Psychology ClinicTIES Clinic provides psychiatric care and consultation to individuals with developmental disabilities who are unable to obtain psychiatric care from other providers due to financial situation, behavioral issues, or medical complexity. Patients seen in the TIES clinic are also supported by the Community TIES Program.

    Contact:
    Josh Lapin
    608-263-5962
    lapin@waisman.wisc.edu

  • Community Training and Consultation

    Community Training and Consultation

    People sitting at a picnic tableProvides service to family members, volunteers, direct care providers, special education teachers, transportation providers, para-professional and professional service providers from all settings providing services in Dane County for people with developmental disabilities. Provision of a variety of training, consultation and educational opportunities individual, small group, and larger audiences related to developmental disabilities.

    Contact:
    Rachel Weingarten
    608-890-0777
    weingarten@waisman.wisc.edu

    To learn more visit: Community Training and Consultation

  • Crisis Response Program

    Crisis Response Program

    People sitting at a picnic tableCrisis response services for adult Dane County residents with developmental disabilities are designed to prevent or shorten stays in more restrictive settings. Services include crisis coordination with criminal justice and emergency mental health practitioners, additional support in the person’s home or work place through the Crisis Outreach staff, and/or temporary respite stay at Dane County’s Crisis Home (Safe House) for adults with developmental disabilities.

    Contact:
    Axel Junker
    608.265.9428
    junker@waisman.wisc.edu

    To learn more visit: Crisis Response Program

  • Evaluation of Developmental Monitoring using LTSAE in Early Head Start Settings

    Evaluation of Developmental Monitoring using LTSAE in Early Head Start Settings

    This study addresses the need to evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of developmental monitoring using the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” (LTSAE) resources in Early Head Start settings. The goals of the study are to determine the feasibility of integrating LTSAE into Early Head Start operations, and to determine the impact of developmental monitoring using LTSAE on provider and parent knowledge and practice related to early identification of developmental delay

    Gail Chödrön, PhD
    Training Director, WI LEND
    CDC’s Act Early Ambassador to Wisconsin
    Waisman Center UCEDD | UW-Madison
    1500 Highland Ave., Room A146
    Madison, WI 53705
    chodron@wisc.edu, 608-890-0145

  • Evidence-Based Practices & Interdisciplinary Collaboration (EPIC) Special Education Training Program

    Evidence-Based Practices & Interdisciplinary Collaboration (EPIC) Special Education Training Program

    Project EPIC LogoProject EPIC is a special education teacher preparation program for masters degree students. EPIC prepares special educators with knowledge and skills to promote high quality inclusion and instruction of students with significant disabilities. Upon completion of EPIC, students will receive two Wisconsin teaching licenses (Cross-categorical and Cognitive Disability), LEND leadership certificate, and a masters degree in Special Education.

    Contact:
    Anne Bradford Harris
    608-263-5796
    harris@waisman.wisc.edu

    View project brochure: Project Epic (pdf)

  • Family Action Network

    Family Action Network

    Mother and Young SonThe Family Action Network provides information about opportunities for education, training and leadership development to members who would like to contribute their voice to improve systems for people with disabilities and special health care needs in Wisconsin. Members are encouraged to share their ideas as informed, effective and knowledgeable participants in policy and systems change to help achieve family/self-determination, independence, productivity, integration and inclusion in all facets of community life. Systems change happens when family members are partners in the development, implementation and evaluation of policies and systems of supports and services. Information shared on this list does not represent a position or endorsement of specific positions by the list serv host. This listserv is collaboration between the Waisman Center, University Center of Excellence on Developmental Disabilities, Family Voices of Wisconsin, Disability Rights Wisconsin and the Board for People with Developmental Disabilities.

    Contact:
    Liz Hecht
    608-263-7148
    hecht@waisman.wisc.edu

  • Genetic Systems Integration Hub

    Genetics Systems Integration Hub

    Genetics in Wisconsin LogoThe Waisman Center UCEDD is a partner within the Genetics Systems Integration Hub of the Wisconsin Title V Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program. The purpose of the Genetics Hub is to ensure that genetics information and resources are integrated with public health systems to support individuals with genetic disorders, their families, and health care professionals.

