The Waisman Center is dedicated to advancing knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases through:
- Research spanning the biological, behavioral and social sciences
- Training for students and post-doctoral fellows, providers and the community
- Services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families
- Outreach to the community.
- Autism Treatment Programs
The treatment programs provide behavioral treatment for autism through three programs for children, teens and their families.
The Waisman Center provides clinical care through specialty clinics that are operated in collaboration with UW Hospital and Clinics and several UW-Madison Departments.
- Community Outreach Wisconsin (COW)
Provides a group of unique cutting-edge programs under contract with Dane County Human Services and works extensively with individuals and community teams supporting persons with developmental disabilities.
- WECP – Preschool
The Waisman Early Childhood Program (WECP) provides inclusive education to children of all abilities. One-third of the enrollment is reserved for children with special needs, such as autism, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome.
- Day with the Experts
The Waisman presents four annual “Day with the Experts” events focused on autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and cochlear implants.
- Children’s Theatre
Provides high quality, diverse, educational, and interactive live theatrical performances at a modest cost and in fully accessible settings.
- Grandparents’ Network
The Grandparents’ Network provides a context for grandparents and other family members to increase their understanding of developmental disabilities, learn how other families cope with the challenge of disability, and contribute expertise, wisdom, and experience.
- Community Outreach Wisconsin
COW is a group of programs within the Waisman Center which work extensively with individuals and community teams supporting persons with developmental disabilities.