UCEDD Projects

AEIOu Research Project

AEIOu Research Project

Anne Bradford Harris
No website

The purpose of this project is to examine the language skills of young children longitudinally up to five years of age who are deaf and hard of hearing. The study examines the language strengths and weaknesses of these children as reported on standardized measures to identify factors that are predictive of successful language outcomes. Data collection is complete, analyses are continuing.



Young girl with aac device and therapist

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Partnership Programs (PP)

AAC Partnership Program Staff
Email: aacpartnershipprogram@waisman.wisc.edu
Website: AAC-PP

The AAC-PP is a statewide program designed to expedite clients’ access to evidence-based, high-quality AAC evaluations and treatment by building the capacity of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) across Wisconsin. The AAC-PP offers online learning modules and one-on-one coaching by CASC staff to support SLPs in the AAC assessment and speech generating device (SGD) acquisition process. ECHO- AAC is part of the AAC-PP, as 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.


Autism Treatment Programs (ATP)

Autism Treatment ProgramMolly Murphy
Email: memurph3@waisman.wisc.edu
Website: Autism Treatment Programs (ATP)

The Waisman Center Autism Treatment Programs (ATP), in partnership with UW Health, offer focused behavioral treatment to individuals with autism and their families. Parent Coaching is the key service.  Parents learn and practice strategies to teach alternatives to challenging behavior, teach skills for daily living and to strategies to enhance family relationships.  Individual treatment is offered for some individuals supplementary to Parent Coaching.  Individual treatment provides additional practice on select skills that are then carried over to family interactions and activities. The treatment approach is founded on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), and additional evidence-based strategies. In the Starting Together Program for children ages 2-4 years, parent coaching and individual treatment are provided during everyday play activities and daily routines. Teaching and support strategies are guided by The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM). In the Growing Together Program (ages 5-26) parents join their child, teen or young adult in session to work toward goals that support communication, independence and life skills. Older teens and young adults (ages 18–26) participate in group psychoeducation focused on adult relationships, life transitions, and relationships with family and friends into adulthood. The teens and young adults make a plan for engaging their families to share strategies and discuss supports to maintain skills learned.


Children’s Resource Center-South

Children's Resource Center-South

Meredith Vitaioli, CRC Director
(608) 263-2004

Tim Markle – Outreach & Training Manager
(608) 262-8033
Email: tmarkle@wisc.edu
Website: Children’s Resource Center-South

The Southern Regional Center for CYSHCN, funded by the State Maternal Child Health block grant, benefits families with CYSHCN and the providers who support them through providing information, referral and follow up services; promoting a parent-to-parent support network and family leadership development; and increasing local capacity of community-based systems of support.


Communication Aids and Systems Clinic (CASC)

Office: 608-263-9909
Email: jseale@wisc.edu
Website: Communication Aids and Systems Clinic (CASC)

The 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.


Communication Development Program

CASC Clinic Boy reading with mother

CDP Program Staff
Email: cdp@waisman.wisc.edu
Web: Communication Development Program

The 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.



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Community Training and Consultation Program

Michael Truman
608- 516-8410
Community Training

Community Training provides practical trainings to caregivers, provider agencies, families, individuals with disabilities, program administrators/supervisors, and community members interested in learning more about related topics in the field of Intellectual/ Developmental Disabilities. Many trainings are developed and presented by COW staff who have extensive experience and knowledge in supporting people with disabilities to promote full community inclusion


Community of Practice on Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Developmental Disabilities

Community of Practice on Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Developmental DisabilitiesLeann Smith DaWalt
Email: lesmith2@wisc.edu
No Website

Ten states will participate in a 5-year Community of Practice. The goal of the CoP is to increase the number, diversity, and capacity of formal and informal leaders to transform their state/territorial developmental disabilities systems by advancing and sustaining cultural and linguistic competence systemically through changes in values, policy, structures, and practices; and responding effectively to the growing cultural and linguistic diversity among people with DD and their families.