The purpose of the Health Unit is to design and implement a range of research, training and service projects that work to promote the health of individuals with developmental and other disabilities and their families. As defined by the World Health Organization, health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Current initiatives are:
- Providing diagnostic and follow-along services to approximately 2500 individuals per year within low incidence specialty clinics focused on such areas as developmental disabilities, cerebral palsy, spastisity and movement disorders, biochemical genetics, genetics, and communication aids and systems.
- Providing preservice leadership education in neurodevelopmental and related disabilities, in cooperation with a national network of MCH LEND training programs.
- Utilizing a variety of community training and technical assistance approaches to increase the skills, competencies and proficiencies of community based health and related services personnel who provide health services to individuals with disabilities and their families.
- Conducting epidemiological studies focused on developmental and other disabilities. Current investigations are working to determine and monitor the number of 8-year-old children in the population with an ASD, mental retardation, and/or cerebral palsy.
The Waisman Center provides clinical care through seven specialty clinics that are operated in collaboration with UW Hospital and Clinics and several UW-Madison Departments.
Information and Referrals: (608) 263-3301
MCH LEND- Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities
MCH LEND is a graduate level leadership training program that is focused on children with neurodevelopmental and related disabilities.
Wisconsin Surveillance of Autism & Other Developmental Disabilities Systems
Wisconsin Surveillance of Autism & Other Developmental Disabilities System is a multiple-source investigation to determine and monitor the number of eight year old children in the population with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), mental retardation, and/or cerebral palsy.