Support and Advocacy

There are many support and advocacy groups in Wisconsin to help those with special healthcare needs, including genetic conditions.  The list below is not exhaustive, but it provides a sampling of the groups available in Wisconsin.


Autism Network through Guidance, Education & Life (A.N.G.E.L., Inc)

A.N.G.E.L.'s mission is to offer financial and emotional support to each individual child and family with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with compassionate guidance, and delivery of therapies or services of that family's choice.

Autism Society of Wisconsin (ASW)

The Autism Society of Wisconsin's (ASW) mission is to improve the lives of all affected by autism in Wisconsin. ASW provides support and information to the autism community in Wisconsin. ASW sponsors an annual conference, a free quarterly newsletter, maintains a Wisconsin directory of people offering information/assistance, and provides information and referral.

Disability Rights Wisconsin

Disability Rights Wisconsin helps people across Wisconsin gain access to services through advocacy and legal expertise. Disability Rights Wisconsin supports people of all ages including people with developmental disabilities, mental illness, people with physical or sensory disabilities and people with traumatic brain injury.

Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin (DSAW)

The Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin (DSAW) is an organization created for individuals and families affected by Down syndrome to offer assistance, create awareness and gain acceptance of Down syndrome throughout our communities.

Epilepsy Foundations in Wisconsin

The Epilepsy Foundations of Wisconsin provide case management, counseling, advocacy, job placement, skills training, camp for children, and other important resources for those affected by seizures disorders.

Epilepsy Foundation Heart of Wisconsin
Epilepsy Foundation Southeast Wisconsin

Epilepsy Foundation Western Wisconsin

Family Voices of Wisconsin

is a statewide network of families who have children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities and those who work on their behalf. The focus of our work is health care access, coverage and community supports and services for children and youth with disabilities and special health care needs.

Family Support and Resource Center

Family Support and Resource Center provides a catalog of helpful websites and resources for families of children with disabilities.

March of Dimes Wisconsin Chapter

The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. March of Dimes carries out this mission through research, community services, education and advocacy to save babies' lives.

Parent to Parent of Wisconsin

Parent to Parent of Wisconsin provides parent support to parents of children with special needs through a one-to-one connection with another parent who has similar experience and who knows firsthand about the feelings and realities that come with having a child with special needs.

Prader-Willi Syndrome Association of Wisconsin (PWSA)

The mission of the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association of Wisconsin's (PWSA) is to support, educate and advocate for persons with Prader-Willi syndrome, their families and professionals in meeting the challenges of this disability.

Wisconsin Family Assistance Center for Education, Training & Support, Inc. (WI FACETS)

WI FACETS is a nonprofit organization serving Wisconsin children and adults with disabilities, their families and those who support them. It was founded in 1995 by parents who believed that parents are the best advocates for their children. WI FACETS operates the a variety of programs to help parents, professionals and others support and enrich the lives of children with disabilities.

Wisconsin Upside Down

The mission of Wisconsin Upside Down is to empower individuals with Down syndrome by providing them, their families, and the community with the best information, advocacy, and support.