Resources for Parents

Project SEARCH announces Open House Dates

Attend the Project SEARCH Open House event to learn about an exciting transition program for individuals with disabilities.   Click HERE to download flyers for dates and locations near you.


The Furture is Bright: Keys to Successful Transition Information for Families

Information provided by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC), the Wisconsin Statewide Parent Educator Initiative (WSPEI) and the Transition Improvement Grant.

Click HERE to download the current flyer with dates and locations.

Youth in Partnership with Parents for Empowerment dates announced!  

This is an opportunity for youth with disabilities and their parents to learn about the transition process in a unique way.  YiPPE helps students in decision making, involvement, self-advocacy, self-determination, work/college, and making friends.  Meetings will be held in Eau Claire, Green Bay and Wisconsin Dells this year.  Please visit: for more information or contact Sara Zwiefelhofer at (715) 450-6609.

Green Bay Flyer                                                        WI Dells Flyer


Common Core Essential Elements--Parent Brochure

Youth in Transition - Wisconsin Department of Human Services Website
                                      (Children's Long-Term Support Waivers) 

Family Voices of Wisconsin


Cerebral Palsy Guidance  

Cerebral Palsy Guidance is an educational support website dedicated to providing parents with detailed information on a complex condition of cerebral palsy.  Many children with cerebral palsy are likely to develop depression, but unfortunately, it's something that some parents are still unaware of, and it often goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. We've written an article about depression and the signs and symptoms parents should be aware of at:  Each year, numerous children with disabilities commit suicide because they didn't get the appropriate help in time.

Marketplace - Health Insurance

     Covering Kids and Families

National Autism Association
     Autism Safety Kit

Wisconsin FACETS

     Family Engagement Newsletter - March 2014
     Family Engagement Newsletter - February 2014
     Family Engagement Newsletter - January 2014
     Family Engagement Newsletter - December 2013
     Family Engagement Newsletter - November 2013
     Family Engagement Newsletter - October 2013
     Family Engagement Newsletter - September 2013
     Family Engagement Newsletter - August 2013
     Family Engagement Newsletter--July 2013
     Family Engagement Newsletter--April 2013
     Family Engagement Newsletter Submission Form


Wisconsin Statewide Parent Educator Initiative (WSPEI) Website

Back-to-School Tips for Parents of Children with Special Needs from Reading Rockets

Center for Parent Information and Resources
     Your Child with a Disability Can Take Part in Extracurricular Activities

Wisconsin Promise Information and Resources

Wisconsin Promise is a new federal demonstration grant from the USDOE for youth ages 14, 15 and 16 years old receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI). All youth and families who enroll will receive two $15 gift cards to Wal Mart, Pick n Save or Target. Half of the youth will continue to receive services as usual (the services they currently receive will not change). The other half of enrolled youth will receive access to Wisconsin Promise Services and a computer tablet. Services include career exploration and planning, job development and placement, on-the-job supports, work incentives benefits counseling, financial training and coaching, social skills training, and self- and family advocacy training.

Wisconsin Promise Services are provided through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) to both the youth and their family members to help achieve their employment and education goals. Under this grant, schools, mental health programs, long term care programs, vocational rehabilitation programs, and child welfare programs are all working together to support youth and families.

Because the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is a main PROMISE partner, the DPI Special Education Team is highly involved and we strongly support the work of the PROMISE program. We ask that you share information about Wisconsin Promise with the youth who are 14, 15 or 16 years old who are receiving SSI and their families.

For youth and families, a one page Wisconsin Promise You Can Work flier (  Download our Wisconsin Promise Overview at

Enrollment materials are at If youth or family members need help with enrollment materials or are unsure if they are eligible for Wisconsin Promise they can contact Erin Johnson, the Promise Intake Attendant, toll free at 1-855-480-5618 or by email at

College Resources for Students with Disabilities -

With the advances of adaptive technologies and trend toward progressive legislation, prospective college students with disabilities now have countless resources available to make their transition to postsecondary education less stressful. Below, find specific information and resources on a variety of different disabilities, learn how to make the transition into the workforce easier, and find out what your legal rights on campus are.

