Special Needs
Resources in Wisconsin

Sports for All

Phone: 920-954-7620
Contact Person: Colin Specht
Email: cspecht@ymcafoxcities.org
This class at the Appleton YMCA focuses on a new sport or game each week. Participants, ages 6 – 11, are encouraged to bring a buddy along each week.

The Richardson School - Beloit

Phone: 608-473-3244
Website: http://www.richardsonschool.com
Address: 321 Olympian Blvd. Beloit, WI 53511
The Richardson School is a private school that is designed to provide an extra supportive environment to children with special needs. The staff ratio is 4:1 and their goal is a class side of 10 students.

The Richardson School - Brookfield

Phone: 262-468-0700
Website: http://www.richardsonschool.com
Address: 175 S. Barker Road Brookfield, WI 53045
The Richardson School is a private school that is designed to provide an extra supportive environment to children with special needs. The staff ratio is 4:1 and their goal is a class side of 10 students.

The Richardson School - Madison

Phone: 608-421-5267
Website: http://www.richardsonschool.com
Address: 2802 International Lane Madison, WI 53704
The Richardson School is a private school that is designed to provide an extra supportive environment to children with special needs. The staff ratio is 4:1 and their goal is a class side of 10 students.

The Richardson School - West Allis

Phone: 414-540-8500
Website: http://www.richardsonschool.com
Address: 6753 West Rogers St. West Allis, WI 53219
The Richardson School is a private school that is designed to provide an extra supportive environment to children with special needs. The staff ratio is 4:1 and their goal is a class side of 10 students.

Western Wisconsin Regional Center for Special Needs Children

Phone: 715-726-7900
Website: http://www.co.chippewa.wi.us/government/public-health/children-with-special-health-care-needs
Address: 711 N Bridge St (Room 121). Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
Contact Person: Dawn Stark
Email: dstark@co.chippewa.wi.us
Here you can find a wealth of information to help you with your special needs child. Northeast Wisconsin Regional Center serves the following counties. Please go to their website to find resources available in the following counties.
  • Barron County
  • Buffalo County
  • Burnett County
  • Chippewa County
  • Clark Lake County
  • Douglas County
  • Dunn County
  • Eau Claire County
  • Jackson County
  • La Crosse County
  • Pepin County
  • Pierce County
  • Polk County
  • Rusk County
  • St. Croix County
  • Trempealeau County
  • Washburn County

Southern Wisconsin Regional Center for Special Needs Children

Phone: 608-265-8610
Website: https://cyshcn.waisman.wisc.edu/
Email: cyshcn@waisman.wisc.edu
Here you can find a wealth of information to help you with your special needs child. Northeast Wisconsin Regional Center serves the following counties. Please go to their website to find resources available in the following counties.
  • Adams County
  • Columbia County
  • Crawford County
  • Dane County
  • Dodge County
  • Grant County
  • Iowa County
  • Juneau County
  • Lafayette County
  • Richland County
  • Rock County
  • Sauk County
  • Vernon County

Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Center for Special Needs Children

Phone: 800-234-5437
Website: https://www.southeastregionalcenter.org/Southeastregional/Information--Resources/Resources-by-County
Address: 8915 W. Connell Ct, Milwaukee, WI 53226
Here you can find a wealth of information to help you with your special needs child. Northeast Wisconsin Regional Center serves the following counties. Please go to their website to find resources available in the following counties.
  • Jefferson County
  • Kenosha County
  • Milwaukee County
  • Ozaukee County
  • Racine County
  • Walworth County
  • Washington County
  • Waukesha County

Northern Wisconsin Regional Center for Special Needs Children

Website: http://northernregionalcenter.org/resources/by-county/
Here you can find a wealth of information to help you with your special needs child. Northeast Wisconsin Regional Center serves the following counties. Please go to their website to find resources available in the following counties.
  • Ashland County
  • Bayfield County
  • Florence County
  • Forest County
  • Iron County
  • Langlade County
  • Lincoln County
  • Marathon County
  • Oneida County
  • Portage County
  • Price County
  • Sawyer County
  • Taylor County
  • Vilas County
  • Wood County

Northeast Wisconsin Regional Center for Special Needs Children

Website: https://www.northeastregionalcenter.org/Northeastregional/Information--Resources/Resources-by-County
Here you can find a wealth of information to help you with your special needs child. Northeast Wisconsin Regional Center serves the following counties. Please go to their website to find resources available in the following counties.
  • Brown County
  • Calumet County
  • Door County
  • Fond du Lac County
  • Green Lake County
  • Kewaunee County
  • Manitowoc County
  • Marinette County
  • Marquette County
  • Menominee County
  • Oconto County
  • Outagamie County
  • Shawano County
  • Sheboygan County
  • Waupaca County
  • Waushara County
  • Winnebago County

Parent to Parent of Wisconsin

Phone: 888-266-0028
Website: http://www.p2pwi.org
Address: 1020 Kabel Avenue Rhinelander, WI 54501
Email: Get-Connected@p2pwi.org
Parent to Parent is an organizations that provides support to families of children with special needs. This organization connects parents to other parents that have children with the same or similar special needs concerns diagnosis.

SMILES

Phone: (262)882-3470
Website: http://www.smiles.nu/
Address: N2666 County Rd. K Darien, WI 53114
Email: inquiries@smilestherapeuticriding.org
Special Methods in Learning Equine Skills (SMILES) is a therapeutic riding program that helps provide children with special needs the opportunity to gain the benefits that horse therapy provides. They offer horseback riding, varying horse-related activities, and well as recreation.

Camp Quest (CILWW)

Phone: 800-228-3287
Address: S1 COUNTY ROAD K FALL CREEK, WI. 54742
Contact Person: Noelle Johnson
Two-day camp held at Beaver Creek Nature Reserve for young adults (ages 14-21) who have various disabilities. The cost for two days is $50 and financial assistance may be available.

Junior Warhawk Wheelchair Athletics Camp

Phone: 262-472-3169
These are one week basketball, exercise/aerobics/fitness, football, horseback riding (English), rock climbing, swimming, tennis, and water-skiing camps for children with special needs adges 8-18 years of age.

Able Trek Tours

Phone: 800-205-6713
Website: https://www.abletrektours.com
Serves people with special needs, mental illness, and older adults. Travelers must exhibit good social behavior, have no major medical conditions, be at least 16 years old and display appropriate behavior towards property, themselves, and others. Typical staff to traveler ratio is 1:4 or 1:3. If traveler has more physical or mental needs, there is an option for 1:1 with additional fees. This 1:1 can be a staff member or someone that is known by the traveler.

Lamers Special Needs Tours

Phone: 800-236-1976
Website: https://www.LamersTour.com
Offers the potential for 24 hour supervision with 1:1 ratio, specially qualified tour directors, and itineraries specially designed with special needs in mind. Staff to traveler ratio is 1:4 or 1:1. Locations vary depending on the tour. There are day trips and 6 day vacation options. The cost varies depending on the trip.

Aspiro

Phone: 920-498-2599
Address: 1673 Dousman Street Green Bay, WI
This program helps teach social, leisure, communication, self-care, and safety skills. There are regularly planned group outings such as movies or concerts.

Paragon Activity Club (PAC)

Phone: 920-8841471
Address: 2733 S Ridge Rd. Green Bay, WI
This program provides recreation and social activities for those with special needs age 8-21 years of age. Registration is required and an assessment will be completed to make sure the program is appropriate for the participant. Paragon Activities Club includes activities such as outings, games, arts and crafts, skill development and personal cares. Participants must bring their own lunch and transportation is provided at an additional cost.

