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Attention Families of Special Education Students
attending the Kimberly Area School District:

As an additional resource available to you as a family member of a
child who is receiving special education services in our district, we
would like to introduce our district’s special education Parent
Liaison, Deidre Lueneburg.

Deidre Lueneburg, District Family Engagement Liaison (WSPEI)
Email: dmlueneburg@kimberly.k12.wi.us
Phone: (920) 423-4195

What is a Parent Liaison?

The district’s Family Engagement Liaison (or Parent Liaison) is a
position coordinated by the Wisconsin Statewide Parent-Educator
Initiative (WSPEI) grant.  The person in this role is responsible for
promoting positive, collaborative relationships between families and
schools in a confidential manner.  Each year, Deidre is required to
attend trainings and work under the direction of the KASD's Director
of Pupil Services to ensure she is up to date with all of the proper
resources to serve the families in her community in the most efficient
way possible.

Most importantly, Deidre is available to parents and family members
of students involved with special education as a neutral support
resource to help with questions about the Individual Education Plan
(IEP) process, finding school or community resources, and by listening
to concerns. Deidre’s role also includes working with the special
education department on strategies and activities to help encourage
family involvement, a sense of community, and figure out ways to best
meet the needs of our student population and their families. Deidre
has not only worked in special education as a speech-language
pathologist in schools at all levels, but she is also a parent of a
child currently receiving special education services.

Please feel free to utilize Deidre as a resource as you navigate
through this sometimes confusing and complicated journey with your
child. In order to stay connected, we invite you to do the following:

1. Keep this letter with her contact information or reach out for a
business card with Deidre’s information.  Consider this an open
invitation to contact her if you would ever need support for all the
questions that come along with life as a family with special needs. As
always, your exchange with Deidre will stay confidential at your
request.

2. Fill out any surveys related to your student's education as they
come home; this is crucial to understanding what areas need
improvement or getting feedback on what we are doing well.  Your input
is important and valued!

Deidre is very excited to have the opportunity to serve the parents
and families of the KASD in this role and to help figure out ways to
make your child's educational experience the best it can be.

Tim Fosshage
Director of Pupil Services
Kimberly Area School District
(920) 788-7900

 If you would like more information about WSPEI, please visit www.wspei.org.

Contact KASDʼs Parent Liaison Deidre Lueneburg for more resources and information about the following:
• Home and center-based autism treatment programs throughout the Fox Valley using Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA therapy) to provide the environment and techniques to enable your child to reach their greatest potential
• Fun support resources including camps for children with disabilities, workshops/outings/camps specifically for siblings of a child with a disability, etc
• Sports opportunities like Miracle League/Discovery league baseball for children, teens, and adults with disabilities in the Fox Valley, football/basketball camps for children with disabilities, swim lessons, etc
• Conferences parents can attend in the Fox Valley to learn more about being a parent of a child with special needs and networking opportunities with other families
• KASD Parent Educational Series occurring throughout the 2019-2020 school year (fall, winter, and spring sessions) that include informational booths set up at Kimberly High School of both adult and youth services available in the area to help, presentations on topics that are important for families, and opportunities to form connections with other special needs families within the district
• Help with understanding your childʼs IEP and preparing for IEP meetings
• Any other questions you may have about supporting your child with a disability and your family Iʼm wondering if my child who is not in school yet has a disability.

Iʼm wondering if my child who is not in school yet has a disability. Does my toddler or preschooler need therapy services?
For children under age 3: In Wisconsin, each county is responsible for providing Birth to 3 services to eligible children and their families. Find the contact information for your county here if you are interested in an evaluation of your childʼs development: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/birthto3/contacts.htm?%20field_b23_county_tid=139

For children age 3-5: Contact your school for more information about KASDʼs Child Development Days to inquire about the development of your preschooler. You may be asked to complete a questionnaire which will help school staff determine if concerns are present in your childʼs development and if a formal screening or evaluation of your child would need to take place.

Helpful Resources for Families:
Wisconsin Statewide Parent-Educator Initiative (WSPEI) (https://wspei.org/) - A resource to connect Wisconsin families with information from other parents (including parent liaisons working with school districts like KASDʼs Deidre Lueneburg), schools, organizations, and agencies to enhance child learning for students with disabilities and help their families navigate through the process.

Family Voices of Wisconsin (https://www.familyvoiceswi.org/) - Focuses its work on health care and community supports in following areas: education and information including trainings, fact sheets, newsletters, family leadership activities, the Advocacy for Change Institute, and public policy and systems change. Trainings include topics such as “Coordinating Your Childʼs Health Care,” “Whatʼs After High School?,” “What is a Special Needs Trust?,” Medicaid information, and “Special Education in Plain Language.”

Parent to Parent of Wisconsin (https://p2pwi.org/) - Provides support to parents of children with special needs through a one-to-one connection with another parent who has similar experiences and who knows first hand about the feelings and realities that come with having a child with special needs. Become a “Support Parent” for another family starting out or get connected to one. Free parent trainings are also held throughout the state periodically.

Regional Centers for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) (https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/cyshcn/regionalcenters.htm) - Wisconsin has five regional centers dedicated to supporting families with children and youth with special healthcare needs and the providers who serve them. The centers are staffed by specialists who can help get parents answers, problem solve, find services and medical providers, and connect you to community resources. Their services and free and confidential. Contact the Northeastern Region that serves all counties in the Fox Valley area at 877-568-5205.

WI FACETS (https://wifacets.org/) - Their mission is to provide and broaden opportunities that enhance the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities and their families, with emphasis on support for underserved families in the community.

Wisconsin Family Ties (https://www.wifamilyties.org/)- This is a statewide not-for-profit organization run by families for families that have children and adolescents who have emotional behavioral and mental health disorders. The organization provides emotional support and help in navigating service and treatment systems.

Wisconsin Special Education Mediation System (WSEMS) (https://www.wsems.us/) - A grantfunded system that provides trained neutral facilitators to parents and school districts for Mediation, IEP Facilitation, and Resolution Process services. WSEMS services are free and confidential.

Wisconsin Statewide Medical Home Initiative (https://www.chawisconsin.org/initiatives/medical-home/) - Find out how to create a medical home for children with special health care needs where parents partner with physicians to promote the childʼs health and development. Focus is placed on coordinating care based on the families priorities and health needs of the child. The initiative provides training, technical assistance, and resources to support medical home implementation for children who have special health care needs.