We are hiring in Northwest Wisconsin

Northwest Community Specialist Position: We are still accepting applications for a part-time staff to connect families and professionals with resources. This is a great and flexible opportunity for a family leader to utilize their skills and knowledge to help other families. Staff can work in their home and/or in a community location in Ashland or Hayward after the pandemic.

You can go to this link to apply and for more information: phg.tbe.taleo.net/phg02/ats/careers/v2/viewRequisition?org=MARATHON&cws=42&rid=1846. Marathon County is the employer but this position will be located in the 5 northwest counties within our service area (Ashland, Bayfield, Iron, Price, and Sawyer).

Upcoming Trainings and Conferences

Here are a list of upcoming conferences and trainings. Parents may utilize funds if their child is on the CLTS waiver by contacting their county Support and Service Coordinator. Many conferences offer parent scholarships and we can also assist you in getting to these important events through scholarships for hotel and mileage. 

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Summer Camps Update 2021

We wanted to provide some updates on summer camps for 2021 as families start planning. The Northern Regional Center does not endorse any of these camps and this information is provided only as a resource. When considering camps there can be many options depending on your child’s needs and interests. You can talk to camps to see if they can accommodate your child or other parents who may have already had their children participate. 

  • 4-H Camp Susan, near Deerbrook, in the rural Northwoods is open this summer: www.facebook.com/Langlade-Co-4-H-Camp-Susan-112777002120522/
    • You can hear more about how Camp Susan has accommodated campers in the past with this video: youtu.be/IK4PcchE2es
  • Fort Wilderness camp near Rhinelander is another camp that parents have said their children with disabilities/ special health care needs have enjoyed: www.fortwilderness.com/camp
  • YMCA Camp Sturtevant in Wausau offers day camps for the entire summer as well as other opportunities. They do accept the child care subsidy and have camper scholarships. Kids are outside all day enjoying camp and the activities that come with it. There is an indoor building for activities for rainy weather.  www.woodsonymca.com/summer-camp
  • Also in the Wausau area, Rainbow’s End Day Camp for children 5-21 is typically held in July but is canceled this year. www.aspirus.org/rainbowsend-day-camp
  • Camp Awesum fills up very quickly each year and they are only holding their Family Camp this year. Registration for Youth Camp for 2022 opens on 1/2/22.  
    • Learn more about Camp Awesum from this presentation they did for us along with their partners at Scholl Community Impact Group: youtu.be/XLoEUTI2Mx0
  • Wisconsin Lions Camp is running this year with less campers due to Covid-19. Each week they have a cap of 100 campers. The link below is updated weekly to show how many openings are still available for each week. www.wisconsinlionscamp.com/summer-camp/
  • WisconSibs is offering sibling camps this summer in Door County- wisconsibs.org/whats_happening/eventscalendar/
  • Wisconsin Youth Leadership Forum– occurs yearly in the summer. Become a part of the youth that lead us! This week-long forum is for high school students with disabilities who want to learn more about leadership, self-advocacy skills, and career awareness.
  • Camp LuWiSoMo Joyful Hearts ministry is designed for individuals with developmental disabilities, providing a quality camping experience in a safe, Christian environment. All campers take part in the usual camp activities, but each activity is modified based on the needs of the camper.
  • Camp Daniel is an organization dedicated to providing people with disabilities opportunities for personal, social, and spiritual growth. Camp Daniel is rooted in its summer camping program that offers people with disabilities access to safe and fun Northwoods camping experiences, where the physical, social, and spiritual needs, that each person’s disability requires, are lovingly met.
  • Easter Seals Camp Wawbeek in Wisconsin Dells. COVID-19 updates.

Our partners at Family Voices of Wisconsin created this list of camps across the state a few years ago if you are looking outside the area: familyvoiceswi.org/resource-library/1304/.

Cost of camps: Camps are funded in a variety of ways and the costs can vary greatly. For example, Wisconsin Lions Camp is $25 to attend, but when the camper gets to camp they are able to use those funds at the camp store. Child care subsidies or a sliding fee scale may assist with camp. Some camps have scholarships available or you may be able to utilize CLTS funds for camp as respite. Give us a call if you need help navigating this or want more information.

What’s After High School

What’s After High School- from our partners at Family Voices of Wisconsin 

A broad overview of the transition to adult life for youth with disabilities and special health care needs. Includes: envisioning a youth’s future; post-secondary concerns; long-term supports; transitioning to adult health care; legal considerations; and supported decision making. A resource list for the training is here.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 7 PM

Registration from anywhere in Wisconsin here. Information including the Zoom link will be emailed to you before the training. Please call us at 715-261-1906 if you need to register on the day of the training. 

Are You TELE-Ready?

Making the Most of Your Child’s Telehealth Visits
Are You Tele-Ready? is a training to get families comfortable with telehealth visits. We will cover:
• Getting connected
• What you’ll need to “see” the provider
• Steps to take to get ready and tools to help make your visit successful
• Advocating for the best telehealth visits for your child
• Resources to help find low-cost devices and Internet services

When: Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 11:30 – 12:30
Where: Join the session using your computer, iPad or smartphone. We’ll be using Zoom video conferencing or listen using your phone.
Register at: marathonwi.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5jyDwMpB3OyLAwe
After registering, you’ll get a Zoom link and phone number to participate.
Questions: Email Allison at Allison.Lourash@co.marathon.wi.us

4-6-21 Telehealth Training Flyer

Connect & Share

Information from sessions

  • What’s Up in the Northwoods? Highlighting services and providers in rural areas. 
    • Feb 24 at 12:30 PM: Updates from the Northern Regional Center- learn about our favorite new resources. Recording available here:  youtu.be/mpOjlOTUbO0
    • March 10 at 7 PM: Scholl Community Impact Group and Camp Awesum: Learn about the equine programs and other opportunities available in Winchester, WI as well as Camp Awesum Family Camp this summer. An abbreviated recording is here: youtu.be/XLoEUTI2Mx0. Information on camps is also available here. 
    • May 26 at 12:30: Come learn about 4-H groups in your area and how they include children with disabilities. The video discusses 4-H as well as camps youtu.be/EMgZCwYYYV4
  • No One Gave us a Manual- How To’s for families navigating multiple systems and having to learn processes 
    • March 24 at 12:30 PM How to Conference: attending a conference or training for the first time can be intimidating. Come learn more about attending conferences as a parent, what to expect, and how to make the most of the time. We will also share upcoming opportunities and funding available to attend educational events to support your children. View at: youtu.be/NhXN5OCTbzM
    • April 8 at 7 PM: What programs are available to help pay for technology and telecommunications? Come learn more about “TEPP”, TAP, and Lifeline programs. Info on the ABC for Health website: safetyweb.org/healthwatchwi/TLC.html 
  • Stump the Experts: What are families struggling with and who can help.
    • April 28: Child Psychiatry Consultation Program: youtu.be/FD6icX8zByI There is also a handout with more information here