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As of March 16, 2020: The Waisman Resource Center is open, but we are working remotely.  You may call 608-265-8610 or 800-532-3321 and leave a message. If you could spell out your email address in your message, that will help us to follow up with you more quickly.  When we call back, we may call from a number that shows as blocked.  If you cannot wait and have a more immediate need for health information and referral, you could call the Well Badger Resource Center at 800-642-7837.

COVID-19 Resources for children with special health needs and the families who care for them

Waisman Center Resources and Updates

WI DHS Higher Risk/Families with CYSHCN Resources

WI DHS COVID-19 Resources and Information

All in for Kids newsletter about services and supports provided through WI Children’s Long Term Support Waiver

KGH Virtual Parent Support Group (free) begins 4/6. See flyer for details.

Finding You NEW NORMAL during COVID-19 is a very comprehensive resource/course from Respite Care Association of Wisconsin.

GiGi’s Playhouse, Down Syndrome Achievement Centers, offers GiGi’s at Home with free therapeutic and educational programming. https://gigisplayhouse.org/gigisathome/

PBS Wisconsin and Milwaukee PBS, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), announce an ambitious new tv broadcast schedule to support At-Home Learning, accompanied by curriculum-aligned digital resources.

In this challenging time, we all need to reach out to connect with others in a safe space.” Check out this opportunity through You Are Not Alone by the Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health.

Basic Resources on COVID-19 to Use and Share by The ARC Wisconsin

Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times by AFIRM (Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules)

ABC for Health (Health insurance/benefits) information during COVID-19

COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities–put together by self-advocates in Vermont.

COVID-19 and Mental Health information from WI Office of Children’s Mental Health

COVID-19 Response and Resources from Autism Society

COVID-19 page which includes Educational Resources for teaching at home from the National Down Syndrome Society.

Well-Being Toolkit and Resources from Center for Healthy Minds (UW Madison)

The Waisman Resource Center was created to serve as a bridge to link faculty, staff and community partners with members of the public who are seeking information about developmental disabilities and the range of community services and supports available. 800-532-3321 or wrc@waisman.wisc.edu


  • Provide free and confidential information and assistance
  • Assist research investigators and program directors to share project information
  • Respond to requests for training
  • Promote greater awareness of the Waisman Center
  • Serve as a university-based training and demonstration site

Assistance to Families and Community

  • Identify resources and supports for families
  • Problem-solve with families based on their questions
  • Provide consultation about health insurance and coverage

Assistance to Waisman Staff and Faculty

  • Highlight and encourage participation in current research
  • Provide resources to share with families
  • Offer opportunities for trainees
  • Provide training to faculty and staff about disability-related community resources
  • Facilitate dissemination of information that corresponds to the work of Waisman Center investigators and staff.

Located on the first floor of the Waisman Center, the Waisman Resource Center (WRC) provides free and confidential information and assistance in identifying and accessing resources for children, youth and adults with disabilities and/or special health care needs, their families and the professionals within their community. Families visiting the Waisman Resource Center can learn more about services, resources, organizations and information specific to their questions and concerns.