The Endless Possibilities conference is an annual event coordinated by WI FACETS, in collaboration with Wisconsin DPI, UW-Whitewater, WSPEI and other family support/disability organizations. The conference provides a full day of training from experts on various topics connected to special education for families of students with IEPs and the professionals who support them.

2023 Endless Possibilities: Guiding Families Through Challenging Times

A Virtual Conference for Families and Professionals Who Support Students with Disabilities

Keynote Session: The Impact of Toxic Stress and Trauma

Presenter: Dr. Amy Nelson Christensen will provide an overview of the current understanding of the elements of a trauma sensitive school, define what is meant by “trauma sensitive” practices, and provide an outline of how families and schools can partner together to create a positive learning environment for all. She will explore the difference between trauma and toxic stress as well as the intersectional issues of students of color who struggle with toxic stress or traumatization and how this relates to special education services.

Breakout Sessions: (Access the conference agenda, handouts and additional materials from all breakout sessions here.)

  • Building a Trauma-Sensitive IEP
  • (Re)Settling in: Immigrant and Refugee Students and Families in Schools
  • How to be Trauma Informed in a Racialized World
  • Making a Pathway that is Eased for Children with Hope and Support
  • Homelessness Among Youth
  • Life Hurts. Have you Considered Forgiveness?
  • Boundaries: Tools to Create a Safer World for your Child
  • Building a Trauma Sensitive School Through Family-School Partnerships
  • The Educational Rights of English Learners

Registration and more information are available here.

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2022 Endless Possibilities: Effective Family Engagement Honoring Diversity for Successful Partnerships

Keynote Session: Lifestyle Design: How I Built My Family’s Healthcare and Education Village

Presenter: Lola Dada-Olley, is is a mom, wife, attorney, TEDx speaker, writer, advocate, and podcast host. In 2020, Lola launched her podcast, titled “Not Your Mama’s Autism,” chronicling her family’s multi-generational autism journey from inception, her brother’s autism diagnosis in 1989, to the present-day health care and education related needs of both her children.

Breakout Sessions: (Access handouts, recordings and additional materials from all breakout sessions here)

  • Rise of the Advocate/Self-Advocate: Advancing Your Why
  • Addressing Conflicts Effectively: Collaboratively Navigating Challenging Conversations
  • Dispute Resolution Options for Families and Schools
  • Systems Approaches to Family and Community Engagement
  • Overcoming Obstacles – Family Engagement Stories
  • Engaging Families Using Multi-Tiered Systems of Support
  • A Tenacious Population: Supporting Foster Youth
  • Speaking from the Inside of Disability
  • Culturally Responsive Practices for Engaging Native American Families
  • It All Starts with Hopes and Dreams: Parent-Teacher Home Visits
  • Models of Strong Family-School Partnership Practices
  • Engaging Families through Equitable Virtual Education

2021 Endless Possibilities: Successful Transitions

Keynote Session: Creating a Roadmap for Inclusive IEPs and Transition

Presenter: Dan Habib, is an award-winning filmmaker and a project director at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability.

Breakout Sessions: (Access handouts, recordings and additional materials from all breakout sessions here)

  • ACTION! Effective Practices in Transition
  • DVR: Thinking and Rethinking Possibilities During Times of Change and Transition
  • College and Career Ready IEPs and Transition Back to In-Person Learning
  • Completing a Successful Postsecondary Transition Plan (PTP)
  • We Don’t Have to Return to “School as Usual”: Culturally Responsive Practices to Improve Outcomes for Students with IEPs
  • Helping Teens Get the Health Care They Need and Deserve
  • COVID-compelled change: Post-traumatic Growth at the Intersection of Identity and Life Transitions
  • Including Health Care Transition into the PTP and IEP
  • Panel – Life Skills Program Options
  • Panel – Post-Secondary Education Program Options
  • Self-Care Sessions: How to Forgive in an Unforgiving World
  • Fall Into Gratitude and Joy: It’s That Easy!
  • Panel of Post-Secondary Education Program Options