Office for Persons with Disabilities

Office for Persons with Disabilities (OPD)

Ensuring Everyone Shares Equally in County Programs, Services and Facilities

Picture of the accessible entrance to the Milwaukee County Courthouse

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.

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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.

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.

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 Jackie Thachenkary.

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 by contacting the office at (414) 278-3932.

  • Aira
  • Locations

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 Aira products, how the application works can be found at:

General Government

Coggs Human Service Building

Criminal Justice Facility

Milwaukee County Courthouse

Milwaukee County War Memorial

Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport

Vel Phillips Youth & Family Justice Center

Parks and Recreation

Beer Gardens (throughout the season)

Boerner Botanical Gardens

Bradford Beach (Memorial Day to Labor Day)

Concerts in the Parks (throughout the season)

Milwaukee County Zoo

Milwaukee Public Museum

Mitchell Park Domes

Veteran's Park (Memorial Day to Labor Day)

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.

  • Meetings
  • Members
  • Agendas
  • Minutes

Location & Schedule

Meetings are free and open to the public. Verify location on agenda as it may vary.

St. John’s on the Lake

Eilers Conference Room

1800 N. Prospect Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53202

Second Monday of each month (except August) at 1 p.m.

Damian Buchman

Norma Duckworth

Deb Falk-Palec - Chair

John Haupt

Willie Johnson

Denise Koss

Barbara Leigh

Cheri M. McGrath

Marcia Perkins - Secretary

Susan Pickering - Vice Chair

Margaret Steimle


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Sign Language Interpreter Request Form

For Milwaukee County Employees


(Fill out the following as the person making the request) 

First Name: 

Last Name:  

Phone Number: 

Cell Phone:

Email Address: 

Department Requesting:


(Fill out the following for the person needing the accommodation)

Person Needing Accommodation: 

Date Needed: 

Time Needed: 

Length of Appointment: 


Room Number: 

Purpose of Request: 

Additional Notes: 

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901 N. 9th Street, Room 307-B
Milwaukee, WI 53233
(414) 278-3932 (voice), (414) 278-3939 (fax), 711 (TRS)

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