Disability advocates will have many opportunities in the coming weeks and months to attend events, participate in trainings, and apply for grants that are all designed to improve the lives of people with disabilities in Wisconsin. The following opportunities are provided by the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD).
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What’s After High School? Everything You Need to Know About Supports and Resources for Youth with Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs
This is a free training for parents, caregivers, youth and providers on the transition to adult life for youth with disabilities and/or special health care needs.
Topics will include:
A panel of agencies will provide information about their work in special education. You are welcome to come and share your ideas about how special education information, training, and systems that support you and your child can be improved and strengthened.
If you have filed or considered filing for social security disability or SSI benefits, if you have been denied or if you want to increase your chances for success or just have questions about the process.
Are you interested in improving employment outcomes for people with disabilities? If so, register now for the first Wisconsin Integrated Employment Summit on May 22 in Wisconsin Dells! This event is open to everyone.
Wisconsin’s recent legislative session provided advocates with many opportunities to take action and improve the lives of people with disabilities in our state. The legislature considered many bills that affect people with disabilities, and bills about long-term care and education issues highlighted the session. The disability community celebrated some important victories this year!
Riding the Bus with My Sister is a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie starring Rosie O’Donnell and Andie MacDowell as sisters. It is based on the best-selling memoir by Rachel Simon about her relationship with her sister who has disabilities.
The Milwaukee Health Care Partnership is sponsoring a series of trainings targeted to individuals assisting people with disabilities. The trainings provide information on the application process and benefits for a number of programs.
WHAT: WI FACETS and UW-Whitewater’s Department of Special Education collaborate to present a Regional Special Education Conference for parents and professionals entitled:
ADHD: One Size Does Not Fit All – Interventions for Individuals with ADHD at home and at school.
WHEN: Saturday, June 2, 2012
TIME: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: UW-Whitewater Conner University Center, Whitewater Wisconsin
COST: Free. Lunch and materials are provided.
REGISTER: contact Sandra McFarland at:877-374-0511; email@example.com or on-line at www.wifacets.org/events
WHAT: Speakers include Robin Knoll, who will be speaking about Autism Respite Care for young adults, and Rich Gruber, who will be speaking about Health Care and Medicare.
WHEN: Thursday, April 19 from 12-1:30pm
WHERE: Room 214 (UW-Extension) on the second floor of the Government Center on the square in Elkhorn. Parking is available on the street on all sides of the square, or in a small parking lot on the north side of the building.
RSVP or for more Info: To RSVP for the event please call Jeff Rosendahl at 262-742-5330 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lunch is free and will be provided by Larducci’s Pizza. To learn more about the Family Resource Coalition of Walworth County please visit website at http://www.facebook.com/FRCWalworth.
WHAT: If you have filed or considered filing for social security disability or SSI benefits, if you have been denied or if you want to increase your chances of success or just have questions about the process then this presentation is for you.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 24 from 11:30-1pm
WHERE: Gateway Technical College, Conference Center, Parking Lot D: Enter in
Back off Pershing Drive, Racine
RSVP: Free lunch will be served and please RSVP by calling Atty. Durkin’s Office at 262-633-7530 or Society’s Assets at 262-637-9128 or NAMI at 262-637-0582 or The Arc at 262-634-6303.
WHAT: The workshop has two parts: Process and Product:
- Process: Learn the nuts and bolts of the Individual Education Programs (IEPs). You will learn about the referral process, timelines, evaluation, and determination of disability and services.
- Product: Learn how the IEP is
WHEN: Monday, April 23
TIME: 6:30-8 p.m.
WHERE: Gateway Technical College (Racine, Conference Center, Parking Lot D: Enter in back off Pershing Drive)
PRESENTED BY: Cheri Sylla, WSPEI Parent Coordinator and a parent of four sons; one who has a disability.
FOR: Parents, family members, teachers and others who work with students with disabilities.
REGISTER: Register by calling The Arc at (262) 634-6303 or email email@example.com
WHAT: A transitional workshop (dinner will be served)
WHEN: May 15, 2012
TIME: 5-8 p.m.
WHERE: Kenosha County Center
19600 75th Street
REGISTRATION: There is no charge but everyone must register. Please contact Sharon Anderson at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 262-473-1452 and let her know how many are
attending. Please provide a contact name and contact information.
QUÈ: Una Conferencia de 1 día, para padres, familiares, amigos y profesionales que apoyan a padres Latinos que tienen hijos con Trastornos del Espectro de Autismo
CUÁNDO: Sábado 21 de abril, 2012.