UW-Oshkosh: Adapted Sports and Adapted Aquatics Program

Contact Person: Chris Stratton
Email: strattonc@uwosh.edu
The Sports Development Program allows individuals with all ability levels within the Fox Valley Region to participate in quality sports development programs. Instruction will be provided to individuals from birth through adults with an emphasis on adapted physical education. The program will benefit its participants through cognitive, physical, and social skill building. Individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to join. The goal of the program is to provide individuals of all ability levels an opportunity to improve as well as learn new sport skills. Classes are offered in the fall, spring, and summer.

UW-Madison: Adapted Fitness and Personal Training Classes

Phone: 608-262-0259
Website: https://kinesiology.education.wisc.edu/home/adapted-fitness-personal-training-2/
Address: inesiology School of Education UW-Madison Unit II Gym 2000 Observatory Drive Madison, WI 53706-1121
Email: kines@education.wisc.edu
The classes are designed to accommodate students with permanent as well as temporary disabilities. Classes are also designed to accommodate students who are interested in personal training and those who are concerned with stress management, weight management and those individuals who might feel they need more individualized attention in getting started with learning about and establishing a healthier lifestyle.

UW-La Crosse: Center on Disability Health and Adapted Physical Activity

Phone: 608-785-8000
Website: https://www.uwlax.edu/center/cdhapa/center-sponsored- programs/childrens-motor-development-program/
Address: 1725 State Street La Crosse, WI 54601, USA
This program provides children ages 3-21 with adapted physical fitness, aquatics, and other recreational opportunities. They have a 1:1 ratio with trained college students that work to meet different goals with your special needs child.

UW-Eau Claire: P.R.I.D.E. Program

Website: https://www.uwec.edu/academics/college-education-human-sciences/departments- programs/kinesiology/about/community-outreach/
The intention of the P.R.I.D.E. program is to serve children with cognitive, sensory, and physical disabilities ages 5-16 years by providing them with individualized and/or group instruction in the areas of skill development, fitness, and sport/recreational activities.

Southeastern Wisconsin Adaptive Ski Program (SEWASP)

Phone: (414) 533-7234
Website: http://www.sewasp.org/about/
This organization provides alpine skiing and snowboarding for children and adults with special needs. You can either bring your own adaptive ski equipment or borrow equipment. They provided ski lessons as well.

Central Cross Country Ski Association

Phone: (608) 294-0433
Website: http://www.cxcskiing.org/pages/adaptive/about.html
Address: 718 Post Road, Suite F Madison, WI 53713
Contact Person: Amy Cichanowski
Email: amy@cxcskiing.org
This organization provides adaptive skiing for children and adults. Whether you are interested in adaptive skiing for fun or a more competitive adventure, Central Cross Country Ski Association has activities to match your skill level.

Hoofers Sailing Club

Phone: 608-262-1630
Website: http://www.hoofersailing.org/?q=accessible
Address: 800 Langdon St, Madison, WI 53706
Email: uwsailingcaptain@gmail.com
Hoofers Sailing Club offers sailing to individuals with special needs. They have a hoyer lift to assist those who need help getting from the dock to the boat. They also offer supportive chairs for those that need more support for their upper body. If you want to bring a family member or friend to help out you can, or they can provide someone to help as well.

Milwaukee Community Sailing Center Adaptive Sailing

Phone: 414-277-9094
Website: http://www.sailingcenter.org/outreach.php
Address: 1450 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive Milwaukee, WI 53202
Email: info@sailingcenter.org
This organization provides opportunities for children and adults with abilities to get out on the water and experience sailing. They have floating docks and hydraulic lifts for easy wheelchair access.

Madison SCI, Inc.

Phone: 608-620-5666
Website: https://www.sci-madison.org/adaptive-equipment
Address: P.O. Box 724, Madison, WI 53701
Email: MadSCIplans@gmail.com
This organization provides adaptive equipment on loan such as adaptive handcycles, kayaks, They also write grants to help individuals with disabilities get adaptive outdoor equipment so that they can get out and moving outside.

North American Squirrel Association (N.A.S.A.)

Phone: (608) 234-5988
Website: https://www.nasasquirrel.org/
Address: PO Box 186 Holmen, WI 54636
This organization allows individuals with disabilities and physical limitations to experience various activities such as hunting, fishing, golf, skiing, and bicycling. They offer wheelchair accessible boats, golf carts, adaptive skiing and much more.

Empowered Dream Hunts Inc.

Phone: (920) 290-2108
Website: https://empowereddreamhuntsinc.godaddysites.com/go-on-a-dream-hunt
Address: 526 Sandy Ln, Mosinee, WI 54455
Empowered Dream Hunts Inc. provides individuals with disabilities (age 9 to adult) to experience hunting. The cost for the hunt is covered by fund raisers. During the hunt, the family is encouraged to be involved and to experience the hunt with their special needs family member.

Wildcard Gymnastics

Phone: 262-923-7418
Website: https://www.wildcard-gymnastics.com/specialty-classes
Address: 3545 North 127th Street, Brookfield WI, 53005
Email: gymnastics@wildcard-gymnastics.com
Wildcard Gymnastics has a special class that is geared towards children with special needs. They have a small group setting and work on learning gymnastics and other motor skills.

Gymfinity Gymnastics

Phone: 608-848-FLIP (3547)
Website: http://www.gymfinity.com/special-needs-gymnastics
Address: 6800 Nesbitt Road, Fitchburg WI 53719
Email: gymoffice@gymfinity.com
Gymfinity has a program for children with special needs that incorporates gymnastics, fitness, trampoline, and movement. They accommodate children with all different types of skill levels and accept children that have orthotics and wheelchairs.

Wil-O-Way Disc Golf

Phone: 414-278-3938
Website: http://county.milwaukee.gov/WilOWayDiscGolf#.V8TwzcJTE86
Email: michael.bonk@milwaukeecountywi.gov
This is a 3 basket disc golf course that is completely wheelchair accessible.

Sterling Silver Studio

Phone: 715-394-4660
Website: http://sterlingsilverstudio.com/class-schedule/adult-programs/
Address: Mariner Mall, 69 N 28th St E # 1A, Superior, WI 54880
Sterling Silver Studio offers special needs classes for free to children and adults with disabilities. They are able to participate in performances, competitions and special events like their typical peers.

Kehl School of Dance - Middleton

Phone: 608-819-6501
Website: http://www.kehldance.com/dance-classes/all-abilities/
Address: 8152 Forsythia St. Middleton, WI 53562
This is a sitting ballet class that is offered for children who have difficulty standing or are unable to stand. This class allows the child to be in a walker or wheelchair as they learn ballet moves that help build strength in the child's upper body.

Kehl School of Dance - Waunakee

Phone: 608-849-4740
Website: http://www.kehldance.com/dance-classes/all-abilities/
Address: 1020 Quinn Drive Waunakee, WI 53597
This is a sitting ballet class that is offered for children who have difficulty standing or are unable to stand. This class allows the child to be in a walker or wheelchair as they learn ballet moves that help build strength in the child's upper body.

Kehl School of Dance - Madison

Phone: 608-819-6501
Website: http://www.kehldance.com/dance-classes/all-abilities/
Address: 5117 Verona Road Madison, WI 53711
This is a sitting ballet class that is offered for children who have difficulty standing or are unable to stand. This class allows the child to be in a walker or wheelchair as they learn ballet moves that help build strength in the child's upper body.

Hancock Center for Dance and Movement Therapy

Phone: 608-251-0908
Website: http://hancockcenter.net/index.php?page=dance-movement-therapy-2
Address: 16 North Hancock St, Madison, WI 53703
Email: info@hancockcenter.net
This is a dance and movement therapy group that is designed to meet the needs of children with disabilities.

