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Upcoming Events:

The Wisconsin Statewide Parent Educator Initiative (October)

...is seeking families who have have children with intellectual disabilities interested in participating in training opportunities beginning this fall.

All trainings are FREE of charge. Overnights, meals, and resources are paid for with a DPI IDEA Discretionary Grant, Wisconsin Statewide Parent Educator Initiative (WSPEI). Space is limited.

Parents in Partnership (October 2 & 3)

Parents in Partnership is a leadership development opportunity for parents of children with disabilities. Parents and other caregivers meet together five times during the year to share their family stories, challenges, joys, and triumphs of raising their children. They will learn about community and statewide resources for children with intellectual disabilities; explore issues around health, education, policy making, legislation, inclusion, self-determination, family well-being, and IDEA Special Education Law. The program assists parents in developing; communication skills, leadership skills, positive advocacy skills, collaboration skills, their own Community Action Plan.

St. Croix Falls Parents in Partnership is a training that will be taking place in northwestern Wisconsin beginning October 2 & 3, 2015.

Click here to view a flyer for this training (.pdf).

Call 608-745-5422 to register.

Youth in Partnership with Parents for Empowerment (October 9 & 10 and 23 & 24)

Youth in Partnership with Parents for Empowerment is a leadership development opportunity for youth with intellectual disabilities and their parents to learn about the transition process in a unique way. Youth and their parents will hear from speakers and take part in hands-on activities in parallel programs over five weekends. The program assists youth ages 15-20 to: make decisions for themselves and become as independent as possible, get involved in their school and community, make friends and have fun, become self-advocating and self-determined, learn what the future could hold for them as they think about living on their own, college, work and health. YiPPE assists parents to plan for their youth's future by: enhancing their leadership, communication, and social skills, providing information in the areas of health, employment, education, inclusion, legislation and adult services, connecting them to national, state, and local resources that will help their youth make a smoother transition.

  1. Green Bay YiPPE is a training that will take place in northeastern Wisconsin beginning on October 9 & 10, 2015. Click here to view the flyer for this training location (.pdf).
  2. Wisconsin Dells YiPPE is a training that will take place in southcentral Wisconsin beginning October 9 & 10, 2015. Click here to view the flyer for this training location (.pdf).
  3. Eau Claire YiPPE is a training that will take place in northern Wisconsin beginning on October 23 & 24, 2015. Click here to view the flyer for this training location (.pdf).

Come to the Table (October 22)

We are interested in learning from YOU about: What is going well for your child and family? What could be better? Your experiences at home. Your experiences in your community. Your experiences with health care. Your stories and ideas will help our work to improve systems of support.

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Family Fun Day! (October 25)

FOR FAMILIES WHO HAVE CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES living in Oneida, Forest, Vilas, Florence, Sawyer, Iron, Price, Ashland & Bayfield Counties. Wisconsin Family Ties & Iron County Human Services is sponsoring another Northwoods Family Fun Day.

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Children's Justice Summit (October 27-28)

Children in Northeast Wisconsin continue to face domestic violence, heroin addiction, internet crimes, trauma and abuse, and mental health issues. It takes dedication and collaboration between community child-serving professionals to find ways to address these issues head on.

Join us at our conference and connect with other child protection professionals to understand the trauma, life experiences and other struggles children face locally and promote justice and healing.

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Wisconsin Statewide Transition Academy 2015 (October 29-30)

Wilderness Glacier Canyon Conference Center
45 Hillman Road
Wisconsin Dells, WI

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Parent to Parent Support Training (November 7)

Would you be willing to support another parent who is parenting a child with a special need?

Join us for our Support Parent Training and help us meet the increasing need for peer support by becoming part of Wisconsin’s Network of Support Parents.

The training is free!

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Children Come First (November 10-11)

Conference is for those caring for, working with, or concerned with the well-being of children and young adults with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. This conference brings together professionals, educators, and families, with national experts in the field of children's mental health.

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