"You've developed the strength of a draft horse while holding onto the delicacy of a daffodil ... you are the mother, advocate and protector of a child with a disability." -Lori Borgman

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

reThinking College 2014

Making Proud Choices!


Session 1August 13, 9:00 am -1:00 pm
Getting to know you & making your dreams come true The Consequences of Sex: Pregnancy
The Consequences of Sex: STDs
The Consequences of Sex: HIV Infection


Session 2August 14, 9:00 am -1:00 pm
Attitudes about sex, HIV & Condom Use
Strategies for preventing HIV Infection: Stop, think & act Developing Condom Use & Negotiation Skills
Enhancing Refusal & Negotiation Skills


Learn to be safe & healthy in your relationships
Protect yourself against consequences of unhealthy sexual decision-making
Increase your self-esteem & make goals for your future!
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FREE Summer Workshop 
August 13 & 14th 9:00 am-1:00 pm, LUNCH included
Environmental/Chemical Sensitivity Policy: IndependenceFirst requests that guests not use perfumes, scented soaps and perfumes etc. IndependenceFirst is a smoke-free environment.

Accommodations: Contact Alie 414-226-8112 V/Relay or akriofske@independencefirst.org with accommodations requests at least 1 week prior to meeting date, earlier preferred.
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Bethesda College at Concordia University


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Children 's Mental Health Packet

http://www.cesa1.k12.wi.us/cms_files/resources/Child%20Mental%20Health%20Packet%205-11.pdf

Teen Getaway Weekend, Jr.



Image of two teensThe Teen Getaway Weekend, Jr. is designed for middle school students (Grade 6-8) who are hard of hearing, deaf, and deaf-blind, regardless of hearing loss or communication preference. This weekend is held every other year in the fall, usually in November. 
The next Teen Getaway Weekend, Jr. will be in the fall 2014.
Pre-teens from around the state of Wisconsin will have the opportunity to meet one another, participate in fun activities, meet and be inspired by adult role models (speaking and/or signing hard of hearing and deaf adults), and to explore their own identity. The goal of this event is to bring middle school students from around the state together to provide an opportunity to be connected with their peers and to build self-advocacy and communication skills. All middle school students regardless of hearing loss or communication preference are invited to attend this unique weekend.
The next Teen Getaway Weekend, Jr. is November 7th-9th, 2014!!  
Check back for more information!
Click here for the TGW, Jr. 2014 Save the Date flyer in English and here for the flyer in Spanish.

Resources from the NAMI Wisconsin Annual Conference

2014 Conference Materials: 

Advocates for Change: From Dialogue to Action

2104 NAMI National Convention

Sept. 3-6, Washington, D.C.
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
The NAMI National Convention in Washington, D.C. affords NAMI advocates the chance to educate their Congressional delegations about issues related to mental illness. Two thousand grassroots activists will meet with our nation’s policymakers to demand change to our mental health care system.