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ADAPTIVE COMPUTERS

Castaway Computers, Inc. [Milwaukee, WI]: "We accept donated computer equipment and software from companies, refurbish the equipment, load available software, and upgrade the equipment. Castaway donates the computers to individuals, families, schools, charities, and agencies including religious, scouting, genealogical, historical, and other nonprofit entities."

Computers to Help People: print-to-braille services, specializing in technical braille for scientific and mathematical users; assessment and consulting in adaptive computer technology:
John J. Boyer, Executive Director
825 East Johnson Street
Madison, WI 53703

The "Family Guide to Assistive Technology" was prepared by Parents, Let's Unite for Kids (PLUK) in cooperation with the Federation for Children with Special Needs. It provides detailed explanations of assistive technology in order to "help parents to understand the processes for acquiring assistive technology and provide them with the tools to advocate for their child's special technology needs."

Milwaukee Public Schools, Division of Special Services Center, Assistive Technology Office, "offers workshops, inservices, open labs and additional training in the areas of assistive technology to staff members and parents.

The Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative is a statewide project funded by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to help all school districts develop or improve their assistive technology services. WATI also works with Birth to 3 programs through a grant from the Wisconsin Birth to 3 Program. The site, aimed at teachers, has sections on best practices, materials, assessment forms, traning, literacy and assistive technology and art.

Wisconsin Independent Living Centers are consumer-directed, non-profit organizations that provide an array of services, including: peer support, information and referral, independent living skills training, advocacy, community education, personal care and service coordination. Independent Living Centers also provide information and access to assistive technology as part of the WisTech Program.

A program called WisLoan "is open to Wisconsin residents of all ages who have a disability and who want to buy assistive technology. The program has no income requirements, and does not require individuals to exhaust personal or public funding. Under the program, participating private banks provide low-interest loans up to $30,000 for qualified borrowers. Actual loan amounts depend on the item purchased and the ability to repay the loan." For an application, contact one of the eight local Independent Living Centers.

People with disabilities, their families, service providers and other members of the community can access WisTech for information on selecting, funding, installing and using assistive technology. Independent Living Centers provide assessments of individual needs, and maintain a loan closet of assistive technology items that people can try out for themselves. Most WisTech services are provided free of charge.


SELLERS OF ADAPTIVE COMPUTER EQUIPMENT

Adaptive Information Systems sells adaptive computer technology for visually impaired and reading disabled people. They have two locations in Wisconsin offering hands-on demonstrations of their software and hardware for speech, large print and braille access:
Rod Maccoux
424 Schwartz Street
Green Bay, WI 54302-3232
Phone or Fax: 920-469-5502.
Phone toll free: 1-800-792-4768.
E-mail: rmaccoux@execpc.com
Roger Behm
1611 Clover Lane
Janesville, WI 53545
Phone: 608-758-0933.
Toll-free: 877-792-4768.
E-mail: ais@charter.net

Adaptive Technology Resources (Grafton) sells adaptive equipment for blind and low vision people, including reading machines, voice technology and closed circuit television magnifiers.
921 Vista Lane
Grafton, WI 53024
Phone: 800-770-8474.
Fax: 262-375-6777.
E-mail: info@AdaptiveTR.com

LAB Resources (Pewaukee): Computer Products for Education and Assistive Technology: software and hardware for special needs and education:
112 Main Street Pewaukee, WI 53072 Phone: 262-691-3476. Fax: 262-691-4193. Email: info@elabresources.com

Phillips Magnification: reading machines, adaptive computer hardware and software, CCTV magnifiers:
11102 Artesian, #202
Chicago, IL 60655
Phone: 773-881-8581.
Phone: 800-982-0226 (Midwest Only)
Fax:773-881-4843
E-mail: magnifiers@aol.com

Zerrecon, Inc. (Milwaukee, WI) is a consulting firm that provides engineering and rehabilitation services, including assistive technology such as screen readers and enlargers. 1549 N. 51st St. Milwaukee, WI 53208-2216 Phone: 414-771-7140. Fax: 414-771-7146. E-mail: Ed.Ellingson@zerrecon.com


TRAINING

Training in the use of adaptive computer programs is available in Wisconsin, from:

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ADVOCACY/AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

The ADA Wisconsin Partnership is a coalition of people with disabilities, business and government to promote implementation of the Americans With Disabilities Act. The site has links to information about voting, the ADA and local Wisconsin organizations.

ADAPT: American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today; "We are fighting so people with disabilities can live in the community with real supports instead of being locked away in nursing homes and other institutions."
Wisconsin group, contact Steve Verriden:
Phone: 608-242-8484 (day); 608-249-4308 (eves)
Fax: 608-242-0383.
Email: sverriden@mailbag.com
Southeast Wisconsin ADAPT, contact: Tobie Tyler:
Phone: 262-695-9428
Fax: 262-695-9994
Email: tttobielaw@aol.com

DAWN: Disability Advocacy: Wisconsin Network was created by the Wisconsin Council on Developmental Disabilities as a new network of people who care about disability issues. DAWN is an advocacy network, a training program for local leaders and a funder of grants for grassroots advocacy. You can register by e-mail.

The Optavia Corporation (Madison, WI) is a business that provides "design evaluation, usability consulting, training, and site development services" for web site operators.

"The Wisconsin Coalition for Advocacy (WCA) is a private, nonprofit agency chosen by Wisconsin's Governor to provide protection and advocacy for people with disabilities throughout the state. WCA is completely independent of state government and direct service providers." It publishes "Rights and Reality II: An Action Guide to the Rights of People with Disabilities in Wisconsin," a guide with "46 chapters covering every major program, funding source, and rights issue affecting adults and children with disabilities in Wisconsin. This revised work includes new sections on "the Americans with Disabilities Act, Federal Fair Housing Act, Assistive Technology, W-2, Family Care, BadgerCare, Rights of Inmates in Correctional Institutions, and Abuse and Neglect of people with Disabilities. . . . The guide is available in two versions: a 400-page spiral manual or a CD-ROM."

The Wisconsin Department of Electronic Government has promulgated a set of Enterprise Standards dealing with accessibility that are applicable to all state agencies:

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ARTS AND THEATRE

"Assistive Technology and Art," by Melissa Enderle, describes assistive products for art, art software and assistive devices for making art accessible to children with disabilities. She also includes a review of the literature and much practical advice for art projects. The site is part of the Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative.

The First Stage Children's Theater offers interpreted performances for deaf and hard of hearing individuals on a regular basis (one performance per production; 2 performances for the Christmas show). For visually disabled people, they also offer audio described performances on request.

