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.
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. 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.
- 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.
Information from previous sessions
- 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
- 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
- April 28: Child Psychiatry Consultation Program: youtu.be/FD6icX8zByI There is also a handout with more information here.
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
Access to Internet/Communications
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.