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Fall 2023 WiFLI


The Fall 2023 Session is Full—We Will Not Accept Any More Applications.
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When families of children with disabilities and special health care needs are at the decision-making table, programs are improved and more accessible. Resources and services are created by the people making decisions; Parents can be meaningful contributors to shaping the systems that support their children and others.

Family Voices of Wisconsin developed the Wisconsin Family Leadership Institute (WiFLI) for parents of children with disabilities and special health care needs. Our goal is that every WiFLI participant gains the skills and confidence to be at the table when decisions are made in the community: serving on community advisory groups (like at the library, school, recreation programs, or medical clinic) to county or state boards or committees. Parents can also share their experiences with systems, to advocate to their legislators for real solutions. 

We offer two levels of WiFLI, Foundations and Advanced, so you can start where your experience level is and build your leadership skills to reach far beyond.

Advanced—Fall 2023: 

Take your existing leadership experiences to the next level as this series takes a deep-dive into family leadership methods, roles, and experiences. Expand your toolbox as we talk about re-framing conflict into opportunities for growth, and the steps to developing a Leadership Action Plan, having a meaningful impact on communities. Coming Fall, 2023. Sign up to receive email alerts when applications are open.

Foundations—Spring 2024:

This series provides the building blocks to successfully extend the advocacy you are already doing to reach beyond your own family, affecting the systems, programs, and services you interact with every day. From Telling your Story workshops to understanding how Boards and Committees work, we’ll get you started on your family leadership journey.

Participation in WiFLI Foundations includes registration to our Advocacy for Change.

WiFLI: Foundations 2024 Schedule

Fall 2023 Schedule

Accepted applicants will be offered overnight accommodations.

(Due to limited space additional family members and friends cannot attend sessions.)

Session 1

Friday, September 29, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Saturday, September 30, 8:30am – 4:00pm 

Session 2

Friday, October 27, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Saturday, October 28, 8:30am – 4:00pm

Session 3

Friday, November 17, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Saturday, November 18, 8:30am – 4:00pm

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