History of the Organization
More than 50 years ago
few, if any, programs existed in state or federal government to provide employment and community services for people with disabilities until families, guardians, and community business owners worked together and filled the void. Before then, most people with disabilities were placed in institutions at considerably higher safety consequences, isolation, and taxpayer expense.
Rehabilitation for Wisconsin
was founded in 1965 and was first known as the Wisconsin Association of Sheltered Workshops and Homebound Programs. At that time, the organization was voluntary in nature and helped fulfill a need for families, guardians, and community representatives to work together to create employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Few, if any, programs existed in state or federal government to provide these opportunities.
A modern provider network
is critical to the de-institutionalization of people with developmental disabilities and supports for people to live in their own communities and their own homes. Perhaps most importantly, the provider network allows family members and guardians respite and retention of their financial success and career development so they do not have to give up their lives to become single caregivers, and have timeand energy to enjoy and support their family.