Resources for Parents & Students
The information listed below is informational only, intended as a resource for the families of Lakeland School, and should not be seen as an endorsement of the views, practices, or standards of the agencies, groups, entities, or resources, by Lakeland School or Walworth County.
Please also see Resources & LInks on the Health Services page.
ADRC - Aging and Disability Resource Centers
Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Aging and Disability Resource Centers, or ADRCs, offer the general public a single entry point for information and assistance on issues affecting older adults, and adults with disabilities regardless of their income. ADRCs are a welcoming and convenient place for you and your family to get information, assistance and access to a wide variety of services. Services can be provided through the telephone, in the resource center, or in your own home. Visit our website
Autism Society of Southeast Wisconsin
Improving the Lives of All Affected by Autism
We understand what you are going through. We are local and want to help. We support people with autism spectrum disorders, their families, professionals and others in the community by sharing information, supporting research, providing networking opportunities and promoting awareness through education and training. Visit our website
Bayside Athletics is a nonprofit 501 c 3. Its main purpose is to raise funds to help offset the costs of the youth and special needs sports provided by Bayside Cheer LLC to those in economic stress or low income families. As an organization we strive to develop young athletes spiritually, mentally and physically through the sports of cheerleading and tumbling no matter what their social, financial situation or abilities.
Our programs are developed for youth ages 3-18 years and special needs athletes from youth through the young adult years. We are proud to serve Walworth County and its surrounding areas. Bayside Athletics offers cheer and tumbling classes, recreation and all-star cheer teams. We hold many clinics for our sports throughout the year to help our area youth be exposed to these sports and build their skills – which in return builds their confidence. Visit our website and click on the Special Needs tab.
C.A. Counseling offers a variety of services which include New Diagnosis, Mental Health Consultation, Individual Counseling, Couples Counseling, Family Counseling Child-Adolescent Counseling, Autism New Diagnosis, Autism Social Skills Group, EAP Services, Educational Consultation, Trainings and Community Workshops, Signs and Symptoms Education, Grief Support Services, and Group Therapy. Visit the CA Counseling website for more information, or contact their office at (262) 607-6390.
Community Action, Inc (CAI)
Community Action, Inc. (CAI) is a not-for-profit organization offering programs to fight poverty in Rock and Walworth Counties. At Community Action we provide access and opportunity for those we serve and those who support our efforts. Through innovative programs and strong community partnerships we eliminate barriers, establishing clear pathways to economic self-reliance. Visit our website
Compass Wisconsin: Threshold
Compass Wisconsin: Threshold is the doorway for families to apply for children’s long-term support (CLTS) services for families that live in Adams, Columbia, Dane, Green, Jackson, Jefferson, Kenosha, LaCrosse, Lafayette, Marquette, Monroe, Ozaukee, Racine, Rock, Walworth, Washington, and Waukesha counties. Threshold was designed to streamline the application process so that a family only needs to go through a single process to apply for multiple CLTS programs for their child. Visit our website
DVR - Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (Department of Workforce Development)
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is a federal/state program designed to obtain, maintain, and advance employment for people with disabilities by working with DVR consumers, employers, and other partners. Watch this video about DVR or click here to visit the DVR website.
Family Voices of Wisconsin
Mission: We guide families through an overwhelmingly complicated healthcare system so they can find the services their child needs and the relief they need. We translate complicated healthcare language so that families can understand and find resources to reduce their stress and expenses. We train families to advocate not only for their own children but to ensure the voices of other families are heard too. We connect families with local services and other families in their situation to build a strong network of support. We educate legislators and policymakers on the priorities and desires of families with disabilities so they remember our voice when making policy. Visit our website
Guardianship Support Center
Get information and assistance on issues related to adult guardianship, protective placement, advance directives, and more from the Wisconsin Guardianship Support Center (GSC). Operated by GWAAR, the GSC responds to requests for information through a toll-free helpline or by e-mail. Calls are returned in the order in which they are received. Please note the Guardianship Support Center is required to be a neutral information source. We are unable to provide legal advice or offer direct representation. If you would like specific legal advice, please consult an attorney.
We can help with questions like:
- How do I petition for guardianship?
- How can I make a power of attorney?
- What are my responsibilities as a guardian?
Hope Now, Inc.
HOPE NOW is a non-profit effort between counselors, mortgage companies, investors, regulators and other mortgage market participants to support home preservation activities. Supporting members work towards creating a unified, coordinated plan to assist struggling homeowners. Impacts to homeowners could include economic hardships, natural disasters, or other situations where circumstances are out of the homeowner’s control. The HOPE NOW model has achieved trust and support through sharing best practices, collaborating with regulators, and integration with non-profit partners. The Hope Now platform is dedicated to connecting families with resources. Visit our website
LIFE Program (UW Whitewater)
See UW-Whitewater LIFE Program below.
Long-Term Care and Support (Department of Health Services)
Our Vision: Everyone living their best life.
Our Mission: To protect and promote the health and safety of the people of Wisconsin.
