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Southern Regional Center logoCall: 1-800-532-3321 or 608-265-8610

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Email: crcsouth@waisman.wisc.edu

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The Children’s Resource Center-South is dedicated to supporting all families with children and youth with special health care needs/disabilities and the providers who serve them. We are parents and professionals who can help get answers, find services, connect you to community resources, provide trainings, and support you on your journey. Our Center serves the following counties: Adams, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Grant, Green, Iowa, Juneau, Lafayette, Richland, Rock, Sauk, and Vernon, shown in orange on the map.

Contact information for the other Children’s Resource Centers (CRC)

CRC-Southeast
414-266-6333/800-234-KIDS(5437)
www.southeastregionalcenter.org
email: CRCsoutheast@childrenswi.org

CRC-Northeast
920-969-5325/877-568-5205
www.northeastregionalcenter.org
email: infonerc@chw.org

CRC-North
715-261-1906/866-640-4106
www.crcnorth.org
email: crcnorth@co.marathon.wi.us

CRC-West
715-726-7907/800-400-3678
www.co.chippewa.wi.us/crcwest
email: crcwest@co.chippewa.wi.us

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Featured Resources and Events

  • Monday Night Transitions Second Mondays will resume in September 6:15-7:15pm Virtual Registration
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July Recommended Book of the Month 

The Black Book of Colors by Menena Cottin (Author), Rosana Faría (Illustrator), Elisa Amado (Translator)

How do you describe the colors of the rainbow to someone who cannot see them? This inventive picture book relates the ways Thomas experiences colors through his senses of smell, taste, touch, and hearing. The descriptive, sensory text, which also incorporates white type and Braille, combined with an innovative design, makes this book the perfect starting point for discussions on difference, perspective, and experiencing and describing the world in new ways, topics that are relevant to readers of all ages.

Find it at your local library: Monarch Library SystemPrairie Lakes Library SystemSouth Central Library SystemSouthwest Library SystemWinding Rivers Library SystemWisconsin’s Digital Library

Provided by Kristine Millard, Research Specialist Waisman Center

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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

Featured Resources and Events – Thursday, July 18

Many of our families have children with special health care needs/disabilities AND mental health challenges. We are grateful the Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health (OCMH) dug into the challenges and disparities for these families. Check out the new OCMH Fact Sheet_July 2024_Supporting Kids with Disabilities and the Insights from Lived Experience Partners OCMH LE Insights – Disabilities – July 2024.

Uncommon Chapters Life Review Series 1: Begins July 22 and meets for four weeks at 6:45-7:45 virtually. This is a community chat for parents of children with complex medical needs. Registration and contact information. Part of Connecting Families. UncommonChapters Flyer

Endless Possibilities Conference, Aug 2 In-Person at Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) Engaging Every Family for Student Success Keynote with with Troney Small and Dr. Ricardo Anderson. Parent Scholarships are available. Registration is open! 2024 EP Poster (English) EP 2024 Poster Spanish

Check out new videos in the Finding Your Way: Videos for Families series from the Wisconsin Care Integration Initiative on Birth to 3, Early Childhood Special Education, SSI, Katie Beckett Medicaid and more to come. FYW Flyer 2024.


Maternal and Child Health, Title V Needs Assessment

DHS launches maternal and child health needs assessment to gather community feedback – we want to hear from you.

This is an opportunity for individuals and families to influence the priorities and focus of maternal and child health programs in the state, and is part of a comprehensive, statewide assessment the program conducts every five years as part of federal Title V funding. The survey covers a range of topics, including prenatal care, access to health care services, maternal mental health, child and infant health, birth outcomes, and community resources. The survey will be open into September 2024.  Individual Survey    Organizational Survey

If answering for yourself or your family, use the Individual survey. If answering for an organization, please use the organizational survey.

Note: The survey is available in English, Spanish, and Hmong. La encuesta está disponible en inglés, español y hmong. Daim ntawv ntsuam xyuas no yuav muaj ua lus Askiv, lus Mev thiab lus Hmoob. If you need these translated into another language, let us know by emailing dhstitlevneedsassmt@dhs.wisconsin.gov. More information.


