Who is The Wisconsin Disbility Association?

The Wisconsin Disability Association, formerly known as The Arc-Wisconsin Disability Association, provides assistance to people with developmental and related disabilities and their families. It is a grassroots organization consisting of many partner organizations, all of whom advocate for people with disabilities and those that care for them. The Wisconsin Disability Association provides quality of life opportunities for people with developmental and related disabilities and their families. We do this by:

  • actively working to ensure that proposed laws and public policies benefit people with disabilities;
  • becoming involved in how disability services are designed and provided to make sure quality support programs exist for people with disabilities;
  • training and supporting people with disabilities to be effective self-advocates and to speak directly about their concerns.

The Wisconsin Disability Association is a strong membership organization and people with disabilities, family members, and concerned citizens set the agenda and priorities for the organization, always keeping in mind the mission of promoting quality of life opportunities. Whether this involves education, human services programs, housing development, transportation or rights, The Wisconsin Disability Association is there to work with and for people with disabilities and their families to assure necessary services are available and individual needs are addressed.

Activities and Services

The Wisconsin Disability Association provides the following services:

  • Advocacy and public policy development
  • Self-advocacy and local chapter development
  • Training programs about developmental and related disabilities and service design
  • Information and assistance
  • Consultation and assistance to state and county agencies, managed care organizations and provider agencies
  • Guardianship services