Helpful Links

Advocacy and Rights

Great Lakes ADA Center

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

ADA Basic Building Blocks – An introductory web course on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) that explores the legal requirements and spirit of the ADA.

Disability Rights WisconsinA protection and advocacy agency for people with disabilities.

WI FACETS– Wisconsin Family Assistance Center for Education, Training & Support, Inc.

Disability Vote– The Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition is a non-partisan intiative to increase voter turnout by our community through education, outreach and get out the vote (GOTV) efforts.

Disability.Gov– Connecting the disability community to Information and Opportunities

Area Advocacy Groups

People with Disabilities for Change
Meets the fourth Friday of each month from 11:30pm-1pm at Miller Dwan, Duluth, MN. Call Julia, 218-310-3276 for more information.

DAWN– Disability Advocates Wisconsin Network – A network of people who care about disability issues.

Area Support Groups

The Mesothelioma Center
Mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer caused  from asbestos exposure. Due to the long latency period of mesothelioma, approximately 20-50 years, about 80% of those who are diagnosed with this terrible disease are seniors. This organization works 1-on-1 with these individuals to help them find local doctors, treatment centers and support groups.  For more information visit http://asbestos.com/mesothelioma/

MS Support Group
Meets the second Tuesday of each month from 6-8pm at the Superior Public Library, 1530 Tower Ave. Call Pam, 715-394-6958, for more information.

Ashland Area MS Support Group
Call Peggy, 715-682-6506 for more information.

New TBI Support Group meeting, third Thursday of every month, at the Hill Town Hall, W4391 Hultman Lake Road, Ogema, WI 54459. For further info call Donna French at 715-767-5467.

A Support Group for individuals 16 yrs and up with cognitive disabilities or medical problems with:
• trouble learning and understanding
• problems adapting to change
• difficulty finding work
• anxiety
A support group in the Ashland area to help turn disabilities into possibilities.
• Conquer fears
• Become more confident
• Build self-esteem
• and more…
For more information, contact:
Rachel (Project Coordinator) at NorthLakes Community Clinic:
715-685-2200 x 1337
or Katrina (Group Leader) at katbrandis@gmail.com

TBI Support Group in Spooner meets every third Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Spooner Armory on State Rd 70 (624 East Maple Street). For more info contact Marnie at 219-393-4873 or Dee at 715-416-3676.

Chronic Pain Support Group
Meets every other Wednesday from 1 to 2p.m. at Goslin Courts in Spooner, WI. They do not meet on Holidays. Call Sue at 715-635-9138 for next meeting date or for more information.

Brain Tumor Support Group serving northern MN, WI and MI: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Third Monday of each month. People unable to attend in person can participate by phone. St. Mary’s Medical Center, 407 E 3rd St, Duluth (Michigan meeting room on first floor). Contact: Jan Stevens at 218-726-4230.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP: 3 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. LOCATION: The Oaks assisted-living facility, 702 Bratley Drive, Washburn. For questions or other information, please contact Wendie Libert, The Oaks administrator, at (715) 373-6427 or by email at wlibert@mail.nlhealth.org

Women’s Support Group/Power & Control
Mondays 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Contact Midge Montano at New Day Shelter in Ashland 715-682-9566. Group is open to new members.

Learning From Those Who Learn From You

When taking medications and seeing counselors just isn’t enough for you. Do you ever ask yourself “Is this all I have to look forward to?” Perhaps you are at a place in your recovery that you want to share your experience, strength and hope. For some reason or another you feel you must remain anonymous. You have this burning desire to share your successes in life and to learn from others. Are there nights you would like to have meeting to go to? Are you looking for a safe, stigma free, non judgmental environment, a meeting where there is structure and education?

I have found such a place and I have been selected for training to be an online peer facilitator there. I would like to share with you such place on the Internet. The meetings are facilitated by people that believe in self direction and the philosophy of people helping people. Each and every one of us is gifted to be both teachers and students in life. Our experiences are so enriched with knowledge and success not to share them would be robbing someone else of your value. I encourage everyone that lives with a mood disorder to share what has worked for you and learn from others and how they found empowerment.

