Circles of Life 2020 Cancelled. Circles of Life is Wisconsin’s annual conference for families who have children with disabilities and the providers and other professionals who support them. If you are looking for more information on how to support someone with a disability in Wisconsin, then this is the perfect place to start! The conference will take place in the Spring of 2021 in Stevens Point. Information is at: www.circlesoflifeconference.com/
Using Waiver Funds to Pay for the Conference: Did you know that if your child is on the Children’s Long-term Support (CLTS) Waiver or the Children’s Community Options Program (CCOP) you can use these funds to attend the conference (including registration, hotel and travel)? To learn more, see the helpful step-by-step guide on having waiver funds pay for the conference – How to Have Waiver Funds Pay for Attending a Conference. If you or your child’s service coordinator has questions, contact Kate Johnson, Bureau of Children’s Services at the Department of Health Services at SarahKate2.Johnson@wisconsin.gov or by calling 608.267.4519.
Wisconsin Family and Caregiver Support Alliance Underserved Families Survey- We need your opinion! (This survey is intended for family members of children and youth with disabilities.)
Recent data and stories from families of children with disabilities, like yours, tell us that many who are eligible for long-term supports do not know about these programs and may not be getting what they and their families need.
One solution that disability advocates have proposed is to develop a group of Family Navigators located around the state who would walk alongside families like yours, if you would like, and help you understand what supports are available and how they might help your child. A Family Navigator could help families like yours with understanding and accessing disability-related supports for your son or daughter with disabilities such as health care, community supports, school services, transition services and more.
Wisconsin family advocacy organizations (see list at end of survey) are wondering what you think about having Family Navigators available to all families who want them. Please take just a few minutes to answer the questions in this brief survey.
Your feedback will be compiled with other families and shared with the state officials and legislators. Our goal is to reach 500 families throughout Wisconsin.
This survey will take less than 10 minutes to you to complete. www.surveymonkey.com/r/wisconsinfamilies?fbclid=IwAR2gX6_oOlBITzoK07FNTCxI0nkscouGYC0KqPKC4BXtJH4sKZqtHt5TcWo
The Department of Public Instruction has created a new memo for educators related to Supported Decision Making. See more information on our transition page for this and other resources:
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Day with the Experts: Autism