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
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.
Remote Provision of Children’s Long-Term Support Program from Wisconsin DHS.
Temporary Changes to Telehealth Policy and Clarifications for Behavioral Health and Targeted Case Management Providers has been approved and posted. This allows coverage for behavioral health services delivered via telehealth, including over the phone, during this public health emergency. ForwardHealth Update 2020-12
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.
Information on COVID-19 from WI Department of Education including the Special Ed hotline
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.