Parent Leadership Hub Weekly E-Newsletter for June 02, 2011
This week's update is provided by WSPEI and WI FACETS to share statewide information regarding parent leadership and family involvement. Please visit the Parent Leadership Hub web page of the SPDG website at http://www.wispdg.org/pl.html for the current and archived weekly updates and to find information on these topics:
The Parent Leadership Hub supports parents/family members, educators and other community partners to build capacity regarding meaningful family involvement. The Hub serves three primary purposes:
(1) To support parents of children with disabilities between birth and 26 years of age to participate as partners in the professional development activities of each of the other Statewide Initiatives as they design, deliver and support professional development experiences; and
(2) To facilitate opportunities for parents/family members to build leadership skills; and
(3) To provide Content Focused technical assistance concerning family involvement.
Please, direct any questions to the PL Hub Co-Facilitators:
Mary Skadahl, WSPEI Statewide Project Director at 715-829-8932 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dawn Wians, WI FACETS SPDG Coordinator at 608-827-5234 or email@example.com
Deadline for submitting contributions to each week's issue is Tuesday noon. For time sensitive training advertisements, the information should be sent a minimum of two weeks prior to the event date; ideally a month ahead of time. Material appropriate for the weekly newsletter include web links to sources of family involvement/parent leadership resources and advertisements for statewide trainings for parents, youth or parent/educator audiences (we don’t post research articles, reports or news opinion articles). Your submittal may not be in the final copy if it was in a previous weekly email, the event date has passed or the web link doesn’t work. Please, send submittals to firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: Note: If you would like to receive this weekly update or if you would like to have your name removed from the distribution list, please contact Mary Skadahl or Dawn Wians.
'Just in Time Information' Now Available
A new online repository of information is available for parents, youth and professionals who are searching for articles previously posted to the PL Hub Weekly E-Newsletters since October 2008. This repository of information will help the reader locate valuable information by topic, 'just in time'. Currently, there are web pages for 'Transition to Adult Life' and 'Family Involvement'. Future web pages will include 'Early Childhood' and 'School-Age Years'.
For our reader's convenience, all archived issues of the E-Newsletter will eventually be re-posted on the 'Just in Time Information' page of the PL Hub website. We hope this format will help our readers quickly access the resources they need, when they need them, and that it will be visited frequently. Additions are always welcome! To submit suggested resources and training products, simply follow the instructions and criteria provided in the introduction to each of the PL Hub Weekly Updates.
To visit the new 'Just in Time Information' web page go to: http://www.wispdg.org/pl/resources.html
Parent/Personnel Development Opportunities
- Did You Know? Now You Know! Training - Oshkosh
Training for parents, grandparents, foster parents, caregivers and providers on health care and community services and supports for children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities.
When: Monday, June 13, 5:30 -8:30 pm (dinner and registration starts at 5:00)
Where: Fox Valley Technical College, Oshkosh - Riverside Campus (room 133C)
How do I register? Contact the Northeast Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs at 877-568-5205 or email Kara at KVanVooren@chw.org.
- Community of Practice on Transition June Meeting
This free meeting will focus on helping students with disabilities transition from high school to post-secondary education.
||June 16, 2011 (2 separate events – attend one or both)
9am-Noon: WI Community Conversation on Postsecondary Options for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (Lunch Provided)
||Carroll University, Center for Graduate Studies, 2410 Davidson Road, Waukesha, WI 53186
||Students with disabilities, families, high school special education staff and administrators, post-secondary educators and administrators, and community based agency representatives.
||Register at www.wsti.org. Click on "Register for a Event" and select the June 16 WI Community on Transition Meeting and/or the Community Conversation on Postsecondary Options for Students with Intellectual Disabilities. Lunch will be provided for those staying for the afternoon.
- Puberty Workshops for Pre-Adolescents with Cognitive Disabilities
Sponsored by: ARC of Greater Milwaukee, Autism Society of SE WI and Down Syndrome Assoc. of WI
Saturday Sept. 3rd and 10th from1:00-3:00 for girls
Saturday, September 3rd from 9:30-11:30 for boys
Children's Hospital Corporate Center Room 220, 999 N. 92nd St. Milwaukee, WI
Cost: $30 boys $45 girls (2 parts)
For further information or to register, please contact Terri Couwenhoven at 262-284-5043 or email@example.com
- 1st Annual Great Lakes School-Based Behavior Solutions Summit
Two Day Behavior Solutions Training: Oct. 11 & 12, 2011 at North Star Conference Center, Deforest, WI. Participants Receive…100+ page step-by-step FBA Manual and Online access to downloadable and customizable forms, online access to staff training video, 100 behavioral goals for IEPS, online access to 25 restorative practices for bullying…and more!
||Oct. 10 6:30-8:30pm, Pre-conference Session
||Oct. 11 6:30-8:30pm, Roundtable Discussion
Presenters: Dr David Mays, MD, Attorney Joanne Harmon Curry, DPI Consultant Lynn Boreson, Student Services Director David Perrodin, Educational and Behavioral Consultants Sharon Hammer MS, Lisa Hoeme, MS Lisa Ladson, BA and several other experts from the field.
Two Day Behavior Solutions Training $199.00, Evening Conference Sessions $25.00
For Information Call 608-204-6247 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Involvement Resources
- CADRE's Exemplar Initiative: Identifying, Profiling & Showcasing State Resources from High-Performing Special Education & Early Intervention Dispute Resolution Systems
Over the last two years, CADRE undertook a process to identify state special education and early intervention dispute resolution systems that are particularly effective and to characterize those systems and their components in ways that would be useful to other states that are considering improvement activities. The Exemplar Collection also includes video and other resources that will be of particular interest to dispute resolution program designers, administrators and evaluators. Visit CADRE's Exemplar Collection by clicking here: http://www.directionservice.org/cadre/exemplar/
- Reference Points: Technology Resources
Assistive Technology 101
Assistive Technology devices are tools that enable people living with disabilities to lead more independent lives. They can be low-tech, such as a magnifying glass, or high-tech, such as a computerized communication system. Here's an overview of what's available and how to choose the best AT tools for your child. http://www.ldonline.org/article/Assistive_Technology_101
Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology & Transition Planning.
This 50 page guide is aimed at providing families with the information they need to effectively prepare for and participate in periods of transition in their children's lives. Individuals may order one free copy of the guide. Additional print copies are available for $10. A discount is available for bulk orders. To request one or more print copies go to http://www.fctd.info/show/order_guides
Plan Ahead to Get Assistive Technology in College
If your college-bound teen with LD relies on assistive technology, he can get a jump start on college success by scoping out universities' AT policies and offerings - and understanding his rights and responsibilities. Get the scoop. http://www.ncld.org/college-aamp-work/post-high-school-options/transitioning-to-college/getting-access-to-assistive-technology-in-college
Apps for Special Education
"iPhone, iPad and iPod touch Apps for (Special) Education" gives the app's name, a description of what the app can do, and a link to the app. http://www.abiq.org/autism_apps/iPhone_iPad_iPod-touch_Apps_AUS.pdf
REFERENCE POINTS is administered by PACER Center http://www.PACER.org as a technical assistance activity of the TATRA Project. The TATRA Project is funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration. Readers are invited to send information about new resources on secondary education, transition and vocational rehabilitation topics to email@example.com. Reference Points received initial support from the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition http://www.ncset.org/. Visit their web site for a wealth of information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities. Note: There are no copyright restrictions on this document. However, please credit the source and support of federal funds when copying all or part of this material.