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 initiative 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

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

Area Support Groups

MS Support Group
Meets the second Tuesday of each month from 6-8 pm 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

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 2 p.m. at Goslin Courts in Spooner, WI. They do not meet on Holidays. Call Sue at 715-635-9138 for the 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 the 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

Women’s Support Group/Power & Control
Mondays 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Contact Midge Montano at New Day Shelter in Ashland at 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 a 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 a 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:

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)

Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing – – A FREE listing service for Used Home Medical Equipment.


Social Security Administration


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


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

Wisconsin Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)

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

Northwest Wisconsin Concentrated Employment Program (NWCEP)

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

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 ( to find out the current status and availability of the WOTC.

Serve Wisconsin
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.

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.

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.

Advocacy & Rights in Employment

  • Great Lakes ADA Center
    Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 1.800.949.4232 v/tty
  • 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
  • Civil Rights Center (CRC) regarding non-discrimination concerns.
    1.800.326.2577 V/TTY

Food Assistance



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.


Department of Health and Family Services

Rheumatoid 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 the website for more information.

Mesothelioma Veterans Center

The Mesothelioma Center
Mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer caused by 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




Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute – Duluth

Disabled Sportsperson’s Information

Half Access is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to making live music accessible. Our database provides accessibility info on any and all venues to help prepare disabled folks on what to expect before arriving at a show and will be used by us to work with venues on improving accessibility in their spaces.

To request accessible information, contact