If you are a parent of a child with a disability and your child receives services through our special education department, we hope that this page can provide your family with useful information and resources.
If you ever have any questions about special education or if you ever need to talk to another parent please feel free to contact Tiffany Lisk, WSPEI Family Engagement Coordinator at (608)-786-4828 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On this page, you will find links to resources that are intended to provide information on a variety of topics for families and educators. It is not a complete list of all services available in the La Crosse area and is not meant to be an endorsement or recommendation of these particular agencies.
Special Education Resources for Families
Introduction to Special Education: A general overview of special education and the IEP process
SPED in Plain Language: A parent-friendly resource that explains education laws, policies, and practices in Wisconsin.
Parents Rights in Special Education (Procedural Safeguards): This document explains the rights parents and students have in regards to special education services.
Resources for Families
CESA 4 Family Engagement Website: Provides links to Family Engagement Newsletters, resources and trainings available to families. http://www.cesa4.k12.wi.us/programs/familyengagement.cfm
Link to WSPEI Live Binder of resources for Families:
Finding Your Way
This guide is a highly acclaimed resource for families who have children with special health care needs and disabilities. If you have questions about your child’s development or have recently received a diagnosis this guide can help you navigate the many organizations and resources available to families. It provides a brief description of programs, services, support systems, and provides contact information for different agencies. To learn more go to:
Wisconsin First Step
An information and referral service to assist Wisconsin families and providers working with children and youth with special needs.
Opening Doors to Adult Services
Opening Doors to Self-Determination Skills
Opening Doors to Employment
Opening Doors to Postsecondary Education and Training
Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) - Provides employment services and counseling to people with disabilities.
Local Agencies that Assist Families
Family Engagement Liaison for the West Salem School District
Tiffany Lisk is the Family Engagement Liaison for the West Salem School District. Her role is to assist families as they work through the special education process. The goal is to help families and educators work together to make this process less challenging. You may contact Tiffany at (608)-786-4828 or email her at email@example.com
Wisconsin Family Ties
A Family Advocate is available in the community free of charge through Wisconsin Family Ties (WFT). Family Advocates team up with individual families and the professionals working with them to help guide them through the steps they may need to take. Whether it’s working with schools, child welfare, mental health services, developmental or physical disabilities or the juvenile justice system, the family advocate can help families clarify their options and access support for their children. Vicky Shanley works with families in La Crosse County. Please feel free to contact Vicky Shanley at (608)-317-0275 to learn more or visit http://www.wifamilyties.org/
Services provided include:
Free workshops: Choose from in person, over the phone or online. These are for parents and professionals who work with children with disabilities. A list of upcoming workshops is available on their website.
Support groups: Meet with other parents in the community or online support groups
Information and Referral: They can offer referrals to other programs and agencies.
For more information go to www.wifacets.org or Call toll free 1-877-374-0511.
La Crosse County Human Services (includes how to apply for a special needs social worker, Birth to 3 services, etc.) for more information go to http://www.co.la-crosse.wi.us/humanservices/
The Parenting Place
Provides support and education to those who care for children
For more information go to: http://www.theparentingplace.net
Parent to Parent
Connect one-on-one with another parent who has faced similar challenges.
For more information go to http://www.p2pwi.org