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 Southern Regional Center (CYSHCN)

    Children and Youth With Special Health Care Needs 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 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

  • Community TIES

    Community TIES

    Matt Ward works at the Madison Public Library The TIES (Training, Intervention, and Education 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 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

  • Compass / Katie Beckett Consultant Program

    Katie Beckett Consultant Program

    Katie Beckett Program LogoThe Waisman Center UCEDD is a partner within the Katie Beckett Program within the Wisconsin Department of Health Services that provides Wisconsin Medicaid coverage for children living at home who have substantial limitations in multiple daily activities due to one or more of the following  developmental disabilities, severe emotional disturbances, or physical disabilities/chronic medical illnesses.

    Contact:
    Amy Lyle
    608-263-0223
    adlyle@waisman.wisc.edu

    For more information: The Katie Beckett Program provides Wisconsin Medicaid

  • 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

  • Early Learning Challenge-Race to the Top Waisman Center Partnership (RTTT)

    Early Learning Challenge-Race to the Top

    Race to the Top LogoThe Waisman Center UCEDD is a partner with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction within the Race to the Top/Early Learning Challenge Professional Development Initiative. Through the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant and the WI Professional Development Initiative, the primary purpose is to strengthen cross sector alignment around professional development initiatives across multiple systems within Department of Health Services, Department of Public Instruction, Department of Children and Families and the private sector early childhood community, to more efficiently and effectively serve the needs of all young children, including children with disabilities.

    WI Core Competencies for Professionals Working with Young Children and their Families are now available.

    What are Core Competencies? Expectations for what the workforce should know (content) and be able to do (skills) in a respectful & competent manner (attitudes) in their roles working with and/or on behalf of children and their families. The Core Competencies are organized under 12 Content Areas.

    Why have Core Competencies? To create a common thread of Professional Development expectations across the variety of system partners (Higher Education, Child Care, Head Start, 4 & 5 year-old Kindergarten, Special Education, Child Welfare, Home Visiting, Health & Mental Health, Afterschool, Advocacy, and others) for the ultimate benefit of children and families in Wisconsin.

    Contact:
    Bill Maclean
    608-263-5254
    maclean@waisman.wisc.edu

    To learn more visit: Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (ELC)

  • 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

  • Family Network Project

    Family Network Project

    A Family Network is group of families committed to working together to learn and increase the quality of life for their family members with disabilities. Family Networks facilitate and connect families to do together what no one family can do alone. Well informed and supported family networks can solve challenges by developing creative solutions to shared problems such as transportation, community living, community integration, community employment. The Family Network Project will assist a total of 9 new family-led groups around the state of Wisconsin over the next three years. This is a partnership with BPDD in which Living Our Visions (LOV) will provide coordination, technical assistance, facilitation and training to these groups.

    Contact:
    Amanda Bell
    608-516-4285
    amanda@lovdane.org

  • Genetic Systems Integration Hub - Wisconsin

    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

  • Growing Together

    Growing Together

    Smiling Young GirlA program for school age children and their families that offers children, teens and their families a partnership with our experienced clinicians to work together to practice effective strategies to support positive behavior and healthy relationships.

    To learn more visit: Growing Together

  • 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

  • Let's Get to Work Project WBPDD

    Wisconsin Let’s Get  to Work

    Let's Get to Work LogoThe Waisman Center UCEDD is a partner within the leadership structure of the Wisconsin Let’s Get to Work Project that led by the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities, with funding from the federal  Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.  The purpose of this project design and test strategies  to improve community employment outcomes for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities in transition.  The project focuses on improving, developing and implementing policies and practices that raise community expectations and overall employment outcomes.

     

    For more information: Wisconsin Let’s Get to Work 

  • 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

  • Medical Home Systems Integration Grant – Evaluation

    Medical Home Systems Integration Project

    Medical Home LogoThis project will enhance Wisconsin’s ability to coordinate policy, program development and collaborative partnerships at state and local levels to increase the number of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) who receive a family-centered medical home approach to comprehensive services and supports. The primary program objective is to increase the proportion of Wisconsin CYSHCN who receive integrated care through a family-centered medical home.

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

    To learn more visit: Medical Home Systems Integration Grant

  • 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

  • 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

  • Rhythms Program

    Rhythms Program

    Mom and SonThe Rhythms Program is a cooperative effort between the Waisman Center and Dane County Human Services to further enhance the lives of individuals who experience complex sensory and movement differences and those who support them. The program serves a specifically identified group of focus individuals by working directly with them and their teams to gain a deeper understanding of how they experience the world, then to develop the accommodations and supports that allow them to have greater access to their own gifts and talents and to participate more meaningfully in their lives. The Rhythms Program also facilitates a monthly learning group and offers other system wide training on these approaches.

    Contact:
    Nan Negri
    608-572-1762
    nanegri@wisc.edu

    To learn more visit: Rhythms Program

  • Starting Together

    Starting Together

    Young Boy Looking UpAn early treatment program founded on the principles and strategies of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM).

    To learn more visit: Starting Together

  • 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

  • Transitioning Together

    Transitioning Together

    James Roll, 16, talks with a reporter at his home in MadisonA parent and teen group program that offers effective strategies and resources for parents and teens that support the teen’s transition to adulthood.

    To learn more visit: Transitioning Together

  • WI-IN Partnership to Evaluate Use of LTSAE in Childcare Settings

    WI-IN Partnership to Evaluate Use of LTSAE in Childcare Settings

    Learn the Signs Act Early LogoThe Wisconsin-Indiana (WI-IN) Partnership addresses the need to evaluate the use of the CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” (LTSAE) resources to support developmental monitoring in childcare systems. The WI-IN Partnership will solicit input from cross-sector stakeholders, and conduct and evaluate LTSAE integration in state professional development infrastructure, a learning cohort with Head Start/Early Head Start sites to develop a train-the-trainer model; and use in daily childcare operations in a diverse set of public and private childcare sites.

    Contact:
    Gail Chodron
    608-890-0145
    chodron@wisc.edu

  • WIC/EHDI/UCEDD Partnership

    WIC/EHDI/UCEDD Partnership

    Doctor Examining Infant's EarThis evaluation project will determine the efficacy of involving WIC services to maximize participation in the Wisconsin Newborn Hearing Screening Program.

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

    To learn more visit: EHDI

  • 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

    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 Family Leadership Institute (WiFLI)

    Wisconsin Family Leadership Institute (WiFLI)

    Wisconsin Family Leadership Institute (WiFLI) is a new opportunity for Wisconsin families to participate in an intensive leadership development experience. Upon completion families will be able to:

    • WiFLI Logoengage with partners
    • participate in quality improvement activities
    • serve on advisory committees
    • organize local groups
    • improve their communities for children with disabilities or special health care needs and their families.

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

    To learn more visit: Wisconsin Family Leadership Institute (WiFLI)

  • Wisconsin Self-Determination Conference

    Wisconsin Self-Determination Conference

    Self Determination Conference LogoIn collaboration with WI BPDD, Waisman is helping coordinate this 2 ½ day conference with an emphasis on self-determination and self-advocacy skill development. Waisman provides content expertise on sessions, coordinates exhibitors, and provides scholarships for high school students with disabilities and their families and/or teachers to attend the conference.

    Contact:
    Jennifer Neugart
    608-261-7528
    Jennifer.neugart@wisconsin.gov

    To learn more visit: Wisconsin Self-Determination Conference

  • 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 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