Below is a list of other community resources that may be beneficial to families of children with physical disabilities

First Hand Foundation

Phone: (816) 201-1569
Mission: First Hand is dedicated to impacting the health of children, their families and communities through reactive and preventative initiatives.
Audience: Children in need of assistance through services, food, travel, lodging, or equipment
What they fund: Individual children with health-related needs
Geographic Area: Global

  • The child must be 18 years of age or younger (a person 19–21 may be considered if they are in a child-like mental state)
  • The child must be under the care of a pediatrician
  • The case must involve a child with a specific health care need
  • The request must be clinically relevant to the health of the child
  • There must be no existing insurance coverage for the requested expenses
  • One request per year, per child for a maximum of three times in a child’s lifetime


United Healthcare- Children’s Foundation

Phone: 1 (855) 698-4223
Mission: The Foundation embraces and supports the concept of facilitating access to health-related services that have the potential to significantly enhance either the clinical condition or the quality of life of the child and that are not fully covered by the available commercial health insurance plan. The Foundation provides financial assistance toward the family's share of the cost of medical services.
Audience: Children in families of financial need
Geographic Area: United States

  • Must be 16 or younger
  • Must be covered by a commercial health insurance plan OR no coverage is available and/or the costs are a serious financial burden on the family


Birdies 4 LIFE

Phone: (414) 587-4270
Mission: Birdies 4 LIFE's mission is to provide recreational items or services and/or access toward recreational items or services not covered by insurance or other funding sources for children under the age of 18 with special needs and/or disabilities.
Audience: Children with special needs or disabilities
What they fund: Recreational equipment or recreational services

  • Must be 18 or younger (unless in a child-like state)
  • Income guidelines
  • Request qualifies as a valid healthcare need


Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation

Phone: (262) 547-2083
Mission: The Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation's (BRPF) goal is to find a cure for paralysis through funding the latest in medical research and to provide assistance to those that suffer from neurological disorders.
Audience: CPeople who suffer from neurological disorders

  • Must have a neurological disorder OR a child of someone suffering from a neurological disorder


Cerebral Palsy, Inc.

Phone: (920) 337-1122
Mission: Celebrating All Abilities and Unlocking Potential.
Audience: People of all ages affected by a temporary or permanent disability (does not need to have cerebral palsy).
What they fund: Equipment (ramps, home and vehicle modifications, adaptive bikes, recreational equipment, etc.)
Geographic Area: 17 counties of Northeast Wisconsin

  • Must be affected by a temporary or permanent physical, sensory, and/or speech disability


Children's Miracle Network

Phone: (801) 214-7400
Mission: We increase funds and awareness for local children’s hospitals.
Audience: Children with illnesses (asthma, birth defects, cancer, etc.)
What they fund: Research, training, equipment, & uncompensated care
Geographic Area: Nationwide


Kid Reach

Phone: (262) 560-6910 (Oconomowoc) OR (262) 780-0707 (Brookfield) OR (414) 529-4141 (Hales Corners)
Mission: Our caring, family focus approach helps children reach their highest level of function.
Audience: Children with developmental needs
What they provide: Therapies: physical, occupational, speech/language
Geographic Area: Greater Milwaukee


  • Children with developmental needs


Wisconsin Regional Centers

Phone: (800) 642-7837
Mission: Wisconsin has five Regional Centers dedicated to supporting families with children and youth with special health care needs and the providers who serve them.
Audience: Children with special health care needs
What they provide: Information on child's needs; problem solving; services; finding doctors and dental care; health benefits assistance; communicating with schools; transition planning; Parent-to-parent support
Geographic Area: Wisconsin state-wide


  • Ages 21 and under
  • Long-term physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional illness or condition


Geneva National Foundation

Phone: (262) 245-7310
Mission: The Geneva National Foundation exists to support individuals with disabilities or special needs, their families, and the 501 (c)(3) organizations and agencies that provide for them in Walworth County, WI.
Audience: People with developmental disabilities
What they fund: Monetary grants for specific requests that promote education, mobility, relationship building, life skills and other vital enhancements
Geographic Area: Walworth County


  • Must primarily serve people with disabilities.


Parent to Parent of Wisconsin

Phone: (888) 266-0028
Mission: 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.
Audience: Parents of children with special needs
What they provide: Support Parent Trainings
Geographic Area: Wisconsin


Association of Maternal & Child Health Care Programs

Phone: (202) 775-0436
Mission: As a national advocate for family health, AMCHP ensures these children receive high quality, family-centered, integrated health services by partnering with national and state agencies and organizations, such as state Title V CYSHCN Programs.
Audience: Children with special needs ranging from medical issues to behavioral issues
What they fund: Health Services
Geographic Area: Nationwide


Compass Wisconsin

Phone: (800) 234-5437
Mission: Doorway to long-term supports for children
Audience: Parents that need additional support when applying for services and finding additional information
What they provide: Intake and eligibility determination for multiple CLTS (children's long-term support) programs.
Geographic Area: Southeast Wisconsin (Jefferson, Kenosha, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington, and Waukesha)


Katie Beckett

Phone: (800) 362-3002
Mission: The Katie Beckett Program is a special eligibility process that allows certain children with long-term disabilities, mental illness, or complex medical needs, living at home with their families, to obtain a Wisconsin ForwardHealth Medicaid card.
Audience: children with long-term disabilities, mental illness, or complex medical needs, Developmental disabilities, Severe emotional disturbances
What they provide: Wisconsin Medicaid coverage
Geographic Area: Wisconsin


  • Be under 19 years of age
  • Be disabled by standards in the Social Security Act
  • Be a United States citizen or have acceptable immigration status
  • Be a Wisconsin resident
  • Live at home with their family
  • Require a level of care at home that is typically provided in a hospital or nursing facility
  • Be provided safe and appropriate care in the family home
  • Not have income in their name in excess of the current standards for a child living in an institution
  • Not incur a cost of care at home to the Wisconsin Medicaid Program that exceeds the cost Medicaid would pay if the child were in an institution