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Disability HelpLine of Outagamie County

photo of a boy on a trikeMade possible through a trust established by the estate of Loretta K. Ricker, the Disability HelpLine of Outagamie County is located in Appleton, Wisconsin and provides a variety of services to Outagamie County residents with disabilities. For more information, contact HelpLine Coordinator Jill Gretzinger at 920.832.0344 or .

Information and Referral

The HelpLine provides disability related information to individuals, their families and service providers looking for up-to-date information about services for those with disabilities. The HelpLine attempts to alleviate some of the time, frustration and expense people experience navigating local, state and federal programs.

Grants to Individuals
In select cases when no other funding exists, the HelpLine may be able to provide financial assistance to Outagamie County residents for disability related equipment.

Started in 2003, Parents-4-Parents is a support group for parents and caregivers of children with special needs.  Parents are provided an opportunity to share their knowledge and experience of having a child with special needs and get ideas for solutions when issues arise.  Members have an understanding of the challenges, demands and joys of caring for children with special needs. 

Meetings are held the second Monday evening of each month at the Thompson Community Center in Appleton during the school year, and at members; homes during the summer.  Members come as they are able and new members are always welcome!  

Community Projects
The HelpLine also partners with other community groups to help with projects that create local solutions to disability related issues. They have been involved in the "community build" of an accessible playground, the development of a local Recreational Opportunities Handbook and have advocated on behalf of individuals experiencing difficulties with ADA para transit.

Recreational Opportunities for Children with Disabilities in the Fox Valley
List updated annually of recreational opportunities in the Fox Valley area for children with disabilities (attachment below).


2014-2015 Recreational Opportunities List.pdf256.65 KB