    Contact: 
    Sarah Zoran
    608-262-0182
    zoran@wisc.edu

    For more information: Genetics in Wisconsin

  • Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND)

    Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND)

    Maternal and Child Health Training Program LogoThe purpose of this program is to provide graduate education to interdisciplinary maternal and child health trainees, to prepare them to assume key leadership positions in education, service, research, administration and advocacy to improve the health and well-being of the MCH population. MCH LEND also provides continuing education, consultation and direct service geared to the needs of individuals, families, health professionals and policy makers.

    Contact:
    Anne Bradford Harris
    608-263-5796
    harris@waisman.wisc.edu

    For more information: WI LEND Program

  • Living Our Visions-Dane

    Living Our Visions-Dane

    Young Adult making clay potLOV-Dane is a grassroots organization of individuals with disabilities, families and community members building fulfilling, community centered lives for all citizens. LOV is engaging in collective action, mobilizing individual and community assets, increasing civic engagement, building reciprocal relationships of caring and mutual support, and developing inclusive and sustainable employment, recreation and living opportunities.

    Contact:
    Amanda Bell
    608-516-4285
    bell@waisman.wisc.edu

    To learn more visit: Living Our Vision-Dane

  • Longitudinal Study of Wisconsin Adult Long Term Care

    Longitudinal Study of Wisconsin Adult Long Term Care

    The purpose of this study is to understand changes over time in services and quality of life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who receive adult long term care supports in the state of Wisconsin. We aim to longitudinally follow individuals and family members by administering an online survey once a year for five consecutive years.
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    Contact:
    Leann Smith DaWalt
    608-890-1390
    lesmith2@wisc.edu

  • Nourishing Special Needs Nutrition Network (WIC)

    Nourishing Special Needs Nutrition Network (WIC)

    WIC logo

    The purpose of the Wisconsin WIC CYSHCN Nourishing Special Needs Network is to improve access to nutrition services and support for infants and children with birth defects and other special health care needs in Wisconsin. Building on the existing capacity of the Women Infants and Children (WIC) Program, this Network is facilitating the recruitment and training of a Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) WIC Nutrition Consultant(s) in each Division of Public Health Region.

    To learn more visit: WIC Toolkit

  • Policy and Systems Change

    Policy and Systems Change

    The UCEDD supports a variety of efforts at the state level that provide input to policy makers on a wide range of topics that impact the lives of people with disabilities and their families. We do this primarily through participation on coalitions, advisory committees and state councils. The UCEDD is a member of the Survival Coalition of Statewide Disability Organizations and contributes to written documents from the Long-Term Care, Medicaid and Children’s Issues groups.

    Contact:
    Liz Hecht
    608.263.7148
    hecht@waisman.wisc.edu

  • Systems Change for Children with Disabilities

    Systems Change for Children with Disabilities

    Family Voices LogoThe purpose of this project is to document needs that individuals with disabilities and families experience as they navigate health and community-based LTSS.  The project will develop recommendations and participate in depth with DHS administration and/or Survival coalition efforts that address at least two needs each year.   Periodic reporting to Family Voices is pooled with other information to assist them in their ongoing advocacy/systems change efforts with their partner agencies, one of which is the Waisman Center UCEDD.

    Contact:
    Liz Hecht
    608-263-7148
    hecht@waisman.wisc.edu

  • Waisman Center UCEDD Specialty Clinics
  • Waisman Early Childhood Program (WECP)

    Waisman Early Childhood Program (WECP)

    Young Boy in ClinicWECP is a center based early childhood program that is meeting the needs of a developmentally diverse group of children ages 1 through 6. Approximately two-thirds are developing typically, and one third may have a special education need.

    Contact:
    Joan Ershler
    608-262-4718
    ershler@waisman.wisc.edu

    For more information link to: Waisman Early Childhood Program (WECP)

  • Waisman Resource Center

    Waisman Resource Center

    Young familyThe Waisman Resource Center was created to serve as a bridge to link faculty, staff and community partners with members of the public who are seeking information about developmental disabilities and the range of community services and supports available.

