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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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
Saturday, October 8, 2022
9 AM- 12 Noon
Light Breakfast/ Snacks provided
Come learn about the parts of IEP process including the referral process, evaluations, writing the IEP, and revising the IEP. Bring your child’s IEP with you and there will time to also ask questions.
Provided in small groups via zoom by Nelsinia Ramos from WI FACETS:
- Ashland, Northland Technical College Conference Room 306
- Rhinelander, Quality Inn
- Stevens Point, Midstate Independent Living Choices
- Wausau, Northcentral Technical College
Please fill out this brief form. We will email you details closer to the date.
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?
• 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
• 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
January Parent Network Discussion: Caregivers/Respite
Parents and caregivers have always struggled to find respite and other supports for children with disabilities. With the current caregiver shortage and Covid-19 this has become worse. Some parents have created unique situations or workarounds to find caregivers. Come share your ideas as well as learn from others.
Join us via Zoom
- Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at 6 PM
- Thursday, January 20, 2022, at 12 Noon
- Saturday, January 29, 2022, at 8:30 AM
If you have questions or want more information, contact Allison at 715-261-1906 or via email at Allison.email@example.com.
CYSHCN Parent Network Flyer Jan 2022.
About our Parent Network
The Northern Regional Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Center is looking for feedback from families through a Parent Network.
- Hear from the many great parent leaders in our area who have valuable information.
- An opportunity to network with each other.
- Let us know what is working and what is not. Provide us feedback on how best to help families
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
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