Family Engagement Newsletter

Eau Claire Area School District



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There will be a virtual option for attending the SEPTA meetings. If you wish to join virtually vs attending in person click the zoom link below. Reach out to with questions or to be added to their mailing list.

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The Public Forum allows the Special Education Advisory Council to: • Listen to families, school administrators, educators, community representatives, and others • Gather input on the unique challenges and successes of special education in Wisconsin • Advise the State Superintendent and the Department of Public Instruction • Hear about any topic upon which people may choose to comment

Location: This is a virtual public forum. Signup to participate:

Can’t join us online October 13, 2021, go to the Wisconsin DPI council webpage to submit your comment online between Oct 11 to Oct 15 in

English at

or Spanish at

The purpose for this forum is to gather input from families, school administrators, educators, community representatives, and others, on the unique challenges and successes of special education in Wisconsin. Information gathered will be used by the council in advising the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) on matters affecting the education of Wisconsin’s children and youth with disabilities.

On Thursday, October 7th at 5:00 PM, the UW HELP team, along with campus representatives from UW-Eau Claire and UW-Whitewater, will discuss accessibility and disability services for students who are transitioning from high school to college.

During this webinar, our panelists will discuss available services at the UW schools, the similarities and differences between high school and college, policies, procedures, and other helpful information.

Students, families, counselors, and other academic professionals are encouraged to attend this webinar. We encourage you to share the registration link with any students who may be interested in attending.

Registration for the event is required. Webinar Registration - Zoom
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Join our ECASD Special Olympics team!

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children (age 8 and up) and adults with intellectual disabilities. Athletes have opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Would you like more information about or are you interested in joining our

School District Special Olympics program?

Contact Stephanie Travis at 715-852-6742 or email


GATEWAYS is the Community Based Transition Option (CBTO) to support students aged 18-21 with Individualized Education Programs and unique transition goals. It’s atmosphere benefits these young adults and supports their goals in partnership with the community. Located in the Eastridge Center, the program is expected to begin during the 2021-22 academic year.

This program supports our young adult students in an age-appropriate learning environment and allows them to gain skills in real-life settings:

• Independent Living Skills • Communication Skills Across Environments • Vocational/Employment Skills • Community Involvement • Self-Advocacy Skills • Post Secondary Education • Transportation Skills • Adult Agency & Family Involvement • Social/Leisure Skills, including Relationships with Same-Age Peers

Level Up Gaming Group - A place where gamers of all abilities can connect, learn, and have fun!

Level Up Gaming Group, is a free group for individuals with disabilities in the state of Wisconsin. The group is a social/educational group on gaming to learn about benefits, risks, safety, advocacy and accessibility in game. This group is to connect consumers to other gamers with disabilities to have a safe social outlet in our virtual space .

For information and application to join, please email Jenesis Lindbo (Independent Living Specialist) at: or call 715-233-1070 extension 222.

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Guest Presentation at November 4th SEPTA Meeting!

Creating Financial Security for a Loved One With Special Needs

Topics will include:

  • Setting goals for you and your family
  • Assessing if your current plan will be enough.
  • Special needs require specialists to get you there.

  • Putting it all together ~ implementing your plan.
  • Communicating your hopes to others.
  • Keeping your plan up-to-date


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ABLE Accounts vs Special Needs Trusts Webinar November 11, 2021

Taking the time to become as educated as possible empowers you to make informed decisions, take appropriate actions and help provide the highest possible quality of life for those who depend on you. This workshop will cover the essential aspects of providing financial security for your loved one with special needs, today and into the future.


Join us for a webinar on Nov 11, 2021 at 7:00 PM CST.

Register Online at Go To Webinar

Goals for Children - New online tool for families

Introducing the new Goals For Children tool from Wisconsin’s Children & Youth with Special Healthcare Needs (CYSHCN) Program and the UW Madison Waisman Center which helps parents create individualized, meaningful goals with their child, for use at home and in the community!

Social Security’s Program that Helps Children with Disabilities

Social Security’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides cash payments to children with mental and/or physical disabilities whose families have little or no income and resources.

If you are a parent or know a parent, guardian, caregiver, or representative of someone you think may be eligible, visit our Disability Benefits- Apply for a Child (Under Age 18) web page to learn more and apply.

Free, Online, anonymous tool to help you navigate resources for a child you care about who has mental or behavioral health concerns.


The current WI Family Engagement Newsletter is here!

Families First Podcast

ECASD Families First is a podcast created by staff in the Eau Claire Area School District on topics related to district and community information for students, families, and community members. These 10 to 20-minute episodes on different school-related topics help provide relevant and important information in audio format to the public. We invite you to explore different episodes and learn more about Eau Claire Area School District structures and activities in our surrounding community.
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Are You on FaceBook and looking to connect with other families about issues important to you?


Finding Your Way: A Navigation Guide for Wisconsin Families Who Have Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and Disabilities assists families who may have concerns or questions about their child's development or have recently received a diagnosis of a special health care need or disability. It provides brief descriptions of programs, services and systems of support and gives contact information and links to learn more about these and other resources.

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