Conferences, Presentations, Workshops & Seminars
Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training Conference Madison (April 10)
Circles of Life: Wisconsin’s Annual Conference for Families of Children with Disabilities & Professionals in Middleton, WI (April 24-25)
25th Annual Autism Society of Wisconsin Conference at the Kalahari Convention Center, WI Dells (April 24-26)
25th Annual Children Come First Conference
"Endless Possibilities for Children with Learning Disabilities" A Conference for Parents & Professionals. Hotel Mead & Conference Center, Wisconsin Rapids (May 3)
, Wisconsin Dells, Nov. 10-11, 2014. For more information contact Wisconsin Family Ties at (608) 267-6888 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. This conference may be of interest to parents and professionals working with children with emotional, behavioral, and mental disorders. Speakers to be announced but to see past conference programs, visit www.wifamilyties.org-events.html
The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District offers professional development classes for staff throughout the school year and over each summer. We have been told by Student Services Coordinators at the district that parents may attend these classes for no credit and for free but book/material fees will apply. Registration is required.
Academic Year Courses
- Wisconsin First Step offers an information and referral hotline for children and adolescents age birth to age 21 with special needs. Direct referrals are provided to Birth to 3 Programs and Regional Centers for Children and Youth With Special Health Care Needs across the State of Wisconsin.
- Care Wisconsin
- Wisconsin Statewide Parent-Educator Initiative (WiSPEI) Training Opportunities for Parents or Educators
- Connections from The Waisman Center
- Communication Options document when parents disagree with school decisions-- document from DPI's Parent Resource page
- Local Resource Directory (For many special health care needs beside autism) by the Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin
- Middleton-Cross Plains School District--Special Education--Student Services Department
- Professional Development Classes: MCPASD Professional development classes parents can take too!! Want to learn more to be a better advocate for your child but don't have the funds? Even though parent attendance is not indicated explicitly, we can still register for these classes. They are offered throughout the school year and over the summer. Learn more on-line and register:
- Work Experience Program at Middleton High School--The Work Experience Program at Middleton High School is available to students in special education. Students can earn up to one credit per semester after satisfactory completion of course requirements. The goal is to prepare students to work.
- Madison Area Down Syndrome Society is a member-driven organization striving to support families and individuals with Down syndrome from birth through adulthood.
- United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Dane County provides services to individuals with cerebral palsy and other disabilities across their life span.
- Special Olympics Wisconsin provides sports training and competition for nearly 10,000 athletes with cognitive disabilities in 18 different sports year-round.
- Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin offers a multitude of programs, workshops, social groups, support groups, etc. Become a member!
- MSCR Inclusion Services' mission is to enhance the quality of life for individuals with disabilities in the Madison Metropolitan School District, and for the community, by providing recreation and enrichment opportunities year-round that are accessible to all. MSCR is committed to an inclusive approach to recreation and will provide reasonable accommodations to enhance program participation without fundamentally altering a program.
- Gio's Garden currently is a respite care facility located in Middleton serving the Madison Area. Gio's seeks to grow into a one-stop special services delivery organization for special needs children and their families. Examples could include a respite care facility, professional therapy, client advocacy, and social work/support.
SUMMER PROGRAMS! Check out this resource for a lot of different programs for kids in K-12 in the area and elsewhere.
Autism 101: presented by the Autism Society of Greater Madison
When their child is first diagnosed, most parents aren’t exactly sure what autism is let alone PDD-NOS, or Aspergers. It’s hard to explain your child to others if you don’t understand him or her yourself. At this session, learn about ASD, discuss parenting issues and ASGM. The class will be held at Midvale Community Lutheran Church (Room 131 on main level), 4329 Tokay Blvd in Madison. Please register via email email@example.com, or call: (608) 213-8519. Visit www.autismmadison.org for more info.