The Milwaukee Repertory Theater has a broad range of access programs, including written script synopsis, audio script synopsis, large print programs, infrared listening systems and wheelchair accessibility. Selected performances of plays are also provided with audio description, open captioning and sign language interpretation. Contact Annie Jurczyk:
Phone: 414-290-5366.
E-Mail: anniej@milwaukeerep.com

Movies with audio descriptions and closed captioning are available at the AMC theater at Mayfair.
2500 North Mayfair Road
Wauwatosa, WI
Phone: 414-777-0467.

Summerfest (Milwaukee, WI): The "2002 Accessibility Brochure" is available in braille, large print or cassette formats; it includes "outlines of the services available, Marcus Amphitheater seating policies, parking information, as well as maps and descriptions of the grounds."

Very Special Arts Wisconsin: "The mission of Very Special Arts Wisconsin (VSA WIS) is to expand the capabilities, confidence, and quality of life for children and adults with disabilities by providing programs in music, dance, drama, creative writing, and visual art."

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BRAILLE, CASSETTE AND LARGE PRINT BOOKS

The Badger Association of the Blind (Milwaukee) has a library of reference materials on blindness and rehabilitation.

The Big Type Company sells large print date calendars, address books, check registers and bold ink 20/20 pens:
W136 N5265 Campbell Ct. Menomonee Falls, WI 53051 Phone: 1-800-933-1711.

Computers to Help People: print-to-braille services, specializing in technical braille for scientific and mathematical users; assessment and consulting in adaptive computer technology:
John J. Boyer, Executive Director
825 East Johnson Street
Madison, WI 53703

Talking Newspapers: The Barron County Library Service distributes a weekly recording of three local newspapers: the "Rice Lake Chronotype," "Barron News-Shield" and "Chetek Alert."
E-mail: bcls@ifls.lib.wi.us
Phone: 715-234-6637.

Large print books are available in local public libraries in Wisconsin.

Newsline allows eligible users to listen to newspapers read to them over the telephone, including the "Milwaukee Journal," the "Wisconsin State Journal" and more than fifty other newspapers from around the United States. Download an application or, if you are already a user of the Wisconsin Library for the Blind, you may sign up for Newsline simply by calling the Library for the Blind:
Phone (local Milwaukee area): 286-3045.
Phone (toll free, statewide): 1-800-242-8822.

Volunteer Braillists and Tapists (Madison) provides print materials in audio or braille formats on request. They have a free lending library of over 1,500 volumes, including many print/braille books. Their online catalog covers part of the collection.

Volunteer Services for the Visually Handicapped (VSVH) transcribes printed materials, including textbooks and music, into braille and onto audiotape for people who are blind, visually impaired, or dyslexic. VSVH also conducts braille classes for sighted people wishing to become certified braille transcribers.

Wisconsin Braille, Inc.: "WisBrl's on-going activities include: continuing education seminars for teachers and transcribers; transcription classes in state correctional institutions; free braille books to school libraries; a braille literary project pairing visually impaired students with braille-reading adults; collaboration with the Department of Public Instruction regarding certification and remuneration for transcribers who prepare materials used in schools; support for the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired (WCBVI) and the Wisconsin Council on the Blind and Visually Impaired; publication of a newsletter; and maintenance of a data base network for all those persons interested in our purpose."

The Wisconsin Council of the Blind (Madison) maintains a library of reference materials on blindness in both ordinary and accessible formats.

The Wisconsin School for the Visually Handicapped Media Center serves all visually impaired students in Wisconsin. Students and teachers from other schools may borrow WSVH Media Center materials by requesting specific items using the state-wide interlibrary loan system or by calling the WSVH Media Center Directly. The WSVH Media Center's collections include braille, twin-vision, 4-track cassettes, 2-track cassettes, large print, regular print and descriptive videos. 1700 West State Street
Janesville, WI 53546
Phone: 608-758-6118.

Wisconsin Reference and Loan Library makes available to Wisconsin residents a collection of about 200 large print children's titles. Contact your local Wisconsin public library to ask for these books on interlibrary loan. A catalog is available.

The Wisconsin Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped lends braille and taped books and magazines.

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EDUCATION AND PARENTING

Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, Wisconsin Chapter (AER)
Jennifer McKeown
Badger Association of the Blind
5629 W Valley Forge Dr. #1
jmckeown@badgerassoc.org

Birth to 3 is Wisconsin's early intervention program for infants and toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities and their families. An early intervention team will provide ideas and techniques to help a family enhance their child's development and learning potential. An informative brochure describing the program is available online.

Center for Blind and Visually Impaired Children: serves the special educational, therapeutic, and emotional needs of children from birth through five years of age who are blind or visually impaired."
5600 W. Brown Deer Rd., Suite 4
Milwaukee, WI 53223-2346
Phone: 414-355-3060.
Fax: 414-355-3547.

The Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESA's) provide special education services, including braille and orientation and mobility instruction, to schools around the state. For contact information and links to the web sites of the twelve CESA's, see the list at the web site of the Department of Public Instruction.

Holy Assumption School
1526 S. 72nd St.
West Allis, WI 53214
Phone: 414-476-0508

International Dyslexia Association, Wisconsin Branch
c/o Barbara Bliss
1614 Laurel Crest
Madison, WI 53705
Phone toll free: 866 399-7323.

Milwaukee Public Schools, Division of Special Services Center, Assistive Technology Office, "offers workshops, inservices, open labs and additional training in the areas of assistive technology to staff members and parents.

North Central Technical College (Wausau), Center for Students with Disabilities: "Besides low vision evaluation, NTC offers other services for visually impaired people, including vocational testing and career exploration, technical training and support services, and adaptive equipment to help you carry on a normal life."

Parent Education Project of Wisconsin, Inc. (PEP-WI) "is a statewide program providing training, information, and consulting for parents of children with exceptional education needs." The Project has produced "Every Child Deserves a Chance: A Welcome to the Special Education Process," which is a kit consisting of a video and workbook ($79.00).

Silver Lake College (Manitowoc, WI), in collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, is beginning a new licensure program for training teachers of the blind and visually impaired. Much, but not all, of the course work will be done as distance learning.

"VICTORE: Visually Impaired Children: The Opportunities, Responsibilities and Expectations" brings together parents of visually impaired children for educational meetings, support groups and social gatherings.

The Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative is a statewide project funded by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to help all school districts develop or improve their assistive technology services. WATI also works with Birth to 3 programs through a grant from the Wisconsin Birth to 3 Program. The site, aimed at teachers, has sections on best practices, materials, assessment forms, traning, literacy and assistive technology and art.

