Improving Integration Of Services And Outcomes For Children Affected By Disabilities

February 7, 2020 from 9am-1:15pm
UW-Whitewater Community Engagement Center
1260 West Main Street;  Whitewater, WI 53190

The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership presented the second event of a three part series looking at disabilities in Wisconsin. Each event addressed increasing independence for Wisconsin individuals with disabilities. This event’s focus was on preparing children for increased independence later in life, and how the state can help prepare them to join the workforce. The conference also examined the promise of telehealth in assisting children and families affected by IDD and what hurdles would need to be overcome for increased implementation. Cosponsors included the UW-Whitewater Inclusive Transition, Education and Employment Projects, UW-Madison Department of Rehabilitation Psychology & Special Education, Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities, Special Olympics Wisconsin, The Waisman Center, The Arc Wisconsin, and Good Friend Inc.

Panel 1: Preparing Children for Independence and to Join the Workforce

Moderator: Beth Swedeen, Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities

  • Denise Schamens, Good Friend Inc.
  • Molly Murphy, UW-Madison
  • Pam Jenson, WI Dept. of Public Instruction
  • Nancy Molfenter Ph.D., Madison Metropolitan School District

Panel 2: The Promise of Telehealth for Children with IDD

Moderator: Maria Stanley, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

  • David Wacker, University of Iowa
  • Kelly Shieltz, University of Iowa Children’s Hospital
  • Matthew O’Brien, University of Iowa Children’s Hospital
  • Laura Nagel, CI Therapies
  • Simrit Singh, UW Health

Keynote Address: Laura Nagel, CI Therapies