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Causes: Autism Research, Education, Employment Preparation & Procurement, Health, Job Training, Special Education

Mission: Wisconsin Independent Learning College or WILC is a private nonprofit college serving adults with autism who desire continued learning; assisting them in reaching their goals for independence. We believe that people with Autism Spectrum Disorders are intelligent and valuable members of society. It is our mission to provide each student with the necessary supports so that he/she may not only have a successful college experience but also become inspired to achieve their purpose in life.

Results: Our young adult students on the autism spectrum come from all over southeastern Wisconsin to attend and participate in WILC's daily living skills, augmented communication, prevocational and vocational day program located in Waukesha Wisconsin. We are both an IRIS and DVR vendor providing services to men and women age 18 to 30 diagnosed with autism providing services both at our training facility in Waukesha, in the community, and with employers. We have an 85% job placement rate with permanent part to full time job employment for our students which is higher than the Wisconsin and National average for individuals with autism.

Target demographics: young adults age 18 to 30 with autism promoting independence

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2000 people through our service work for various local non-profit organizations and all of our students with autism and their families.

Geographic areas served: Waukesha, Wisconsin and nearby counties

Programs: daily living, communication, self regulation, community service, lifetime recreation, prevocational, and vocational skills.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at WILC since 2015. The new building in Waukesha has been renovated for the students needs focusing on their autism sensory regulation. I have met all the staff and they are a dedicated bunch of great people. Students and families always share at the Gala how much the school means to them and their dreams.

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Rating: 5

Wisconsin Independent Learning College or WILC is a great educational nonprofit that is autism specific located in Waukesha, WI.. It is so great that the adult students, aged 18 to 30 have so many opportunities to learn and practice daily living skills, prevocational training, and vocational training that leads to paying jobs! Social skills, communication, varied everyday community and recreational life skill outings are all a part of WILC. Students and families comment on how WILC is life changing.


Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Wisconsin Independent Learning College for over 3 years, primarily as a yoga assistant. It has been an honor to be part of the WILC mission. The staff are very dedicated, caring, skilled, and knowledgeable about autism. WILC provides ongoing continuing education to staff and volunteers to ensure that the best possible outcomes occur for students. The atmosphere at WILC is positive and welcoming and students are treated with respect and dignity. Students really enjoy the many engaging activities such as weekly yoga sessions, gardening, cooking, birthday parties, and community outings. I have particularly enjoyed observing growth in students' confidence, communication and social skills. Individualized vocational education and support is given. We all celebrate as each student completes job explorations and obtains meaningful paid work experiences. Wisconsin Independent Learning College is a very special place!!