Building a Community of Support for Children With Disabilities and Their Families
Creating a system where children in Milwaukee County with special needs will have support and services and can flourish socially and emotionally, be active participants in their community and experience success in life.
Contact the Aging and Disabilities Resource Center
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Birth to Three Program
The Birth to Three Program is for children ages birth to 2 years 9 months who are suspected of having developmental delays that may indicate the need for early intervention services. Children ages birth to three who are eligible for services have a:
- 25% delay in one or more areas of development (behavioral, social, cognitive, speech/language or motor)
- Atypical development that is adversely affecting the child’s overall development
- Diagnosed condition, with a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay
- Diagnosed hearing or vision impairment
Children's Long-Term Services
Children who have a severe physical, developmental or emotional disability may be eligible for the program. Children must meet the following criteria:
- Child has a disability determination from SSI Medicaid, Katie Beckett Medicaid or State Waiver Medicaid
- Child meets financial requirements in accordance with Medicaid guidelines
- Child must meet a level of care as determined through an assessment and functional screen
Children who are diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, which includes Autism, Pervasive Developmental Delays or Asperger’s, must meet additional requirements to be eligible for specialized treatment programs.
Family Support Program
Children, age birth to 21, with a severe physical, emotional or developmental condition that is diagnosed through use of medical, behavioral or psychological criteria and is characterized by the need for individually planned and coordinated care treatment, vocational rehabilitation or other services are eligible. The condition is likely to result in substantial limitations in a child's ability to function in three or more of the following areas:
- Self care
- Receptive and expressive language
- Capacity for independent living
- Economic self sufficiency
Youth Transition Services
Youth Transition Services
Generally, students and families are concerned with and dealing with what options they may have after leaving high school. These options can be divided into three main areas:
Educational Options can vary considerably based on the student’s abilities and preferences. The student may want to pursue college or technical school. The student may need training on how to safely cross the street.
Vocational Options may involve training for a career or assistance with a job search. In many cases, the first resource for vocational related activities is the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR).
Residential Options are designed to assist the student with special needs to be as independent as their skills allow. The supports can run the gamut from assistance in the home to supported apartments to group homes to assistance finding the student’s own apartment.