Local Projects

Milwaukee Public Schools Initiative Project (part of our DPI Grants Collection)

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.

Milwaukee County Advocacy Project

This project is funded by the Disabilities Services Division of the Milwaukee Department of Health & Human Services. This project provides information, support and training to Milwaukee county youth (typically ages 14-21) and their families. The project targets underserved populations within the City of Milwaukee while also conducting outreach to families in other areas of Milwaukee County.

Project activities include the Youth Leadership Summit for high school students with disabilities, trainings for students, parents, and edcuators, as well as individual support for parents of high school students at IEP meetings.

Youth Leadership Summit

Youth Leadership Summit is a week-long summer gathering of Milwaukee and surrounding area high school students with disabilities. WI FACETS partners with IndependenceFirst for this project.

- Participants learn independent living topics such as conflict resolution, college and employment issues, money management, disability rights, healthy & safe relationships and more.

- Participants meet, socialize, brainstorm, and participate in activities with other area high school students with disabilities, hear from college providers, employment agencies and other successful community young people.

- Includes breakfast and lunch each day, travel reimbursement options and a $100 stipend for participating in the entire program.

- A great way to meet others, learn about independent living and talk about issues affecting young persons with disabilities who are making the transition from high school to “the real world”

Space is limited to 20 students. Completed application is required.

Trainings for Youth, Families, & Educators

Two trainings each are typically held in April & October at WI FACETS’ Milwaukee office. Topics often include employment, college and personal stories of self-advocacy. Please check here frequently for future dates, times and topics as these are subject to presenters’ availability. All WI FACETS events are listed on our calendar.

Independent Support at IEP Meetings

For more information, please call our Help Desk at 877-374-0511

 

For more information on this project, please contact Matthew Zellmer; mzellmer@wifacets.org, (877) 374-0511 ext 203