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Visor Cards Help People Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Communicate with Law Enforcement

Download these visor cards for your car.
They are specially designed to help drivers who are
Deaf and hard of hearing and law enforcement
communicate with eachother. See sample at left.

Open the Outdoors - Accessible Wisconsin
For many people, accessibility means the freedom to enjoy everything, just like everyone else. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a site called Open The Outdoors. This is your resource for all the available recreation options for persons with disabilities. Get out & explore all that this great state has to freedom.

Some of the fun you will find includes:
  • Experience - Listing onf DNR properties that have adaptive equpment and accessible cabins available.
  • Explore - Accessible boat access and shore fishing sites.
  • Access - DNR properties with a permitted power - driven motility device.
  • External Links - a variety of accessible outdoor activities.

Voting Guide - for Disabled has good advice for everyone

Disability Rights Wisconsin has put together a guide for voting in Wisconsin directed at persons with disabilities but the guide provides a lot of great information about why and how to vote that pertains to everyone.

Answers and Solutions Start Here!

Have you heard our radio ads or seen the ADRC TV ads? We've received a grant for a promotional campaign this summer. You've found us and we want to be sure all of Brown County knows how their ADRC can help them. Take a look at this ADRC ad and let others know where they can go to get Answers and Solutions!

At the ADRC of Brown County Information & Assistance and Disability Benefit Specialist work together to advocate for you. They both listen to your concerns, challenges, and preferences.

Information & Assistance Specialist search through available resources to put together options to assist you in making informed decisions and then help connect you to the services you choose.

Disability Benefit Specialists “cut the red tape” which can be a barrier for persons trying to understand whether they are eligible for assistance. They can also assist persons who have been denied benefits and need to appeal a decision. They help negotiate with public agencies, medical offices, or insurance companies to resolve problems.

Call (920) 448-4300 to talk about your individual situation or with questions you may have, or email at

Below are lists and websites that are helpful to persons with disabilities and/or their caregivers.

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  • Loan Closets for Assistive Devices
    Lists of sources for borrowing, renting or purchasing assistive devices for the bathroom, bedroom, walkers, canes, wheelchairs and much more.

  • Used Medical Equipment Listing
    Website: A free on-line listing service where people can buy, sell or donate used home medical equipment. Enter your zipcode to find equipment near you.

  • Options for Independent Living Inc.
    Website: One of a kind facility- Showcase Model Home & Office located at 555 Country Club Road in Green Bay, WI. Get a first hand view- hands on approach to experiencing assistive technology and adaptive equipment for both home and business environments. Staff also provide advocacy, peer support, information & referral and independent Living skills and training. Call (920) 490-0500 or Toll free 1(888)465-1515 TTY: (920) 490-0600

  • Cerebral Palsy (CP) Center of Northeast WI
    Website: Provides a full range of rehabilitiative services for children and adults with Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Spina Bifida, arthritis, back pain, post stroke, post surgical, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, amputees, diabetes, head injury accident recovery, sports injury, just to name a few.

  • Is Applying for Disability the Right Step for Me?
    Booklet: Describes the written materials, government agencies and community resources available to help you through the process when considering applying for disability benefits.

  • Employment Guide: Employment Resources for Older Adults & Adults with Disablities
    A booklet on employment options, which includes information on job assistance for seniors, veterans, and adults with disabilities. Find descriptions on the different Social Security Administration Work Incentive programs, how to find employment funding, assistive technology equipment in the workplace, and legal issues & advocacy surrounding employment.

  • Assistive Device Resources
    Options for Independent Living flyer with links to organizations and companies that provide advice for selection, funding, and/or sell assistive devices.

  •'s Guide to Housing
    Information about housing laws, rental assistance programs, modifications to make a home accessible and answers to many other housing-related questions.

  • Telecommunications Equipment Purchase Program TEPP
    The TEPP (Telecommunications Equipment Purchase Program) funding program can assist people with disabilities with the purchase of specialized equipment. SVRI brings you an online tutorial designed to answer your questions about the program. This FREE, self-paced, tutorial is available for consumers and service providers who want to learn more about using the TEPP program. Funding for the project was from a Non-Profit Access Grant program made available through the Wisconsin Public Service Commission. The tutorial is divided up into three parts and is presented in an audio visual format (with captions). We encourage you to work through the modules in order and then return, as needed, for information to any one of them in the future.

  • Wisconsin Guide to Obtaining Augmentative Communications Devices
    This booklet is intended for Medicaid and BadgerCare Plus members, their caregivers, and providers considering augmentative communication devices, accessories, and services. Wisconsin Medicaid and BadgerCare Plus covers medically necessary equipment and services that meet state and federal guidelines


  • Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
    Wisconsin Website for resources and services.
    The Regional Office is at 17 Park Place Suite 175, Appleton, WI 54914 Call (920) 659-7317, Textnet/TTY: (888)-241-9430 or dial 711 to use the Relay Center. Fax 920-832-4952

  • Wisconsin Telecommunications Relay System
    Website with instructions on how to place any type of relay call. To place a call through the WTRS, simply dial 7-1-1

  • Center for Communication, Hearing & Deafness
    A non-profit organization, the Center is the ONLY place of its kind in Wisconsin, where individuals with all degrees of hearing loss - from infants to the elderly - can find comprehensive programs and services that enhance communication and promote independence.

  • Deaf Disability Benefit Specialist
    Deaf Disability Benefit Specialist provides statewide work incentives and disability benefit services to people ages 18-59 who are deaf, hard of hearing or deafblind. Includes a video in American Sign Language about benefit specialist services. (Duration: 5 min.)

  • Paying for Hearing Aids
    Are you having trouble paying for hearing aids? The programs listed in this flyer may be able to help.


  • Office for the Blind and Visually Impaired
    Website for the Office for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Provides assessment, training and information to adults with vision loss, their families and interested professionals. The local office is at 200 N Jefferson Ste 511. Call (920) 448-5086

  • Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired
    Website: A private, not for profit agency whose mission is to promote the dignity and independence of people who are blind and visually impaired in Wisconsin. The Sharper Vision Store is just one of the services to check out on this website.

  • Diabetes and Visual Impairment: A New View for Patients and Families
    An on-line course designed for patients, consumers and families who look to improve knowledge and related skills of both diabetes (DM) and visual impairment (VI). Learn new facts and identify factors necessary to successful diabetes self-managing in the event of visual impairment or blindness. Professional version also available.

  • Living Well with Low Vision
    Website from the Prevent Blindness America organization. Offers free materials and up to date information about resources to help persons who have low vision, who are losing their vision, and those who care for them.

  • Paying for Eye Care - Exams, Glasses, and more
    Are you having trouble paying for eye care? The programs listed in this flyer may be able to help.
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