University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

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:

  • Assisting callers and visitors to the Waisman Resource Center to assist them to get answers to their questions about diagnostic specific information, health financing information, community supports, etc.
  • Utilizing a variety of community training and technical assistance approaches to increase the skills, competencies and proficiencies of community based personnel to work with and otherwise support individuals with disabilities and their families.
  • Providing a creative blend of positive practices to individuals with developmental disabilities who are experiencing complex behavioral and mental health challenges.
  • Monitoring progress within selected areas of interest to study the impact of current programs and policies to support individuals with developmental and other disabilities to live in the community. Current efforts are focused on health disparities, and employment.

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.

Community Outreach Wisconsin
Community Outreach Wisconsin (COW) is a group of unique cutting-edge programs that contract with Dane County Human Services and work extensively with individuals and community teams supporting persons with developmental 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.

Public Policy and Systems Change

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

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
The Family Action Network provides information about opportunities for education, training and leadership development to members who would like to contribute their voice to improve systems for people with disabilities and special health care needs in Wisconsin. Members are encouraged to share their ideas as informed, effective and knowledgeable participants in policy and systems change to help achieve family/self-determination, independence, productivity, integration and inclusion in all facets of community life. Systems change happens when family members are partners in the development, implementation and evaluation of policies and systems of supports and services. Information shared on this list does not represent a position or endorsement of specific positions by the list serv host. This listserv is collaboration between the Waisman Center, University Center of Excellence on Developmental Disabilities, Family Voices of Wisconsin, Disability Rights Wisconsin and the Board for People with Developmental Disabilities.

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