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Metro-Milwaukee DART Initiative

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Metro-Milwaukee DART Initiative: A Community Collaborative Effort Serving Survivors with Disabilities from Crisis to Healing (MMDI: ACCESS) is made up of four community programs- IndependenceFirst, Sojourner Family Peace Center, Milwaukee County Disability Services Division, and City of Milwaukee Office on Violence Prevention. Building off a long history of collaboration between the member organizations, MMDI:ACCESS is working to create a seamless service delivery system that exemplifies choice, safety, dignity and justice to empower survivors.

Our Unique Contribution

MMDI:ACCESS created a tool to assess organizations for safety, accessibility, and their welcoming environment for survivors with disabilities. Training staff members through in-person and recorded training events, the agencies ensure that all existing and new employees are well versed in the issue of violence and abuse of people with disabilities.   MMDI:ACCESS also emphasizes the safety of staff, who conduct in-home visits through training and safety measures in the agencies.

Contact Us

IndependenceFirst

Deb Langham, Vice-President of Independent Living

Phone: (414) 226-8371
Email: dlangham@independencefirst.org
Website: www.independencefirst.org

At a Glance

    Project Reach

  • Local

    Agency Type

  • Disability Organization
  • Domestic Violence Program
  • Local or State Government

    Disability Focus

  • All Disabilities

    Victimization Type

  • Caregiver Abuse
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Sexual Violence

    Solutions Implemented

  • Building Partnerships
  • Enhancing Services
  • Promoting Equality
  • Raising Awareness
  • Strengthening Prevention