The Wisconsin Association of Blind Students is "a state-wide network bringing individuals who are blind or visually impaired together to solve common problems, work on issues of importance, and create long lasting friendships. More specifically, our association works to promote accessible educational opportunities for students who are blind throughout the state."

The Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired provides statewide services to blind and visually impaired students. As a part of the Department of Public Instruction's Division for Learning Support: Equity and Advocacy, the WCBVI is the lead agency and resource for providing quality services to blind and visually impaired school-age children. Their web site has a link to the WCBVI newsletter, "The Viewer."

Wisconsin Parents of Blind Children, an affiliate of the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children.
Jennifer Wenzel, Coordinator
2502 Elizabeth Street
Janesville, Wisconsin 53545
Phone: 608-754-4785.
wenzel@jb11.net

Wisconsin School for the Visually Handicapped
1700 West State Street
Janesville, WI 53546
Phone: 608-267-3270.

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EYE DISEASES/HEALTH

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association, Southeast Wisconsin Chapter: "The mission of this chapter is to raise public awareness of ALS, to raise funds for research to find the cause and a cure for ALS, and to provide services to ALS patients to improve their quality of life."

Badger Association of the Blind, Low Vision Services (Milwaukee, WI): visual aids, lighting, magnifiers.

Eye Clinic of Wisconsin, Low Vision Services (seven locations in central Wisconsin).

Eye Institute Center for Visual Rehabilitation (Wauwatosa, WI): diagnosis and assessment of low vision; low vision aids; independent living skills:

International Dyslexia Association, Wisconsin Branch
c/o Barbara Bliss 1614 Laurel Crest Madison, WI 53705 Phone toll free: 866 399-7323.

"Living Options in Southeastern Wisconsin" provides important information about appropriate living accommodations ranging from independent living to skilled nursing home. The site is designed to assist individuals, caregivers and professionals, and includes information about availability.

Lupus Foundation of America, Wisconsin Chapter
8544 W. National Avenue, Suite 22-24
West Allis, WI 53227
Phone: 414-541-3033.
E-mail: lupuswi@aol.com

Post-Polio Resource Group of Southeastern Wisconsin: newsletter, FAQ's, links to other disability sources; e-mail discussion group; information about upcoming meetings and other events.

Prevent Blindness in Premature Babies "is a volunteer group formed to provide support and information to individuals and to parents of children who have Retinopathy Of Prematurity, or ROP, (formerly called retrolental fibroplasia, or RLF."

"Prevent Blindness Wisconsin's mission is to prevent blindness and preserve sight." It is an affiliate of Prevent Blindness America.
759 N. Milwaukee St., #305
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3714
Phone: 414-765-0505. Email: info@preventblindnesswisconsin.org

United Cerebral Palsy of Southeastern Wisconsin "helps children and adults affected by cerebral palsy and other disabilities such as mental retardation, autism and epilepsy in the southeastern Wisconsin counties of Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington, Ozaukee, Racine and Kenosha." Their Assistive Technology Assessment Center "identify and assess job applicants to assist them in the pursuit of successful employment in the telecommunications and related service fields."

University of Wisconsin, Department of Ophthamology and Visual Sciences (Madison and outreach clinics elsewhere in the state). Low vision clinic.

Vision Unida, Inc. offers a 12-step substance abuse recovery program for people with disabilities:
1711 S. 11th. St.
Milwaukee, WI 53204
Phone: 414-671-4716.

Wisconsin Dyslexia Institute, Inc./ Dyslexia Association of America: "Our mission is to improve Reading, Spelling and Comprehension Skills through the Education Services we offer dyslexic children and adults."
1345 Chestnut Street
West Bend, WI 53095
Phone: 262-334-8005
Phone: 888-334-8005.
Fax: 262-334-9869.

Wisconsin Dyslexia Institute, Inc.: Milwaukee Center
350 W. Green Tree Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53217
Phone: 414-540-6795.
Fax: 414-540-6796.

The Wisconsin Medicaid Purchase Plan offers people with disabilities who are working or interested in working the opportunity to buy their Medicaid coverage.

Wisconsin First Step serves as the Information and Referral hotline for the Children With Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Regional Centers.

"Wisconsin Women's Health Hotline provides information and linkages to organizations providing services" relating to a comprehensive range of women's health issues.
Phone: 1-800-218-8408.

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HELPFUL PRODUCTS

SELLERS OF AIDS AND APPLIANCES FOR THE BLIND AND VISUALLY HANDICAPPED

Alphatek (Hartland, WI) sells talking watches, clocks, keychains and calculators.
114 West Capitol Drive, Suite 120
Hartland, WI 53029
Phone: 262-367-9809.

Ameritech Special Needs Center, Special Discounts and Services: Information about exemption from charges for Operator Services, exemption from charges for calls to Information, Braille telephone bills, discounts on usage charges and "Special Equipment Programs."
Phone: 1-800-288-8303.
TTY: 1-800-536-8890.

The Badger Association of the Blind runs the Outlook Shoppe, "Southeastern Wisconsinís only store offering people who are visually impaired a great selection of useful items for the home, office and recreation."
Phone: 414-615-0111.
Phone toll free: 1-877-258-9200.

The Big Type Company sells large print date calendars, address books, check registers and bold ink 20/20 pens:
W136 N5265 Campbell Ct. Menomonee Falls, WI 53051 Phone: 1-800-933-1711.

Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Brookfield, WI), among other services, has UniversaLink, a showroom for assistive listening devices, hearing aids, signaling and alerting equipment and telecommunication equipment.

Phone/TTY: 1-800-542-9838.
Phone (local): 262-790-7188.
E-mail: commlink@cdhh.org

The Telecommunications Equipment Purchase Program helps people with disabilities buy equipment they need in order to use basic telephone services. It is paid for from the Wisconsin Universal Service Fund established by the Public Service Commission. A description and downloadable application are available on the Public Service Commission web site.

The Wisconsin Council of the Blind (Madison) "sells specialized items at low cost to people who are blind or have low vision. The more popular items are on display at the Council office and can be purchased via telephone, mail or in person. Approximately $270,000 of vision assistance products are sold, on an "at cost" basis, yearly. Examples are: magnifiers, Braille products and writing supplies, talking, Braille, and large face clocks/watches, talking devices, games, and kitchen equipment." The Council web site provides a partial list of their offerings.

