Fall Events and Updates

There are many great things happening this fall, including:

We are hiring Parent Advisors- learn more here.

Ashland Family Support Summit  Saturday, September 17

IEP Clinic Saturday, October 10

Minocqua Family Support Summit Sunday, October 24


Here is a list of upcoming conferences and training. If a child receives CLTS, parents may utilize funds for training from the Children’s Long Term Support waiver by contacting their county Support and Service Coordinator. Many conferences also offer parent scholarships and we can also assist you in getting to these important events through scholarships for hotel and mileage. Give us a call at 715-261-1906 or email specialneedsinfo@co.marathon.wi.us

  • Transition Trainings- we are planning several transition trainings in person in the fall from our partners at the Youth Health Transition Initiative
    • Build Your Bridge: Moving from Child to Adult Health Care: Introduce and discuss when to start thinking about health care transition to adult care providers as well as offers helpful tools and resources.
    • Bridging the Gap: An overview of youth health transition with information tailored to different, mixed audiences (e.g., parents, teachers, nurses, etc.).
    • Dreaming Differently: To meet the needs of a unique audience, the “Build Your Bridge” curriculum has been adapted for families who are raising children with significant intellectual or developmental disabilities and medical complexity.
  • Trainings with Katie Berg through your local CESA
    • The Supporting Neurodiverse Students (SNS) Professional Learning System provides learning opportunities with a focus on regulation, social communication, flexibility, resilience, sensory processing, and executive functioning. It includes regional training sessions, virtual trainings, and virtual cohorts to support educators and families serving students with disability-related needs in the area of social and emotional learning.  
    • Virtual and In Person opportunities listed here 
  • Children Come First Conference
    • November 7-8, 2022
    • Kalahari, Wisconsin Dells

Ashland Family Support Summit

Free!

Saturday, September 17, 2022

9:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Northwood Technical College Conference Center, Ashland, WI (use parking lot on far south side and enter in  through door S4)

Sharing Circles– informal conversations throughout the day
• Practicing good Self-Care for parents
• What resources and tools are available to keep my child safe?
• How does my family access different services and supports?
• Parenting support/ raising grandchildren
• How do I best make use of therapy supports for my child?

Presentation Schedule
• 10:00 AM Build Your Bridge: Introduce and discuss when to start thinking about health care transition to adult care providers as well as offers helpful tools and resources.
• 11:30 AM Did You Know? Now You Know!: explains resources and services for children with disabilities and special health care needs from birth through young adulthood. Topics include: Medicaid, Children’s Long-Term Supports, prior authorizations and appealing a Medicaid denial, respite, partnering with your doctor, and more.
• 1:00 PM Caring for the Whole Family: Tips and guidance from parents for parents of children with special health care needs/disabilities

Other opportunities:
• Resource Tables and demonstration booths from local organizations
• Asset Mapping- share what assets are in your community and learn the gifts of your neighbors
• Build a Care Notebook: a way to organize school information, medical records, and other important information to share with others.
• Kids Activties: coloring pages, stickers, make your own fidget, and others activities

Help us plan by filling at this brief form- you do not need to RSVP to attend. 

Family Support Summit Ashland Flyer

Camps (Day, Summer, Respite) Updated Feb 2022

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. 

  • Easter Seals Camp Wawbeek in Wisconsin Dells. Several camp options at different times of the year including transition, respite, autism, and adults.
  • Badger Camp: have many options for campers ages 3-21 with intellectual disabilities. One or two week sessions. For older kids they have travel and primitive camp options too. Near Praire Du Chein.
  • Timbertop Camp: summer camp for youth with specific learning disabilities/ special needs including AD/HD, SLD, Title 1, OHI that is held at the Wisconsin Lions Camp in Rosholt near Stevens Point. 
  • Variety Chatter Matters Camp at UW Whitewater is available to children ages 5-15 who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication and their families.
  • Camp Awesum fills up very quickly each year and registration for Youth Camp for 2022 opened on 1/2/22. Note that there have been some changes for 2022. Dr. Glenis Benson is no longer involved, the Youth Camp has been moved to Daycolah Center near Ripon, WI and a new camp for ages 5-8 with an adult is starting. 
  • Wisconsin Lions Camp is is in Rosholt near Stevens Point. Week long camps for different types of disabilities including Blind/Low Vision, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Autism/Intellectual Disabilities, Epilepsy Diabetes. Wisconsin Lions Camp programs are free but have a lottery.
  • Wisconsin Youth Leadership Forum– occurs yearly in the summer at Edgewood College in Madison. 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. Located in Wild Rose, WI (south of Stevens Point)
  • 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. In Marinette County. 
  • 4-H Camp Susan is located near Deerbrook, in the rural Northwoods: 
    • 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
  • 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. 
  • Rainbow’s End Day Camp for children 5-21 typically in July in Wausau 
  • Numerous camps affiliated with the Paul Newman Foundation like Hole in the Wall Gang and Painted Turtle host weeks for specific disability groups. 
  • Bayfield County 4-H Summer Camp is available to youth not involved in 4-H as well as members. 

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. 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, 715-261-1906, if you need help navigating all these options or want more information.

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