Believe at Brookfield Dance Acadamy

Phone: 262-278-7122
Website: http://brookfieldcenterforthearts.com/programs/believe/
Address: 2945 N. Brookfield Rd., Brookfield, WI, 53045
Email: beth@brookfieldcenterforthearts.com
Believe is a dance class that is modified for children with special needs from ages 4-18. At the end of the session they will perform a recital at Frame Park.

MPS Adaptive Sports (Milwaukee Recreation)

Phone: 414-647-3860
Website: http://milwaukeerecreation.net/rec/Programs/Adaptive-Athletics.htm
Address: 2414 West Mitchell Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204
Contact Person: Katie Seitz
Email: Katie@MilwaukeeRecreation.net
This is a school based program that offers eight major sports (Bowling, Flag Football, Volleyball Skills Clinic, Team Basketball, Basketball Skills, BOCCE Ball, Indoor Track and Field, Soccer Skills) that are adapted for children with special needs for ages 6-21.

Racine's Recreational Activities for the Developmentally Disabled (RADD)

Phone: 262-633-0291
Website: http://radd-cpa.org/
Address: 5801 Washington Ave, Suite 103, Racine, WI 53406
RADD provides special needs children and adults with a variety of options. These options include a 6 hour day respite program for youth that provides 6 hours of care for your child as they participate in different activities throughout the day such as arts and crafts, music and singing, fitness, and other fun activities. RADD also has an overnight respite program. They also have an eight week summer day camp. There are also other activities such as bowling, water aerobics, and more.

Wisconsin Lions Camp

Phone: (715) 677-4969
Website: http://www.wisconsinlionscamp.com/
Address: 3834 County Road A Rosholt, WI 54473
Email: info@wisconsinlionscamp.com
Wisconsin Lions Camp is a FREE camp for children and adults with disabilities. They are unable to offer their camp to those who have a moderate to severe cognitive disability.

Milwaukee Center for Independence: Adventures for L.I.F.E. Camps

Phone: (414) 937-2100
Website: https://www.mcfi.net/LIFE-Camp.htm
Email: deon.franszczak@mcfi.net
This camp has a focus on teens and adults (12-30) and offer day camps and camps for those with Autism.

Easter Seals Wisconsin Camps

Phone: 608-237-1979
Website: https://camp.eastersealswisconsin.com/
Address: 101 Nob Hill Road, Suite 301, Madison, WI 53713
Email: camp@wi.easterseals.com
Easter Seals offers a variety of camps to meet the specific needs of your special needs child depending on the level of care that they need.

Camp Daniel

Phone: 715-757-3880
Website: http://www.campdaniel.org/
Address: W10541 Army Lane, Athelstane, WI 54104
Email: info@campdaniel.org
Camp Daniels provides summer camps as well as community programs that benefit people with special needs. Some of their community programs include service projects, dances, and retreats. They offer their camp experience to those who are 8 through 70 years old. Those who attend need to be able to function in a group setting and be able to sleep in a dorm setting without wandering out at night or disturbing others. They do not accept individuals who are aggressive in any way.

WisconSibs

Phone: 920-968-1742
Website: http://wisconsibs.org/
Address: 211 E Franklin Street | Appleton, WI 54911
Email: info@wisconsibs.org
This organization helps to provide support for typically developing children ages 6-12 who have siblings with special needs or long term illness. They have workshops, social gatherings, day camps, and also a 4 day camp that provide support for these siblings.

Camp AweSum

Phone: 715-479-8255
Website: http://www.ucci.org/camp-awesum/
Address: 1487 Moon Beach Rd., St. Germain, WI 54558
Contact Person: Glenn Svetnicka
Camp AweSum has two different camps. One is for youth and the other one is for the family. It is for children on the Autism Spectrum and for their families. There is a fee for the camp but you could also see if you could get funding through a county waiver program.

Madison School and Community Adaptive Recreation

Phone: 608-204-3020
Website: http://www.mscr.org/our-programs/adaptive-recreation-inclusion
Email: cthom@madison.k12.wi.us
This is a recreation program that is year-round for children with special needs. Activities include fitness programs, water walking fitness, golf, soccer, day trips to professional sporting events, downhill skiing, and pontoon boat rides for fishing. These are all wheelchair accessible.

Willow Creek Ranch Therapeutic Riding Center

Phone: 262-806-4080
Website: http://www.willowcreekranch.org/index.html
Address: 7404 Northwest Highway, Mukwonago, WI 53149
Willow Creek Ranch Therapeutic Riding Center provides horse therapy for children who have special needs. Their goal is to develop self confidence in each child as they work with the horses as well as help each child improve their balance, coordination, social skills, and muscle control.

Three Gaits, Inc.

Phone: 608-877-9086
Website: http://www.3gaits.org/index.html
Address: P.O. Box 153, Oregon, WI 53575
Email: 3gaits@3gaits.org
Three Gaits, Inc. offers horse therapy for children with special needs. The instructors try to focus on what each child is able to do and modify their instruction to meet the needs of each child while helping them achieve confidence.

Stable Hands Equine Therapy Center

Phone: 715-359-6046
Website: http://www.stablehandstherapy.org/
Address: 3501 Swan Ave., Wausau, WI 54401
Email: dabitz@stablehandstherapy.com
Stable Hands Equine Therapy Center provides therapy using horses for children with special needs. They work with your child's doctor, therapists, and caregivers to create a special riding program to be able to provide results for your child during their therapy session with the horses.

Rides & Reins Therapeutic Riding Center

Phone: 262-644-8324
Website: http://ridesandreins.org/
Address: 4371 Arthur Rd, Slinger, WI 53086
Email: ridesnreins@gmail.com
Rides and Reins provides therapeutic horseback riding to families that have special needs children. Their goal is to increase the quality of life for people with special needs by helping to increase balance, strength and mobility through horseback riding.

LifeStriders

Phone: 262-565-6124
Website: http://www.lifestriders.org/therapeutic-riding.html
Address: S11 W29667 Summit Avenue (US HWY 18), Waukesha, WI 53188
Email: striders@lifestriders.org
LifeStriders is an oportunity to get away from traditional therapy and use horses to provide a unique therapy approach. They provide occupational and physical therapy as well as marriage, family, and individual counseling opportunities. They desire to make nature available to families that have special needs children by making their property accessible for those with special needs.

Trinity Equestrian Center

Phone: 715-835-4530
Website: http://www.trinity-ec.com/therapeutic_riding.phtml
Address: S5300 State Highway 37, Eau Claire, WI 54701
Email: info@trinity-ec.com
Trinity Equestrian Center provides opportunities for your child with special needs to gain benefits from riding horses and spending time with them. Whether strengthening muscles and improving balance or finding a way for your child to experience a little independence and confidence, horse therapy is designed to help your child.

Horse Power Healing Center

Phone: 262-594-3667
Website: http://www.horsepowerhealingcenter.com/index.html
Address: S.101 W.34628 County Road LO, Eagle, WI 53119
Email: info@horsepowerhealingcenter.com
Horse Power Healing Center offers opportunities for children with special needs to experience the thrill of horses. If your child is unable to ride horses there are opportunities for them to groom and and spend time with horses without riding.

HART Equine Therapy Center, INC.

Phone: 715-305-5166
Website: http://www.hartetc.com/home.html
Address: 10198 Brookside Road, Auburndale, WI 54412
This organization provides horseback riding for children that have special needs. Your child benefits from socialization as they groom and ride their horses and interact with the teachers and volunteers. Classes are taught by certified staff and trained volunteers help to assist your special needs child during the activities.

