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Office for Persons with Disabilities (OPD)

Ensuring Everyone Shares Equally in County Programs, Services and Facilities

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Handy News & Notes

Handy News & Notes (HNN) is a source for local, state and national news, information and opportunities for persons with and without disabilities.

In addition to the monthly newsletter, you can get information daily through our Twitter and / or Facebook pages.

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The Office for Persons with Disabilities believes it's important to:

"Employ Ability!"

Disabled Expanded Certification Appointment (DECA)

Applicants with disabilities may be eligible for DECA if the disability impacts their ability to work or apply for jobs.

Current Milwaukee County Openings

Check the current openings with Milwaukee County.

Department of Human Resources

Your career starts here.

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)

DVR is a federal/state program designed to obtain, maintain, and advance employment for people with disabilities.

Accessible Transportation

Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS)

MCTS operates all its routes with fully accessible low floor buses.

Transit Plus

Provides transportation services to people who are unable to use county buses and are found eligible for paratransit services.

Milwaukee County Department on Aging

Transportation services to medical appointments, group shopping trips and to some meal sites for people 60 and older.

Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles

The Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles provides disabled plates and parking placards for people with disabilities.

Bublr Bikes

The City of Milwaukee bike share program, Bublr Bikes, offers adaptive bikes for use by persons with all abilities.

  • Aira
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Milwaukee County offers FREE Aira service at select Milwaukee County Locations.

Aira is an assistive service made possible through mobile technology, but brought to life by human interactions between users and remotely-located Aira agents. A camera embedded in a pair of smart glasses, or camera on your smartphone streams video to an agent’s computer dashboard, which also gives the agent access to GPS, Google Maps and rideshare services. Using this technology, Aira agents immerse themselves into the user’s world and delivers objective visual information to enhance efficiency and engagement when completing tasks or navigating new environments.

More information on how the application works can be found at Aira's website.

General Government

Coggs Human Service Building

Criminal Justice Facility

Milwaukee County Courthouse & Grounds

Milwaukee County Transit System

Mitchell International Airport

Safety Building

Vel Phillips Youth & Family Justice Center

Parks and Recreation

Art Museum

Boerner Botanical Gardens

Bradford Beach

Cathedral Square Park

Clinton Rose Senior Center

Cool Waters Aquatic Park

Cooper Park

Doctors Park

Estabrook Park

Estabrook Park Beer Garden

Froemming Park

Grant Park

Greenfield Park

Hoyt Park

Humboldt Park

Juneau Park

Kelly Senior Center

Lake Park

Lincoln Park

McCarty Park

McGovern Park

McGovern Park Senior Center

McKinley Marina Park

Milwaukee Community Sailing Center

Milwaukee County Historical Society

Milwaukee County Zoo & Zoofari Conference Center

Milwaukee Public Museum

Mitchell Park, Grounds

Mitchell Park Domes

Pere Marquette Park

Rose Park

Schulz Aquatic Park


South Shore Park & Beer Garden

Veterans Park

War Memorial

Warnimont Park

Washington Park

Washington Park Senior Center

Wehr Nature Center

West Milwaukee Park

Whitnall Park

Whitnall Park Beer Garden

Wil-O-Way Grant & Grounds

Wil-O-Way Underwood & Grounds

Wilson Park Recreation Center

Wilson Park Senior Center

Wisconsin Avenue Park

  • Sensory Processing - KultureCity
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Milwaukee County has partnered with KultureCity to improve our ability to assist and accommodate citizens / guests with sensory needs. Our objective is to provide an inclusive and seamless experience for all citizens / guests including those with sensory needs. We strive to raise awareness of the needs and challenges faced by individuals with sensory processing disorders by supplying our staff with continuous training and by offering resources and accommodations to our citizens / guests. Milwaukee County offers the following sensory processing resources and accommodations at several locations (quiet areas, headphone zones, sensory bags (for use) with noise canceling headphones, fidgets, feeling zones cards, weighted lap pad and more).

Boerner Botanical Gardens

Coggs Human Services Building (Soon)

Milwaukee County Zoo

Mitchell Park Domes 

Wehr Nature Center

Commission for Persons with Disabilities

The Commission promotes the independence of persons with disabilities, removes attitudinal and environmental barriers, promotes maximal level of independence with dignity for persons with disabilities, and has primary responsibility for assessing and finding solutions for the needs of Milwaukee County residents with disabilities.

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Location & Schedule

Find dates for upcoming meetings, agendas and past meeting minutes through the county's CLIC site. This includes access to Aging & Disabilities Services committee meetings as well as the County Board of Supervisors meetings and more. You can also get email notifications for any of these meetings by signing up for E-Notify alerts.


Meetings & Minutes


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Shaneika Baldwin

Damian Buchman

Felicia Clayborne

Deb Falk-Palec - Chair

John Haupt

Willie Johnson Jr.

Allison Caudill

Anne Kearney - Vice Chair

Barbara Leigh

Sherry Mickelson



Request a Sign Language Interpreter

Members of the Community: If you need a sign language interpreter, contact the appropriate Milwaukee County department, division, office and/or county employee and ask them to arrange for this accommodation.

To request a sign language interpreter for Milwaukee County Courts, complete an Interpreter Request form or contact Natalie Nguyen.

To request a sign language interpreter for the City of Milwaukee, contact Special Meetings Accommodations.


Milwaukee County Employees: To arrange for a sign language interpreter, complete and submit the online form. Emergency phone: (414) 651-8109.

Milwaukee County employees can also arrange for the use of an assistive listening device (Pocketalker or FM Loop) by contacting the office at (414) 278-3932.

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