"Wisconsin Telecommunications Relay System, also called WTRS, is a 24-hour service that provides the vital link for effective telephone communication between people who use a TTY (also called a TDD, TT, or text telephone) and those who use a standard telephone." It allows for voice carry over, speech carry over and speech-to-speech communication.

SELLERS OF ADAPTIVE COMPUTER EQUIPMENT

Adaptive Information Systems sells adaptive computer technology for visually impaired and reading disabled people. They have two locations in Wisconsin offering hands-on demonstrations of their software and hardware for speech, large print and braille access:
Rod Maccoux
424 Schwartz Street
Green Bay, WI 54302-3232
Phone or Fax: 920-469-5502.
Phone toll free: 1-800-792-4768.
E-mail: rmaccoux@execpc.com
Roger Behm
1611 Clover Lane
Janesville, WI 53545
Phone: 608-758-0933.
Toll-free: 877-792-4768.
E-mail: ais@charter.net

Adaptive Technology Resources (Grafton) sells adaptive equipment for blind and low vision people, including reading machines, voice technology and closed circuit television magnifiers.
921 Vista Lane
Grafton, WI 53024
Phone: 800-770-8474.
Fax: 262-375-6777.
E-mail: info@AdaptiveTR.com

LAB Resources (Pewaukee): Computer Products for Education and Assistive Technology: software and hardware for special needs and education:
112 Main Street Pewaukee, WI 53072 Phone: 262-691-3476. Fax: 262-691-4193. Email: info@elabresources.com

Phillips Magnification: reading machines, adaptive computer hardware and software, CCTV magnifiers:
11102 Artesian, #202
Chicago, IL 60655
Phone: 773-881-8581.
Phone: 800-982-0226 (Midwest Only)
Fax:773-881-4843
E-mail: magnifiers@aol.com

Zerrecon, Inc. (Milwaukee, WI) is a consulting firm that provides engineering and rehabilitation services, including assistive technology such as screen readers and enlargers. 1549 N. 51st St. Milwaukee, WI 53208-2216 Phone: 414-771-7140. Fax: 414-771-7146. E-mail: Ed.Ellingson@zerrecon.com

SELLERS OF CLOSED CIRCUIT TELEVISION MAGNIFIERS (CCTV'S)

Access Vision One (Milwaukee) "is a distributor of low vision technology products (CCTV's, electronic magnifiers and adaptive software)" from manufacturers like Magnisight, OVAC, Enhanced Vision Systems and AI Squared:
Mike Dibella
2130 S. 33rd St.
Milwaukee, WI 53215
Phone: 414-383-2507.
Phone toll-free: 1-866-527-9589.
E-mail: accessvisionone@aol.com

Adaptive Technology Resources (Grafton) sells adaptive equipment for blind and low vision people, including reading machines, voice technology and closed circuit television magnifiers.
921 Vista Lane
Grafton, WI 53024
Phone: 800-770-8474.
Fax: 262-375-6777.
E-mail: info@AdaptiveTR.com

Noble Enterprises: Low Vision Equipment Specialist.
Steve Noble
N2674 Arrow Road
Warrens, WI 54666
Phone: 608-378-5500.
Phone, toll-free: 888-963-9633.
Email: noble@tomah.com

Phillips Magnification: reading machines, adaptive computer hardware and software, CCTV magnifiers:
11102 Artesian, #202
Chicago, IL 60655
Phone: 773-881-8581.
Phone: 800-982-0226 (Midwest Only)
Fax:773-881-4843
E-mail: magnifiers@aol.com

Steve Wehrle sells a variety of products for people with low vision.
Plymouth, WI 53073
Phone: 920-528-7101.
Fax: 920-528-7077.
Email: swehrle@excel.net

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INFORMATION AND REFERRAL AGENCIES

STATEWIDE AGENCIES

New Horizons Un-Limited is "committed to promoting communication and providing information to empower people who have life-long disabilities and their caregivers." Their site lists many Wisconsin resources.

The UW-Madison Health Sciences Libraries' Consumer Health and Medical Information project collects sites relating to the health of children, women and aging people, as well as chronic diseases. There are also links to sites of special interest to Wisconsinites, Medicaid in Wisconsin, A Guide to Health Insurance and Worker's Compensation Insurance for Farm Families, and The Center for Agricultural Safety and Health. In addition, there are links to MedlinePlus, PubMed and HealthInfoQuest, all of which provide access to authoritative medical information.

Wisconsin Family Assistance Center for Education, Training & Support, Inc. (WI FACETS) is a nonprofit organization serving Wisconsin children and adults with disabilities, their families and those who support them. They operate a Parent Training and Information Center for the whole state of Wisconsin and a Community Parent Resource Center for residents of Milwaukee.

"Wisconsin First Step" is "the Central Directory" for Wisconsin's Birth To Three Program, which "provides supports and services to infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities and their families." Wisconsin First Step also serves as the I&R hotline for the Children With Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Regional Centers. In addition to providing referrals to disability-related resources, Parent Specialists provide direct linkages to the closest CSHCN Regional Center. The Regional Centers provide I&R, Service Coordination, and Parent Networking for families of children ages 0-21 with special health care needs."
Phone: 1-800-642-7837.

"The Wisconsin Maternal And Child Health (MCH) Hotline provides information and linkages to services and resources for women before, during, and after pregnancy and for children including children with special health care needs. The hotline also serves professionals who are seeking referrals for their clients."
Phone: 1-800-722-2295.

Wisconsin Native American Elders Resource Directory 2000, created by Wisconsin Judicare, lists national, state and tribal resources for income maintenance, health, disabilities, housing, long-term care, taxes and other programs.

"Wisconsin Women's Health Hotline provides information and linkages to organizations providing services" relating to a comprehensive range of women's health issues.
Phone: 1-800-218-8408.

COUNTY AND REGIONAL SERVICES

In Dane County/Madison the 211 service is offered by United Way of Dane County's United Way 211, which provides information on a wide range of area resources or assistance with basic life needs and personal issues, such as food, parenting, mental health, and volunteering.
Phone: 211.

Fond du Lac Area Information & Referral (FAIR): referrals in the areas of education, employment, family, finances, food health and housing. The web site may not be accessible to all browsers.

Fond du Lac County Aging and Disability Resource Center is a clearing house of community information for the general public and for a variety of referral sources such as physicians, hospitals, managers of specialized housing and others.

Kenosha County: The Aging and Disability Resource Center offers "one-stop-shopping" to the general public with a focus on issues affecting older adults, persons with disabilities, or their families. It provides information, advice and access to a wide variety of services.
Phone: 262-605-6646.

Community Connector is a comprehensive guide to classes, activities, organizations, programs and special events in Manitowoc County (WI).

