Summer 2023

Self-Empowerment Courses

Midstate Independent Living Choices is offering summer classes for anyone with a disability; focusing on relationships and boundaries, and self-advocacy.

Each class meets once a week for 6 weeks. Classes are 90 minutes in length.

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Help Yourself

This 6-week course discusses how to be the best advocate for you. (You!)

Students will learn how self-advocacy is an important skill that people need to be successful and to get the tools and supports they need to thrive. Students will learn how to self-advocate and advocate for others.

Lessons in this course:

1. Disability History and Legislation

2. Self-Awareness and Self-Esteem

3. Communication Skills

4. The power of words and disability awareness

5. Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy in care plans

6. How to self-advocate for Personal, Local, State, and Nationwide legislation

MarshfieldJuly 24 - August 28

A Better Way Clubhouse
205 S Cherry Ave, Marshfield, WI 54449
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Mondays: July 24, 31, August 7, 14, 21, 28

AntigoJuly 25 - August 29

Antigo Public Library
617 Clermont St, Antigo, WI 54409
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Tuesdays: July 25, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Teaching Relationships to Everybody in Everyday Situations


TREES Teaching Relationships to Everybody in Everyday Situations

This 6-week course discusses appropriate and healthy boundaries wherever you are. School, work, home, and in the community.

Students will learn how to identify the various relationships they have with others while using the model of a tree and its parts. Understanding what is appropriate to share and with whom, how to set a boundary within a relationship whether it’s with family, friends, co-workers, acquaintances, service providers, peers, etc. Students will also learn how to enforce those boundaries in a healthy and respectful way.

Lessons in the course:

1. The Self

2. Family, Close Friends, Significant Others (Core Group)

3. Friends

4. Professionals and Distant Friends

5. Acquaintances and Strangers

6. Romance and Consent *This is not sexual education class, this talks about consent and saying no, where any form of intimacy between two consenting individuals is appropriate (From holding hands to kissing), who to talk to when boundaries are not respected, healthy and toxic relationships, problem solving and exit strategies.

MarshfieldJuly 26 - August 30

A Better Way Clubhouse
205 S Cherry Ave, Marshfield, WI 54449
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Wednesdays: July 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

AntigoJuly 27 - August 31

Antigo Public Library
617 Clermont St, Antigo, WI 54409
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Thursdays: July 27, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

To register for one of MILC’s summer classes, please contact the Independent Living Program Director, Eric Riskus, at 715.344.4210 x 238 or email at, or request information using the form below:

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Providers: Authorizations and Purchase orders are required before the start of each class. If you have questions regarding what to include, please contact Eric Riskus. The breakdown of each course is $75/class, $65 for early registration (see dates in the cost table).