Summer 2021 Camps Update

We wanted to provide some updates on summer camps for 2021 as families start planning. We will update as we have more information. 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. 

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.  

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/

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.

Connect & Share

Join us for Connect & Share sessions that are informal opportunities for parents of children with special health care needs/ disabilities to get together. Each session will highlight a particular topic or theme with a 10-minute presentation that is recorded and then the rest of the time to chat amongst other parents.

4th Wednesday of the Month 12:30-1:30 PM ( Feb 24, March 24, April 28, May 26)

2nd Thursday of the Month 7-8 PM (March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10)

Rotating Themes and some of the topics to be scheduled: 

  • 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.
  • 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 

No Registration needed- you can log into Zoom by phone or video

  • To join via video: zoom.us/j/7549091421 (If you join the video conference and have trouble with audio or have low bandwith you can also join by phone but stay on the video as well.)
  • To join by phone, dial one of these numbers: 1-646-876-9923 or 1-669-900-6833. Enter the Meeting ID when prompted- 7549091421 and #(pound), then # again when prompted for a participant ID
  • Or you can use “One tap mobile” on your smart phone by just entering the following: 16468769923,,7549091421#,,#

Upcoming 2021 Trainings and Conferences

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/inform-influence-innovate-together-virtual-autism-conference/


Join us at the Circles of Life Conference- This year’s Circles of Life Conference will be virtual May 6-7, 2021. Circles of Life is Wisconsin’s annual conference for families who have children with disabilities and the providers and other professionals who support them. Free for Families. Learn more at: www.circlesoflifeconference.com/

Transition teachers- have your whole class attend! This can be a great opportunity for transition classes to join us for sessions during the day. Some of the one-hour workshops that might be of interest include Keynoter Matt Glowacki’s breakout as well as sessions on employment, health care and health transition, identity theft, accessible theater, dating, as well as several self-help related sessions. A full list is at: www.circlesoflifeconference.com/sessions/

Teen Hangout May 6, 6:00 -7:00 PM. Teens can join us for chat and activities at the end of the day. All teens participating in the conference are encouraged to attend and connect. The Teen Hangout is sponsored by and facilitated by members of the Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin but all teens are encouraged to attend.

And join us in Stevens Point next May in person!


 

Support and Resources during COVID19 (Updated 4/13/21)

Updates and information on changes to Wisconsin programs and services

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

Schools and Special Education

  • Information from DPI Spring 2021
    • Guidance for IEP teams making compensatory services determinations: The special education team has released a new presentation slide deck with additional information for IEP teams making compensatory service determinations this spring. The presentation provides clarification on the differences between compensatory services and other services provided in addition to the IEP such as extended school  year services. IEP teams will also find discussion questions to utilize when making compensatory services determinations in the presentation. To view a copy of the presentation click here.   Additional information is also updated in the DPI COVID 19 Special Education Question and Answer Document.
    • COVID-19 Special Education Question and Answer Document, Compensatory or Recovery Services: This week, the Department added a Section B to the COVID-19 Special Education Question and Answer document, titled “Compensatory or Recovery Services”. This section explains the differences between compensatory or recovery services and additional services, explains how to determine if these services are required, provides information about funding sources, and identifies considerations and requirements for students who have graduated with a regular diploma or reached the age of 21 during the 2020-21 school year.
    • Updated CoP Recording: Family Engagement and Extended School Year (ESY): The March 1, Community of Practice: Supporting Students with IEPs during COVID-19 meeting recording is now available.  This video is on the topic of family engagement as well as an update on additional services and extended school year discussions as they relate to COVID-19.  Wisconsin DPI thanks the Wisconsin Statewide Parent Educator Initiative (WSPEI) for their assistance and co-presentation of this important content.  Video links from the meeting are below and all recorded videos can be accessed on this DPI special education team professional learning events page.

Part 1: Introduction, Family Engagement during COVID-19

Part 2: Additional Services, Extended School Year Considerations and Engaging Families

Resiliency/ Trauma

Access to Internet/Communications

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.