Marathon County Aging and Disability Resource Center.
Phone: 715-261-6070.

Marathon County First Call (United Way).
Phone 848-2255 or 1-800-922-5590.

Milwaukee 211 is the prime information and referral resource for Milwaukee County social services.
Phone: 211.

Milwaukee County: Elderlink: Information and Assistance for Older Adults
. It "provides a single point of access to information, services, and programs that can help people 60 years of age and older remain active and independent. Services include van transportation, the senior meal program, home visits to complete benefit applications, plus information on a wide variety of home and community-based services. Provides choice counseling for those who are in need of long-term care."
Phone: 414-289-6874.

Ozaukee County: COPE Services: hotlines and information and referral services for children, teens and senior citizens.
Phone: 262-377-2673.

Portage County: Aging and Disability Resource Center: information for elderly people, their families and caregivers.
Phone: 715-346-1405 or 1-800-586-5055.
[web site is marginally accessible to people using adaptive computer programs]

In Racine County the 211 service is a collaboration of the Racine County Human Services Department, United Way of Racine County and SAFE Haven a social services agency in Racine. Phone: 211.

Rock County: First Call is an information and referral service for health and human service needs.
Phone: 608-752-3100 (Janesville), 608-363-8800 (Beloit and Stateline Area), or 608-882-9966 (Evansville).

Sheboygan County: REACH Helpline and Sheboygan County Interfaith Organization.

Trempealeau County Aging and Disability Resource Center aims to provide "useful information, assistance and education on the continuum of long term care alternatives while at all times promoting the rights, dignity and preferences of the individual."
Phone: 1-800-273-2001 or 715-538-2001.

Waukesha County: First Call for Help gathers and disseminates information on more than 950 health and human care agencies, service programs and support groups in Waukesha County and southeastern Wisconsin. First Call for Help is also Waukesha County's crisis and suicide prevention hotline.
Phone 211.

Information and Referral Service (covering the Winnefox Communities: Winnebago, Waushara, Green Lake and Marquette counties.

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ORGANIZATIONS

The ADA Wisconsin Partnership is a coalition of people with disabilities, business and government to promote implementation of the Americans With Disabilities Act. The site has links to information about voting, the ADA and local Wisconsin organizations.

ADAPT: American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today; "We are fighting so people with disabilities can live in the community with real supports instead of being locked away in nursing homes and other institutions."
Wisconsin group, contact Steve Verriden:
Phone: 608-242-8484 (day); 608-249-4308 (eves)
Fax: 608-242-0383.
Email: sverriden@mailbag.com
Southeast Wisconsin ADAPT, contact: Tobie Tyler:
Phone: 262-695-9428
Fax: 262-695-9994
Email: tttobielaw@aol.com

AgrAbility of Wisconsin is a partnership between the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension and Easter Seals Wisconsin. It promotes success in agriculture for farmers and their families living with a disability.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association, Southeast Wisconsin Chapter: "The mission of this chapter is to raise public awareness of ALS, to raise funds for research to find the cause and a cure for ALS, and to provide services to ALS patients to improve their quality of life."

Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, Wisconsin Chapter (AER)
Jennifer McKeown
Badger Association of the Blind
5629 W Valley Forge Dr. #1
jmckeown@badgerassoc.org

Badger Association of the Blind (Milwaukee): provides low vision consulting, a store selling adaptive appliances, the Badger Home for the Blind, Volunteers in Visual Assistance, information, referral, advocacy, self-help groups and many other programs, activities and events:

Birth to 3 is Wisconsinís early intervention program for infants and toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities and their families. An early intervention team will provide ideas and techniques to help a family enhance their childís development and learning potential. An informative brochure describing the program is available online.

Blinded Veterans Association of Wisconsin, Inc.
Zablocki Medical Center, Room C753M
5000 W. National Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53295
414-382-5220
1-800-669-7079.

Center for Blind and Visually Impaired Children: serves the special educational, therapeutic, and emotional needs of children from birth through five years of age who are blind or visually impaired."
5600 W. Brown Deer Rd., Suite 4
Milwaukee, WI 53223-2346
Phone: 414-355-3060.
Fax: 414-355-3547.

Center for Deaf-Blind Persons, Inc.: "Our mission is to provide services to minimize effects of deaf-blindness on the individual and family and increase community awareness and acceptance.
3195 S. Superior St.
Milwaukee, WI 53207
Phone: 414-481-7477
v/tty/telebraille
E-mail: rsilver@execpc.com
E-mail: jmschn@execpc.com

Center for Sight and Hearing Impaired: broad range of services to people with either disability; serves northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin
625 Adams St.
Rockford, IL 61107
Voice/TTY: 815-965-4454
FAX: 815-965-6023.

The Cooperative Educational Service Agencies provide special education services, including braille and orientation and mobility instruction, to schools around the state. For contact information and links to the web sites of the twelve CESA's, see the list at the web site of the Department of Public Instruction.

DAWN: Disability Advocacy: Wisconsin Network was created by the Wisconsin Council on Developmental Disabilities as a new network of people who care about disability issues. DAWN is an advocacy network, a training program for local leaders and a funder of grants for grassroots advocacy. You can register by e-mail.

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
State of Wisconsin
Department of Workforce Development: "Wisconsin's Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal/state program designed to obtain, maintain, and improve employment for people with disabilities by working with VR consumers, employers, and other partners. The web site includes maps showing the location of each DVR office; a listing of the counties served by each DVR office; email adresses; links to the home page of DVR offices:
2917 International Ln.
P.O. Box 7852
Madison, WI 53707-7852
Phone: 608-243-5600.
Phone toll free: 1-800-442-3477.
Tty: 608-243-5601.

FOCUS for Newly Blind and Family, Inc.: provides counseling to newly blind persons and their families; serves Milwaukee, Washington, Ozaukee, Kenosha, Racine and Walworth counties:
P.O. Box 17575
Milwaukee, WI 53217
Phone: 414-964-6661

Industries for the Blind, Inc. offers employment opportunities for the visually impaired in Milwaukee and Janesville.
3220 West Vliet Street
Milwaukee, WI 53208-2400
Phone: 414-933-4319.
Fax: 414-933-4316.
Email: info@ibmilw.com

International Dyslexia Association, Wisconsin Branch
c/o Barbara Bliss
1614 Laurel Crest
Madison, WI 53705
Phone toll free: 866 399-7323.

LionNet Wisconsin: links to Lion clubs and activities in Wisconsin.