Recommended Book of the Month                                                                                                                                                       

July Recommended Book of the Month 

The Black Book of Colors by Menena Cottin (Author), Rosana Faría (Illustrator), Elisa Amado (Translator)

Cover of Black Book of Colors. Black background with white images of a butterfly, flowers, and grass.How do you describe the colors of the rainbow to someone who cannot see them? This inventive picture book relates the ways Thomas experiences colors through his senses of smell, taste, touch, and hearing. The descriptive, sensory text, which also incorporates white type and Braille, combined with an innovative design, makes this book the perfect starting point for discussions on difference, perspective, and experiencing and describing the world in new ways, topics that are relevant to readers of all ages.

Find it at your local library: Monarch Library SystemPrairie Lakes Library SystemSouth Central Library SystemSouthwest Library SystemWinding Rivers Library SystemWisconsin’s Digital Library

Provided by Kristine Millard, Research Specialist Waisman Center


Upcoming Events and Workshops

The Role of Centers for Independent Living in Transition Service Delivery: Context, Innovation, and Recommendations for Collaboration July 18, 1:00pm CT from NTACT: The Collaborative

The Caravan for Disability Freedom and Justice Event at Access to Independence in Madison July 18, 3:00-6:00pm

Madison Parks Alive 5:00-8:00pm July 18 Owl Creek Park

Everyday Choices: Teach Your Child to Make Choices in their Everyday Lives (Webinars) are 6:30-7:15pm Communication July 18; Self-Determination August 15; Inclusion September 19 from WI BPDD

Recognizing Power Dynamics (with a person and their support provider) Jul 22, 9:00-11:00am in person at South Madison Partnership. Registration. Their is a fee to attend. Presented by Community Outreach Wisconsin (Waisman Center)

Madison Parks Alive 5:00-8:00pm July 22 Allied Park

Madison Parks Alive 5:00-8:00pm July 23 Aldo Leopold Park

Madison Parks Alive 5:00-8:00pm July 24 Hammersley Park

Madison Parks Alive 5:00-8:00pm July 24 Meadowood Park

Madison Parks Alive 5:00-8:00pm July 25 Penn Park

Bilingual Ice Age Trail hike with the Catholic Multicultural Center/Caminata en al Ice Age Trail July 27, 8:30am-12:30pm Transportation is limited. Contact Laura@cmcmadison.org to register and get more information. Ice Age Trail Hike Poster

Madison Parks Alive 5:00-8:00pm July 29 Elver Park (has an accessible playground)

Madison Parks Alive 5:00-8:00pm July 30 Worthington Park

Developmental Screening Training (virtual) Jul 31, 12:00pm-1:00pm from the Wisconsin Medical Home Initiative

Family ECHO: RUBI for Families is a collaborative journey designed to empower parents and caregivers; online, nationally; Upcoming Topics:

Madison Parks Alive 5:00-8:00pm July 31 Warner Park (has an accessible playground)

Madison Parks Alive 5:00-8:00pm Aug 1 Owl Creek Park

Endless Possibilities Conference, Aug 2 In-Person at Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) Engaging Every Family for Student Success Keynote with with Troney Small and Dr. Ricardo Anderson. Parent Scholarships are available. Registration is open!

Self-care for community providers working with Latino Communities Free Conference, Aug 2 at the Kalahari in the Wisconsin Dells from The Hispanic/Latino Behavioral Health and The Latino Children and Families Council

Morgan’s Caring Connection Kickoff Celebration Aug 4, 12-3pm Verona Ice Arena

Madison Parks Alive 5:00-8:00pm Aug 7 Hammersley Park

Free Virtual Info Session for the 2024 Fearless Future Workshop Series Aug 7, 6-7:30pm from LOV inc.

Sankofa Midwest is a peer support group designed by and led by Black parents for Black parents of children with disabilities and special healthcare needs. Wisconsin’s Warm Wednesdays is a chance to connect with local folks virtually via Zoom. Typically, these meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of the month at 5:30pm CST* (8/7, 9/4, 10/2, 11/6, 12/4) Contact SankofaMidwest@gmail.com for more information!

