The Wisconsin Statewide Parent Educator Initiative (WSPEI) now has available the 2013-2014 training schedule for Parents in Partnership (PIP) and Youth in Partnership with Parents for Empowerment (YiPPE).
What is Parents in Partnership (PIP)?
Parents in Partnership is a leadership development opportunity for parents of children with disabilities. Parents and other caregivers meet together five times during the year to: share their family stories, challenges, joys, and triumphs of raising their children. They will learn about community and statewide resources for children with disabilities; explore issues around health, education, policy making, legislation, inclusion, self-determination, family well-being, and IDEA Special Education Law. The program assists parents in developing: communication skills, leadership skills, positive advocacy skills, collaboration skills, their own Community Action Plan.
What is Youth in Partnership with Parents for Empowerment (YiPPE)?
Youth in Partnership with Parents for Empowerment is a leadership development opportunity for youth with disabilities and their parents to learn about the transition process in a unique way. Youth and their parents will hear from speakers and take part in hands-on activities in parallel programs over five weekends. The program assists youth ages 15-20 to: make decisions for themselves and become as independent as possible, get involved in their school and community, make friends and have fun, become self-advocating and self-determined, learn what the future could hold for them as they think about living on their own, college, work and health. YiPPE assists parents to plan for their youth's future by: enhancing their leadership, communication, and social skills, providing information in the areas of health, employment, education, inclusion, legislation and adult services, connecting them to national, state, and local resources that will help their youth make a smoother transition.
2013-2014 Training Locations
Attached are flyers for each training location, except for Milwaukee YiPPE.
WSPEI will be offering three Parents in Partnership trainings:
WSPEI will be offering two Youth in Partnership with Parents for Empowerment trainings
- Green Bay
- Milwaukee Public Schools
All trainings are FREE of charge.
Note: The Green Bay YiPPE is open to any family in the state. At this time the Milwaukee YiPPE will be for Milwaukee Public School families ONLY.
Families can register using either of the following options:
- Online at http://wspeidatasystem.com/pip/register
- Go directly to www.wspei.org
- Call Jo Ann Senzig, CESA 5, 608-745-5422
For more information contact Martha DeYoung, WSPEI Training Coordinator, 608-745-5435, firstname.lastname@example.org or refer to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website http://sped.dpi.wi.gov/sped_par_partn.