Resources for Parents of Students with Special Needs

For resources and opportunities available to parents of children in special education, please click the links below. 

Parent Leadership Hub Weekly Update

Each week the Parent Leadership Hub provides an update from  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 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:

  • 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
  • To facilitate opportunities for parents/family members to build leadership skills; and
  • 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

Emilie Braunel, WI FACETS SPDG Coordinator at 715-561-2559or


Transition Coordinator Network Meetings

What is TCN and who should attend?
The Transition Coordinator Network (TCN) is made up of district level transition coordinators from across the state. Coordinators get together three times a year to problem solve transition issues at the local level. The TCN is supported by the Wisconsin Statewide Transition Initiative (WSTI) and the Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

Why is it important?
TCN meetings align with the vision and mission of State Superintendent Tony Evers (Every Child a Graduate) and IDEA 2004 and will focus on engaging youth and improving employment outcomes for students with disabilities. TCN members will receive updates from transition stakeholder agencies and will learn strategies to implement in their local transition programs. The TCN meetings also provide an opportunity for districts to share strategies that work in their communities for transition planning.

Meetings are at NO COST, however, TCN participants are required to register at It is our hope that we have one representative from each district in the state at these meetings so that we can continue to learn from each other to improve results for youth with disabilities. Please consider joining the TCN today! Questions about the TCN may be directed to Linda Maitrejean, WSTI Director (

Waisman Center Transition Resources

The Natural Supports Project at the Waisman Center, funded by a grant from the Pathways to Independence Medicaid Infrastructure Grant through the Department of Health Services, has developed a one-hour DVD presentation that includes an overview of natural supports strategies that can be used to support high school students with significant disabilities. The presentation includes findings from a research study interviewing youth with and without disabilities in Wisconsin high schools about their participation in inclusive activities and offers tips and strategies that schools, families, and community groups can use. The DVD is also available to watch on the Natural Supports website, which includes other  resources, strategies, and video clips from Wisconsin projects. If you would like a free copy of the DVD, send your name and mailing address to Beth Sweeden at

Early Childhood: Birth to Three

Special Quest Birth-Five
The focus of SpecialQuest Birth–Five is on inclusion for children with disabilities ages birth through five (pre-kindergarten) and their families, particularly those in Head Start* along with Child Care, Early Intervention/Part C, Early Childhood Special Education/619, family support, and other related programs.


National Early Childhood Transition Center
The primary objective of NECTC is to investigate and validate practices and strategies that enhance the early childhood transition process and support positive school outcomes for children with disabilities.

Columbia County Family Resource Center
Free services to all families of Columbia County with an emphasis on children 0-5 years old.  Playgroups, workshops, parenting classes, fieldtrips and various home visiting programs. Contact: Andrea Uherka, Director, Columbia County Family Resource Center, 2946 Red Fox Run, Portage WI 53901, (608)742-8482 ext. 19 or (800)325-5505

  • School District of Poynette
  • 108 N Cleveland Street, Poynette, WI 53955
  • Phone: 608-635-4347 | Fax: 608-635-9200
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