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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.

School Information, Guidance and Resources–now on our School/Special Education Page

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

Don’t worry about calming the storm. Calm yourself; the storm will pass. -source unknown

Waisman Center Resources and Updates on COVID-19

WI DHS Higher Risk/Families with CYSHCN Resources for COVID-19

Spotlight for Friday, November 20

Autism and Suicide part of the fall Safety Series November 24, 6:00-7:00pm —Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin Events https://autismsouthcentral.org/events/

Hope for the Holiday: Ideas to help us Celebrate and not Stress over Winter Break– More information and Registration
December 2, 9, and 16 from 12:00-12:45pm presented by the Southern Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and the Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin

  • 12/2  This is Supposed to be Fun! Navigating the Winter Holidays, Autism and Extended Family with Erin Thompson
  • 12/9  Winter Break: Preparing for and Navigating Transitions and Changes in Routine with Alyssa Walsh
  • 12/16  Winter Break: Moving, Sensing and Feeling with Jen Bluske
  • Hope For the Holidays flyer

Posted the Week of November 16, 2020

New Housing Concepts Emerge For Adults With Developmental Disabilities from Disability Scoop

National Care Coordination Standards for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs from National Academy for State Health Policy

6 tips for good mental health this holiday season from Rogers Behavioral Health

Compassions in Action COVID-19: Stress Awareness and Gratitude from Rogers Behavioral Health

How to Help Families and Staff Build Resilience During the COVID-19 Outbreak from the Center on the Developing Child Harvard University

Science X Design: Three Principles to Improve Outcomes for Children from the Center on the Developing Child Harvard University

FASD Support Series–“Learning a Neurodevelopmental Approach to ASD” Friday, Dec. 4 1:00pm Around an hour  of conversation followed by the chance to support and be supported. Email FASDSS@orchidsfasdservices.org

How Art Can Help You Cope with the Pandemic from Cleveland Clinic

Tips for Teachers and School Staff from Students with Mental Health and Behavioral Challenges from Pacer Center

On November 10, Governor Evers issued Executive Order #94(link is external) which lists new measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. This order advises Wisconsinites to stay home, use extra precautions if they have to leave their home, and adopt good public health practices. Businesses are also encouraged to take further steps to protect workers, customers, and the surrounding community. Go to https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/community.htm#-holidays for help, hints and colorful handouts on staying safe as we approach the holidays.

Tips for staying RESILIENT during COVID-19 from Resilient Wisconsin.

Open Enrollment is here! Enroll in 2021 coverage today! from Healthcare.gov

Posted the Week of November 9, 2020

EP Magazine’s November issue is about Financial Planning for Special Needs Families

Complex Child November issue includes articles on caregiving, school, parenting and a lot more!

New! Family Voices Telehealth Checklist & Worksheet–Prepare and reflect to get he most out of your visit from Family Voices

Staying mentally well during this unique holiday season–Wednesday, November 18 at 7 pm CT for a live Facebook discussion with Rogers Behavioral Health and Riggs Radio

Health Transition Planning and the Individualized Education Program (IEP) from Pacer’s National Center on Transition and Employment

Transition to Adult Health Care Provider from Pacer’s National Center on Transition and Employment

Health and Wellness Apps for Transition-Age Youth from PACER’s Simon Technology Center lists links to free and low-cost health and wellness apps for transition-age youth. It includes apps to help manage prescriptions, take medications on time, track health conditions, promote fitness and nutrition, learn to relax, take charge of anxiety, build healthy habits, and more.

Connect therapy/school from your phone to your TV–https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/how-to-connect-your-android-phone-to-your-tv and https://www.allconnect.com/blog/how-to-connect-your-iphone-to-your-tv

“Independent Living and Your Epilepsy” Virtual Meet Up Thursday, Nov. 12 7:00pm Register at https://bit.ly/34IfktJ from Epilepsy Foundation of Wisconsin

SAVE THE DATE(s)–Hope for the Holiday: Ideas to help us Celebrate and not Stress over Winter Break December 2, 9, and 16 from 12:00-12:45pm presented by the Southern Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and the Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin

Intersection of Race and Mental Health Presentation & Discussion Tuesday, November 17 9:30-11:30am Rogers InHealth and WISE will host three guest speakers during this virtual state-wide coalition meeting.

  • “Race, Mental Health and Community Realities and Responses in 2020” – Martina Gollin Graves, MSW
  • “Race, Mental Health and Treatment” – Kenneth Ginlack, LCSW, CSAC, ICS
  • “Race, Mental Health Crisis and Police Response” – Amy Watson, PhD

Join the meeting through Microsoft Team. Questions–Alison.Wolf@Rogersbh.org

Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin Events https://autismsouthcentral.org/events/

Fall Safety Series November 24, 6:00-7:00pm Autism and Suicide
Fall Safety Series December 8, 6:00-7:00pm Safety and Interacting with Law Enforcement

Participate in Research

  • ASSIST–Parents of youth with an autism spectrum disorder age 16-26 are invited to participate in a new research program looking to improve parents’ ability to advocate. Contact the Waisman Center at transition@waisman.wisc.edu 0r (608) 265-3165. More info on the flyer- ASSIST
  • Autism and Feeding Challenges: Parent-Mediated Intervention Study Waisman Center researchers are looking for families with children ages 2-7 years with autism and feeding challenges to join a feeding intervention study. Contact ausderaulab@education.wisc.edu or 608-262-0653.  More info on the flyer– Feeding

The Southern Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs tries to help families, and the professionals who support them, keep up-to-date with resources, news articles, interesting items and more. We post “What’s New” on our home page each week. We regularly post this content and more on our Facebook page. We send out a weekly Resource Round-up on Fridays (send an email with Weekly Resource Round-up in the Subject Line to cyshcn@waisman.wisc.edu to join).We bring together the “What’s New” resources by topic and place them on the Resources page. We hope you can find some help, encouragement, or just information on this page. New content is added regularly.

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.