Miracle League - Milwaukee

Phone: 414-357-2833
Website: http://www.miracleleaguemilwaukee.org/index.html
Address: 9050 N. Swan Road Milwaukee, WI 53224-1910
Email: jnowak@ymcamke.org
Miracle League is a baseball league that is specifically designed to meet the needs of children with special needs. Their field is cushioned and made from rubber to provide a safe place for kids to play baseball. All areas of the field and the restrooms are wheelchair accessible.

Mad City Wheelchair Sports Inc.: Mad City Badgers

Phone: 608-334-5869
Website: http://www.madcitybadgers.org/
Address: 8126 Blakton Road, Madison, WI 53719
Email: mcurkeet@yahoo.com
Mad City Badgers is a wheelchair basketball team. It's geared towards school aged children who have different disability levels. At the high school level, students are scouted and may be offered full ride collage scholarships.

St. Ann's Center for Intergenerational Carer - Aquatic Center

Phone: 414-977-5000
Website: https://stanncenter.org/for-the-community/aquatic-center/
Address: 2801 E. Morgan Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53207
St. Ann's Center has a large warm water therapy pool, hot tub spa, and locker rooms that are wheelchair accessible.

Adaptive Recreation

Phone: 608-204-3020
Website: http://www.mscr.org/our-programs/adaptive-recreation-inclusion
Contact Person: Chad Thom
Email: cthom@madison.k12.wi.us
This organization provides various sports, community recreation, and social and physical programs for children with disabilities all year long.

Adapted Swim Lessons - YMCA Oshkosh

Phone: 920-230-8966
Website: http://www.oshkoshymca.org/programs/aquatics/adapted-swim-lessons.html
Address: 324 Washington Ave., Oshkosh, WI 54901
Email: tracygilles@oshkoshymca.org
Specially adapted swimming lessons for children with special needs.

Beyond Barriers

Phone: 715-387-4900
Website: http://www.mfldymca.org/aquatics/adaptive_aquatics.php
Address: 410 West McMillan Street, Marshfield, WI 54449
One-on-One swimming lessons for children with special needs. These swimming lessons are designed to help your child learn basic water safety and swimming skills.

St. Coletta Day School

Phone: (414) 453-1850
Website: https://www.scdsmke.org/
Address: 1740 North 55th Street Milwaukee, WI 53208
Contact Person: Bill Koehn
Email: scdsmke@gmail.com

This school provides:

  • small classroom sizes
  • small teacher to student ratios
  • a focus on academics and social skills
  • special classes that focus on daily living skills
  • art and music therapy
  • environment that is best suited for mild to moderate cognitive delays
  • various payment options
  • Special Needs Scholarship

Fairview South School

Phone: 262-781-9464
Website: https://www.elmbrookschools.org/fairview-south-school
Address: 3525 Bermuda Boulevard Brookfield, WI 53045
Email: leeh@elmbrookschools.org
Fairview South School provides specialized education for students with special needs. Transportation and funding is provided through the public school system. They have a team of qualified staff with different therapists that work with your child to meet their IEP goals. Benefits of this school include lower teacher to student ratios, smaller class sizes, modified schedules, few transitions, as well as other benefits.

Lakeland School

Phone: (262) 741-4118
Website: http://www.co.walworth.wi.us/Lakeland%20School/Lakeland%20School/default.aspx
Address: Lakeland School, W3905 County Rd NN, Elkhorn, WI 53121
Contact Person: Tracy Moate
Email: tmoate@co.walworth.wi.us
Lakeland School provides a specialized education for students with special needs. They offer smaller class sizes, lower teacher to student ratios, and extra curricular activities such as school dances and Special Olympics. It offers curriculum that is modified to accommodate the needs of the students to help meet IEP goals.

Chileda

Phone: 608-782-6480
Website: http://chileda.org/
Address: Chileda, 1825 Victory St, La Crosse, WI 54601
Email: info@chileda.org

Robert Cloud Memorial Playground

Address: 2801 S. Webster Ave, Green Bay
Adaptive Playground at CP - Families with and without special needs are encouraged to use the for children of all abilities. The playground has a rubber surface which allows children to move independently in their wheelchairs, swings that enable children needing trunk and core support the freedom and excitement to experience movement, and much more. Children must be accompanied and supervised by a responsible adult. No pets are allowed on the playground; however service animals specifically trained to aid a person with a disability are welcome. The playground is open on Saturday & Sunday from Dawn until Dusk; Monday – Friday after 5:30 PM until Dusk.

Saturday Fun Club

Phone: 920-886-2101
Contact Person: Paula Gozner
Email: pgozner@ymcafoxcities.org
An acceptance for all wellness class for ages 7-13 (drop off or with a caregiver) that offers opportunities for wellness training and social learning at the Neenah-Menasha YMCA. Class will be staffed with a 1:4 ratio to accommodate individuals with special needs.

Pump It Up

Phone: 920-886-2101
Contact Person: Paula Gozner
Email: pgozner@ymcafoxcities.org
Offered in seven week sessions, this class offering at the Neenah YMCA is for kids ages 7 – 13 with and without disabilities. Participants will learn to use Fit Zone machines as well as increase their strength and core muscles.

Inspire Sports

Phone: 920-419-2025
Website: http://www.inspiresportswi.org/events
Email: inspiresportswi@gmail.com
Provides various opportunities for individuals with special needs to grow physically and mentally. Peer mentors teach the fundamentals of the specific sport in a fun and engaging manner. One-to-one mentoring program creates a fun and safe environment for individuals to overcome any challenge.

Adapted Sports Program

Contact Person: Chris Stratton
Email: strattonc@uwosh.edu
The Adapted Sports Development Program allows individuals with all ability levels within the Fox Valley Region to participate in quality sports and aquatic development programs. Instruction is provided to individuals from elementary age through adults with an emphasis on adapted physical education activities and is typically done on a one to one basis with a future adapted physical educator through our Adapted Physical Activity and Leisure (APAL) program.

KITE Kamp

Phone: 920-731-9831
Contact Person: Lisa McCalister
Email: lisa@soarfoxcities.com
SOAR Fox Cities’ four day camp in August for youth with developmental disabilities ages 6-16 that runs during the day. Every day has its own theme and includes games and activities tailored to that theme. Morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snacks are provided. Kamp includes outdoor and indoor time, large and small group games, as well as independent play time.

Intensive Sensory-Motor Camp at CP

Website: http://www.wearecp.org/we-can-help/therapy-services/smiles-for-children/
This camp utilizes an intensive individualized therapeutic and group approach to improve functional self-cares, social and motor skills in the home and community. Children participate in diverse activities under the leadership of specially trained and certified Occupational Therapists. Full access to CP’s varied resources is an integral part of programming. Accessible swimming pools, a sensory center, adaptive playground and accessible art studio support the groups’ objectives. Parents are provided with home programming strategies to enhance functional skills. Each child is assigned a camp “buddy” who assists them in the completion of the activities. Ages 5 and up.

Empower Me!! Camp

Phone: 920-886-2178
Contact Person: Julie Uhe
Provides a five-day summer camp for children living with high functioning autism. This day camp provides opportunities for the development of social skills in a fun environment. It is offered by the Neenah-Menasha YMCA the last two weeks of July.

Camp Hope

Phone: 920-470-8236
Contact Person: Stephanie Johnson
Email: stephaniejohnson@ymcafoxcities.org
Sponsored by the Appleton YMCA and held at Plamann Park in Appleton during the summer. Camp Hope is a two week day camp for children ages 6-15 who have cognitive or physical disabilities. Activities include swimming, arts/crafts, singing, team building, and games.