We've also created a complementary guide to scholarships and financial aid for students with disabilities to help students and their families better understand the vast number of financial aid options available to them. Key elements of the guide include:

- A comprehensive review of all of the scholarships available, listed by disability
- Amounts awarded and deadlines for each scholarship
- Debt-forgiveness options for those who acquired a disability post-graduation

You can find this guidebook here:

Resource guide for students with disabilities-


Parental Support for College Students - 

Transitioning from high school to college is an exciting and empowering experience. While some high school graduates delay attending college, about two thirds of attendees are still considered “traditional” college students, enrolling immediately after their senior year of high school. Students in this demographic are usually just beginning to assert their independence, while remaining partially dependent on their parents as they test their new freedoms. They may still live at home over the summers, or rely on their parents to help pay for school.

Though parents usually share in the excitement of this adventure, they must also understand the transitional nature of this time in their role as parents. While your son or daughter seeks the independence of living away from home, they may simultaneously ask for your council as they encounter real-world responsibilities for the first time.  

Click HERE for additional information and resources on this topic. - is owned and operated by a group that has been creating post-secondary education resources since 2008. We take pride in our ability to provide students with objective, fact-based resources.  

Our team (based in Washington, DC) just finished analyzing over 10 million data points related to the 5,000+ colleges and  universities in the US, to find the ones that offer both financial accessibility (the lowest costs for low and middle income students, as well as flexibility in learning & credit), and positive outcomes. Of course outcomes are subjective, and can be hard to quantify. We focused on graduation/transfer rates and loan default rates, with the idea that completing one's studies, and being able to pay back one's loans, together form a reasonable baseline for a worthwhile college experience. We published the results on our site,, as well as a full description of our methodology ( We use some common data sources (like IPEDS & OPE), and some less common ones (like hand-compiled lists of schools that accept DSST and CLEP credit). You can find our resource for Wisconsin students here:


The Fully Accessible Guide to Paying for College for Students with Disabilities

An impairment is not an impediment to a college education, and there are plenty of resources for those who need help to apply and pay for it. This guide, which has been built to work with assistive technology, can help find these resources. We created an optimized version that follows W3C standards for web accessibility for students using assistive technology: -

College is an exciting time, but it’s also quite expensive. And while student loans can help you afford your education at the time, repaying these loans can make it extremely complicated to save money and get ahead once you’ve graduated.

If you’re an individual with a disability, however, there are multiple scholarships, grants, and awards available to you that can make it simpler to afford your education. And here at ACLS Medical Training, we want to make sure you find all available options to enable you to pursue higher education.  To view our constantly growing list of more than 30 different educational scholarships for individuals with disabilities, please view our list here: - 

The financial burdens of medical care can make it difficult for many students with disabilities to pursue higher education – a harsh reality that can lead to lifelong disadvantages.

Many schools and organizations offer assistance to help students with disabilities reach their goals. From tutoring, to financial aid and tax breaks, students with disabilities, and their parents, can access a wide range of resources. But finding these resources and applying for them can be a bit overwhelming. On this website you will find a wide range of scholarships, grants and tips on how to apply for them. is a new comprehensive resource that covers financial planning advice for all stages of life, including college financial planning.


aRealOnlineDegree - Students with Disabilities: 2017 Resource Guide

Preparing and planning for college can be exciting for everyone. If you are a high school student, you have probably already thought about the college that you want to attend. If you are a high school student with one or more disabilities, you may have some concerns about which college to choose, how your disability will affect your studies and social life – and how you will manage your disability while living away from home. Just 34 percent of students with disabilities completed a four-year degree within eight years of finishing high school, according to the National Center for Special Education Research—compared to 56 percent of all students nationally who the National Student Clearinghouse reports graduate within six years.

Fortunately, there are many resources available to you on most campuses nation-wide. Educate yourself about what these resources are and how they can best be put to use as you begin your college career. Whether your disability affects your mobility, or your ability to learn – most colleges and universities have modified their campuses for greater accessibility and are equipped with modified teaching and learning techniques. There are dedicated professionals to help make your college experience a positive one.  View more information and resources at:


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