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Wisconsin - Find State Disability Assistance in Wisconsin

State Disability Resources for Wisconsin

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Updated November 28, 2012

If your child has a disability, and you do not know where to find help, check out this list of essential resources available in your state. These essential contacts offer the most commonly needed services and can provide you with referrals to other appropriate services as well. If you have difficulty contacting any of these resources, please feel free to email me at: learningdisabilities@aboutguide.com.

Department of Education - Special Education


States' departments of education oversee disability education services to children. It monitors school districts for compliance with IDEA and state special education regulations. The Department of Education handles formal complaints, due process hearings, and mediation on special education issues.

Division for Learning Support: Equity and Advocacy
125 S. Webster Street
P.O. Box 7841
Madison, WI 53707-7841
Toll Free Telephone:(800) 441-4563
Telephone: (608) 266-1781
Website: Special Education

Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers with Disabilities


Services to children with disabilities include instruction, speech, physical, and occupational therapies.

Children Ages Birth - 3
Division of Long Term Care
Department of Health and Family Services

P.O. Box 7851
Madison, WI 53707-7851
Telephone: (608) 267-3270

Children Ages 3 - 5
619 Coordinator
Division for Learning Support: Equity and Advocacy

State of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
P.O. Box 7841
Madison, WI 53707-7841
Telephone: (608) 267-9172
Toll Free Telephone: (800) 442-4563

State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency


Vocational rehabilitation helps people with disabilities live independently. The department works with middle schools, high schools, and higher education to help students with disabilities access appropriate supports for employment and independence.

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Department of Workforce Development
201 E. Washington Avenue, Room A100
P.O. Box 7852
Madison, WI 53707-7852
Toll Free Telephone: (800)442-3477
Telephone TTY: (608)266-0283
Website: Vocational Rehabilitation

Mental Health Services Agency


State mental health agencies provide services to individuals and families dealing with mental illness, mental retardation, and substance abuse. Services include advocacy, nursing home screening, psychiatric services, intervention, coordination of treatment, case management, and more.

Bureau of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
P.O. Box 7851
Madison, WI 53707-7851
Telephone: (608) 266-1351
Website: Mental Health Services

Disability Advocacy Services


Protection and advocacy offices offer information and referrals relating to disability issues, a resource database for self-advocacy, education and training in disability rights, and individual case advocacy.

Disability Rights Wisconsin
131 W. Wilson Street, Suite 700
Madison, WI 53703
Toll Free Telephone: (800) 928-8778 (Inside Wisconsin Only)
Telephone: (608) 267-0214
Website: Advocacy Services

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