Parent Leadership Hub Weekly E-Newsletter for July 19, 2012
Parent/Personnel Development Opportunities
The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) Scholarship Program
WHEN: Now until November 15, 2012.
WHERE: Vision Forward Association at 912 N. Hawley Road, Milwaukee
WHAT: The AAHD is accepting applications for the AAHD Scholarship Program (2012-2013) which supports students with disabilities pursuing higher education in a field related to disability and health. Preference is given to students who plan to pursue undergraduate/graduate studies in the field of public health, behavioral health, epidemiology, health promotion, disability studies, to include disability policy and disability research. The Scholarships are limited to under $1,000 and are competitive each year.
AAHD Mission: The mission of the American Association on Health and Disability is to contribute to national, state, and local efforts to promote health and wellness in people with disabilities and identify effective intervention strategies that reduce health disparities between people with disabilities and the general population. AAHD accomplishes its mission through research, education and advocacy at the national, state and community level.
CRITERIA: Applicant must be enrolled as a full time in an undergraduate school (freshman or greater status) or be enrolled part time or full time in a graduate school, and have a documented disability and provide documentation of their disability. (Applicants who have not yet graduated from high school will not be considered.) Applicant must be a US citizen or legal resident living in the US and enrolled in an accredited US University.
REGISTER: Contact Maria Manolatos, AAHD Scholarship Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org . You can also visit their website at http://www.aahd.us/initiatives/scholarship-program/ to download an application or learn more about the scholarship opportunity.
Catholic Charities Post Adoption Summer Picnic – La Crosse
WHEN: Thursday, August 9th from 4:30pm – 7:00pm
WHAT: Hot Dogs and Drinks will be provided at 5:30. Please bring a dish or dessert to share. There will be games, prizes, face painting, crafts, and door prizes. Red Cloud Park has a shelter and playground. The park is located at 520 Powell Street on the north side. The picnic is open to all pre and post adoptive families regardless of type of adoption or agency used. Friends and family who love adoption are welcome too.
REGISTER: Please let them know if your family will be there and RSVP to Magen at email@example.com or call her at 608-782-0710 ext. 223 by August 7th.
Latino Alliance Applying Solutions (ALAS) Upcoming Events
WHEN: Saturday, August 18, 2012 from 11:00am – 1:30pm.
ALAS Office at 1615 S. 22nd Street, Milwaukee
WHAT: Down Syndrome Support Group & ALAS Support Group. The mission of ALAS Inc. is to promote the independence of persons with disabilities by providing information and support to them, their families, and their service providers in the areas related to but not limited to education and health.
REGISTER: Call the ALAS office to register at 414-643-0022.
Regional Special Education Conference for Parents and Professionals
WHEN: Saturday, August 25, 2012 from 8:30am – 12:15pm.
WHERE: Wintergreen Resort and Conference Center, Wisconsin Dells
WHAT: WI FACETS in collaboration with WSPEI, CESA 2, and CESA 4 are hosting this one day workshop, "Positive Solutions and Strategies to Challenging Behaviors for Young Children: The Next Steps". This workshop connects the importance of the social/emotional relationship between parents and their children and how this relationship can provide the basis for supporting children with challenging behaviors. Participants in this workshop will be provided with strategies and solutions that they will be able to implement immediately. This workshop is the first in a series of workshops to be offered across the state that will provide support to children of all ages.
REGISTRATION: To register, contact Sandra McFarland at 877-374-0511 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or register on-line at www.wifacets.org .
Wisconsin Partners in Policymaking
WHEN: Applications are due by September 1, 2012.
WHAT: Wisconsin Partners in Policymaking is a six-session, advocacy and systems change training program designed to develop a group of seasoned leaders across the state who are able to work on policies and initiatives that will support the full participation and inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all aspects of life.
WHO: Partners in Policymaking is designed for family members of children and youth with developmental disabilities ages birth to 21 and individuals with developmental disabilities.
