Disability HelpLine of Outagamie County
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 by email or by phone at 920.832.0344.
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 goal is to try 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.
Formed in 2003, Parents-4-Parents is a support group for parents and caregivers of children with disabilities. The group provides opportunities to share knowledge, experience and possible solutions for some of the issues that may arise with other parents and caregivers who understand some of the unique challenges, demands and joys of raising and caring for a child with disabilities.
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!
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
The HelpLine maintains a list (updated annually) of recreational opportunities in the Fox Valley area for children with disabilities. That list can be found here.