Lupus Foundation of America, Wisconsin Chapter
8544 W. National Avenue, Suite 22-24
West Allis, WI 53227
Phone: 414-541-3033.
E-mail: lupuswi@aol.com

Midwest Association for the Blind; has a number of business/social gatherings throughout the year.
725 South 95th St.
West Allis, WI 53214

Milwaukee County Executive, Office for Persons with Disabilities: links to programs and projects (including the paratransit program) run by Milwaukee County. The Office also publishes a newsletter, "Handi-News and Notes."

National Federation of the Blind of Wisconsin. "In the NFB of Wisconsin, we are not an organization speaking for the blind, we are the blind speaking for ourselves. [The site was not online as of October 2002.]
Mark Riccobono
1420 West State Street
Janesville, Wisconsin 53546
Phone:608-758-4800 .
E-mail: mark-r@nfbwis.org

The People With Disabilities Project of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development makes Wisconsin JobNet available to all by placing adaptive computer workstations in 22 Job Centers around the state. The adaptive software includes a screen reader, screen magnifier and voice recognition; there is adaptive hardware for people with limited mobility or hand function.

Parent Education Project of Wisconsin, Inc. (PEP-WI) "is a statewide program providing training, information, and consulting for parents of children with exceptional education needs." The Project has produced "Every Child Deserves a Chance: A Welcome to the Special Education Process," which is a kit consisting of a video and workbook ($79.00).

Post-Polio Resource Group of Southeastern Wisconsin: newsletter, FAQ's, links to other disability sources; e-mail discussion group; information about upcoming meetings and other events.

Prevent Blindness in Premature Babies "is a volunteer group formed to provide support and information to individuals and to parents of children who have Retinopathy Of Prematurity, or ROP, (formerly called retrolental fibroplasia, or RLF."

"Prevent Blindness Wisconsin's mission is to prevent blindness and preserve sight." It is an affiliate of Prevent Blindness America.
759 N. Milwaukee St., #305
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3714
Phone: 414-765-0505. Email: info@preventblindnesswisconsin.org

"SeniorLAW is a program which gives free benefits assistance to Milwaukee County residents 60 years and older. The program is made up of Benefit Specialists who provide information and assistance and attorneys who provide representation in appropriate court cases." The site provides detailed information about a wide variety of state and federal benefit programs.


TAXES AND TAX FORMS

TAXES: The Wisconsin Department of Revenue has a number of the most commonly-used tax forms in Adobe format that can be downloaded and filled in on your computer, using the Acrobat accessibility plug-in. They cannot be filed electronically but can be printed out and mailed in.

TAX HELP: The Taxpayer Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program provides free tax information and help in preparing federal and Wisconsin income tax returns for elderly people. For the closest TCE site, call the sponsor, the American Association of Retired Persons [1-888-277-7669] or check AARP's web site.

TAX HELP: The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is a cooperative effort by the Internal Revenue Service and many individual states, including Wisconsin, to provide income tax assistance to low income individuals, people with disabilities, non-English-speaking taxpayers and the elderly. Volunteers trained by the Internal Revenue Service and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue prepare basic income tax returns free of charge at VITA sites. The Wisconsin Department of Revenue has a complete list of sites in Wisconsin where VITA volunteers will help eligible taxpayers.

The United States Internal Revenue Service summarizes its special assistance to people with disabilities in "Topic 102," Tax Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities and the Hearing Impaired."

Some federal tax form worksheets are available in large print. "For easier reading and to practice preparing your return, you may order large print tax forms. Use them as worksheets to figure your tax, but do not file them. Call 1-800-829-3676" and order:
Publication 1614, which contains Form 1040, Schedules A, B, D, E, EIC, and R, and Form 1040-V, and their instructions, or
Publication 1615, which contains Form 1040A, Schedules 1, 2, 3, and EIC, and their instructions.

Some braille tax forms and instructions are available from the Wisconsin Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Available materials are limited to Publication 17, "Your Federal Income Tax"; Publication 334, "Tax Guide for Small Business"; and Form 1040, Form 1040A, and Form 1040EZ (materials include instructions and tax tables).

The IRS makes available over 100 tax forms and publications in braille format (".brf") as downloads from its web site. "These files contain accessible versions of IRS Tax Forms for use with the 2001 Filing Season. They are for reference only and cannot be submitted to the IRS in this format.
Each product set has been compressed to a WinZip Self-Extracting file and is in an "executable" (.exe) format. Each executable file (product set) contains three items: a README file with user instructions, product file(s) in text-only, and product file(s) in .brf format for Braille embossing. Instructions are included in the .txt and .brf files. The text-only files can be used easily with screen enlargers, screen readers, refreshable Braille displays and most other accessibility software."

See "Accessible IRS Tax Products" for more information about HTML and braille file format forms and publications; and about the accessibility of the IRS's many publications in Adobe Acrobat format. The IRS has recently announced a program to make many tax forms and publications available in speech-friendly formats so that taxpayers using screen readers can access and fill out forms in Adobe format.

Three Internal Revenue Service Publications may be useful to blind people. They can be downloaded in Adobe acrobat format:
Publication 524, "Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled,"
Publication 554, "Older Americans' Tax Guide" and
Publication 907, "Tax Highlights for Persons with Disabilities."


Trace Research and Development Center:goal is to make "the world of information technology and systems more usable for everyone"; one of the leading centers world-wide of research into adaptive technologies and general issues of universal accessibility. The FAQ's and Information Resources are excellent.

United Cerebral Palsy of Southeastern Wisconsin "helps children and adults affected by cerebral palsy and other disabilities such as mental retardation, autism and epilepsy in the southeastern Wisconsin counties of Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington, Ozaukee, Racine and Kenosha." Their Assistive Technology Assessment Center "identify and assess job applicants to assist them in the pursuit of successful employment in the telecommunications and related service fields."

Very Special Arts Wisconsin: "The mission of Very Special Arts Wisconsin (VSA WIS) is to expand the capabilities, confidence, and quality of life for children and adults with disabilities by providing programs in music, dance, drama, creative writing, and visual art."

"VICTORE: Visually Impaired Children: The Opportunities, Responsibilities and Expectations" brings together parents of visually impaired children for educational meetings, support groups and social gatherings.

Vision Unida, Inc. offers a 12-step substance abuse recovery program for people with disabilities:
1711 S. 11th. St. Milwaukee, WI 53204 Phone: 414-671-4716

Volunteer Braillists and Tapists (Madison) provides print materials in audio or braille formats on request. They have a free lending library of over 1,500 volumes, including many print/braille books. Their online catalog covers part of the collection.

