Made 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 .
If you are interested in involvement with the HelpLine Program through an AmeriCorps position, you can learn more about it here.
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.
KARS (Kids Are Riding Safe)
This program provides families and therapists an opportunity to receive information and hands-on experience with car restraints that may meet the needs of children with disabilities. A Certified Passenger Safety Technician will provide information specific to safe transportation options for children and provide an opportunity to try out seats in an office setting to determine the option that best fits the child and the family vehicle. Children that may benefit from this program include those with diagnoses of neuromuscular issues such as head and trunk support as well as orthopedic needs, higher weight needs, and behavioral needs.
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.
The HelpLine collaborates with Cerebral Palsy of Mideast Wisconsin to offer Parents-4-Parents, a support group for parents and caregivers of children with disabilities. The group meets the second Monday of each month. Meetings are held at the Thompson Community Center in Appleton during the school year and at member’s homes during the summer months. The group is open to any interested person caring for a child with a disability.
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).