Resources By Subject

*This is a non-exhaustive list. To submit a resource we missed, please use the form at the bottom of this page!

Adoption

Advocacy

Autism

Benefits

Birth to Three/Early Intervention

  • Birth to Three: The Birth to 3 Program is a federally-mandated Early Intervention program to support families of children with developmental delays or disabilities under the age of three.
  • Questions About Birth to Three: DSAW's guide to Birth to Three Services

Camps

  • Badger Camp: Outdoor recreational camp serving individuals with developmental disabilities
  • Lions Camp: Camp for individuals with various special needs.

Disabilities (General)

Disabilities (Organizations)

Down Syndrome (National Organizations)

Down Syndrome (Wisconsin Organizations)

Education

Employment

Family Support

Financial

  • DSAW Member Grants: Grants for DSAW Members to assist with Down syndrome-specific expenses
  • Hospital Meal Assistance Program: Providing meal tickets for families staying at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee
  • Montana Melin Foundation: Assisting families experiencing medical hardships with expenses
  • Ruby's Rainbow: Assisting adults with Down syndrome with higher education expenses
  • Scroll down to see a list of Estate Planning resources that other DSAW members have found helpful

Guardianship Information

Healthcare

Hmong

Housing

Mosaic Down Syndrome

Post-Secondary Education

  • Bethesda College of Applied Learning: The Bethesda College of Applied Learning is a unique, two-year post secondary certificate program where people with intellectual and developmental disabilities can realize their dream of receiving a college education
  • Edgewood College (Cutting Edge): The Cutting Edge is an individualized approach to education and inclusion in college for students with intellectual developmental disabilities
  • Madison College (Campus Connect): Campus Connect is an innovative approach to inclusive post secondary education for adult learners with intellectual disabilities
  • Think College: College options for people with intellectual disabilities
  • Shepherds College: Post-secondary educational program that equips young adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities to successfully transition from school to work, home to independent living

Prenatal

Products

  • Specs4Us: Glasses designed especially for children and adults with a low nose bridge

Publishers

Recreation/Activities

  • iCan Shine Bike Camps: iCan Shine provides quality learning opportunities in recreational activities for individuals with disabilities
  • Special Olympics Wisconsin: Provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports

Research

  • Global Down Syndrome Foundation: Dedicated to significantly improving the lives of people with Down syndrome through research, medical care, education and advocacy
  • LuMind Foundation: Funding research to improve health and independence for people with Down syndrome
  • Waisman Center: Dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases

Sex and Relationships

  • Terri Couwenhoven: Terri Couwenhoven MS, CSE is a well known sex educator and author, specializing in the design and implementation of sexuality programs and resources for people with cognitive disabilities, their parents, and the professionals who support them

Spiritual

  • SPRED Milwaukee: SPRED (Special Religious Development) is a small faith community in a parish which includes children or adults with special needs

Spanish Resources

  • ALAS: Alianza Latina Aplicando Soluciones is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the independence of families of children and youth with diverse abilities in Wisconsin
  • Canal Down21: Recursos sobre el sindrome de Down en español

Technology

  • Center on Technology and Disability: Free resources about assistive and instructive technology for individuals with special needs
  • Moms with Apps: Moms With Apps is a blog supporting the thoughtful use of technology with a family-friendly point of view
  • WisLoan: The WisLoan program offers loans for assistive technology

Therapies


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Estate Planning Resources - Financial

While not affiliated directly with DSAW, the following individuals have provided valuable advice to several members of the organization regarding their long term financial and estate strategies:

Rick Boyd, President
Financial Advisor / Special Care Planner
HUB Financial Group LLC, Brookfield
(262) 432-7213; rboyd@finsvcs.com
www.massmutual.com/specialcare

Harry Dorman, LUTCF
Financial Advisor / Special Care Planner
MassMutual Financial Group, Appleton
(920) 886-9469; hdorman@finsvcs.com
www.massmutual.com/specialcare

David Giddings, CLU
Financial Services Representative / Investment Advisor Representative
RC Insurance Services, Inc., Hartland
(262) 367-8611;dgiddings@rcinsure.com

Gene LaRock, CLU, ChFC
Financial Advisor
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Eau Claire
(715) 839-9692; gene.larock@nmfn.com
www.nmfn.com/genelarock

Robert S. Johnston, LUTCF
Sr. Financial Services Representative, Financial Advisor
and Princor Registered Representative - Special Needs Planning LLC; (414) 203-1932
www.snp-llc.com  

Lori Troyer
Registered Representative, Member NASD, SIPC
Woodbury Financial Services, Hartland
(262) 367-6656; ltroyer@woodburyfinancial.net

Gregory Zwick
Financial Advisor
Financial Network Investment Corporation, an ING Company, Wauwatosa
(414) 258-0806;gzwick@cfswi.com 

Rick Talbert
Insurance Professional
M4 Financial Partners, representing Mass Mutual, Brookfield, WI
(262)385-5884; rtalbert@financialguide.com

Estate Planning Resources - Legal

Mark J Andres, Attorney at Law
Miller, McGinn & Clark S.C.
788 N. Jefferson Street, Suite 900
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 431-3781
mandres@milbizlaw.com

Terry Klippel
Storm, Balgeman & Klippel, S.C.
1011 N. Mayfair Road, Suite 200
Wauwatosa, WI53226
Tel. 414.453-8500, Fax414.453.0604
Website:  www.tosalawyers.com
tklippel@sbm-law.com

Mark J. Rogers, Attorney
Angermeier & Rogers, LLP
312 East Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 210
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Contact Mark Rogers 
Tel. 414.289.9200
Fax 414.289.0664
Website: www.wiestateplanners.com

John Stocking  
Petrie & Stocking
111 East Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1500
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 276-2850

Guardianship Resources - Legal

Nancy Shue nshue@sbm-law.com
Storm, Lageman, Miller & Klippel, S.C.
1011 N. Mayfair Road, Suite 200
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
414-453-8500 phone
414-453-0604 fax
www.tosalawyers.com website

Angela Canellos
631 N. Mayfair Rd
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
(414)257-9200

Rock Pledl rtp@pledlcohn.com
Courtney, Pledl & Molter, S.C. is a law firm in Milwaukee Wisconsin
1110 N. Old World Third Street, Suite 215
Milwaukee, WI 53203
(414)225-8999

John Stocking
Petrie & Stocking
111 East Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 1500
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 276-2850