"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

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Preparing Students with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities for Life in College

As a companion to the IHE Database, DPI collected 400 video clips of students who attend or graduated from college as well as families, educators, and disability resource center staff at colleges around Wisconsin who shared their ideas, knowledge, and advice on how to support students, families, and educators to assist all students to be college and career ready.  
Although this database was originally created with the unique needs of students with autism in mind, the authors feel the content and resources provided may assist students with any type of disability who is seeking a post-secondary education.
These videos were separated into 17 playlists available on the WDPI Resources to the Field YouTube channel.  Below are links to each playlist.  
Please share these videos and incorporate them in presentations, meetings, and discussions to help prepare students with disabilities for life in college. 

Archived WDPI Autism and Family Engagement Webinars

Here are some examples of previous webinars you can watch for FREE at: http://dpi.wi.gov/sped/program/autism

Parent Friendly and Productive College and Career IEP Meetings (WI FACETS and CESA 7)
How to Conduct Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs) and Develop Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs) (John Bemis – WDPI EBD Consultant)

Old Favorites!
Talking FBAs with WEAP Dr. Robert Peyton
Discussing Self Regulation with Susan Stokes!
Frameworks and Need for Effective Use of Paraprofessionals with Kate McGinnity!
Evidence Based Practice Discussions on Visual Supports with Jen Townsend and Holly Lee!
Mental Health from a Parents Perspective with Hugh Davis from WI Family Ties! (WSPEI webinar)
Universal Design for Learning from DPI consultant Jolene Troia!
Functional Communication and Naturalistic Interventions with CCC-SLP Ellen Franzone!
Collaborative National Presentation with Organization for Autism Research (OAR) on their new video series.
Self Directed IEPs with Special Education Pupil Services Director Julie LaBerge!

2015-16 Remaining DPI Autism Trainings

Go to WDPI Autism web page for more information and registration: http://dpi.wi.gov/sped/program/autism

· Teaching and Supporting New Behaviors (Formerly titled Addressing Challenging Behaviors):
February 23 & 24, 2016, Oshkosh- Registration and Lodging Information

· Addressing Social Understanding Needs of Students with Autism: (see below for more information)
March 8 & 9, 2016, Wisconsin Dells- Registration and Lodging Information

· Supporting Visual Learners and Their Neurology:
June 21 & 22, 2016, Johnson Creek- Registration and Lodging Information

Saturday, January 2, 2016

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. 

February 11, 2016


CESA #1, Pewaukee

No charge (registration is required)

Nuts & Bolts of IEPs

Presenters: Cheri Sylla & Amy Elfner, CESA #1 WSPEI Family Engagement Coordinators
Families need to understand their child's Individual Educational Program (IEP), the vehicle by which their son or daughter is entitled to services and supports through their school district. They need to understand how the IEP is structured, what rights and responsibilities all parties have, and what they can do to work proactively and positively in partnership with school staff.  It is also important to know where a parent can turn or what they can do if they disagree with the school and need to resolve an issue or concern.

This information-filled workshop will help participants:
1. identify the parts of the IEP
2. learn how to prepare for the IEP process
3. know where and how to access resources to help parents in the IEP process
4. use the tools and strategies presented to advocate for their child with a disability and to increase family engagement

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

January 20, 2016
9am-12pm OR 5-8pm
Location:  CESA 1, Pewaukee
Cost:  FREE

Zachariah’s Acres Winter Jamboree

Date: Saturday, January 23
Time: 1-4pm

This event is exclusively for children with special needs, and their families & all family events are free with donations appreciated Register today at www.zachariahsacres.org

Physical Location: N74W35911 Servants’ Way Oconomowoc, WI 53066 (This address cannot be found in online map searches, please follow the directions listed on the website)

For questions or more information, contact Emily at ecenockson@gmail.com 

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Parents' Night Out

Date: Dec 16, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
This is our gift to our families who have children with special needs. Parents can drop their children off with us. We will show the kids a great time while the parents take time to finish Christmas shopping, wrap presents or just take a break. This event is open to children from ages 5-21.