School Reopening Information, Guidance and Resources–now on our School/Special Education Page
Includes all Southern Region School Districts

WI BPDD Listening Sessions and Survey

The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD) is holding one more virtual Conversation Cafe: August 18th to gather ideas for its new 5-year plan. We want to know what you think we can do to help people with disabilities and their families have more control over their lives and be more involved in their community. Join us to share your thoughts. Your voice is needed! For more information go to https://wi-bpdd.org/index.php/2020/06/16/state-plan-virtual-cafes/
or download a flyer–BPDD_Virtual_Listening_Sessions_Flyer

Online survey is available if you cannot attend a Conversation Cafe. Please feel free to share with friends–https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/StatePlan2020

COVID-19 (AND MORE) Resources for children with special health needs and the families who care for them

Don’t worry about calming the storm. Calm yourself; the storm will pass. -source unknown

Waisman Center Resources and Updates

WI DHS Higher Risk/Families with CYSHCN Resources

Posted the Week of August 10, 2020

Upcoming Webinars/On-line Conferences

Teaching Children with Special Needs at Home Recorded Webinar Series  The staff of the Autism Society SE WI and guests from Gemiini Systems, a Special Ed eLearning company, have provided a series of free webinars as we partner to make it through these challenging times. Past webinars are available on their playlist on YouTube. Topics: Sheltering in Place to Stay Safe, Building Language Through Play, Keeping Busy, OK. . . Are We Really Doing This?, Working on Life Skills, Quick Behavior Tips and more.

COVID questions: Economic recovery, wedding attendance from UW-Madison News

Family Voices has resources for every stage of your child’s life. This includes your teen’s move from children’s services to adult long-term support programs like IRIS. Our new fact sheet, Working with an IRIS Consultant, is a guide on what to expect from your IRIS Consultant (IC) and how to partner with your IC to decide the best way to use your IRIS budget to get goods and services you need. You can find our new IRIS fact sheet at familyvoiceswi.org/resource-library/working-with-an-iris-consultant

Families of Children with Special Needs are Suing in Several States. Here’s Why. from NPR

Posted the Week of August 3, 2020

“Black Lives Matter: Listening to, Discussing, and Addressing the needs of Black children and families,” is a virtual town hall to hear from Black F2F staff and family leaders about their lived experience with racism and the impact that has had on their children, health, and employment. Additionally, we discuss how to move forward together as a network to meet the needs of Black families to improve equity, inclusion, and mortality of Black children and their families. The next Town Hall will be August 12th. There is a recording available of the June 24th Town Hall.

“When Should My Child Go Back to School?” is the topic discussed by a school nurse and a child neurologist in an educational series sponsored by the Child Neurology Foundation and the American Academy of Pediatrics

COVID-19 Preparedness Tool for Families and Caregivers developed by the Stanford Health Literacy Lab

Coronavirus: Caring for Kids with Special Health Needs article and recording from KidsHealth at the Nemours Foundation

August Newsletter featuring the Feelings Thermometer, Exploring Racial Equity and more from the WI Office of Children’s Mental Health

COVID Resources for Families from Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health

COVID-19 Child Care Resources from WI Department of Children and Families

Equity Resources from Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health

FREE COVID-19 Testing in Sauk County through August. By appointment only.

Early Childhood/Pyramid Model COVID-19 and more resources from National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) includes videos, scripted stories, handouts, guides and fact sheets.

COVID and the really difficult transition back to school…A guide to helping your adolescent with ASD and comorbid anxiety or depression adjust to their new normal webinar on August 19 6:00pm from Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin

August Family Engagement from WI FACETS  Articles on Other Health Impairments and Education during COVID-19; At-Home Learning Strategies; Dispute Resolution During the Pandemic and more.

We’re Missing Kids with ASD: Strategies to Improve Screenings from Medscape

Posted the Week of July 27, 2020

Survey: You and Your Children with Mental Health Challenges during the COVID-19 Pandemic from Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Wisconsin Family Ties (Do you work with children with mental health challenges in a community-based setting? Take this short survey sponsored by Wisconsin Family Ties. It examines the effect that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on your job and seeks to identify ways in which your work with children with mental health challenges can be best supported. This survey will take approximately six minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary. The deadline to respond is August 6, 2020.

IDEA Dispute Resolution Q&A during COVID-19 from U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (3 years and older)

IDEA Dispute Resolution Q&A during COVID-19 from U.S. Office of Special Education Programs  (under 3 years old)

COVID-19 Updates from U.S. Office of Special Education Programs

COVID-19 Resources for Supporting Students with Disabilities from the National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI)

Coronavirus Disease updates from Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center

Parent Webinar Series including Preparing Yourself, Your Family and Your Home for Online Learning; The ABC’s of K-12 Online Learning for Students with Disabilities; Practical Tips and Tools for Online Learning from National Down Syndrome Congress

Back to School or Not? Understanding Your Options Webinar from National Down Syndrome Congress

Fall Schools Reopening from Federation for Children with Special Needs

Special Education and COVID-19: An Update Webinar on August 11 Noon-1 from Wisconsin FACETS

Those with contamination OCD face extra challenges during Pandemic from Rogers Behavioral Health

Finding hope and healing for children suffering from trauma from Rogers Behavioral Health

Upcoming Webinars/On-line Conferences

Participate in Research/Surveys

  • ASSIST–Parents of youth with an autism spectrum disorder age 16-26 are invited to participate in a new research program looking to improve parents’ ability to advocate. Contact the Waisman Center at transition@waisman.wisc.edu 0r (608) 265-3165. More info on the flyer- ASSIST

Equity and Diversity

Summer 2020 Resources

Resources for Families to Support Learning from Home During COVID-19 on our School Page

COVID-19

30th Anniversary of the ADA

Resources for Families with Younger Children

Nuggets from the News

Mental Health Resources

Resources for Teens/Preparing for Transition to Adulthood

Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs/Maternal and Child Health

Southern Regional Center for CYSHCN Conversations on Showing Up for Kids!

  • Camp Cancelled? Ideas for Summer 2020 PART TWO!(Live June 17, 2020) Recording available on YouTube
  • Camp Cancelled? Ideas for Summer 2020 (Live June 10, 2020) Recording available on YouTube
  • Special Education and IEPs (Live June 3, 2020) Recording available on YouTube
  • Rural Wisconsin: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Live May 27, 2020). Recording available on YouTube
  • Anxiety: Ideas to help our kids be calm(er) and (more) focused (Live May 20, 2020). Recording available on YouTube
  • What we can learn from a virtual school (Live May 13, 2020). Recording available on YouTube
  • Learning from home and Neurodiversity (Live May 6. 2020). Recording available on YouTube

 

A Spanish language edition, “GUÍA DE RECURSOS,” can be found here.

Here is a place of connections and relationships. We truly believe we are better together. We hope this web site will serve as a portal to introduce you to a number of exciting opportunities available in Wisconsin. Here you can connect to a large number of resources concerning autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. Here you will find training on screening, assessment, diagnosing, communicating results, starting a medical home and more, much more. Here you can join with over 150 other people representing over 50 organizations at a state-wide Community of Practice.

Together we can make a difference. We invite you to look through this portal and see what we are working on and we invite you to join us. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Tim Markle at markle@waisman.wisc.edu