Parents of Children with Complex Medical Needs Connect in person with other parents who are on a similar journey. Parents of children who are frequently in the hospital or managing a number of medical conditions are all welcome. 1st Wednesday of every month (8/7; 9/4; 10/2; 11/6; 12/4) 6:0opm- 8:00pm at Cafe Domestique (1408 Williamson St in Madison) for more information contact connectingfamilies@waisman.wisc.edu. This group offers a safe space to connect with other parents who understand. Together we will: Combat isolation; Reflect on shared experiences; Build resiliency. Connecting Families Monthly Meetings Flyer

Mental Health Essentials for Parents & Caregivers (free & virtual) Aug 8, 6:00-7:30pm Learn how to identify if a loved one is struggling and where to get support. The national organization Mental Health Collaborative will lead the training on
Please complete the brief registration form to save your spot for this important training: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/7908786/August2024AcademyWebinar Led by Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health for family leaders.

“Autistic Females: Unique Perspectives from Autistic Women and Clinicians” Free Webinar Aug 13, 4:30pm from the Atlanta Autism Consortium

Madison Parks Alive 5:00-8:00pm Aug 13 Worthington Park

The Community Code of Kindness Part of the FL3 Leadership Webinar series Aug 14, 12:00-1:00pm from Hands & Voices

Madison Parks Alive 5:00-8:00pm Aug 14 Warner Park (has an accessible playground)

Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health August 20, 9:30-11:30am (Virtual) WISE Coalition

Madison Parks Alive 5:00-8:00pm Aug 21 Hammersley Park

Madison Parks Alive 5:00-8:00pm Aug 22 Owl Creek Park

Pediatric Palliative Care Webinar Series — Pediatric to Adult Health Transition for Adolescents with Medical Complexity: The Role of Family and Social Determinants of Health Webinar There is a registration fee! (8/22; 9/17; 10/15; 11/19)

Sibshop at Dolphin’s Cover in Sun Prairie, Aug 24, 11am-3pm. Registration.

Family ECHO: Autism — Catatonia in Autism Aug 28, 3:00-4:15pm CT This series is designed to address the multifaceted challenges faced by families navigating the journey of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Sankofa Midwest is a peer support group designed by and led by Black parents for Black parents of children with disabilities and special healthcare needs. Meetings are held every third Wednesday of the month at 5:30pm CST. Meetings are free and open to all parents of Black children with disabilities. Typically, these meetings will be held on the third Wednesday of the month beginning again in September (9/18, 10/16, 11/20, 12/18) Contact SankofaMidwest@gmail.com for more information!

Madison Area Sibshop Aug 24, 11am-3pm at Dolphin’s Cove, Sun Prairie. Contact Alley McGuane at alley@wisconsibs.org  Sibshops are celebrations of the many contributions made by sisters and brothers of kids with special health or developmental needs. These workshops for “typical” siblings combine recreation, information and discussion and are for kids age 6-12.

Parenting While Rising to Child Development Challenges 2:00-3:00pm 9/9; 9/23; 10/21; 11/4; 12/9 from Brazelton Touchpoints Center

Turtle Talk: Collectively Raising Indige-Babies 2-3:30pm 9/13; 9/27 & 10/18 virtual series from Brazelton Touchpoints Center

Somos Latine Families 2-3:30pm 9/30; 10/28; 11/18; 11/25; 12/2 from Brazelton Touchpoints Center

Monday Night Transitions 2nd Mondays of the month will return in September 6:15-7:15pm (Virtual) Register for one or many. A chance for families of transition-aged AYA (Adolescents and Young Adults), 12-21years old, with disabilities/special health care needs, to get together and talk transition. Topics could include health care, school, employment, housing, decision making – it’s up to you. We believe families talking with families is the best support possible. The informal discussions will be led by Tim Markle, lived-experience parent with the Southern Regional Center and the Youth Health Transition Initiative. You can show up for one or more discussions.

Exploring Care Mapping In-person Beaver Dam Community Library October 12, 10:00 am Registration is required A hands-on opportunity to create a care map of your family’s strengths. A Care Map is a visual way to show all the people and services involved in caring for and supporting your child. Each family’s care map may look different; you decide how many details to include. Wrap up the session with tying things missing in your family’s Care Map to what is available in your local area. Hand-outs and materials are available at the Wisconsin Medical Home Initiative.

