The information presented below is a brief overview of this state's special education support system. Please contact the state education agency or follow the included links for more detailed information.
Educational definitions of disabilities
- Autism - consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
- Intellectual disability - uses cognitive disability and is consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
- Emotional/behavioral disorder - uses emotional behavioral disabilities and is consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
More detailed information is available at eligibility criteria.
Numbers of students with disabilities served
For the 2012 child count, Wisconsin reported the following:
- Autism - 9,478 students, 7.8 percent of the total population of students with disabilities
- Intellectual disability - 8,783 students, 10.2 percent of the total population of students with disabilities
- Emotional/behavioral disorder - 12,352 students, 7.2 percent of the total population of students with disabilities
Support service structure
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Special Education Team monitors and supports the special education services provided by public schools.
Wisconsin's Governor's Autism Council reviews statewide issues and services related to autism.
Statewide disability clearinghouse
Wisconsin does not have a statewide disability clearinghouse.
Disability scholarship program
Wisconsin does not have a statewide disability scholarship, but has some income-based voucher programs, including programs for families residing in Milwaukee and Racine. See Wisconsin Parental Choice Program for more information.
Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services
Wisconsin enacted legislation that requires insurers to cover some services for children with autism spectrum disorders. See Wisconsin insurance for more information.
TRICARE-approved applied behavior analysis providers
As of May 2013, Wisconsin had six supervisors (direct service providers) and 135 tutors (assistants requiring supervision to provide services).
Parent training and information center
The Wisconsin Family Assistance Center for Education, Training and Support is Wisconsin's statewide parent training and information center. Additional support for families in Milwaukee is provided by Alianza Latina Aplicando Soluciones.
Secondary transition resources
Information and resources related to secondary transition in Wisconsin are available at secondary transition.
Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission
Wisconsin is a member of the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission.
Special education resources
Information on resources for families is available from the local school district and the parent training and information centers listed above. Additional information is provided at resources.
Military education resources
Information and resources specifically identified for military-connected families in Wisconsin may be found at military education resources.