Peer to Peer Support

Short Description
In 2009, individuals with disabilities and their families in LOV Inc. worked together to identify a major barrier to creating fulfilling, community-centered lives. They realized they needed someone to help build a bridge into community life. Based on a desire to be valued members of a community marked by self-direction, independence, and meaningful relationships, the Bridge Builder Project was established.
Description

Individuals with disabilities work one-on-one with Bridge Builder Project staff, known as Bridge Builders. Bridge Builders are paid staff who support individuals to identify personal interests, set goals, and make lasting, natural connections in community settings.

The Bridge Builder Project is a unique way of receiving support. Since we began the original Bridge Builder Project in 2009, we have seen some truly amazing successes for adult project members. We are expanding, and the Bridge Builder Project is now designed also to support young adults in upper high school and community transition programs to prepare for the transition to adulthood

Phone
608-843-7906
Address
504 S. Brearly St. Madison, WI
53703
Location by County/County(ies) served
Dane
Ages Served
High School Age, 18-21 years old, Adults
Funding Sources
Private Pay, CLTS, IRIS
Listing Category
Short Description
The Madison United IEP Parent Support Program aims to provide support and advocacy to the parents and all kinds of caregivers of students with disabilities in the MMSD special education community. The program's objective is to bring these individuals together to share resources, ideas, and feedback to improve the Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for their students and create a better learning environment.
Description

We understand that being a caregiver can be tough, especially when it comes to supporting your student's education. That's why we're here to help connect you with other caregivers who are going through similar experiences.

We'll match you with other caregivers based on your student's age, IEP classification, and school (if possible). Then, you'll be able to exchange emails and offer each other support, resources, and an open line of communication.

You can sign up as either a "Support Parent" or a "Match Parent". If you're a Support Parent, you'll mentor another caregiver. If you're a Match Parent, you'll receive support from another caregiver.

Location by County/County(ies) served
Dane
Ages Served
3-5 years old, Elementary School Age, Middle School Age, High School Age, 18-21 years old
Funding Sources
Free
Short Description
Options believes and practices the philosophy of an Independent Living Center being a consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability, nonresidential nonprofit agency. Each is designed and operated within a local community by individuals with disabilities and provides an array of independent living services.
Description

Options believes and practices the philosophy of an ILC being a consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability, nonresidential nonprofit agency. Each is designed and operated within a local community by individuals with disabilities and provides an array of independent living services. An ILC must meet the following criteria:

1. Individual and systems advocacy
2. Peer counseling
3. Information & referral
4. Independent living skills training
5. Transition

Phone
920-490-0500
Address
555 Country Club Road
Green Bay, Wisconsin

54313
Location by County/County(ies) served
Brown, Calumet, Door, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette, Marquette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Sheboygan, Waupaca, Waushara, Winnebago
Ages Served
Depends on the program of interest
Listing Category
Short Description
Having a child with special health care needs sets parents on a different journey than the one that was originally expected. Fortunately, many parents have “gone before” and can be a source of strength, direction and empowerment. Through a one-on-one match, Parent to Parent of Wisconsin pairs parents in need of guidance with a trained Support Parent who has walked a similar path. Like each family, every match is unique.
Description

At Parent to Parent of Wisconsin, we help parents find a one-to-one connection with a trained Support Parent, who knows firsthand about the feelings and realities that come with having a child with special needs. No parent should feel alone. Ever.
No provider referral is necessary. Any parent of a child with special needs who is interested can self-refer on our website.
For Spanish-speaking parents: Our program coordinator is bilingual and we have some trained Support Parents who speak Spanish.

Phone
833-361-6300
Location by County/County(ies) served
Crawford, Columbia, Dane, Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, Richland, Rock, Sauk