Community Inclusion Unit

The purpose of the Community Inclusion Unit is to design and implement of range of research, training and service projects that work to support individuals with developmental and other disabilities to live, work and recreate in the community. Current initiatives are:

Waisman Resource Center
Waisman Resource Center is a collection of several centered programs that provide information and assistance to individuals who have questions about services and programs related to developmental disabilities and other special health care needs.

The newly-funded Connections project creates and facilitates a statewide network of autism-related initiatives. It also provides training to providers and parents to ensure equal access to information about autism and aims to promote a greater understanding of diagnostic and community-related ASD information.

Funding for this project comes from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) Division of Services for Children with Special Health Needs (DSCSHN) Integrated Services Branch (ISB)State Implementation Grants for Improving Services for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other Developmental Disabilities.

Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Regional Center
Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs is a component of the Wisconsin Title V Program and provides information and assistance, parent to parent support, and service coordination to families with children and youth with special health care needs in the 13 county region of southern Wisconsin.

The Katie Beckett Program
Katie Beckett is a program that provides Medical Assistance benefits to a category of children with special health needs.

Family Village
A web site for individuals with disabilities and their families. Links to thousands of sites related to developmental and related disabilities.

Community Training & Consultation
Community Training and Consultation provides a variety of training on topics related to developmental disabilities. 2008 Training Catalog- Spring/Summer Edition (1 MB, PDF)

Community Ties
Community TIES provides case management and community training on challenging behavior.

Sound Response
Sound Response is a system of supports that enables individuals who require occasional overnight assistance to live more independently.

Pathways to Independence
Bridges to Work is a collaboration between the Waisman Center, Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that is promoting systems change efforts that will increase the likelihood that persons with a disability can secure and maintain substantial employment without fear of loss of access to health insurance and other vital supports.

Health Disparities

Parents As Leaders (PALs)
Parents As Leaders is a leadership training program for families of children with special needs, ages birth to 6.
PALs Biennial Report 2001-2003: View PDF
PALs Biennial Report 2003-2005: View PDF
PALs Biennial Report 2005-2007: View PDF
PALs Biennial Report 2007-2009: View PDF
These reports highlight the impact of PALs and the accomplishments of parent participants.

Family Support 360
Family Support 360 worked with families in the South Madison and Allied Drive communities, where many families experienced multiple challenges, to improve access to and responsiveness of long-term and family supports. Family Support 360 has unique flexibility within the children's service system to utilize creative strategies to reach traditionally underserved children and families. Workgroups were convened as needed, that represented the cultural and ethnic characteristics of the communities served, to plan project activities. This ensured that activities respond to what the community views as their most pressing needs. A Family Support 360 advisory structure, with parents as active participants, guided all project activities.

Family Action Network
Family Action Network is a community training and system change effort that is focused on family support for families with children with developmental disabilities and other special health care needs.