Spring 2021 Trainings and Conference

Virtual Autism Conference

The Autism Societies of Greater Wisconsin and Minnesota are pleased to announce a second year of partnership in combining both the Wisconsin and Minnesota annual state autism conferences to a virtual event in 2021. The virtual conference, “Inform, Influence, Innovate Together,” will be held online April 21-24, 2021, and will feature dozens of livestream breakout sessions, virtual exhibit booths, an autism resources bookstore, and Temple Grandin as a keynote speaker.

Conference website- www.autismgreaterwi.org/event-cal/31st-annual-conference/


Circles of Life Conference

May 6 and 7, 2021

Information coming soon to their website- www.circlesoflifeconference.com/

 

Support and Resources during COVID19 (Updated 7/29/20)

Updates and information on changes to Wisconsin programs and services

Face Masks

Resources specific to families with children with Special Health Care Needs/ Disabilities 

Schools and Special Education

Resiliency/ Trauma

Fun Stuff for both Kids and Parents

  • Camp Kinda: (In English and Spanish) | Here’s a free, virtual summer camp experience designed to keep kids engaged, asking questions, and having fun even while they’re stuck at home. “Open” each weekday starting June 1 to September 1. On any given day, kids may be exploring the art of graphic novels, unlocking the mysteries of history, or jumping into the world’s craziest sports. Also available in Spanish.
  • Art at Home: a comprehensive list of online/ virtual tours of museums, games, and art activities.
  • But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids
  • List of children’s authors reading their stories
  • Sign up to Skype a Scientist
  • The Kids Should See This- lots of science related videos- thekidshouldseethis.com/
  • Bird Library: youtu.be/_SEQHPg6gRA
  • Videos of trains– can be soothing or exciting
  • Make a Time Capsule– might be a good activity for kids that don’t have an interest in journaling. 
  • A list for teens of different things to do: Managing-Social-Distancing-So-It-Doesnt-Suck

Childcare, Early Childhood, and Camps

Education Access

Economic and Food Assistance: 

  • Economic Impact Payments are coming to most Americans through the IRS. If you have questions you can go to this site: www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments. Questions regarding payments for SSI/SSDI recipients is available from the Social Security Administration here. Other questions like whether these payments impact programs like SSI/SSDI is available from the Social Security Administration here.
  • Additional Food Share Benefits information is available from DHS here
  • Financial resources from UW Extension are here, including how to connect with a financial educator
  • WIC has expanded the list of available products that can be purchased. Use the WIC app to learn more. 
  • Your local 211 is a great resource regarding basic needs.  The statewide site has a searchable database here

Connect and Share

Connect and Share is an activity where Regional Center staff set up in a local library on a Sturday to offer families a time to drop-in to: 

  • 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 as a way 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

When #SaferatHome was implemented we setup times for open conversation via Zoom in April to replace these but have discontinued them for right now. Feel free to contact us if you are interested in having a Connect and Share in your community once we are able to travel.