You are just a link away from adding another tool to your own toolbox:

http://www.depressionrecoverygroups.com/index.cfm

Arnold Hokanson
Founder of DBSA Superior/Duluth Bridging The Gap
Certified Peer Specialist

Assistive Technology

Wisloan – Low interest loan program used to purchase assistive technology devices

Wisconsin Assistive Technology Program (Wistech)

For more information on WisLoan/WisTech & Telework Programs Visit the Independence First Site

Telecommunications Equipment Purchase Program (TEPP)

IndependenceFirst Mobility Store (formerly the Wheelchair Recycling Program)

Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Assistivetech.net

usedHME.com – usedHME.com – A FREE listing service for Used Home Medical Equipment.

Benefits

Social Security Administration

Communication

TTY Etiquette

Tips for Communication with Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Disability Awareness

“At Your Service” Online Course on Disability Awareness and Customer Service at One Stops

Employment

Wisconsin Job Centers – Find your local job center or search for work online. www.wisconsinjobcenter.org

Wisconsin Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dvr/

Job Accommodation Network (JAN) Solutions for reasonable accommodations. www.jan.wvu.edu or 1-800-526-7234 (V) or
1-877-781-9403 (TTY)

Northwest Wisconsin Concentrated Employment Program (NWCEP) www.nwcep.org.

For individuals who are 55 and older, as well as income eligible, Experience Works is a good resource. www.experienceworks.org.

The Work Opportunities Tax Credit (WOTC) may be available to employers who hire eligible persons with disabilities (either DVR consumers or SSI recipients). An employer may get back up to $2400 of the first $6000 in wages or salary that is paid to an eligible employee. This is a tax credit, not a tax deduction. A Word of Caution: The program periodically requires reauthorization by the U.S. Congress. Please check the website of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (dwd.wisconsin.gov) to find out the current status and availability of the WOTC.

Serve Wisconsin www.servewisconsin.wi.gov/
Serve Wisconsin is a 21-member citizen board appointed by the Governor. The board administers federal AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service to provide evidence-based services to address community-identified needs in the areas of disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families.

AmeriCorps A network of local, state, and national service programs that connect people to meet our country’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps

National Service Inclusion Project
A Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) training and technical assistance provider of training and technical assistance needs on the inclusion of individuals with disabilities as active participants in national service programs. www.serviceandinclusion.org

PERC provides education and training, technical assistance, research, and resources to expand opportunities for persons with disabilities to earn income and participate fully in community life. www.percthinkwork.org

Advocacy & Rights in Employment

  • Great Lakes ADA Center
    Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 1.800.949.4232 v/tty www.adagreatlakes.org
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – contact at 1.800.669.4000 voice
    1.800.800.3302 – TTY
    For Publications from the EEOC – 1.800.669.3362
    www.eeoc.gov
  • Civil Rights Center (CRC) regarding non-discrimination concerns.
    1.800.326.2577 V/TTY

Housing

Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA)

USDA– Rural Development

USDA– Rural Development, Section 504 – Rural Home Repair Loans and Grants

U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

Independent Living Centers of Wisconsin

CILWW- Center for Independent Living for Western Wisconsin – Serves the counties of: Barron, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, Pepin, Polk, Rusk and St. Croix.

MILC – Midstate Independent Living Consultants – Serves the counties of: Adams, Florence, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida, Portage, Taylor, Villas and Wood.

Options for Independent Living – Serves the counties of: Brown, Calumet, Door, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette, Marquette, Menomonee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Sheboygan, Waupaca, Waushara, and Winnebago.

Society’s Assets– Serves the counties of: Jefferson, Kenosha, Racine, Rock, and Walworth.

Independence First – Serves the counties of: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington and Ozaukee.

Access to Independence – Serves the counties of: Columbia, Dane, Dodge, and Green.

Independent Living Resources – Serves the counties of: Buffalo, Crawford, Grant, Iowa, Jackson, Juneau, LaCrosse, LaFayette, Monroe, Richland, Sauk, Trempealeau and Vernon.

IL-Wisconsin.netIndependent Living Wisconsin is a statewide network that provides resources to help people with disabilities live independently. We work with people of all ages and all types of disability.

Miscellaneous

Department of Health and Family Services

Rhuematoid Arthritis Network RA is a chronic inflammatory disorder that typically affects the small joints in your hands and feet. Currently there are about 1.5 million Americans diagnosed with RA.

TimeTradersNorth– Local area time bank is available to all. Come build community, and join the exchange of service time share your service time/skills and receive the services/time you want or need. See website for more information.

Recreation

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute – Duluth

Disabled Sportsperson’s Information

To request accessible information, contact ncil@northcountryil.org