Advocacy Resources

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Wisconsin Family Ties is a parent-run organization whose programs empower and support parents of children with emotional and behavioral health challenges.  Services may include:
  • Supplying information so families can better understand and participate in the systems serving their children
  • Helping families get their needs met
  • Giving emotional support and guidance through a maze of services
  • Helping families to identify strategies that they can use in their homes to reduce conflict and encourage prosocial behavior
  • Helping families to identify and implement strategies to develop collaborative working relationships with the systems that serve them
  • Acting as an objective liaison between families, schools, case managers and service providers
  • Advocating for filling gaps in services and supports that can help a child flourish
  • Ensuring that school plans are effective and appropriate
  • Providing telephone support at times needed by families
  • Offering hope and encouragement in challenging times
  • Helping families become better advocates for their children

Phone: 608-267-6800


Wisconsin FACETS – Wisconsin Family Assistance Center for Education, Training & Support, Inc. provides individual assistance to parents of children receiving special education services and provides advocacy, information and referral, workshops, support groups, and parent leadership development. 

Phone: 414-374-4645

Toll-free: 877-374-0511


Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN)The CYSHCN Program, Division of Public Health, Wisconsin Department of Health Services is funded federally through the Maternal & Child Health (MCH)Title V Services Block Grant, Health Services Resource Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services 

Provides families with resources for:

  • Dealing with Grief
  • Financial burdens 
  • Parent to Parent Support
  • Connect them to specialists/services/resources
  • Where to get support for siblings
  • Specialized equipment
  • Social Isolation
  • Advocacy
  • Support Navigation of services

Southern Region: 800-532-3321


Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin provides social groups, provide information on treatment, education, advocacy, and research regarding individuals with autism.  They serve the following counties in Wisconsin: Dane, Columbia, Sauk, Iowa, Rock, Green, Lafayette, Grant, Richland and Crawford  

Phone: (608) 630-9147


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  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Mental health challenges
  • Developmental delays
  • Sensory integration needs
  • Behavioral issues
  • Social challenges

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