WHAT is EXPECTED of Participants: Partners are expected to commit to:
Participants agree to support core values laid out in the federal Developmental Disabilities Act which include:
- Attend all two-day sessions and complete all homework assignments. Attendance at all regular sessions is required, from Friday at 1pm to Saturday at 4pm. Only individuals selected to participate in the program will be able to attend. Aside from attendant care, family members do not attend sessions and should not plan on staying at the hotel with participants.
- Participate in networking, advocacy activities, interviews, readings and other projects.
- Develop and implement a project that results in systems change that will improve the lives of people with disabilities and their families.
TRAINING DATES: 2012-2013 training dates are:
- Disability is a natural part of the human experience and does not diminish rights to live independently, exert control over their lives, and fully participate in and contribute to communities.
- Schools and communities are stronger and healthier when they are inclusive.
- All people can work at competitive wage jobs in the community with the right supports.
REGISTER: If you would like to have more information about the Partners in Policymaking program, please contact John Shaw at either his email: email@example.com or call him at 608-266-7707. You can go to the website at: www.wi-bpdd.org/projects/partnersinpolicymaking/partnersadvocacytraining.com to read more about this opportunity.
- November 2-3, 2012
December 7-8, 2012
January 11-12, 2013
February 22-23, 2013
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May 10-11, 2013
Family Involvement Resources
Applying for Scholarships for Adopted Children
For information on where to find places to apply for scholarships for adopted children go to: http://scholarshipssss.com/scholarships-for-adopted-children.com
2012-2013 College Grants
College Grants may be available to those who qualify. Learn more about what grants you may be eligible for at: http://www.edu.SearchByDegree.com
Pell Grants for Women
You may qualify for Pell Grants to earn a degree online, go to: http://www.ClassesandCareers.com/PellGrant.com
Top 2012-2013 College Grants
Return to college with a grant, see if you qualify at: http://www.CollegeGrants.ClassesUSA.com
NICHCY's New Blog – What is the big deal about Pinterest?
New social media sites pop up all the time; some flip while others flop. If you are struggling to understand how Pinterest can be useful for your organization, this blog is for you. Pinterest is the fastest-growning social media site and is already the third-most visited social networking site. Pinterest taps into the internet's ability to utilize visual interest to draw audiences into content. Pinterest has over 16 million users worldwide, and it's growing like crazy. If you serve educators or families, you can't afford to ignore Pinterest. Check out the blog at: http://www.nichcy.org/whats-the-big-deal-about-pinterest
We Connect Now Website
We Connect Now, http://weconnectnow.wordpress.com/ , is a website created by student Gabriela McCall Delgado to provide college students with disabilities, a voice on important issues within a virtual community. The website, which has been serving college students with disabilities since April of 2008, is used as a resource by institutions of higher learning and has been linked to by colleges and universities and groups serving people with disabilities in all 50 states and at least 10 other nations. Campuses are invited to create their own chapters. WRC is pleased to recognize another grassroots organization.
This week's update is provided by WSPEI and WI FACETS to share statewide information regarding parent leadership and family involvement.
Please visit the following links to the Parent Leadership Hub web page of the State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) website:
The Parent Leadership Hub supports parents/family members, educators and other community partners to build capacity regarding meaningful family involvement. The Hub serves three primary purposes:
- To support parents of children with disabilities between birth and 26 years of age to participate as partners in the professional development activities of each of the other Statewide Initiatives as they design, deliver and support professional development experiences; and
- To facilitate opportunities for parents/family members to build leadership skills; and
- To provide Content Focused technical assistance concerning family involvement.
Deadline for submitting contributions to each week's issue is Tuesday noon. For time sensitive training advertisements, the information should be sent a minimum of two weeks prior to the event date; ideally a month ahead of time. Material appropriate for the weekly newsletter include web links to sources of family involvement/parent leadership resources and advertisements for statewide trainings for parents, youth or parent/educator audiences (we don't post research articles, reports or news opinion articles). Your submittal may not be in the final copy if it was in a previous weekly email, the event date has passed or the web link doesn't work. Please, send submittals to firstname.lastname@example.org .