Connect and Share in Park Falls

Saturday, March 28, 2020

9:30 AM-12:30 PM

Park Falls Library- 3rd Floor Board Room

121 4th Ave N, Park Falls, WI 54552

Refreshments provided

  • Get to know the services of the Northern Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
  • Make a Care Binder to organize your child’s medical and school information to help track information from multiple specialists and therapies
  • Provide feedback on what trainings the Regional Center should offer locally
  • Help us map out resources in the area
  • Pick up Fact Sheets from Family Voices and booklets on various disabilities
  • Activities available for kids, including making fidgets while parents chat

No need to RSVP, but if you need specific resources, contact us so we make sure to bring them. A flyer is available here.

Did You Know, Now You Know Training in Wisconsin Rapids on April 1

The Northern Regional Center will be hosting a Did You Know, Now You Know training at the library in Wisconsin Rapids on April 1. 

“Did You Know? Now You Know!” explains resources and services for children with disabilities and special health care needs from birth through young adulthood. Learn about health insurance and how to best use your benefits, Medicaid and long-term supports. Topics include: Medicaid, Children’s Long-Term Supports, prior authorizations and appealing a Medicaid denial, respite, partnering with your doctor and more.

The training is free. Dinner and a resource binder will be provided.

When: Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 5:30-7:30 PM. Registration and Dinner start at 5 PM
Where: McMillian Public Library, Multi-Purpose Room. 490 E Grand Ave, Wisconsin Rapids, WI, 54494
Register: Go to: For contact the Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs at 1-866-640-4106 or email with any questions.
Cost: The training is free to participants. A light meal and resource binder will be provided. If you need assistance with transportation, please call us.
Learn More: To learn more about the training session go to the Family Voices of Wisconsin website at

Flyer: DYKNYK Flyer April 2020 Wisc Rapids

This training is co-sponsored by the Northern Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, Family Voices of Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Statewide Parent Educator Initiative. 

Community of Practice on Autism Video Conference- March 10

Community of Practice on Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Developmental Disabilities (CoP ASD/DD)

This year’s topic: Anxiety & ASD/DD: What we know and what we can do about it

Presentation topics include general information on anxiety and ASD/DD, anxiety in schools, suicide and a personal story.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

8:30am-12:30 PM, Registration opens at 8:15 AM

There is no charge for this event.

Register at You will choose your site when you register. CEU’s are being offered by the University of Wisconsin Superior Center for Continuing Education at There is a fee associated with CEUs and they are only available for people who attend and sign-in at a host site.

Updated information will be posted on

We will be hosting in Wausau but you can join in multiple sites across the state including Rhinelander, Park Falls, Ashland, Stevens Point

Circles of Life Conference

Circles of Life 2020 will be held May 7 and 8 at the Glacier Canyon Resort, WI Dells. Circles of Life is Wisconsin’s annual conference for families who have children with disabilities and the providers and other professionals who support them. If you are looking for more information on how to support someone with a disability in Wisconsin, then this is the perfect place to start! This year’s theme is Seeing 2020: A Better Vision of the Future. Registration opens February 10th and ends April 23rd.
**When you register for the conference, don’t forget to sign your children up for Gathering of Youth, Respite or Sibshop!** Information is at:

Can’t make it this year? Circles of Life will be in Stevens Point next year!

Using Waiver Funds to Pay for the Conference: Did you know that if your child is on the Children’s Long-term Support (CLTS) Waiver or the Children’s Community Options Program (CCOP) you can use these funds to attend the conference (including registration, hotel and travel)? To learn more, see the helpful step-by-step guide on having waiver funds pay for the conference – How to Have Waiver Funds Pay for Attending a Conference. If you or your child’s service coordinator has questions, contact Kate Johnson, Bureau of Children’s Services at the Department of Health Services at or by calling 608.267.4519.

Wisconsin Family and Caregiver Support Alliance Underserved Families Survey

Wisconsin Family and Caregiver Support Alliance Underserved Families Survey- We need your opinion! (This survey is intended for family members of children and youth with disabilities.)
Recent data and stories from families of children with disabilities, like yours, tell us that many who are eligible for long-term supports do not know about these programs and may not be getting what they and their families need.

One solution that disability advocates have proposed is to develop a group of Family Navigators located around the state who would walk alongside families like yours, if you would like, and help you understand what supports are available and how they might help your child. A Family Navigator could help families like yours with understanding and accessing disability-related supports for your son or daughter with disabilities such as health care, community supports, school services, transition services and more.

Wisconsin family advocacy organizations (see list at end of survey) are wondering what you think about having Family Navigators available to all families who want them. Please take just a few minutes to answer the questions in this brief survey.

Your feedback will be compiled with other families and shared with the state officials and legislators. Our goal is to reach 500 families throughout Wisconsin.

This survey will take less than 10 minutes to you to complete.