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.
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.
Accepted applicants will be offered overnight accommodations.
(Due to limited space additional family members and friends cannot attend sessions.)
Friday, September 29, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday, September 30, 8:30am – 4:00pm
Friday, October 27, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday, October 28, 8:30am – 4:00pm
Friday, November 17, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday, November 18, 8:30am – 4:00pm