    Contact:

    For more information link to: Waisman Resource Center

  • WIN - Wellness Inclusion Nursing

    Wellness Inclusion Nursing (WIN)

    Adult PatientWellness Inclusion Nursing is a community based nursing program that is designed to provide assessment, consultation and training to agencies and staff providing care to individuals with developmental disabilities.

    Contact:
    Marcia Stickel
    608-890-2843
    stickel@wisc.edu

    For more information link to: Wellness Inclusion Nursing

  • Wisconsin Care Integration Initiative

    Wisconsin Care Integration Initiative

    Young Boy coloringThe Wisconsin Care Integration Initiative (WiCII) project aims to increase family-centered, integrated systems of care for children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. WiCII will demonstrate innovative strategies to address goals of the Wisconsin Act Early State Plan to enhance screening, referral for diagnostic and early intervention services, and time enrollment in treatment services for children with ASD/DD, with a particular focus on building community-based capacity in urban and rural communities.

    Contact: 
    Maureen Durkin
    608-263-7507
    mdurkin@wisc.edu

  • Wisconsin PROMISE Grant

    Wisconsin PROMISE Grant

    Promise Grant LogoWith funding from the WBPDD, Waisman is supporting various activities related to Promise Grant Wisconsin (Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security) – a 5 year multi-agency effort to increase the education, career and income outcomes of children/youth with special health care needs receiving SSI.

    Contact:
    Molly Cooney
    608-266-0266
    molly.cooney@wisconsin.gov

    To learn more visit: Promise Grant Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin Sound Beginnings EHDI Program

    Wisconsin Sound Beginnings EHDI Program

    Sound Beginnings LogoThe Waisman Center UCEDD is a partner within the Wisconsin Sound Beginnings that functions under the leadership of the Wisconsin Title V Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program. The purpose of the program is to assure that all families have equal access to a seamless system of early and continuous hearing screening, skilled and timely diagnostics and quality interventions to enable children who are deaf or hard of hearing to thrive.

    Contact:
    Anne Bradford Harris
    608-263-5796
    harris@waisman.wisc.edu

    For more information: Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Toolkit

  • Wisconsin Study to Explore Early Development in Autism (SEED)

    Wisconsin Study to Explore Early Development in Autism (SEED)

    Girl Playing with Toys with BeadsThis funding will establish a recruitment, data collection and collaborative research site in Wisconsin for a multi-site study of ASD conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The overall goals of the SEED are to: characterize phenotypic variability and identify relatively homogenous subgroups of children with ASD; and investigate risk factors for ASD by comparing the early exposures and development of well-characterized ASD cases and controls selected to represent diverse population subgroups.

    Contact:
    Maureen Durkin
    608-263-7507
    mdurkin@wisc.edu

  • Wisconsin Surveillance of Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities (WISADDS)

    Wisconsin Surveillance of Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities

    WISADDS LogoThis is a multiple source investigation to determine and monitor the number of eight year-old children in the population with an autism spectrum disorder and/or intellectual disability. The Wisconsin study is also investigating cerebral palsy. This is a joint undertaking with CDC and the protocol is being implemented in several other states in the nation.

    Contact:
    Maureen Durkin
    608-263-7507
    mdurkin@wisc.edu

    For further information visit the WISADDS Website

  • Youth Health Transition Initiative for CYSHCN

    Youth Health Transition Initiative for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN)

    Health Transitions Wisconsin LogoThe Waisman Center UCEDD is a partner within the Youth Health Transition Initiative for CYSHCN of the Wisconsin Title V Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program. The purpose of the Youth Transition Hub is to design and support efforts to assure that youth with special healthcare needs receive the services necessary to transition to adult healthcare, work, and independence.  For more information link to http://www.healthtransitionwi.org/ and support efforts to assure that youth with special healthcare needs receive the services necessary to transition to adult healthcare, work, and independence.

    Contact:
    Anne Bradford Harris
    608-263-5796
    harris@waisman.wisc.edu

    For more information link to: Health Transition Wisconsin