Long-term care is any service or support that you may need because of a disability, getting older, or a chronic illness that limits your ability to do the things that are part of your daily routine. This includes things such as bathing, getting dressed, making meals, going to work, and paying bills. Visit our website for resources and additional information.
My Team Triumph
myTEAM TRIUMPH provides specialized race equipment, facilitates training runs, and lends race day support so people of diverse abilities can come together as a team in endurance events.
Our Vision: A community which embraces, celebrates and empowers those with diverse abilities.
Our Values: Fellowship, Commitment, Dedication, Safety, Integrity, Collaboration
Our Mission: To enrich the wellbeing of individuals with diverse abilities and foster lifelong relationships through community athletics.
Safe Families for Children in Southeast Wisconsin
Safe Families for Children hosts vulnerable children and creates extended family–like supports for desperate families through a community of devoted volunteers who are motivated by compassion to keep children safe and families intact. Visit our website
Shepards College is the country’s leading three-year post-secondary educational program for students with intellectual disabilities. That’s who we are. But what’s more important is who you are. What are your goals and dreams for the future? Shepherds College can help achieve and even expand those goals. We offer career skills, a smooth transition to Appropriate Independence and a lasting awareness of God and His plan for your life. Visit our website
Society’s Assets provides a full range of affordable services to promote living independently in the community. Assistance can range from a telephone consultation about your transportation or housing needs to staff completing simple, weekly household tasks or daily personal care, and even to a nurse setting up and administering medications or assessing, managing and teaching a client with diabetes or heart disease. Established in 1974, Society’s Assets is a private, nonprofit organization. Visit our website
Threshold - See Compass Wisconsin (above)
Thrive Learning Center
At Thrive Learning Center, located in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, our mission is to enhance a child’s natural abilities with care and encouragement, through our innovative treatments and skilled therapists. Thrive Learning Center is a fully functional therapy clinic focused on pediatric physical, speech, and developmental therapy.
Thrive Learning Center • N3219 Cty Rd H • Lake Geneva, WI • (262) 812-8084
TRI-C Career Services
Tri-C Career Services is a group that offers over 35 years’ combined experience in the fields of human resources and management, in areas as diverse as manufacturing and retail. If you are the person seeking support and guidance to assist you in obtaining employment, or you are the business seeking the right person for the job, Tri-C is the place to start. Please call us at (262) 233-6023, or click here to visit our website.
UW-Whitewater LIFE Program
About the Program:
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater LIFE (Learning is for Everyone) program will provide a complete college experience for young adults between the ages of 18-25 who have an intellectual disability. With ample supports, specialized instruction, on-campus residential living, and community integration, the program serves a critical need in our region and community. The program will have two components, which includes a Basic Program (2 years) and an Advanced Program (2 years) that are designed to facilitate independent living and employment success for persons with significant cognitive limitations. Brief highlights of the program are as follows.
Program Highlights and Goals:
- Comprehensive supports that are designed to prepare them for competitive employment and independent living to the greatest extent possible
- Specialized instruction, with an emphasis on skills that students need in order to be successful in personal and professional endeavors
- Expansive resident assistant supports designed to help students develop essential skills in non-academic domains
- Expose students to a college experience, which spans far beyond traditional academics
- Integration with multiple facets of campus life, thereby providing many inclusive opportunities and meaningful networks of support
- Dismantles barriers and creates substantive opportunities for students with an intellectual disability
- Prepares students to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle, including regular exercise and participation in enjoyable leisure activities
Stay connected with the LIFE Program on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Students who complete this program will receive a certificate of completion, rather than a degree from the university.
VIP Services, Inc.
Empowering people with disabilities to explore and experience endless possibilities.
VIP Services, Inc. •. 811 East Geneva Street • Elkhorn • WI 53121 • 262.723.4043
Shared Ride Transit provider available to-and-from any Walworth County address for any trip purpose. DIAL-a-RIDE public transit and specialized transit services are provided by VIP Services, Inc., Elkhorn, and in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Visit our Page
Walworth County Food Pantry
Our Mission is to provide individuals and families nutritional supplemental food, diapers, feminine hygiene and supplies during a time of crisis, in a cheerful, welcoming, nonjudgmental environment without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, physical or developmental disability.
We envision a community where everyone has access to sufficient nutritious food.
Our Value Statement
We believe that access to nutritious food is a basic human right. We are committed to responding to the needs of our community through food distribution and support services.
Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities
The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities was established to advocate on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities, foster welcoming and inclusive communities, and improve the disability service system. The Board’s mission is to help people with developmental disabilities become independent, productive, and included in all facets of community life. Visit our website
Wisconsin 211 connects you with thousands of nonprofit and government services in your area. If you want personal assistance call the three-digit number 211 or 877-947-2211. Visit 211Wisconsin for online search and chat. Available 24 / 7 / 365.
211 Wisconsin provides
- Referrals to specific agencies and organizations based on caller eligibility for you or your family.
- Crisis intervention for families in need of food, shelter, and natural disaster relief.
- An up-to-date online database of community resources.
- Advocacy for callers struggling with language, comprehension, anxiety, and other barriers.
- Follow-up with callers to ensure they are getting the help they need.