Local Projects

Milwaukee Public Schools Initiative Project

The Milwaukee Public Schools Initiative (MPSI) Project is a new project designed to increase the engagement of family members of MPS students to make decisions regarding their children’s education, by increasing their knowledge of special education law, parental rights, disability identification, IEP process and other special education topics.  The project also aims to work closely with MPS leadership to build positive relationships, communicate effectively, and support parents to become more engaged in supporting the Response to Intervention (RTI) and Positive Behavior Supports and Intervention (PBIS) processes in their child’s school building. The project is a discretionary grant by the WI Department of Public Instruction.

Download MPSI Documents:  Family Climate Survey, Family Engagement Survey, Family Guide to PBIS, Family Guide to RtI, Parent Booklist, PBIS Home Documents, PBIS Matrix-Blank, PBIS Home Poster - Bathroom, PBIS Home Poster - Kitchen, PBIS Parent Brochure, RtI Parent Brochure

Download MPSI Documents in Spanish:  Spanish Family Guide to PBIS PowerPoint, Spanish Family Guide to RtI PowerPoint, Spanish PBIS Parent Brochure, Spanish RtI Parent Brochure

Milwaukee IDEA Network

The Milwaukee IDEA Network is a collaborative network of Milwaukee Area organizations designed to improve outcomes for children and their families. Through networking opportunities organizations come together to share information, resources, and expertise that they can take back to the families and clients they support. The IDEA Network also provides direct support to families through high quality training opportunities, information & referral services and individual support.

Milwaukee IDEA Network brochure

Milwaukee County Advocacy Project

The Milwaukee County Advocacy & Consumer Education Grant provides information, support and training to Milwaukee county youth (typically ages 14-21) and their families. The grant targets underserved populations within the City of Milwaukee while also conducting outreach to families in other areas of Milwaukee County. Project activities include trainings for students, parents and educators on self-advocacy and transition, as well as the Youth Leadership Summit for high school students with disabilities. WI FACETS partners with IndependenceFirst, a local independent living center, on this program. 

UW Promotora Project

This is 2-year research project, in partnership with UW-Madison School of Social Work, to develop and test a culturally sensitive educational intervention to address the needs of immigrant Latino families of young children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder through a community collaborative approach. Spanish-speaking WI FACETS community health advisors (promotoras de salud) conduct 8 home visits to 20 parents for each of two intervention modules. The first module includes basic information about child development and autism; the second has content on how parents can work with their children to reduce problem behaviors and improve social and communication skills. Spanish speaking parents are gaining vital skills to help them advocate for and obtain important services for their children and will give these parents the tools to provide ongoing educational intervention to their children in the home. For more information, please contact Martha Lechuga at mlechuga@wifacets.org or 414-374-464414414-374-4645414-374-4645.