Independent Living

Short Description
Services:

Information and Referral
Available to any individual in the community who has a disability related question, concern or need

Advocacy
ACCESS works to assist individuals to communicate their needs to obtain services and support.

Peer Support
​Staff and trained volunteers with disabilities assist consumers with reaching independent living goals.

Skills Training
Individualized and group training in many skill areas

Transition Services
Specialized help in areas of community and post secondary transition

Youth Services
Access provides a wide variety of classes and services specifically for youth 18 and under

Assistive Technology
Over 1,000 devices can be tried, and many can by borrowed, free of charge for up to three weeks
Assessibility Assessment
Home safety, workplace accessibility, and ADA compliance assessments to improve physical and programmatic accessibility.
Description

Access to Independence, Inc. is a non-profit, consumer controlled Independent Living Center (ILC) that provides advocacy, resources, and services to people of all ages with all types of disabilities in Dane, Columbia, Green, and Dodge counties in south-central Wisconsin.  ILC's are a nationwide network of consumer controlled disability resource centers, where the majority of board and staff are people with disabilities.  Through our Independent Living (IL) Philosophy, we help people develop the tools and skills to make informed choice for themselves and work to increase the choices available to people with disabilities. We are a part of a network of centers across the nation and one of the eight centers in Wisconsin.  All centers share the Independent Living Philosophy and focus on providing specific services that help people with disabilities live as independently as they choose.

Phone
800-362-9877
Address
3810 Milwaukee Street, Madison, WI
53714
Location by County/County(ies) served
Columbia, Dane, Green
Ages Served
Birth - 2 years old, 3-5 years old, Elementary School Age, Middle School Age, High School Age, 18-21 years old, Adults
Listing Category
Description

This free, online, anonymous tool is here to help you navigate resources for a child you care about who has mental or behavioral health concerns.

Phone
800-642-7837
Location by County/County(ies) served
Crawford, Columbia, Dane, Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, Richland, Rock, Sauk
Ages Served
Birth - 2 years old, 3-5 years old, Elementary School Age, Middle School Age, High School Age, 18-21 years old
Funding Sources
Free
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Description

UnityPoint Health - Meriter's unique driver's readiness evaluation process includes a functional comprehensive occupational therapy evaluation to identify strengths and difficulties related to driving. Our highly trained therapists assess specific physical, visual, and cognitive abilities, including adequate reaction speed, visual perception and processing, spatial skills, memory and attention. The results are given to your referring physician to assist in the final decision about your ability to drive

Phone
608-417-8250
Location by County/County(ies) served
Crawford, Columbia, Dane, Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, Richland, Rock, Sauk
Ages Served
High School Age, 18-21 years old, Adults
Funding Sources
Private Pay, Private Insurance
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Description

ERI advances employment, health, and financial security for people with disabilities. We do this by supporting people with disabilities in achieving employment goals, receiving benefits counseling, accessing healthcare, and connecting to financial information and resources.

ERI also offers training and technical assistance to professionals, community partners, and the public regarding disability and employment issues.

ERI’s Pre-Driving Assessment provides people with disabilities feedback about their abilities related to driving. This hands-on experience builds confidence and provides valuable information about moving forward with driving training.

Phone
608-242-6415
Address
4604 Cottage Grove Road
Madison, WI
53716
Location by County/County(ies) served
Dane
Ages Served
18-21 years old, Adults
Funding Sources
Private Pay, Private Insurance, Medicaid
Description

People sometimes assume that people with communication-related disabilities don't want to communicate or can't communicate. This assumption can prevent people from getting the supports they need. But everybody communicates - whether using language, behavior, gestures, facial expressions, sounds, or other means.

This toolkit, created by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, is designed to help you access communication evaluations and tools for effective communication for people with communication-related developmental disabilities. These may include autism, apraxia, cerebral palsy, and other developmental disabilities that affect communication.

Location by County/County(ies) served
Crawford, Columbia, Dane, Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, Richland, Rock, Sauk
Ages Served
Birth - 2 years old, 3-5 years old, Elementary School Age, Middle School Age, High School Age, 18-21 years old, Adults
Funding Sources
Free