RCS empowers people with disabilities to advocate for themselves and have their voices heard. RCS facilitates an advocacy group for participants called Speak Up! Monthly meetings are held to discuss topics of interest and take action to advocate to create changes in systems that affect people with disabilities. Parents, guardians, and family members are encouraged to join the RCS Advisory Council to share ideas and to learn more about issues affecting RCS participants.

This guide is provided to you by RCS Empowers, Inc. to help you identify local resources related to Self-Advocacy, Self-Determination, and Peer Mentoring.  It is not an all-inclusive guide, however, it is intended to give some guidance.

 Local Advocacy


HearthStone of Wisconsin Website Link

HearthStone of Wisconsin is a not for profit organization based in Sheboygan, WI. Members are people with disabilities, their families and friends and people within our communities who care about them. They offer assistance, guidance, advocacy, and support in the transition to and in the perpetuation of community-based living. Peer mentoring is promoted through the various activities sponsored by HearthStone.

Address:         HearthStone of WI
                        PO Box 1444
                        Sheboygan, WI 53082-1444

Phone:             920-316-2236



Shoreline Metro Website Link

Shoreline Metro is a fully accessible, user-friendly, and safety-minded public transportation system that is fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Shoreline Metro welcomes customers with disabilities and encourages them to take advantage of the many accommodations they offer.  Learning to ride the bus is fun and easy with the help of an experienced Shoreline Metro “Bus Buddy.” The “Bus Buddy” program pairs you up with a knowledgeable, experienced user of the bus or staff member which makes learning simple and easy! Paratransit service is for disabled individuals unable to use the fixed route public bus system, Shoreline Metro. Service includes door-to-door service with assistance from the first door to the vehicle and from the vehicle to the first door. Certification to use this program is required. 

Shoreline Metro’s Real-Time Bus Tracker App allows customers to track their bus, so they always know where their bus is located.  Use Bus Tracker to stay dry on rainy or snowy days or when temperatures are frigid and cold. Bus Tracker is available for your mobile devices and PCs. 

Shoreline Metro Transfer Station Office & Customer Service

Address:        828 Pennsylvania Ave
                        Sheboygan, WI  53704

Hours:            8:00am-5:00pm, M-F*

Phone:            (920) 459-3281

Fax:                 (920) 459-6594




Mental Health America Link

Mental Health America in Sheboygan County (MHA) is dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental and substance use conditions, and achieving victory over mental illnesses and addictions through advocacy, education, research, and service. The MHA website has a tab for Sheboygan County resources.

Address:         915 N 7th Street
                        Sheboygan, WI 53081

Phone:             920-458-3951



Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)

The Mission of the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Sheboygan County is to empower and support seniors, people with disabilities and their families to ask for help, find a way to live with dignity and security, and achieve maximum independence and quality of life. The ADRC provides a central source of reliable and objective information about a broad range of programs and services and helps people understand and evaluate the various options available to them.

Address:         650 Forest Ave
                        Sheboygan Falls, WI  53085

Phone:            920-467-4100
                        800-596-1919 (Toll-Free)



Division of Vocational Rehabilitation-Sheboygan County Job Center Link

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is a state agency whose primary responsibilities include providing job services, training, and employment assistance to people looking for work, at the same time as it works with employers on finding the necessary workers to fill current job openings.

Address:         3620 Wilgus Avenue
                        Sheboygan, WI 53081

Phone:            920-208-5856
                        888-387-0408 (Toll-Free)


Statewide Advocacy 

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A-Team Wisconsin Website Link

The A-Team is a statewide organization for individuals with disabilities and their family members to advocate in a grassroots effort, create awareness in the community and advise others to ensure service choices are protected and sustained.




Disability Rights Wisconsin

Disability Rights Wisconsin Link

Disability Rights Wisconsin is a private nonprofit organization designated by the Governor to ensure the rights of all state citizens with disabilities through individual advocacy and system change. DRW is part of a national system of federally mandated independent disability agencies.

Disability Rights helps people across Wisconsin gain access to services and opportunities through its advocacy and legal expertise. Disability Rights Wisconsin serves people of all ages, including people with developmental disabilities, people with mental illness, people with physical or sensory disabilities, and people with traumatic brain injury.

Address:         6737 W. Washington Street Suite 3230
                        Milwaukee WI  53214

Phone:            414-773-4646
                        800-708-3034 or 800-928-8778 (Toll-Free)



Ombudsman Program Link

A long-term care ombudsman protects and promotes the rights of long-term care consumers, working with the consumers and their families to achieve their expected quality of care and quality of life.  Long-term care consumers have an undeniable right to express any complaints or concerns about their care or treatment to an Ombudsman without fear of retaliation or reprisal.

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program provides advocacy services to persons age 60 and older who are consumers of Wisconsin long term care programs. The Ombudsman Program has, by law, the authority to have contact with any resident or tenant of a Wisconsin nursing home, Community Based Residential Facility (CBRF), Residential Care Apartment Complex (RCAC), Adult Family Home (AFH), or person served by the community Options Program or the Family Care/Partnership/PACE program.

Address:         State of Wisconsin-Board on Aging & Long-Term Care
                        1402 Pankratz Street, Suite 111
                        Madison, WI  53704

The Ombudsman for Sheboygan County is Gina Singletery

Phone:             1-(800)-815-0015

Email:              BOALTC@Wisconsin.Gov


Options for Independent Living Link

Options for Independent Living is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization committed to empowering people with disabilities to lead independent and productive lives in their community through advocacy, the provision of information, education, technology and related services. 

As part of the independent living philosophy of consumer-directed services, Options staff will provide information to individuals with disabilities, family, and friends to enable them to make informed choices and achieve their goals. 

Address:         555 Country Club Road
                        Green Bay, WI 54313

Phone:           920-490-0500
                       888-465-1515 (Toll-Free)


Wisconsin Council on Developmental Disabilities Link

The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (WBPDD) was established to advocate on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities, foster inclusive communities, and improve the disability service system. The Board’s mission is to help people with developmental disabilities become independent, productive, and included in all facets of community life.

Address:         101 E Wilson Street, Rm 219
                        Madison WI  53703

Phone:            608-266-7826
                        888-332-1677 (Toll-Free)



National Advocacy

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Accses Website Link

ACCSES is a nationwide network of over 1,200 organizations that provide services to people with disabilities across the United States.  Their work empowers and supports individuals with disabilities to reach their full potential through self-determination.  ACCSES is the voices of these individuals at the highest levels of the federal government. Their advocacy efforts resonate throughout the halls of Congress, federal agencies, and the White House.