Midstate Independent Living Choices, Inc. (MILC) is a consumer controlled, non-profit, non-residential organization serving 11 counties in Wisconsin, since 2000. Our mission is “Working for persons with disabilities toward empowerment to make informed choices”.
Fifty-one percent (51%) of MILC’s staff and its Board of Directors are individuals with various disabilities. MILC’s main purpose is to assist individuals with disabilities, regardless of age, in advocating for their rights and achieving their full potential within the communities of their choice. Through the development of an Independent Living Plan, the consumer defines their individual needs and goals by customizing supports and actions needed to meet these goals.
We work with consumers to research, evaluate and assist them with making healthy decisions. Our services include: Information and Referral, Advocacy Services, Independent Living Skills Training, Peer Support, Transition Services, Community Education, Accessible Recreation, Representative Payee Program, IRIS Program and Personal Assistant Services (PAS).
MILC is invested in providing opportunities to empower and educate persons with disabilities to make informed choices and strive to assist consumers to learn to self-advocate. Through listening sessions with consumers, the community, provider’s input and consumer surveys other services have been developed. Additional services are: Assistive Technology (AT) Assessments, AT loan closet, Individual Educational Plan, Employment Planning, Architectural Accessibility Assessments and Benefits Counseling. Because of the ever evolving need, MILC has become flexible in taking on new opportunities that align with our mission and philosophical views and benefit the community.
Our family needs/experience dealing with MILC in Stevens Point, WI could not have been a better experience. Very helpful with ones needs, concerns, questions along with kindness, care and utmost availability directed to ones needs. I can’t say enough of how pleased and helpful the staff was. I have been informing people in my community who are unaware of this great service and will continue to do so. We are so thankful to have such a wonderful service in our county.
Worker is WONDERFUL! I don’t know what we would do without her or this program. She (worker) is part of the family- don’t give her to anyone else ☺
MILC is a valuable community partner when working with people of all disabilities. Staff are knowledgeable, compassionate and passionate about helping people with disabilities live as independently as they are able. Thank you for all your work!
A Better Way Clubhouse (ABW) is a beautiful place to see recovery in action for those challenged with mental illness and substance abuse disorders, I have found it to be a safe path to wellness.
My IC (IRIS Consultant) listens and responds timely. I appreciate everything she and the IRIS Program have done for me. Because of this program I can live in my own home!