Soap Box Derby

Phone: 920-256-0978
Website: http://www.greenbay.soapboxderby.org
Contact Person: Brenda & Derrick Biber
Email: brendabiber@yahoo.com
Green Bay Area Soap Box Derby and Super Kids - Super Kids provides youth ages 7 to 18 with special needs the opportunity to experience the "Thrill of the Hill" in specially designed two person derby cars. Free fun runs are available during Rally Weekends in fall and spring and a double elimination race is run during the Local Championship to crown a champion to send to the National Super Kids Classic.

CHAPS Academy, Inc.

Phone: 920-986-3003
Website: http://www.chapsacademy.org
Address: N5367 Mayflower Road Shiocton, WI, 54170 United States
CHAPS provides individual counseling services, along with day treatment and group therapy services as well. It is a licensed mental health clinic and a perfect fit for individuals who may not find success in traditional therapy. CHAPS’ mission is to "empower people to fully engage in life through specialized therapies" utilizing a strength based approach. Such specialized therapies include equine therapy, play therapy, art therapy, mindfulness and even yoga. CHAPS serves children, adolescents and adults struggling with trauma, depression, anxiety, PTSD and suicidal ideation. Ages: children, adolescents, adults

Miracle League - Appleton and Allouez (Appleton)

Website: http://www.foxvalleymiracleleague.com
Email: MFoxValley@goodwillncw.org
Appleton and Allouez, is an organized baseball league for kids with cognitive and/or physical disabilities. Two unique features of the league are that the player is paired with a volunteer buddy and the games are played on an accessible rubberized field. Register early for a spot on a team roster. Where: John Wollner Fox Cities Miracle League Field in Memorial Park in Appleton When: weeknight evenings

Miracle League Appleton and Allouez (Green Bay)

Website: http://www.greenbaymiracleleague.com
Email: liegeoispaul@aol.com
Appleton and Allouez, is an organized baseball league for kids with cognitive and/or physical disabilities. Two unique features of the league are that the player is paired with a volunteer buddy and the games are played on an accessible rubberized field. Register early for a spot on a team roster. Where: Resch Miracle Field and the Favre Family Miracle Recreation Area at Allouez Optimist Park in Allouez When: weeknight evenings

Kimberly High School Baseball Camp

Contact Person: Ryan McGinnis (head coach)
Email: rmcginnis@kimberly.k12.wi.us
Kimberly High School Baseball Camp - Kimberly High School's "A Difference Maker" baseball camp for kids with all types of disabilities & their siblings is held each fall. This camp is organized by the Kimberly High School baseball players & coaches. Participants receive a free t-shirt & treats. The camp is held rain or shine. Registration is required. Ages: grades 1-12 Cost: FREE

Discovery League

Phone: 920-734-5641
Contact Person: Kathy Delchambre
Discovery League – Part of Neenah Baseball, Inc., Discovery League provides an "organized baseball opportunity" for people with special needs. Ages: 4+ Where: Southview Park in Neenah When: Sunday evenings --- 6:00 – 7:30pm --- mid-May through July

Xavier Hawks Football Camp

Phone: 920-788-5298
Contact Person: Bob Olson
Email: bob.olson1976@gmail.com
Xavier Hawks Football Camp - This co-ed camp sponsored by the Autism Society of the Fox Valley, in cooperation with the Appleton Xavier High School Football team, for individuals with autism of all ages and playing abilities. This special day-long camp starts with stretching and warm ups, continues with skill work at ten different stations, and concludes with an awards ceremony and picnic lunch for all participants and their families. Ages: Pre-K through 8th Grade When: May

Wisconsin Early Autism Project (WEAP)

Phone: 920-338-1610
Website: http://www.wiautism.com
Social Skills and Teen Group Classes – Wisconsin Early Autism Project (WEAP) offers sessions designed for up for students to develop and practice appropriate social interactions with peers. Instruction and supervision is provided by facilitators trained in ABA techniques. Classes are available year-round in both Appleton and Green Bay. Ages: 3-5 6-12, and 13 & up. Location: Appleton & Green Bay

American Foundation of Counseling Services

Phone: (920) 437-8256
Website: http://www.afcscounseling.org/groups.php
Contact Person: Marilyn Brennan, LCSW
Self Esteem & Social Skills Classes - An offering from American Foundation of Counseling Services in Green Bay, a self-esteem/social skills group is offered multiple times throughout the year. Children interact with peers in a therapeutic environment and address issues such as: respecting boundaries, expressing feelings appropriately, dealing with teasing and anger, identifying self and others positively, and accepting responsibility for wrong-doing. Ages: 6-8 and 9-12

Building Hope Therapy Services, LLC

Phone: 920-202-2262
Website: http://www.facebook.com/buildinghopetherapyservices
Building Hope Therapy Services, LLC- Offers an interdisciplinary support system for children and their families to develop and implement individual and group treatment plans to address needs based on unique strengths and challenges. Needs may include social skills, self regulation, sensory modulation, social participation and self esteem. Provide therapy sessions for the neurologically diverse community.

CP Center

Phone: 920-337-1122
Website: https://www.wearecp.org/
Address: 2801 South Webster Avenue Green Bay WI 54301
The CP Center, located in Green Bay, WI, provides a typical learning environment for children with special needs. They offer therapy services starting from a child’s infancy, and an aquatic center that promotes daily exercise and rehabilitation.

Expressive Therapies

Phone: 920-284-0891
Website: http://www.expressivetherapies.net
Email: info@expressivetherapies.net
Provides music therapy, art therapy, and mental health therapy throughout the Fox Cities. Offering numerous groups ranging from Social Skills and Music Therapy to CRESCENDO (a band for pre-teens, teens, and adults that are looking to make connections and work on social skills). Work with individuals, groups, or families to meet a wide range of goals. Where: Will see individuals/groups in office, home, or the community (facility, schools, etc.) to best meet the needs of the individual Ages: pre-teens, teens, adults.

Academy of Music

Phone: 920-993-6278
Website: http://www.lawrence.edu/s/academy/programs/special_needs
Music for Special Needs –and– A part of the well-known Lawrence Academy of Music’s Music, children ages 1 through teen will participate in musical activities that focus on interaction and socialization skills as well as fine and gross motor skills. The adult program provides opportunities for socialization, interaction, and the use of music for self-expression. A board-certified therapist teaches classes arranged by age groupings every semester. Class size is limited, so early registration is recommended. When: Fall and Spring - 15 week sessions Ages:Youth (Age 1 – Teen), Adult (Ages 20 and older)

Very Special Arts Wisconsin (VSA) - Oshkosh

Contact Person: Alexis Graff
Email: alexisgraff@gmail.com
The mission of VSA Wisconsin is to expand the capabilities, confidence and quality of life for children and adults with disabilities by providing programs in dance, drama, creative writing, music and visual art.Where: Oshkosh-Our Savior Lutheran ChurchWhen: Mondays from 6:00 – 7:00 from September – December and February – May Cost: FREE

Very Special Arts Wisconsin (VSA) - Appleton

Phone: 920-716-1018
Contact Person: Tiffany Vollrath
The mission of VSA Wisconsin is to expand the capabilities, confidence and quality of life for children and adults with disabilities by providing programs in dance, drama, creative writing, music and visual art.Where: Appleton-First English Lutheran Church When: each Tuesday from September –  December and February – May 6:30 – 7:30 each week with a concert in December and MayAges: 18 and over Cost: FREE

Birth to Three

Website: http://birthto3foxvalley.com/index.php
Birth to Three provides early intervention for children who have developmental delays or disabilities. They offer in-home help from their staff which includes, occupational, physical, and speech therapists, special education teachers, service coordinators, social workers, and nutritionists.

