Statewide Projects

Parent Training and Information Center (PTIC)

WI FACETS has been funded by the US Department of Education since 2001 to support families and others with training, information and referral, and individual assistance related to children with disabilities and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

This funding also allows for FACETS to publish educational materials on raising children with special needs, especially navigating the special education system.


WI FACETS can help:

  • Families and their children/young adults with disabilities from birth through adulthood
  • educators and other professionals who work with students with or without disability
  • parents of all children and schools looking to encourage family engagement in education


Here are some services PTIC supports:

Information and ReferralTrainings and Parent Education
Individual AssistanceParent Leadership Development


WI Special Education Mediation System (WSEMS)

The WI Special Education Mediation System is a collaborative effort between: WI FACETS (representing parent perspective), CESA #7 (representing school perspective), Nina Meierding (representing mediator perspective), and Burns Mediation Services (providing intake and system administration) funded since 1996 by a WI Dept. of Public Instruction discretionary grant to administer the state’s system of dispute resolution for special education. WI FACETS provides outreach training and information about mediation, facilitated IEPs and facilitated resolution meetings.

WI Special Education Mediation System (WSEMS) website