Fostering Self-Determination Among Children & Youth with Disabilities

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm



Teaching our children to grow up to be as independent as possible is one of the most important jobs a parent has. Learning to make good choices is a life-long lesson (for all of us). Let’s talk about what it means to be Self-Determined, why it’s important and how we get there. How do we create opportunities for children with disabilities to be more included, to get involved in the community, including their school community, and getting support to make complex decisions? How do we prepare them for the adult world?


Fil Clissa has worked in the disability community for over 30 years. As Senior Program Analyst for the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities she works on projects and initiative around self-determination to help people with disabilities fill full lives in the community. She coordinates the  Self-Determination Conference, the Supported Decision-Making and Family-Led  initiatives and supports the  Statewide  People First Wisconsin organization.

Molly Cooney is an outreach specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Waisman Center.  She worked with the Think College Wisconsin initiative, which aims to increase inclusive college options for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Molly currently works with the Wisconsin PROMISE project.  She manages a network of family advocates who help participating families gain information about transition and employment, and she helps coordinate community conversations focused on youth employment around the state.  

Workshop Registration Form

Workshop Registration Form

Registration is required for all WI FACETS–sponsored workshops. You may use the form below to register or you may register by contacting Sandra McFarland at 877-374-0511. If you use the form, please make sure to include the title and date of the event you are registering for.

All WI FACETS-sponsored workshops are free.  Requests for any special accommodations must be made at least two weeks prior to the event. Please list any accommodations requested in the “Special Request” box below.