#ForKidsHealth Summit Oct 7-8 Joining voices for health equity held at the Brookfield Conference Center presented by Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin

Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health Nov 19, 9:30-11:30am (Virtual) WISE Coalition

Other information for the Week of Jul 15

Wisconsin Family Leadership Institute (WiFLI): Advanced is accepting applications for fall of 2024. Learn more and apply at Family Voices of Wisconsin WiFLI

The start of each month brings us newsletters and new activities through the Wisconsin Autism Affiliates: South Central; Southeastern; Greater Wisconsin.

Family Voice of Wisconsin June 2024 Newsletter: College is a Real Possibility for Youth with Disabilities

National Louis University is seeking primary caregivers of children 12-18 yrs old with Tourette Syndrome for a research study. More information on the flyer TourettStudyflyer

Overcoming Adversity — featuring July is Disability Pride Month from the SPAN Youth Hub

  • The Four Choices to Overcome Adversity
  • 10 Ways to Overcome Adversity
  • Monthly SPAN Youth Chats

The summer issue of the All in for Kids newsletter: CLTS is now available online in EnglishHmong, and Spanish

The summer issue of the All in For Kids: Birth to 3 Program newsletter is now available in EnglishHmong, and Spanish.

July is Disability Pride Month. NICHQ has compile resources for Healthcare Professionals; Transition from Pediatric to Adult Care; Initiatives Focused on CYSHCN

July is National Minority Health Month — check out a toolkit from US Dept of Health and Human Services

Creating Secure Attachment in Parent – Part 1 from Thriving Parent Collective blog

RespectAbility changes its name to Disability Belongs learn more at their new website!

The other side of the glass wall The loneliness of life in the community Feature article from Disability Debrief

The Brazelton Touchpoints Center’s Family-to-Family Real Talk Series creates dialogue and connections that build community between and among affinity groups of parents, and open up safe spaces for honest conversations about challenges and opportunities that matter to their families today. This fall, join us for 4 free conversation series by and for Latine, Indigenous parents and families, for families raising children with developmental delays, disabilities, or severe chronic medical conditions, and for community members strengthening their own communities. All conversations have live Spanish translation and closed captioning available.

Other information for the Week of Jul 8

Outreach & Engagement to Underserved Populations: Respite Care Association of Wisconsin (RCAW) Seeking Advocacy Entities to Partner With

The SPAN Youth Hub A Weekly Blog for Youth and Young Adults ***Para leer este boletín en Español, haga clic aquí

  • Public Speaking for Beginners
  • Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking
  • Youth Engagement Now (YEN)
  • SPAN Youth Chats: Now Monthly!

WI FACETS Family Engagement Newsletter July 2024

WisconSibs Newsletter (July 2024)

  • Power of Siblings
  • Becoming What Others Look Up To
  • Angela’s Amazing Pound Cake
  • Calendar of Events
  • Nominations for Siblings Choice Awards

WI Board for People with Developmental Disabilities July 2024 Boletín informativo de BPDD de Wisconsin – Julio de 2024

  • What’s the Word? — with Jarod Falk
  • WI Disability Policy Leadership Program – Apply for the Fellowship Today
  • Celebrate 40 years of Community Living for Cindy Bentley
  • Partners in Policymaking Applications Open!
  • SPARKs Grant Applications Open!
  • Self-Determination Conference 2024 – Registration Open!
  • Families Supporting Families Grantees Announced
  • Madison Disability Pride Festival – July 27th

Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition (PPCC) Newsletter July 2024

  • Navigating Adolescence in Palliative Care: Challenges and Strategies
  • PPCC Resources
  • Parenting Teenagers with Medical Challenges
  • Upcoming Events

NICHQ News (National Institute for Children’s Health Quality)