9am – 4pm
DÓNDE: En IndependenceFirst
540 South 1st Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53204
GRATIS: Almuerzo, Actividades para los Niños, y Talleres para los Hermanos
Se requiere inscribirse. Contacte a Martha Lechuga al 877.374.4645, 414.374-4645 ó email@example.com
- Autismo: Entendiendo el Rompecabezas
- La Comunicación No-Verbal & las Conductas Desafiantes
- Lo que los Padres Necesitan Saber sobre los Medicamentos
- Terapias en Casa & Otros Tratamientos
- Viviendo con su Hijo(a) Mientras Espera por Servicios
- Preparando a su Hijo(a) para la Transición a la Vida Adulta
- Construyendo Redes de Apoyo entre Amigos y Familiares
- Apoyando a una Persona que Tiene un Niño(a) con Autismo
- Cómo el Autismo esta Afectando a las Familias Hispanas
- Riéndose del Autismo: Historias Graciosas Sobre la Crianza de Hijos(as) con Autismo
Patrocinado por: Depto. de Instrucción Pública de WI, Sociedad de Autismo del Sureste de Wisconsin, IndependenceFirst, Colegio Alverno y Wisconsin FACETS.
WHAT: A 1-day Conference for parents, relatives and professionals supporting Latino Parents with Children with ASD
WHEN: Saturday April 21st 2012
9am – 4pm
WHERE: At IndependenceFirst
540 South 1st Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53204
FREE: Children Activities, Tutoring and Sibshops. Registrations required. Contact Martha Lechuga at 877.374.4645, 414.374-4645 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Autism: Understanding the Puzzle
- Non-Verbal Communication & Challenging Behavior
- What Parents Need to Know about Medications
- In-Home Treatments & Other Approaches
- Living with your Child while Waiting for Services
- Preparing your Child to Transition to the Adult Life
- Building Networks among Friends and the Extended Family
- Supporting a Person Who Have a Child with ASD
- How Autism Affects Hispanic Families
- Laughing with Autism: the funniest stories about parenting a child with ASD
Sponsored by: WI-DPI, Autism Society of SE Wisconsin, IndependenceFirst, Alverno College & WI FACETS.
Virtual PACE is a proposed pilot program for those who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid and who live in nursing homes and other institutional settings. The Department of Health Services is seeking public input about the proposed pilot.
For high school students with disabilities who are interested in becoming leaders and advocates for themselves and others with disabilities. June 25-29 in Milwaukee or July 16-20 in Waukesha.
If you are a current college undergraduate student who identifies on the Autism Spectrum, including Autistic Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified, with a strong interest in the Disability Rights and Autistic Rights movements, we invite you to apply for this leadership training.
Wisconsin’s Annual Conference for Families of Children with Disabilities & Professionals is a conference for families who have children of any age with disabilities or special health care needs and the professionals who support and provide services for them. Held April 26 & 27 in Madison.
Everything You Need to Know About Supports and Resources for Youth with Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs. Training for parents, caregivers, youth and providers on the transition to adult life for youth with disabilities and/or special health care needs.
Date: Thursday, May 3, 2012
Time: 2pm - 3pm EST
Presenter: Catherine Burzio
Description: The world of technology is growing and changing at rapid rates. It’s hard to keep up with what is available, let alone know what is worth the time and effort of a download. Spend time walking through Apps and tools which may be used in the vocational evaluation and rehabilitation counseling settings, with individuals or small groups, or for document/information management in the field. With the use of technology, it is common for ethics to be challenged when working across multiple agencies in support of individuals. How then do we ensure non- maleficience and fidelity while working effectively to meet deadlines? Participants will review and discuss rehabilitation counseling standards of ethics and apply evaluator principles to real world scenarios.
Presenter Bio: Catherine Burzio, MA established Viable Vocations in 2011 to provide Education and Transition consulting service for students, families, schools and organizations. As Transition Coordinator for PEATCs NEXT STEPS Transition project, she helped to establish a nationally recognized program funded by the U.S. Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA). She is a former Transition Specialist for a local school division. Catherine was appointed by former Virginia governor Tim Kaine to serve on the Virginia State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind and Vision Impaired, ending in 2011. She currently serves on the Alumni Board of Directors for Shenandoah University, The Chromosome 18 Registry & Research Society Executive Board as the Vice President for Member Relations and VECAP (Vocational Evaluation and Career Assessment Professionals) as the Communications Chair.
Through her work in Transition, Catherine has established national working relationships with the IDEA Partnership Community of Practice on Transition and the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC). Through these partnerships, Catherine has worked with several states and territories, including Wisconsin, Delaware, Pennsylvania, California, the Virgin Islands, Florida and the Bureau of India Education to provide technical assistance regarding transitioning youth and their families. Catherine received her master’s degree in Transition Special Education - Collaborative Vocational Evaluation Training from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Her areas of interest include Families in Transition, Social Capital and Ethics and Technology. Using both personal and professional experience, Catherine encourages collaborative partnerships between families, students, educators and service providers, leading to more effective transition outcomes for youth. She is the grateful mom of four children – Ashton, Pauline, JB and August.
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