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.
1995 Joan left MARC 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.
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. 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 as the Executive Director.
1996 MTILP, Inc. has 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 to provide day services for adults with disabilities from Central Wisconsin Center.
2002 MTILP, Inc. began providing transportation for the CWC clients and purchased two buses.
2012 The day service program moved to a newly remodeled 10,000 square foot building, which was 4,000 additional square feet of programming space.
2019 The corporate office relocated in the same Nob Hill Road building to a completely remodeled space and serves six clients in day program. The Whalen Lane location remodeled at the same time and purchased two brand new Thomas buses to accommodate six additional clients.
MTILP, Inc. currently has four buses and one van transporting thirty four individuals for day programming. MTILP, Inc. currently has a 1.8 million annual budget for all their programs, and employs over fifty people.