Topics, events and legislation that affect families in our community.
Black Lives Matter Statement of Solidarity and Commitment to Action
We are a national network of families of children and youth with special health care needs and disabilities. Our children and families need multiple services and supports to live an optimal life. Unfortunately, Black families with special health care needs and disabilities experience unacceptable inequities in the access to and […]
Family Voices and the UW Pediatric Pulmonary Center offered a series of webinars about COVID-19 for families who have children and youth with special health care needs. We’re posting them here in case you missed them when they originally aired in May. These webinars aim to end COVID confusion by […]
Summer has arrived and we all feel like bears coming out of hibernation. Our kids are finishing up their online school year and we’re wondering what the next few months will be like for our families. It’s true that we’re not under quarantine, but we need to think about COVID-19 […]
Are You Ready? We Can Help!! What Families Can Do to Prepare for Emergencies.
As families who have children with special needs, we are probably more prepared than many for these unpredictable times and social isolation. We realize you are probably overwhelmed with all the information about COVID-19, so we are providing some suggestions for what you can do immediately to be prepared for [...]
Sometimes life hands your family a big challenge. You’re lucky though because you live in Wisconsin and our beautiful state has plenty of first-rate resources to help you. But, when you’re juggling work and caregiving you don’t have much time left to research the purpose of each of these organizations […]
Our Fall Newsletter is ready and it’s filled with information to help you raise a child who is strong, decisive and able to make good choices. This issue covers the idea of self determination. We explain what it is and give you tips on raising your child to lead a […]
Our Listening Session Has Families and Professionals Talking
The 2019 Circles of Life Conference was a great setting for Family Voices’ annual, Family Listening Session. Over 160 parents, family members and providers ate dinner and took part in this productive and spirited discussion about family challenges and the good things that are happening all around us. Family Voices […]
Prior Authorizations: Family Input Can Make a Difference
Good news can go sideways fast when the medical service or therapy your child needs is slowed down by red tape. It starts when you hear the approval from Medicaid won’t happen without a Prior Authorization (PA). But don’t worry! We have the information on PAs that you need to smooth out […]
Important Budget Updates for Children with Disabilities
The 2019-2021 budget is moving forward. The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC) voted on the Department of Health Services’ budget on June 4. This includes items that impact families who have children with disabilities. Family Voices will continue to watch what’s happening at the capitol closely and keep you updated [...]
Summary of Governor’s 2019-2021 State Budget Proposal
Wisconsin’s new governor has issued his first state budget proposal and it’s full of information that will affect families with children with special health care needs. No need to read all of this huge document! Family Voices has a summary of the items that matter to families. Read more here.