Family Engagement Newsletter

Eau Claire Area School District



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Special Education Procedural Safeguards Rights for Parents and Children

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Federal law concerning the education of students with disabilities, requires schools to provide parents of a child with a disability with a notice containing a full explanation of the procedural safeguards available under the IDEA and U.S. Department of Education regulations.

Because you have a student in the Eau Claire Area School District who is receiving special education services, you will receive this notice. Please contact Lauri Malnory, Family Services-Special Education at 715-852-3075 or email if you would like to printed copy of the procedural safeguards mailed to you.

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SEPTA - Thursday, November 4, 2021 7:00pm

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

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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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

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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

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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

Ways to Learn with Triple P!

Triple P is for parents with children ages 0-12 years of age.

Triple P doesn’t tell anyone how to be a parent. Instead, we offer practical advice, backed by science and the successes seen by thousands of families. You’ll find tips for a range of issues, from raising toddlers to learning how to cope with complex problems at home. With Triple P, the choices are yours.

  • Find the right level of support

  • Set your own priorities and goals

  • Decide what works for your family

  • Tailor strategies to your unique needs

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!


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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