Resources for Individuals with Special Needs

 Wisconsin Statewide Parent Educator Initiative - 877-844-4925, or
Provides information regarding special education services and parent rights.
In Pierce County, WI, contact Pat Rynda at 715-262-3065, or
Parents as Partners - Parent group affiliated with the New Richmond, WI school district. Open to parents of children with any disability. For more information contact Sue Curtis at 715-243-8423 or
Parents Supporting Parents - Parent group meets in River Falls, WI, once a month. Open to parents of children with any disability. For more information, contact Kimberly Gould-Speckman at 651-261-6407.
Down by the River - A support group for parents of children with Down Syndrome, meets the third Monday of the month at Have A Heart Farm (on Highway 29 between Prescott and River Falls, WI). Contact Terri Yira at 715-381-3015.
Autism Support Group - Meets the third Thursday of the month in Ellsworth, WI. Contact Katie Knutson at 715-273-4548,
Pierce County Department of Human Services - 715-273-6766
St. Croix County Department of Human Services - 715-246-8250
Pierce County Birth to 3 and Family Support Advisory Committee - Meets quarterly to review and provide input on county programs. Contact Cheryl Braun at 715-273-6766.
Kinnikinnic Kids - In River Falls, WI - Contact Linda Rudesill at 715-425-845
Walk On Therapeutic Riding Programs - Provides horseback riding experiences for those with special needs. Contact Ken and Katy Giske at 715-425-2025.
Bridge for Youth With Disabilities - Provides social activities and other services to youth 12 and older in the Hudson area. Contact  Peg Gagnon at 715-381-8230
Steppin’ Out - A teaching gym for youth and adults with special needs and disabilities - in Hastings, MN.  Phone: 651-480-1738
Wisconsin Family Ties - for families of individuals who have emotional, behavioral and mental disorders. Contact 800-422-7145 (parents only); or 608-267-6888.
Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs - Contact Janet Cleary at 715-273-6755, or

  • Ellsworth Community School District
  • 300 Hillcrest Street, PO Box 1500
  • Ellsworth, WI 54011
  • Phone: 715-273-3900
  • Fax: 715-273-5775