Support and Resources during COVID19 (Updated 4/13/21)

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

Resiliency/ Trauma

Access to Internet/Communications

From Family Voices- “Riding the Waves of COVID-19: An Information Series for Families of Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs or Disabilities”

Flyer is attached here and copied below. 

“Riding the Waves of COVID-19: An Information Series for Families of Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs or Disabilities”
Flyer information copied below:

Do you have COVID confusion?
Are you wondering how to keep your child and family healthy as our world reopens?
If so, please join us for:
“Riding the Waves of COVID-19: An Information Series for Families of Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs or Disabilities”

This brief webinar series will be held:
Tuesday, May 26 12:30 – 12:45 pm
Part I: Dr. Vivek Balasubramaniam, “A look back and where we are now”

Wednesday, May 27 12:30 – 12:45 pm
Part 2: Dr. Mary Ehlenbach, “A look forward and how to emerge from staying home”

Thursday, May 28 12:30 – 12:45 pm
Part 3: Stephanie Farrell, PhD, “Strategies and tools for maintaining and boosting resiliency”
To connect, go to: uwmadison.webex.com/uwmadison/j.php… Password: Families (32645437)

This series will be archived after June 1 on the Family Voices of Wisconsin website: familyvoiceswi.org/news

 

Connect and Share

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. 

Family Input needed

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.lourash@co.marathon.wi.us.