Advocacy and Benefits Counseling (ABC)

Website: http://safetyweb.org/
A law firm that is dedicated to ensuring that your special needs child has equal access to healthcare. They provide legal and benefits advocacy services and help direct families to health benefits that meet their needs.

Health and Human Services

Website: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/
Provides help for families who need to establish additional support. These additional supports include state health insurance, WIC program, FoodShare program, as well as other valuable resources.

Transitioning to Adulthood

Website: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/adrc/pros/youth.htm
Provides assistance to children (17 ½) and their families as the child transitions into adulthood. They assist with insurance changes, legal guardianship, and other important issues that may arise as a child becomes a legal adult.

Family Voices of Wisconsin

Website: http://www.familyvoicesofwisconsin.com/
Family Voices of Wisconsin is an organization that helps to advocate on your behalf for your child with special needs.

Options for Independent Living

Phone: 920-882-9309
Website: http://www.optionsil.com
Address: 555 Country Club Road Green Bay, Wisconsin 54313
Contact Person: Alyson Windle
Provides in-home consultations for home adaptations for special needs as well as financial assistance. They also offer technology adaptations.

Regional Children and Youth Centers

Website: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/cyshcn/regionalcenters.htm
There are five regional centers that provide support to families with children who have special needs. They provide extensive resources throughout the state of Wisconsin. These resources include, financial assistance, medical services, insurance support, community supports, and advocacy and support groups.

Valley Kids Foundation

Website: http://www.valleykidsfoundationinc.org
Valley Kids Foundation assists "children under 18 years of age… to provide help to them in needs such as: medical help, education assistance, as well as cultural and recreational opportunities our kids may not otherwise enjoy or have access to."

Make A Wish

Website: http://wisconsin.wish.org/
Make-A-Wish Wisconsin’s vision is to "ensure every medically-eligible child has the opportunity to have his or her wish come true. They rely on medical professionals, parents and children themselves for referrals. Children who have reached the age of 2½ and are under the age of 18 at the time of referral – and have not received a wish from another wish-granting organization – may be eligible for a wish. To receive a wish, the child must be diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition (i.e., a progressive, degenerative or malignant condition that has placed the child’s life in jeopardy).

Children's Long Term Waiver Support (CLTS)

Website: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/clts/index.htm
"The Children's Long-Term Support (CLTS) Waiver Program is a  Home and Community-Based Service (HCBS) Waiver that provides Medicaid funding for children who have substantial limitations in their daily activities and need support ro remain in their home or community. Eligible children include those with developmental disabilities, severe emotional disturbances, and physical disabilities. Funding can be used to support a range of different services based on an assessment of the needs of the child and his or her family."

Children's Community Options Program (CCOP)

Website: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/ccop/index.htm
This program can be used to provide supplemental insurance for medical needs and transportation of children with special needs.(SSI, Katie Becket, Badger Care)

Boy Scouts

Phone: 920-638-3432
Contact Person: Jonathan Martin
Boy Scouts – Bay-Lakes Council – Provides unique programs for individuals with physical, intellectual, or emotional disabilities. The Cub Scouting program is for boys in grades K – 5; the Boy Scouting program is for boys in grades 6 - 8; the Venturing program is for young men and women in grades 9 - 12. The upper age limit is waived for individuals with intellectual disabilities. With parental involvement, youth with disabilities can be mainstreamed into traditional scouting groups or participate in special needs groups where groups exist or can be organized. Ages: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

Aktion Club

Phone: (920) 968-6360
Contact Person: Jay Stephany
Email: jays@new.rr.com
AKtion Club of the Fox Cities – Sponsored by the Appleton Fox Cities Kiwanis, AKtion Club provides individuals an opportunity to develop initiative and leadership skills, serve their community, become fully integrated into society, and demonstrate the dignity and value of citizens with disabilities. When: the first and third Wednesday of the month from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Ages: 18 an older

4-H Club

Phone: 920-832-5123
Contact Person: MaryBeth or Kayla
4-H – Provides children with positive educational opportunities to learn new skills, develop leadership qualities, and contribute to their community. Accommodations are made as needed. Call Outagamie UW-Extension to ask for more information about program offerings or a club in your area. Ages 5 years to one year post high school.

ADA Cabins at Campgrounds in Wisconsin

Website: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/camping/cabin.html
Contact Person: Wisconsin State Parks
Email: DNRWisconsinParks@wisconsin.gov

For those unable to use outdoor campsites, the Wisconsin state park system offers 10 accessible cabins in various Wisconsin State Parks. There are eight larger cabins with amenities in the Wisconsin State Park System. There are also two smaller, rustic cabins. These cabins are available only to people with disabilities and their guests and must be reserved ahead of time. Cost: $30 per night plus $4 reservation fee.

Possibility Playground

Phone: (262) 377-2853
Website: http://possibilityplayground.org
Address: Port Washington, WI 53074
Contact Person: Sue Mayer
Email: suelmayer@earthlink.net
Possibility Playground has over thirty specialized pieces of equipment and activities that create an inclusive environment for children. These specialized pieces include: Hanging Pods, Alpine Thunder Slide, Tire Swing, Climbing Net, Therapeutic Swing, Sand Scooper, Number Game, Elephant Rocker, and the Surf Board. Each individual element can assist with the areas of sensory integration, speech & language and motor skills.

Memorial Park

Address: 1620 East Witzke Boulevard Appleton, WI 54911
ADA Accessible playground, pavilion, and restrooms.

Chuck E Cheese

Phone: 920-832-8323
Sensory Sensitive Sundays – Individuals with autism or other special needs and their families are invited to come and enjoy Chuck E. Cheese at a sensory level that’s right for them. Less noise, dimmed lights, and the opportunity to bring your own food if needed. When: the very first Sunday of the month from 9 AM to 11 AM.

Free Spirit Riders

Phone: (920) 924-9920
Website: http://www.freespiritriders.org/
Address: W3950 Hwy 23 Fond du Lac, WI 54937
Email: info@FreeSpiritRiders.org
Free Spirit Riders is an organization that promotes the rehabilitation of individuals with physical, psychological, and learning disabilities through equine-facilitated activities. They work with children age 2 years old and up with a diagnosed Developmental, Physical, Visual, Cognitive, Emotional, or Social Disability.

Exceptional Equestrians

Phone: (920) 347-3174
Website: http://www.exceptionalequestrians.org/
Address: 1130 Orlando Drive De Pere, Wisconsin 54115
Exceptional Equestrians is a non-profit organization that provides equine-assisted therapies to individuals with special needs. Below is a list of medical diagnoses that they have provided their services for: ADHD, Anxiety, Apraxia, Arthrogryposis, Ataxia, Autism, Brachial plexus injury, Brain injury, Canavan disease, Cerebral palsy, Choreoathetosis, Cri du chat syndrome, Cystic fibrosis, Developmental delay, Down’s syndrome, Dyslexia, Dystonia, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Encephalopathy, Epilepsy, Failure to thrive, Fetal alcohol syndrome, Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, Mitochondrial disorder, Muscular dystrophy, Osteogenesis imperfecta, Prematurity, Seizure disorder, Sensory integration disorder, Sensory processing disorder, Spina bifida, Traumatic brain injury, Visual impairment, and Von Willebrand disease.

