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 ( Feb 24, March 24, April 28, May 26)

2nd Thursday of the Month 7-8 PM (March 10, 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: Updates from the Northern Regional Center- new staff, new resources,  
    • Scholl Community Impact Group: Learn about the equine programs and other opportunities available in Winchester, WI
  • No One Gave us a Manual- How To’s for families navigating multiple systems and having to learn processes 
    • 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. 
    • What are options for my youth to live independently or with supports after high school? 
  • Stump the Experts: What are families struggling with and who can help.
    • What is occurring to address the lack of mental health supports in our communities?

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#,,#

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).

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/

 

Fall Virtual Conferences

There are a number of conferences taking place virtually this fall that are listed below. Many offer scholarships. The Northern Regional CYSHCN Center can also provide scholarships for registration for any of these conferences. Use the Contact Us form and we will send you the form. 

Wisconsin Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Conference

October 19-21, 2020

wiaimh.org/conference

Self Determination Conference- FREE

October 26- 28, 2020

Virtual Self-Determination Conference

“Essential Supports for People with FASD”

October 30, 2020 ~ 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM,

ORCHIDS

Transition Parents in Partnership October- May

Statewide Tuesday Evening Training (13 sessions)
Statewide Saturday Training (8 sessions)

“PIP is a statewide program in which a group of parents and other caregivers meet together during the year to share their family stories, challenges, joys and triumphs of raising their children. At PIP participants will learn about the community and statewide resources for children with disabilities; explore issues around health, education, transition, policy making, legislation, inclusion, self-determination, family well-being, and IDEA Special Education Law.”

PIP Flyer with dates

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