"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, April 13, 2014

Wisconsin Youth Leadership Forum

The Wisconsin Youth Leadership Forum (WI YLF) is a week-long leadership training and career awareness program for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors with disabilities.  It provides training in leadership, self-advocacy skills, and career awareness to approximately 25 students with disabilities from throughout the state of Wisconsin.  If I’m interested, what do I do next?  Complete the application, Get 3 letters of recommendation that highlight your leadership skills. Complete two essay questions.  Submit your application before Monday, April 21, 2014.
For additional information contact: Cassandra Lokker, YLF Team Leader, P.O. Box 313 Baldwin, WI 54002 

Phone:(715) 307-2185  E-mail: wisconsinylf@gmail.com
WHERE:  Edgewood College, Madison, WI
WHEN:    July 13-18, 2014
COST: FREE There is NO CHARGE to attend the YLF.  General program expenses are paid for by YLF sponsors.  

Youth Leadership Summit


A FREE summit all about leadership, advocacy, college, careers, and healthy relationships.  Meet other teens and learn how to plan for your future.  For high school students with disabilities who are interested in becoming leaders and advocates for themselves and others with disabilities.  Application must be accepted.   Participation is limited to 20 students for each date. For more information or for an application, call: Alie Kriofske Mainella at 414-226-8112

WHEN:  June 16-20; 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE:  IndependenceFirst:
540 S 1st Street, Milwaukee 53204

WHEN:  July 14-18th 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE:  The Mequon Nature Preserve, 8200 W County Line Rd., Mequon, WI 53097

Reasonable Accommodations must be requested 2 weeks prior to the Summit


Ozaukee County Circle of Friends

North Shore Academy of Gymnastics
Facility is rented to host just this group for 2 hours of fun gymnastics!  $3.00 per participant.   Wear socks and comfortable clothing.   Email questions:  circle@wi.rr.com
WHEN:  Saturday, April 19 3:30-5:30pm
WHERE:  W59 N270 Cardinal Avenue, Cedarburg

Mark your Calendars:  Blue Harbor Water Park in Sheboygan – May 18th 1-4 pm

Transition … One Size Does NOT Fit All!

Join Family Voices of Wisconsin on May 5th – 6th at the Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee for a training on Transition to adult life!  This is a conference for families who live in Milwaukee and have children age 14 – 21.  Together we will learn about employment, mental health services, guardianship, Family Care and IRIS and more!
To register call Lynn at 608-828-9959 or email Lynn@fvofwi.org
To talk to the planning committee member, Pat Erving,  call 414-562-8331

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Collaborative Problem Solving Workshop

Prime Horizon, Inc. invites you to join our free two hour workshop as Dr. Jeffrey Krukar, licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist practicing with children and families in the North Shore and Oconomowoc areas, offers an overview of the Collaborative Problem-Solving approach to reducing challenging behavior. Collaborative Problem-Solving (CPS) is a relationship-based model of care that has proven effective at reducing challenging behavior in children. CPS has also proven effective with adults, as well as individuals with developmental disabilities. The goals of CPS are to 1-strengthen important thinking and problem-solving skills, and 2-solve everyday problems at home, school, work, etc. CPS is a somewhat distinctive model in that it includes a philosophy, as well as forms of specialized and individualized assessment and intervention. CPS was first introduced in the book, The Explosive Child, by Ross Greene, Ph.D.


Who: Parents, educators, professionals and community members with interest in supporting adults and children with developmental disabilities.

Speaker: Jeffrey D. Krukar, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist with more than 20 years of experience working with children and families in a variety of settings, including community based group homes, vocational rehabilitation services, residential treatment, juvenile corrections, public schools, and private practice. He earned his Ph.D. in educational psychology, with a school psychology specialization and psychology minor, from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Krukar is a registrant of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, and is also a member of the American Psychological Association.

When: The workshop will be held on May  22nd 2014 from 2PM-4PM at our day services location at 420 West Whitefish Rd in Port Washington.  Please call 262-284-9656 to RSVP or follow the link below to register.