Networks and Organizations that Support Self-Determination

This web page is intended to focus specifically on networks and organizations that can be resource for information and technical assistance on self-determination and self-directed supports. For additional resources on self-directed supports and self-determination, please go to Resources for People with Disabilities.

Center for Self-Determination – The Center for Self-Determination is a non-profit organization, established in 2000, operating as the primary clearinghouse, training and technical assistance source on Self-Determination in the United States and other countries. The Center is devoted to working within the public and private sector to move power and authority over resources directly to individuals with disabilities, families and allies.

Disabilities Advocates: Wisconsin Network (DAWN) – DAWN is a statewide grassroots cross-disability network of people who care about disability issues. DAWN supports legislative change in the programs and systems affecting people with all disabilities. DAWN focuses on the most important issues affecting all people with disabilities. It includes people with disabilities, family members, friends, service providers and others who are committed to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities.

In Control UK – In Control is committed to creating a fairer society where everyone needing additional support has the right, responsibility and freedom to control that support.

In Control Wisconsin – In Control Wisconsin is working for changes in our state so that citizens with disabilities, of any age or need for support, can self-direct their support. They aim to accomplish this by providing leadership and support to develop new systems and innovative services that keep pace with the personal needs and lifestyles of people who rely on long-term support. They promote self-determination and self-directed support through training, technical assistance, sharing information, developing new resources and connecting people.

The Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) – ICI has worked for over 40 years to ensure that people with disabilities have the same opportunity to dream big, and make their dreams a fully included, integrated, and welcomed reality. ICI offers training, conducts research, and provides assistance to organizations to promote inclusion of people with disabilities in school, work, and community activities.

The National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services – Draws upon years of experience as a National Program Office for the Cash & Counseling projects and over a decade of experience with participant direction. The National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services serves to assist all programs, regardless of funding source, to develop and improve their participant-directed options.

Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (WBPDD) – WBPDD 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.

The Wisconsin SDS Network – People are working across Wisconsin to understand, implement and create rewarding lives for elders and citizens with disabilities using SDS through programs such as CIP, Family Care, and IRIS. The Wisconsin SDS Network is designed to connect people by: offering opportunities to share and learn from everyone’s expertise and experience with SDS; supporting the implementation of SDS with one another as individuals, families, friends, advocates and service providers; informing and assisting others who will receive support and provide support through SDS.