"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

Monday, August 31, 2015

Care in the Community Conference

Focus on Fun--Everybody Needs a Break 

September 24, 2015

The 12th annual Care in The Community Conference--being held at the Wauwatosa Radisson Hote--is sponsored by the Southeast Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. This year’s title is "Focus on Fun, Everybody Needs a Break." We will explore recreational and inclusion services, as well as support services for children with special health care needs. 
This conference is open to families, physicians, social workers, teachers and others who care for children and youth with special health care needs. Social workers will receive 5.8 continuing education clock hours. In addition to recreational sessions, there will be a dynamic keynote address, panel discussions, and presentations by a number of experts. We will also have topics on professional coping and art and expressive therapy.
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015
Radisson Hotel, Wauwatosa, WI

Still Human: Students Fight Mental Illness Stigma

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sports-related Programs for People with Disabilities

SouthEastern Wisconsin Adaptive Ski Program

Independence First "Try a Gadget" Lab


Assistive Technology devices displayed on shelves.     Computer input devices
Try before you buy? We’re not selling, but you can borrow these assistive devices to see what works best.

Over 700 pieces of high tech to low tech adaptive devices from kitchen, bathroom, educational tools, communication devices, computer input, gardening, toys and more that people with disabilities and their families can try out before they purchase something.

IndependenceFirst does NOT sell adaptive equipment here but this area allows for in-office trials and in some cases, a loan of a piece of equipment for up to a week to try within one's own home, office or other environment.

Current items available to try on loan at IndependenceFirst.

Wisconsin FACETS Workshops

9/2 Best Practices in Community Outreach Relating to Services for Individuals with Disabilities, 12-1 pm 
9/9 Parent Support: How to Cope, 12-1 pm
9/11 Los Derechos del Padre en el Programa de Nacimiento a 3, 12-1 pm
9/14 Wisconsin Special Education Mediation System (WSEMS): Dispute Resolution Options, 12-1 pm 

9/16 Parent Representation on the Birth to 3 Program ICC: Opportunities for Families, 12-1 pm
9/19 Technology and the IEP: Achieving your Child’s Goals 12 pm-1 pm,  Autism Support Group 1 pm; Milwaukee
9/23 Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR): What It Is and How It Can Help, 12-1 pm
9/24 Bullying, 12-1 pm
9/25 Introducción a la Educación Especial, 12-1 pm
9/26 Grupo de Autismo: Tecnología y el IEP: Alcanzando las Metas de su Niño, 10 am- 12 pm, WI FACETS Office, Milwaukee 
9/26 Volunteer Parent Leader (VPL) Annual Conference (By Invitation), 8:30 am-4:30 pm, Location TBA 


Ozaukee Family Services

Middle School Girls Group

Middle School Girls who may be struggling with low self-esteem, social issues, or having problems at home or school. The positive structure and environment of the group provides the opportunity to share, learn, and enhance skills needed to cope with stress and emotions, and practice appropriate communication with others.

Parents of Middle School Girls is a concurrent parent discussion group. Parents will have an opportunity to ask questions, gain ideas and support, and learn effective ways to communicate with their “tween” daughter.   
Pre-registration is required. Choose one of the sessions as topics and activities will likely repeat.
Parents do not need to have their daughter enrolled in Girls Group to participate.
Dates and times:
Session 1: Girls Group for grades 5 and 6 will meet weekly on Wednesdays, September 23-October 28.
Session 2: Girls Group for grades 7 and 8 will meet weekly on Wednesdays, November 4-December 16. (Group will not meet November 25.)
Call or email Melissa or Sara to register or to get more information.

IEP Process & Product Training

The IEP Process & Product training will give participants basic knowledge and information of Individualized Education Programs.  Participants will learn about the referral process, timelines, evaluation, and determination of disability and services. That's the process part.  The second part of this presentation will give participants a good understanding of how an IEP is developed and what is written into it.  Participants will learn how to navigate the special education maze and receive parent-friendly resources.  
Many resources and websites will be shared that will help parents be more effective advocates for their child.

Cheri Sylla and Amy Elfner, CESA #1 WSPEI Family Engagement Coordinators

Parents, family members, teachers, and others who work with students who have an IEP. 

This workshop is supported by the Wisconsin Statewide Parent-Educator Initiative (WSPEI) grant. 
November 19, 2015


CESA #1, Pewaukee

No charge (registration is required)