Things to Remember

  • Wisconsin Birth to 3 Program is committed to serving children under the age of 3 with developmental delays and disabilities and their families. We value your family’s primary relationship with your child and work in partnership with your family. We work to enhance your child’s development and support your family’s knowledge, skills, and abilities as you interact with and raise your child. Learn more at Wisconsin Wayfinder.
  • Katie Beckett Medicaid provides access to Wisconsin Medicaid services for children with disabilities, mental illness, or complex medical needs. Katie Beckett helps some children whose parents have too high of an income for Medicaid, and those covered by private insurance, get a ForwardHealth Medicaid card so they can receive needed services and equipment that might not otherwise be covered. They will be connected with an eligibility specialist who will explain the Medicaid benefit and help the family decide if they want to pursue enrollment. Learn more at Wisconsin Wayfinder.
  • Dane County Behavioral Health Resource Center — If you, someone you care about, or someone you are working with needs help finding mental health and/or substance use services in Dane County. The BHRC phone line is available Monday to Friday 7am to 7pm at (608) 267-2244; Email the BHRC at BHRC@countyofdane.com
  • Vernon, Crawford, Grant, Richland, Iowa, Lafayette, Juneau, Adams, Sauk, Columbia, Green, Rock— Did you know the Early Childhood Health Consultation (ECHC) is a free program that provides Wisconsin’s early childhood care and education providers with information on best practices related to child health and safety? Through this program, early care and education (ECE) providers can receive free health consultations, on-demand training, and tailored resources surrounding best practices for health and safety needs at their child care facilities. For more information we invite you to visit the ECHC websitewebinars, and podcasts.
  • Disability Information and Access Line Help with COVID-19 vaccinations for people with disabilities from Administration for Community Living

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 Research Studies: Up to date listing of Waisman Center studies that are currently recruiting

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School Information, Guidance and Resources for COVID-19–now on our School/Special Education Page

For more information please go to our School/Special Education page.

Waisman Center Resources and Updates for COVID-19

WI DHS Higher Risk/Families with CYSHCN Resources for COVID-19

Here are some current updates:

Several new versions of the family decision making tool available via our ReSET webpage (www.reset4kids.org):

  • a Spanish version
  • a fillable Word document that is more user-friendly

As you all are experiencing, the announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in a media briefing on Friday, February 25, 2022 has dramatically changed the COVID mitigation landscape, including how to mitigate the spread of infection in schools. At this time there is no targeted guidance from the CDC other than the media briefing and this new COVID-19 Community Levels webpage.

DPI’s COVID-19 Infection Control and Mitigation Measures for Wisconsin School 2021-2022 is pulled from access. The document will be revised in the next few days, hopefully with more direction from the CDC. Resources below will hopefully be updated in the near future. For now, they are for historical reference.

COVID-19 Webinar for Local Public Health and School Stakeholders (1.26.22)

WI Department of Health Services Clinical Guidance for vaccinating 5-11 year olds (11.5.21)

Safe, Strong & Healthy Schools with Wisconsin doctors, educators, scientists, and leaders exploring the ways that schools and districts can build and maintain “Safe, Strong & Healthy Schools”

ReSET (Restarting Safe Education & Testing) for Children with Medical Complexity from Healthy Kids Collaborative Dane County

Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools (1/6): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/k-12-guidance.html

Overview of COVID-19 Isolation for K-12 Schools (1/6): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/k-12-contact-tracing/about-isolation.html

Overview of COVID-19 Quarantine for K-12 Schools (1/6):  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/k-12-contact-tracing/about-quarantine.html

Responding to COVID-19 Cases in K-12 Schools: Resources for School Administrators (1/6)https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/k-12-contact-tracing/guide.html

What You Should Know About COVID-19 Testing in Schools (1/6): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/what-you-should-know.html

Schools, Child Care, and Colleges (1/6): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/index.html

Wisconsin Well Badger Resource Center is a statewide public health Information and Referral (I&R) service and resource program offering a toll free phone line and website for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and more. Well Badger is staffed to provide information and referrals with a deliberate focus to engage high-risk populations and for those with special needs.

The WI Children’s Mental & Behavioral Health Navigator is a free, confidential, online tool designed to help parents, caregivers and professionals in Wisconsin navigate (find, access, pay for) mental and behavioral health services and support for children, adolescents and young adults under the age of 21. Just answer a few questions about the child, and the Navigator provides a customized guide to connect kids and families with the resources and support they need and deserve.

Website: https://wellbadger.org/
Phone: 1-800-642-7837

The Southern Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs tries to help families, and the professionals who support them, through providing current resources, news articles, interesting items and more. We post “What’s New” on our home page each week. We regularly post this content and more on our Facebook page. We send out a weekly Resource Round-up on Fridays (send an email with Weekly Resource Round-up in the Subject Line to cyshcn@waisman.wisc.edu to join).We bring together the “What’s New” resources by topic and place them on the Resources page. We hope you can find some help, encouragement, or just information on this page. New content is added regularly.