The Disability Hub is a segment of The Dane Foundation that was newly created in 2017. The organization serves as “hub” for independent service providers that are supporting individuals with disabilities in a variety of capacities. In the past, these supports were provided by employees of the Summit DD ( a county agency). Per state mandate, these services must now be provided, in the community, by a provider that is not an employee of the county board. These include community supports, adult living, supported living, job coaching, life coaching, job experiences, money management and planning, and a new offering from Understanding U, Useful University, which offers classes, in the community, that support and enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities.
The Disability Hub offers independent providers a professional office space (desk & conference area) to meet with the individuals served and their families, marketing, management, billing, clerical and disability programming. These are provided for a fee that is charged to the independent provider. The independent provider remains their own contractor, and will bill the state and other funding sources based on the service they provide to the individual. The fees collected from the independent providers for accommodations and office services, help support The Dane Foundation's operating costs like rent, utilities, insurances and more.