Volunteer Services for the Visually Handicapped (VSVH) transcribes printed materials, including textbooks and music, into braille and onto audiotape for people who are blind, visually impaired, or dyslexic. VSVH also conducts braille classes for sighted people wishing to become certified braille transcribers.

The Wisconsin Academy of Graduate Service Dogs, Inc. "promotes functional independence and quality of life for persons with disabilities through the provision of highly skilled service, social, and specialty dogs."

The Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative is a statewide project funded by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to help all school districts develop or improve their assistive technology services. WATI also works with Birth to 3 programs through a grant from the Wisconsin Birth to 3 Program. The site, aimed at teachers, has sections on best practices, materials, assessment forms, traning, literacy and assistive technology and art.

The Wisconsin Association of Blind Students is "a state-wide network bringing individuals who are blind or visually impaired together to solve common problems, work on issues of importance, and create long lasting friendships. More specifically, our association works to promote accessible educational opportunities for students who are blind throughout the state."

Wisconsin Braille, Inc.: "WisBrl's on-going activities include: continuing education seminars for teachers and transcribers; transcription classes in state correctional institutions; free braille books to school libraries; a braille literary project pairing visually impaired students with braille-reading adults; collaboration with the Department of Public Instruction regarding certification and remuneration for transcribers who prepare materials used in schools; support for the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired (WCBVI) and the Wisconsin Council on the Blind and Visually Impaired; publication of a newsletter; and maintenance of a data base network for all those persons interested in our purpose."

The Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired provides statewide services to blind and visually impaired students. As a part of the Department of Public Instruction's Division for Learning Support: Equity and Advocacy, the WCBVI is the lead agency and resource for providing quality services to blind and visually impaired school-age children. Their web site has a link to the WCBVI newsletter, "The Viewer."

"The Wisconsin Coalition for Advocacy (WCA) is a private, nonprofit agency chosen by Wisconsin's Governor to provide protection and advocacy for people with disabilities throughout the state. WCA is completely independent of state government and direct service providers." It publishes "Rights and Reality II: An Action Guide to the Rights of People with Disabilities in Wisconsin," a guide with "46 chapters covering every major program, funding source, and rights issue affecting adults and children with disabilities in Wisconsin. This revised work includes new sections on "the Americans with Disabilities Act, Federal Fair Housing Act, Assistive Technology, W-2, Family Care, BadgerCare, Rights of Inmates in Correctional Institutions, and Abuse and Neglect of people with Disabilities. . . . The guide is available in two versions: a 400-page spiral manual or a CD-ROM."

Wisconsin Council of the Blind: assistive devices for sale, free white canes, low interest loans, advocacy and referral, low vision evaluations and rehabilitation teaching. They also maintain a list of support groups around the state.

"Wiscraft, Inc. is a private non profit agency serving blind and multi- handicapped blind persons by providing supportive employment opportunities through an economically viable and commercially successful business enterprise."
5316 West State Street
Milwaukee, WI 53208
Phone: 414-778-5800.
Fax: 414-778-5805.

The Wisconsin Department of Electronic Government has promulgated a set of Enterprise Standards dealing with accessibility that are applicable to all state agencies:

Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, Disability Programs: links to all the disability programs conducted by the Department.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has many accessible parks, forests, trails and facilities, including accessible cabins.

Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Division of Motor Vehicles: download applications for Disabled Parking License Plates and Disabled Parking Identification Cards.

Wisconsin Family Assistance Center for Education, Training & Support, Inc. (WI FACETS) is a nonprofit organization serving Wisconsin children and adults with disabilities, their families and those who support them. They operate a Parent Training and Information Center for the whole state of Wisconsin and a Community Parent Resource Center for residents of Milwaukee.

"Wisconsin First Step" is "the Central Directory" for Wisconsin's Birth To Three Program, which "provides supports and services to infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities and their families." Wisconsin First Step also serves as the I&R hotline for the Children With Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Regional Centers. In addition to providing referrals to disability-related resources, Parent Specialists provide direct linkages to the closest CSHCN Regional Center. The Regional Centers provide I&R, Service Coordination, and Parent Networking for families of children ages 0-21 with special health care needs."
Phone: 1-800-642-7837.

Wisconsin Independent Living Centers are consumer-directed, non-profit organizations that provide an array of services, including: peer support, information and referral, independent living skills training, advocacy, community education, personal care and service coordination. Independent Living Centers also provide information and access to assistive technology as part of the WisTech Program.

Wisconsin Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center
3834 County Road A
Rosholt, WI 54473-9355
Phone: 715-677-4969.
Phone toll-free: 877-463-6953.
e-mail: wlf@wi-net.com

Wisconsin Parents of Blind Children, an affiliate of the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children.
Jennifer Wenzel, Coordinator
2502 Elizabeth Street
Janesville, Wisconsin 53545
Phone: 608-754-4785.
wenzel@jb11.net

"Wisconsin Telecommunications Relay System, also called WTRS, is a 24-hour service that provides the vital link for effective telephone communication between people who use a TTY (also called a TDD, TT, or text telephone) and those who use a standard telephone." It allows for voice carry over, speech carry over and speech-to-speech communication.

People with disabilities, their families, service providers and other members of the community can access WisTech for information on selecting, funding, installing and using assistive technology. Independent Living Centers provide assessments of individual needs, and maintain a loan closet of assistive technology items that people can try out for themselves. Most WisTech services are provided free of charge.

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RECREATION, GAMES, SPORTS

Blind Outdoor Leisure Development (Southeastern Wisconsin Lions): programs to "allow the blind and visually impaired to experience outdoor sports and leisure activities while developing their athletic and social skills"; hiking, canoeing, sailing, fishing, skiiing, other winter sports, and biking:
For BOLD activities in Southcentral Wisconsin, contact:
P.O. Box 45683
Madison, WI 53744
Phone: 608-277-0981.

Easter Seals Camp Wawbeek is for children and adults with a primary physical disability and "offers a traditional camping experience geared to the age, interests, and abilities of the campers."

Fishing Has No Boundaries operates programs for disabled fishermen in several locations in Wisconsin and other states.

The Milwaukeee Bucks, Admirals and Wave offer fans with disabilities free tickets to home games. Write to:
Tickets
Milwaukee County Office for Persons With Disabilities
Courthouse
901 N. 9th St., Room 307-B
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Independence First (Milwaukee) coordinates a wide variety adaptive sports programs and wheelchair sports programs, for both children and adults.

Milwaukee Recreation, a Department of the Milwaukee Public Schools, conducts programs of therapeutic recreation for disabled children and adults.
Phone: 414-475-8180.