Waupaca County Health and Human Services

Phone: 715-258-6300
Website: http://www.co.waupaca.wi.us/
Address: 811 Harding Street Waupaca, WI 54981-2080

Brown County Health and Human Services

Phone: 920-448-6000
Website: http://www.co.brown.wi.us/departments/?department=dd09bd30c78e
Address: 111 N. Jefferson Street PO Box 22188 Green Bay, WI 54305-2188

Waushara County Health and Human Services

Phone: 920-787-6550
Website: http://www.co.waushara.wi.us/pView.aspx?id=12723&catid=636
Address: 230 W. Park Street PO Box 1230 Wautoma, WI 54982-1230

Winnebago County Health and Human Services

Phone: 920-236-4600
Website: http://www.co.winnebago.wi.us/human-services
Address: 220 Washington Avenue PO Box 2187 Oshkosh, WI 54903-2187

Ozaukee County Health and Human Services

Phone: 262-284-8200
Website: http://www.co.ozaukee.wi.us/252/Human-Services
Address: 121 W. Main Street PO Box 994 Port Washington, WI 53074-0094

Racine County Health and Human Services

Phone: 262-638-6646
Website: http://www.hsd.racineco.com/
Address: 1717 Taylor Avenue Racine, WI 53403-2497

Kenosha County Health and Human Services

Phone: 262-697-4500
Website: http://www.kenoshacounty.org/index.aspx?nid=150
Address: 8600 Sheridan Road Suite 100 Kenosha, WI 53143

Vernon County Health and Human Services

Phone: 608-637-5210
Website: http://www.vernoncounty.org/DHS/index.htm
Address: 318 Fairlane Drive Suite 100 Viroqua, WI 54665

Crawford County Health and Human Services

Phone: 608-326-0248
Website: http://crawfordcountywi.org/
Address: 225 N. Beaumont Road Suite 326 Prairie du Chien, WI 53821

Richland County Health and Human Services

Phone: 608-647-8821
Website: http://www.co.richland.wi.us/departments/hhs/index.html
Address: 221 W. Seminary Street Richland Center, WI 53581

Sauk County Health and Human Services

Phone: 608-355-4200
Website: https://www.co.sauk.wi.us/humanservices
Address: 505 Broadway PO Box 29 Baraboo, WI 53913

Dane County Health and Human Services

Phone: 608-242-6200
Website: http://www.danecountyhumanservices.org/
Address: 1202 Northport Drive Madison, WI 53704

Green County Health and Human Services

Phone: 608-328-9393
Website: http://www.gchsd.org/
Address: N3152 State Road 81 Monroe, WI 53566

Lafayette County Health and Human Services

Phone: 608-776-4800
Website: http://www.lchsd.org/
Address: 15701 County Road K PO Box 130 Darlington, WI 53530-0130

Rock County Health and Human Services

Phone: 608-757-5200
Website: https://www.co.rock.wi.us/hsd
Address: 3530 N. County Trunk F PO Box 1649 Janesville, WI 53547-1649

La Crosse County Health and Human Services

Phone: 608-784-4357
Website: http://www.co.la-crosse.wi.us/humanservices
Address: 300 N. 4th Street PO Box 4002 La Crosse, WI 54602-4002

Burnett County Health and Human Services

Phone: 715-349-7600
Website: http://www.burnettcounty.com/index.aspx?nid=75
Address: 7410 County Road K Suite 280 Siren, WI 54872-9043

Pierce County Health and Human Services

Phone: 715-273-6766, 715-273-6770
Website: http://www.co.pierce.wi.us/Human%20Services/Human_Services_Main.php
Address: 412 West Kinne Street PO Box 670 Ellsworth, WI 54011

Polk County Health and Human Services

Phone: 715-485-8400
Website: https://www.polkcountycommunityservices.org/
Address: 100 Polk County Plaza Suite 50 Balsam Lake, WI 54810

Monroe County Health and Human Services

Phone: 608-269-8600
Website: http://www.co.monroe.wi.us/departments/human-services
Address: 14301 County Highway B Building A Sparta, WI 54656

Rusk County Health and Human Services

Phone: 715-532-2299
Website: http://www.ruskcounty.org/departments/health-and-human-services/
Address: 311 E. Miner Avenue Suite C240 Ladysmith, WI 54848

Bayfield County Health and Human Services

Phone: 715-373-6144
Website: http://bayfieldcounty.org/143/Human-Services
Address: 117 E. 5th Street PO Box 100 Washburn, WI 54891-0100

Price County Health and Human Services

Phone: 715-339-2158
Website: http://www.co.price.wi.us/190/Health-Human-Services
Address: 104 S. Eyder Avenue PO Box 88 Phillips, WI 54555-0088

Sawyer County Health and Human Services

Phone: 715-634-4806
Website: http://www.sawyercountygov.org/150/Health-Human-Services
Address: 10610 Main Street, Suite 224 Hayward, WI 54843

Taylor County Health and Human Services

Phone: 715-748-3332
Website: http://www.co.taylor.wi.us/deparments/hs
Address: 540 E. College Street Medford, WI 54451

Wood County Health and Human Services

Phone: 715-421-8600
Website: http://www.co.wood.wi.us/Departments/Social
Address: 111 W. Jackson Street Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495

ABSee Vision Therapy Center, S.C.

Phone: 920-722-2020
Website: http://abseevision.com/
Address: 1466 Kenwood Dr Menasha, WI 54952
Contact Person: Dr. Linda Dejmek

Vision Therapy helps people who have suffered from brain injuries such as strokes, TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), concussion, surgery, Parkinson's, MS and other neurological conditions to improve vision.

Medical Equipment Loan Locker

Phone: (920) 427-3244
Website: https://www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/larsenwinchester/page-6.php

Over the years, this club has collected over one million dollars’ worth of new and used medical equipment either by donation or purchase.This equipment is then lent out to persons in need with only a minimal amount of paperwork. When the equipment is returned, it is repaired, if necessary, and reissued. There is no charge for this equipment but donations are welcome.

Teen Social Group

Email: asfvevents@autismfoxvalley.org
The Autism Society of the Fox Valley organizes a monthly community outing for teens (age 13-20) with high functioning autism or Aspergers' syndrome. The activities are adult directed and supervised by a licensed Speech Pathologist. Examples of past events include trips to Old Country Buffet, Funset Boulevard and the EAA museum.

Teen FrienDS Club

Phone: 920-460-9494
Address: 211 E Franklin St, Appleton, WI 54911
Email: info@dsawfoxcities.org
Hosted by Down Syndrome Association of WI-Fox Cities, Teen FrienDS Club offers a social gathering for teenagers with Down syndrome every second Friday of the month that includes music, movies, board games, and snacks. Teen siblings also welcome. Parents can drop teens off or stay as needed. The group meets from September to May, 6:30-9:30pm, at DSAW-Fox Cities.

Fox Cities Exceptional Abilities Prom

Website: https://www.facebook.com/appletonnorthpsych/
Fox Cities Exceptional Abilities Prom: Presented by the Appleton North Psychology Club, this event is for all current or former special abilities students from the Fox Cities area high schools. Parents, siblings, friends, and teachers are also welcome. There is a dance, food, games, etc. Participants can dress casually, in prom attire, or according to the theme each year. There is no charge and no need to RSVP. Typically takes place in April/May of each year.

Appleton Parks and Recreation Playground Fair

Website: http://appletonparkandrec.org/
Every July during Children’s Week, the Parks and Recreation department offers a Playground Fair. It is two fun-filled days of carnival games, inflatables, great food and entertainment. During the Friday of the Playground Fair, the fair opens early (from 12:30 – 2:00) specifically for children with special needs. 

Adults with Developmental Disabilities Meet Up Group

Phone: 920-544-7829
Contact Person: Julie Van Hoosen
Email: juliespyne@gmail.com
This is a safe meet up for adults with developmental disabilities and their caregivers. We meet once a month to just be together and give our adults an opportunity to socialize. Past events have included a dance (Night to Shine), mini golf, picnic at Bay Beach, movies, and more! We look for inexpensive fun activities that encourage friendship among our adults and also their parents and caregivers.

