List of Programs

The University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) provides programs to support the full inclusion and self determination of people with developmental disabilities and their families.

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AAC Partnership Program

AAC Partnership Programs

The augmentative and alternative communication partnership program (AAC-PP) is a state-wide education and technical assistance program in Wisconsin. This program is for speech language pathologists (SLPs) working with children who require use of augmentative and alternative communication to meet communication needs.

Contact:

Sarah Marshall, MA, CCC-SLP, AAC Staff
608-263-7726

Catherine Kanter, MS, CCC-SLP, AAC Staff
608-263-7723

Autism Treatment Programs

Autism Treatment Programs

The Waisman Center Autism Treatment Programs are provided in partnership with UW Health. The Starting Together Program provides comprehensive treatment for children ages 2-4 years and their families. The program is founded on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM). The Growing Together Program provides focused treatment for children, teens and young adults, ages 5-26 years, and their families. This program is founded on the principles and strategies of ABA.

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Contact:

Molly Murphy, PhD, BCBA-D, Autism Treatment Program Director
608-890-3622

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 LogoThe University Center for Education in Developmental Disabilities provides resources for the Waisman Center to serve as the Southern Regional Center for the Wisconsin Children With Special Health Care Needs Program (State Title V Agency).

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:

Tim Markle, Southern Regional Center Director
608-262-8033

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.

Contact:

Annette Stone, MA, CCC-SLP, CASC Clinic Director
608-263-9909

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 consultation, technical support, student training, and outreach.

Contact:

Abygail Marx, MA, CCC-SLP, CDP Staff
608-263-0528

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, Behavioral Support Director
608-263-5962

Community TIES Psychiatric Clinic

Community TIES Psychiatric Clinic

People in the Psychology ClinicThe TIES (Training, Intervention, and Evaluation Services) 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, Behavioral Support Director
608-263-5962

Community Training and Consultation

Community Training and Consultation

People sitting at a picnic tableThe Community Training and Consultation Program provides 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, Training and Events Coordinator
608-890-0777

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. Services are provided in close coordination with Responsive Solutions, Inc. and Dane County Human Services.

Contact:

Axel Junker, Manager, Community Outreach Wisconsin, M.S. Special Education
608.265.9428

Echo AAC

ECHO AAC

ECHO AAC is an online community and learning opportunity designed to provide AAC-related content from experts in the field, to create a network of AAC providers to engage in case-based collaborative problem solving, and to support ongoing successful implementation of speech generating devices across settings.

Contact:

Sarah Marshall, MA, CCC-SLP, AAC Staff
608-263-7726

Catherine Kanter, MS, CCC-SLP, AAC Staff
608-263-7723

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

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

Project 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, PhD, MPH, RD, LEND Director
608-263-5796

Genetic Systems Integration Hub

Genetics Systems Integration Hub

Genetics in Wisconsin LogoThe Waisman Center University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (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, MS, CGC, Genetics Systems Integration Hub Coordinator
608-262-0182

Health Transition Wisconsin

Health Transition Wisconsin


The Youth Health Transition Initiative provides Wisconsin’s youth, family members, providers, and other community collaborators with information on the movement from the pediatric world to adult health care. Tools, materials, and resources are available to help teens, families, and health care systems in the health care transition process.

Contact:

Anne Bradford Harris, PhD, MPH, RD, LEND Director
608-263-5796

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 the LEND 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 (Maternal and Child Health) 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, PhD, MPH, RD, LEND Director
608-263-5796

Longitudinal Study of Wisconsin Adult Long Term Care

Longitudinal Study of Wisconsin Adult Long Term Care

The purpose of the Longitudinal 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.

Contact:

Leann Smith DaWalt, PhD, UCEDD Director
608-890-1390

Nourishing Special Needs Nutrition Network (WIC)

Nourishing Special Needs Nutrition Network (WIC)

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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. 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.

Contact:

Anne Bradford Harris, PhD, MPH, RD, LEND Director
608-263-5796

Waisman Center UCEDD Specialty Clinics

Waisman Center Specialty Clinics

The Waisman Center provides comprehensive clinical services and support to individuals with disabilities and their families through 11 interdisciplinary specialty clinics that operate in collaboration with UW Health and several UW-Madison academic departments.

Waisman Early Childhood Program (WECP)

Waisman Early Childhood Program

Young Boy in ClinicWaisman Early Childhood Program (WECP) 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:

Ann Lauritzen, WECP Director
608-262-4718

Ruth Munz, University Services Associate 2
(608) 263 ‐ 5760

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:

Waisman Resource Center
800-532-3321

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:

Sherry Schultz, Manager
608-264-2622

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 (ASD/DD). 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:

Gail Chödrön, PhD, Project Director
608-890-0145

Wisconsin Living Well

Wisconsin Living Well

The Wisconsin Living Well project is led by the Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD), will partner with Waisman University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD); Disability Rights Wisconsin, the Protection and Advocacy organization (P&A); WI Division of Long-Term Supports and Services (LTSS); self-advocacy, family and direct support provider networks; managed care and self-direction agencies and others. Living Well is a 5-year systems change approach composed of two inter-related, evidence-based elements aimed at individuals, families, providers, and communities and delivered as a strategy package: (1) capacity building to increase health/safety and improve quality of life, and (2) a comprehensive monitoring effort. The overall goal is to increase health, safety, independence and well-being of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) living in the community.

Contact:

Leann Smith DaWalt, UCEDD Director, Senior Scientist
608-890-1390

Wisconsin Sound Beginnings EHDI Program

Wisconsin Sound Beginnings EHDI Program

Sound Beginnings LogoThe Waisman Center University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (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, PhD, MPH, RD, LEND Director
608-263-5796

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 Autism Spectrum Disorder (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, PhD, Professor, Population Health Sciences and Pediatrics
608-263-7507

Wisconsin Surveillance of Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities (WISADDS)

Wisconsin Surveillance of Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities

WISADDS LogoThe Wisconsin Surveillance of Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities (WISADDS) 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, PhD, Professor, Population Health Sciences and Pediatrics
608-263-7507