Self-Directed Supports


On May 3, over sixty self-advocates and family members participated in a series of facilitated conversations with John O’Brien and Lynn Breedlove on how to best prepare for services that are managed and coordinated by large, for-profit, insurance companies operating in 3 “zones” across the state. To read a summary of the conversations click on the link below:

Families Preparing for Family Care 2.0

The Dane County Difference

Social Innovation: The Dane County Difference
29-30 September 2015
John O’Brien

Building on the Dane County Difference

Building on the Dane County Difference is a collaboration between the Developmental Disabilities Coalition, Waisman Center, Dane County Human Service Department, Support Broker Coalition, Supported Living Coalition, Living Our Visions, InControl Wisconsin, Waisman Center, and Supported Employment Provider Coalition.

This paper describes Dane County’s unique and highly effective approach for providing long term support to its citizens, particularly those with developmental disabilities, and includes descriptions of innovative features and positive outcomes.

People First

People First is an international advocacy organization. The Dane County chapter was formed in 1994 by individuals with disabilities living in the community. People First of Dane County advocates strongly about providing supports to individuals with disabilities to live in their own community. This means advocating for the closure of Wisconsin’s institutions and against support budget reductions. People First of Dane County uses regularly scheduled meetings to bring in guest speakers that will allow them to learn more about the important issues of the day.


Stefanie Primm
(608) 263-5557

Choices Newsletter

Current Issue:
Summer 2017

A Newsletter about Self-Determination in Dane County written with individuals with developmental disabilities for individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, and supporters.

Contributions, comments and suggestions are encouraged and may be directed to:

Rachel Weingarten, Editor
The Waisman Center
122 E. Olin Ave., Ste. 100
Madison WI  53713
Telephone:  (608) 265-9440
Fax: (608) 263-4681

Past issues can be found on our Publications page.