Caring Hearts

Contact Person: Monica Betters
Email: mbetters90@new.rr.com
Exists to encourage people with developmental and physical disabilities through quarterly outings providing an environment of caring and connection.

Sky Zone

Phone: 920-351-4441
Website: https://www.skyzone.com/appleton/programs/sensory-hours
Address: W3169 Van Roy Road Appleton, WI 54915
Email: appletonskyzone@flyhighparks.com
Sensory Hours is a special time for children with special needs at Skyzone. It provides a quieter, toned-down jumping experience.
When: 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Cost: $10 for the session & $2.00 required skysocks.

Oshkosh Inclusive Park

Phone: 920-203-5527
Website: https://www.oshkoshinclusivepark.com/
Contact Person: Jessica Miller
Email: oshkoshinclusiveparkproject@yahoo.com
This Inclusive Park Project provides a safe and accessible outdoor recreational environment for individuals of all abilities and ages. The result of a community effort, and made possible through a partnership of individuals, businesses, and the city of Oshkosh the playground opened in summer 2015.

Cross Country Skiing

Sit skis offer the opportunity for people with mobility impairments to get out into the solitude of a good ole Wisconsin winter. The sit skis are available for free use at the state parks listed below. All of these spots have flat, groomed trails allowing for easier maneuvering.
  • Buckhorn State Park - Necedah
  • Governor Nelson State Park - Waunakee
  • Harrington Beach State Park - Belgium
  • Kettle Moraine State Forest – Lapham Peak Unit - Delafield
  • Mirror Lake State Park - Baraboo
  • Richard Bong State Recreation Area - Kansasville

ADA Fishing Organization

Phone: 608-267-7490
Contact Person: Nick Zouski

There are three prominent disability groups in Wisconsin that provide enhanced fishing experiences to people with disabilities. From adaptive equipment to numerous events throughout the year, these organizations offer a variety of opportunities for people with disabilities to get out on the water fishing.

See their websites to find out more:

SkyDive Wissota IndianHead Sport Parachute Club

Phone: 715-726-1616
Website: http://www.skydivewissota.org/
The Indianhead Sport Parachute Club has been in the skydiving sport for over forty years! We are a registered USPA Group Member Drop Zone with trained instructors ready to assist you in the adventure of a lifetime. Skydiving lessons offered. We have taken several people with various physical disabilities skydiving. We want everyone to experience the thrill and exhilaration of skydiving, safety is our number one concern and each case is evaluated individually to determine if the experience is safe for that person. You must be at least 18 years old. The costs vary.

ADA Accessible Beaches

Many of our state parks with beaches feature different elements of accessibility on normally rather inaccessible terrain. Some parks have specialized beach wheelchairs which have large inflatable tires allowing for easy rolling on sand and entry into the water. Others have laid accessible beach trails providing a solid surface for people in wheelchairs or those with difficulty walking. Click on the Links to be directed to their info:

myTEAM TRIUMPH Wisconsin

Website: http://www.myteamtriumph-wi.org/
myTEAM TRIUMPH-WI uses a teamwork approach and community focus in endurance athletics to create communities that embrace, celebrate, and empower those with diverse abilities. Program provides the opportunity for members to participate in running, biking and triathlon events throughout the state by pairing Captains (athletes with disabilities) with Angels (able bodied athletes) and the specialized equipment needed to experience the “thrill of the race” with a focus on building impactful relationships through the experience. 

Adaptive Sportsman

Website: http://www.adaptivesportsmen.org
Email: aneu@adaptivesportsman.org
Adaptive Sportsman Inc. has a mission of providing outdoor recreation for physically challenged people. They feature fishing, target shooting, ATV rides and hunting. Participants can borrow adaptive equipment or inquire about resources to help acquire their own. 

Challenge The Outdoors, Inc.

Phone: 920-593-6300
Website: http://www.ctoforme.org
"Dedicated to serving the recreational needs and desires of the physically challenged sportsperson.” Provides numerous adaptive sportsman activities for those who love the outdoors including deer, turkey, and pheasant hunts, fishing events, archery shoots, clay shoots, etc. Most events include provision of needed equipment, mentors, and food. They also attend events such as Timber Rattlers baseball games, car races, etc. 

Fusion Athletics

Phone: 920-323-5505
Website: http://www.fusionathleticsgb.com
Team Shine is a cheerleading team for athletes of all abilities ages 5 to 21. The season runs from August to March with practices held one night a week. Participants learn a 2.5 minute routine full of jumps, stunts, dancing, and fun tailored to maximize the athletes’ abilities. 

Green Bay Elite Cheer

Phone: 920-983-1700
Contact Person: Julie
Email: GBEJULIE@aol.com
Offering a cheer team designed for all abilities, Green Bay Elite’s team is co-ed and available for ages 6 and up. The team practices once a week and provides the opportunity to perform with a “cheer buddy”. 

Appleton Parks and Recreation Department

Phone: 920-832-5905
Website: http://appletonparkandrec.org/pool-programs--information/swimming-lessons/learn-to-swim-classes
The Special Needs Beginner Swimming Class is for children ages six and up who may have mild to moderate disabilities or who may require more of an intimate learning environment to maximize their potential. Participants are given time to practice skills while positive and corrective feedback is given on how to improve. 

CP Aquatic Center in Green Bay

Phone: 920-337-1122
Website: http://www.wearecp.org
Offers classes in four program areas: Aquatic Therapy, Specialized Exercise, Swim Class and Health & Wellness. The two warm water pools are equipped with handicap-accessible features, including handrails and pool ramps. Pools are open to the public, no membership fees are required. 

Fox Cities YMCAs

Phone: 920-882-3689 or 920-954-7628
Contact Person: Casey Cebulski & Philipp Herzog
Open swim and private swim instruction for children with special needs is available at Fox Cities YMCAs.

Fox Cities YMCAs

Phone: 920-882-3689 or 920-954-7628
Contact Person: Casey Cebulski & Philipp Herzog
Open swim and private swim instruction for children with special needs is available at Fox Cities YMCAs.

Heart of the Valley YMCA

Phone: 920-830-5714
Contact Person: Erin Brennan

Open swim and private swim instruction for children with special needs is available at Fox Cities YMCAs. 

Marcia’s School of Dance

Phone: 920-733-1552
Website: http://www.marciasschoolofdance.com
Provides dance classes for children, teens, and young adults with special needs. Classes typically begin in September if there is enough interest. 

Kids on the Move

Website: http://www.kidsonthemovewi.com
Offering a class in Appleton and Green Bay, Kids on the Move integrates individuals with special needs into classes with their peers based on their skill level. Students can choose from tap, jazz, ballet, and hip hop dance classes or a theatre class.

Fox West YMCA

Phone: 920-560-3412
Contact Person: Nikki Boyd
Email: nboyd@ymcafoxcities.org

Open Swim and private lessons are offered at Fox West YMCA

Swimtastic Swim School

Phone: 920-722-7946 (SWIM)
Website: http://www.swimtastic.com
Provides private, semi-private, and group lessons for children with disabilities all year round. Parents appreciate the easy registration process, flexible class times, small class sizes, individual attention, and professional staff. Swimtastic has a fun and relaxing environment with 90-degree water, palm tree shower, and water slide.

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Walking and Wheeling

We provide mobility assistive technology and expert medical services to children who need mobility assistance in the State of Wisconsin.

Phone:

Office: (920) 968-7528

Billing: (920) 968-7532

Fax:

Fax: 1-866-878-1996

Address:

W4652 Glenn St.
Appleton, WI 54913

Hours:

By appointment only
Monday - Friday 8:30 - 4:30

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