"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

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Understood for Attention and Learning Issues


The holidays are a time for family and fun. It's also a time when excitement runs high and kids are navigating unfamiliar situations. Maybe they're interacting with adults they don't know well, or moving quickly from new task to new task. This can spell trouble for any child — especially for the one in five children with learning and attention issues. Understood.org presents Parenting Coach. This new tool can help parents help their child overcome and learn from social, emotional and behavioral challenges—during the holidays and all year long. By simply selecting their child's age and challenge, they'll have access to more than 300 practical, expert-developed tips explaining what to do, what to say and why it will help. 


Do you know of a family or parent of a child with a disability who would benefit from attending a conference? WSPEI has limited funds available to attend one event! Please contact Amy Elfner at aelfner@cesa1.k12.wi.us for more information.

WisconsinTransitionConference: https://www.edevents.org/ February 18-20, 2015; Wisconsin Dells, WI

Inclusion: Planting the Seeds of Inclusion:
March 7, 2015; UW-Oshkosh

Keys to Success: http://www.cesa11.k12.wi.us/home/special-education/parent-educator-consultant  consultant March 28, 2015; Turtle Lake, WI

Circles of Life Conference: http://colwisconsin.org/ April 30-May 1, 2015; Stevens Point, WI 

Independence First


Independence First, the Resource for People with Disabilities, Winter Workshops and Peer Support Events. Please click on links below for workshop information, location and registration.

Making Proud Choices!
Learn to be healthy in your relationships, increase your self-esteem, and make goals for your future!

Peer Mentoring Group For High School Kids with Disabilities:

Poetry 101: Rhyme With Reason
Poetry 101 is a workshop that is an introduction to poetry for beginners. The workshop aims to teach consumers how to use poetry as an outlet for expression and release. https://www.independencefirst.org/events/peer-support-events/poetry-101-rhyme-with-reason

Something To Talk About
Peer Mentoring Group For Men with Disabilities



WI FACETS is hosting two free self-advocacy workshops this fall. These workshops are especially for transition-aged students with disabilities, parents, educators and service providers!

FREE telephone workshops
Registration is required for all workshops. Contact Sandra McFarland: 877-374-0511 or smcfarland@wifacets.org. Requests for any special accommodations must be made at least two weeks before the event. WI FACETS-sponsored workshops are free. Some stipends may be available to parents to help support their attendance at WI FACETS sponsored workshops (to help with child-care, transportation).
1/6 IEP Part I, 12-1 pm
1/7 Drop
-Out Prevention, 12-1 pm
1/8 IEP Part 2, 12
-1 pm
1/12 Wisconsin Special Education Mediation System (WSEMS): Dispute Resolution Options, 12
-1 pm
1/14 iTechnology for Students with ASD (iPads, iPods, iPhones), 12
-1 pm
1/15 Serving on Groups That Make Decisions (Section 1), 12
-1 pm
1/16 Introducción a la Educación Especial, 12
-1 pm
1/17 Response to Intervention (RtI), 12 pm
-1 pm, Urban Support Group 11-12 pm, Autism Support Group 1 pm; Milwaukee 1/21 Extended School Year (ESY) Services, 12-1 pm
1/22 Introduction to Special Education, 12
-1 pm
1/24 Grupo de Autismo: Servicios a Largo Plazo para Niños con Discapacidades, 10 am
-12 pm, WI FACETS Offi ce, Milwaukee 1/28 Vouchers, Charters and Open Enrollment, 12-1 pm
1/29 Serving on Groups that Make Decisions (Section 3), 12
-1 pm
1/30 Programa de Educación Individualizado (IEP) Parte I 

Workshops and Webinars

Winter 2015 Wisconsin Statewide Parent Educator Initiative Workshops held at the CESA #1 office: N25 W23131 Paul Road
Suite 100
Pewaukee, WI 53072

Please see links below for information about each event and how to register.

RtI and Family Engagement, 2nd evening session: Wed. Jan. 7, 6:30-8:30 pm

Serving on Groups That Make Decisions: Friday January 16, 9:00am-2:00pm

IEP Process and Product Training: Wednesday January 28, 9:00am-2:00pm

The Nuts & Bolts of IEPs: Thursday February 12, 9am-12pm or 5:30-8:30pm

Your Child Can Work! WSPEI/TIG Parent Transition Night, 
Tues. Feb. 24, 6:00-8:30pm

Ozaukee County Circle of Friends

Calendar of Events

January 2015
Sunday, January 11
Northshore Gymnastics
W59 N270 Cardinal Ave
Cedarburg, WI  53012

Also Mel’s Pig Roast has invited Circle of Friends to a basketball game.
Please join us on Saturday January 3rd at Concordia University to cheer on the Falcons. 
Here is what we have in store: 

4:15 PM: CUW Men’s basketball game vs. Rockford University.
Immediately following game enjoy an Ozaukee County Special Olympics basketball scrimmage. ( last approximately 15 minutes). After scrimmage, we will have dinner with the team and staff from Concordia University (Mequon Pizza & treats by From Scratch Catering)

All family members are welcomed. This event is courtesy of Mel’s Pig Roast & Concordia University. Enjoy the day on us!

If you could please email us by 12/22/14 your count who can join us.

Contact with questions. 
Tom Stanton
Mel’s Pig Roast, Inc.
414 659 5150