The North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) has a list of eighteen therapeutic riding centers in Wisconsin.

The Ranch Mini Golf: "18 holes, complete handicapped accessibility":
N88 W19100 Menomonee Ave.
Menomonee Falls, WI
Phone: 262-255-1656.

River Falls Family Fun Center: mini-golf, 12 holes, wheelchair accessible:
5401 West Layton Ave.
Greenfield, WI
Phone: 414-281-2815.

Ski For Light pairs visually- and mobility-impaired skiers with non-disabled guides for a week-long international skiing program and also holds events in Wisconsin.

Summerfest (Milwaukee, WI): The "2002 Accessibility Brochure" is available in braille, large print or cassette formats; it includes "outlines of the services available, Marcus Amphitheater seating policies, parking information, as well as maps and descriptions of the grounds."

SunSet Pines Resort, LLC (near Willard, WI) is a fully accessible year-round resort with a two bedroom cabin nestled in the rural Wisconsin farm countryside. It aims to "provide a relaxing worry-free getaway, without the hassles of accessibility, for travelers with or without a disability."

The United Methodist Church of Wisconsin runs summer camping programs for disabled youths and adults.

Welcome, H.O.M.E. (House Of Modification Examples) is an accessible demonstration home/bed and breakfast located in Newburg, Wisconsin. Their web site has an online brochure and a virtual tour.

Wisconsin Blind Bowling Association (WBBA):
3223 S. 26th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53215

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources provides licenses to blind and disabled hunters and fishermen. A brochure describing the programs and licenses is downloadable in PDF format.

Wisconsin Lions Camp: serves children and adults who are visually or hearing impaired, physically disabled or cognitively disabled; Family Camp Weekends are for families who have one or more persons in the immediate family with a disability. The camp is near Rosholt (Portage County):
3834 County Rd. A
Rosholt, WI 54473
Phone or TTY:715-677-4761.

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REHABILITATION, JOB TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT

The AbilITy Connection (southeastern Wisconsin) "provides advocacy, experience and networking opportunities for people with disabilities entering the Information Technology (IT) field. The program offers mentoring, internships, scholarships, and job placement services to IT students with disabilities."

The Blind Rehabilitation Center of the Hines Veterans Administration Hospital serves blinded veterans who are residents of Wisconsin.

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
State of Wisconsin
Department of Workforce Development: "Wisconsin's Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal/state program designed to obtain, maintain, and improve employment for people with disabilities by working with VR consumers, employers, and other partners. The web site includes maps showing the location of each DVR office; a listing of the counties served by each DVR office; email adresses; links to the home page of DVR offices:
2917 International Ln.
P.O. Box 7852
Madison, WI 53707-7852
Phone: 608-243-5600.
Phone toll free: 1-800-442-3477.
Tty: 608-243-5601.

Independence First : advocacy and referral, adult day social/leisure programs, personal assistance services, benefits counseling, sports/leisure/recreation, assistive technology. Newsletters and bulletins are available online and by e-mail. Independence First administers the WisLoan program which provides low-interest loans for the purchase of adaptive technology.
600 W. Virginia Ave., Suite 301
Milwaukee, WI 53204-1516
Voice/tty:414-291-7520

Industries for the Blind, Inc. offers employment opportunities for the visually impaired in Milwaukee and Janesville.
3220 West Vliet Street
Milwaukee, WI 53208-2400
Phone: 414-933-4319.
Fax: 414-933-4316.
Email: info@ibmilw.com

North Central Technical College (Wausau), Center for Students with Disabilities: "Besides low vision evaluation, NTC offers other services for visually impaired people, including vocational testing and career exploration, technical training and support services, and adaptive equipment to help you carry on a normal life."

"Pathways to Independence is a research and demonstration project proposed by the Governor of Wisconsin, the Department of Health and Family Services, and the Department of Workforce Development. Pathways to Independence seeks to remove barriers to employment for people with severe disabilities and provide access to the comprehensive help they need in order to work."

The People With Disabilities Project of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development makes Wisconsin JobNet available to all by placing adaptive computer workstations in 22 Job Centers around the state. The adaptive software includes a screen reader, screen magnifier and voice recognition; there is adaptive hardware for people with limited mobility or hand function.

United Cerebral Palsy of Southeastern Wisconsin "helps children and adults affected by cerebral palsy and other disabilities such as mental retardation, autism and epilepsy in the southeastern Wisconsin counties of Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington, Ozaukee, Racine and Kenosha." Their Assistive Technology Assessment Center "identify and assess job applicants to assist them in the pursuit of successful employment in the telecommunications and related service fields."

The Wisconsin Bureau for the Blind (Division of Supportive Living) offers services for people with a vision loss that include: introduction to a support group, information on eye conditions, management of household tasks, techniques for kitchen safety, techniques for safe travel and counseling to assist in adjustment to vision loss. To find a local office of the Bureau for the Blind:
Phone toll free: 1-888-879-0017

"Wiscraft, Inc. is a private non profit agency serving blind and multi- handicapped blind persons by providing supportive employment opportunities through an economically viable and commercially successful business enterprise."
5316 West State Street
Milwaukee, WI 53208
Phone: 414-778-5800.
Fax: 414-778-5805.

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RELIGION

Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Deaf/Hard of Hearing Ministry serves the religious needs of deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf/blind persons; it publishes a newsletter, "Hand in Hand."

Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Catholic Charities
Ministry to Persons with Disabilities
Ron Spitz, Director
3501 S. Lake Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53207
Phone: 414-769-3401
E-mail: RSpitz@ccmke.org

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, Special Ministries, serves people who are deaf, visually impaired, developmentally disabled, or in the military, or in jail.

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TRANSPORTATION AND TRAVEL

The Feathered Star Bed and Breakfast (Egg Harbor, WI) is barrier free, meets ADA acessibility standards and welcomes disabled vacationers--and their pets.

Madison Metro provides accessible fixed route buses and paratransit services.

Milwaukee County Executive, Office for Persons with Disabilities: links to programs and projects (including the paratransit program) run by Milwaukee County.

The Project ACTION Accessible Traveler's Database lists resources for many Wisconsin cities.

Transit Plus is a transportation service for individuals with a disabling illness or condition that prevents them from using Milwaukee County Transit System's buses.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has many accessible parks, forests, trails and facilities, including accessible cabins.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has a list of contact numbers for the paratransit services available in the counties of southeastern Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Division of Motor Vehicles: download applications for Disabled Parking License Plates and Disabled Parking Identification Cards.

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