MTILP, Inc. provides combined long-term support of daily living skills training, mobility training, vocational training and job placement for over 100 adults with disabilities in Dane County. These services are offered through supported employment, mobility training, home support and at our Day Service Program.
It is impossible to tell the history of MTILP, Inc. without telling a little history of Harry and Joan Fischer. Harry and Joan met while they were both working for Madison Area Rehabilitation Centers in Madison in the 1980’s. They were married in 1987. Joan left MARC in 1988 to provide Occupational Therapy services with a private contract from Dane County Human Services. Her program was called Mobility Training and Independent Living Program (MTILP). Harry continued at MARC, where he became the Director in 1987. In 1995 a County RFP became available to provide supported employment services to adults with developmental disabilities. With the encouragement of a good friend, Joan and Harry decided to put their expertise together and submitted a proposal that focused on community based supports for individuals with higher physical needs. They were awarded a contract, which started with 5 clients in May of 1995. MTILP became a formal non-profit corporation. Joan started the Supported Employment Program with 3 staff and a $70,000 annual budget, along with the community based Occupational Therapy services.
Harry joined Joan in October of 1995 as the Executive Director. By May of the following year, MTILP, Inc. had a $300,000 annual budget and was well on it’s way.
After being open for less than one year, a State RFP became available and Harry and Joan put in a proposal. MTILP, Inc. was awarded a contract in July of 1996 to provide day services for adults with disabilities from Central Wisconsin Center. In 2002, MTILP, Inc. began providing transportation for the CWC clients and purchased two buses. MTILP, Inc. currently has four buses and transports twenty six individuals for day programming. In 2012, the day service program moved to a newly remodeled 10,000 square foot building, which is 4,000 additional square feet of programming space.
MTILP, Inc. currently has a 1.8 million annual budget for all their programs, and employs over fifty people.