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.
Build Your Bridge: Moving from Child to Adult Health Care
This is a free presentation and conversation to help guide families through the transition from child-centered to adult health care systems. Youth and families are often overwhelmed and under-prepared for the transition to adult health care. This presentation will introduce and discuss when to start thinking about health care transition as well as provide helpful tools and resources.
As a result of participating in this presentation we hope you will:
• Understand what youth health care transition is and why it is important.
• Identify activities in daily life where transition occurs.
• Apply tools and resources to take an active role in the health care transition process.
• Start a health transition action plan
Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 7:30-8:30 PM or
Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 8:30-9:30 AM
You can register at: tinyurl.com/y48upo72. Contact the Northern Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs at 715-261-1906 with any questions. We will email you instructions on joining Zoom along with a link to a video that provides an introduction to health transition.
Build Your Bridge Jan 2020 Flyer
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
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,
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
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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Your Input is Valuable- please fill out our survey regarding Family, Youth, and Community Engagement here.
Parents Sought for Ongoing Feedback
The Northern Regional Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Center is looking for feedback from families through Parent Advisory Councils. We want parents to let us know what is working and what is not. We also would appreciate suggestions on additional trainings and programs. Additionally, these meetings will be an avenue for staff to provide updates on projects that we are developing.
We are looking for:
- Parents/ primary caregivers of children with special health care needs and/or disabilities under age 22
- Live in the 15 counties that are a part of the Northern Regional Center services area. 3 separate Parent Advisory Councils will be set up so that travel will be minimized. These three areas are divided up by color in the map below.
- Are willing to provide feedback and suggestions on CYSHCN supports and services
We will hold these meetings twice a year on a weekday evening with a phone/ video conference option as well. Dinner will be provided and parents can receive a gas card for mileage reimbursement if needed.
If you are interested in participating or want more information, contact Allison Lourash at 715-261-1906 or via email at Allison.firstname.lastname@example.org.