List of Programs

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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, founded on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) for children ages 2-4 years and their families.  The Growing Together Program provides focused treatment founded on the principles and strategies of ABA for children, teens and young adults, ages 5-26 years, and their families.

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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:
Tim Markle
608-262-8033
tmarkle@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)

Annette Stone, MA, CCC-SLP
608-263-9909
annette.stone@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 consultation, technical support, student training, and outreach.

Contact:
Abygail Marx
608-263-0528
amarx@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. Services are provided in close coordination with Responsive Solutions, Inc. and Dane County Human Services.

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

To learn more visit: Crisis Response Program

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

Family Action Network

Family Action Network

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The 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.

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New members can join the list by sending a blank email to join-fan@lists.wisc.edu

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

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
608-263-5796
harris@waisman.wisc.edu

To learn more visit: Health Transition 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

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)

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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.

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

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

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.

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

Wisconsin Living Well

The Wisconsin Living Well project is led by BPDD, will partner with Waisman 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
608-890-1390
lesmith2@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:
Beth Moss
GUTHRIEMOSS@WISC.EDU

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