- Families are an important part of their children’s education. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) ensures that parents/guardians have the opportunity to participate equally with others on Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams.
- Parents/guardians may participate in any meetings about their child's identification, evaluation, and educational placement as a child with a disability, and any meetings about the provision of a free appropriate public education to their child. Parents' rights should be explained to them throughout the special education process.
- Wisconsin law gives families the opportunity to participate in the development and review of the school district's Local Performance Plan (LPP) for all children with disabilities. School districts must evaluate parents'/guardians' general satisfaction with special education and related services in the district, and report that information in the LPP. Each district's LPP is a public document that is available on the Internet.
District Family Engagement Liaisons:
- The School District of Waukesha has family engagement liaisons. Denise Schamens and Heidi Schmidt are readily available to provide support and education to families of children with disabilities. District family engagement liaisons are specially trained in many areas of special education.
- Denise Schamens
- Heidi Schmidt
The Wisconsin Statewide Parent-Educator Initiative (WSPEI) is a service for parents, educators, and others interested in parent-educator partnerships for children with disabilities. Click here for the link to the Wisconsin Statewide Parent-Educator Initiative.
Wisconsin Statewide Transition Initiative (WSTI)
Association for the Rights of Citizens with Handicaps
Broadscope, formerly United Cerebral Palsy of Southeastern Wisconsin
Good Friend, Inc.
Special Olympics of Wisconsin