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Endless Possibilities

Endless Possibilities Virtual Conference 2020: A Closer Look at Invisible Disabilities

Conference for educators, parents, and others to gain information related to special education, family supports and mental health. Sponsored by WI FACETS - Wisconsin Family Assistance Center for Education, Training & Support, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, UW-Whitewater and Southern Regional Center - CYSHCN.

Sessions Include:

  • Communicating About Hidden Disabilities: Tips and Tools
  • NAMI Mental Health & Verbal De-escalation Training
  • Compassion Resilience
  • Breaking the Phonics Code for Struggling Readers
  • Basics of Autism within Special Education
  • Making Sure Your 504 Plan is Not Invisible
  • Supporting Neurodiversity
  • Success Stories Panel
  • A Comprehensive Approach to Bullying Prevention: Creating Supportive and Responsive Environments to Address Bullying

Date:  Friday, August 7, 2020 | 8:20 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Register Online Register Today!

Registrations accepted online until 7/24/20, at noon.  We do NOT accept day of registrations.

Conference Registration: $20

CEU: Additional $15 fee (optional)

Fees Include

Fee covers instruction.   The CEU fee includes Continuing Education Units.  

Course Credit

Current UW-Whitewater Graduate students seeking graduate credit please contact Shannon Stuart before registering at  Non UW-Whitewater students seeking graduate credit please contact Carrie Lencho before registering at

Parent Scholarships

Parent scholarships are available to cover conference registration.  Contact Lori Karcher with questions or 414-374-4645.


No refunds for this event.

Keynote Session: Navigating Unfamiliar Spaces with an Invisible Disability

Christina Irene

Christine Irene

Christina Irene is a diversity and empowerment author and speaker who teaches invisible disabilities awareness for corporations, colleges and community groups. Previously, she was a high school English and theatre teacher, with a background in show business. Her travels have taken her to all 50 states and 20 countries, contributing to her passion to empower everyone to not only be ourselves, but to be the best version of ourselves – independent, inspired and making remarkable contributions to our communities and the world.

Title Presenter Description

Keynote: Navigating Unfamiliar Spaces with an Invisible Disability

Christina Irene

This keynote begins with overview of the range and nature of hidden disabilities, then steps behind the scenes with profiles of real people navigating school, work, and life with chronic conditions. There is a special focus on what disability is like “away from home,” leading into the topic of universal design and touching upon intersectionality. Ultimately, discover new ways to support, advocate, communicate, and create inclusive environments through this “light approach to a heavy topic.”

1A: Communicating about Hidden Disabilities: Tips and Tools

Christina Irene

Take a deeper dive into how to communicate with people with invisible disabilities in ways that are supportive and foster self-advocacy. Get hands-on practice with a new system of communication and its easy tools that optimize understanding, encourage success, and help you help!

1B: NAMI Mental Health & Verbal De-escalation Training

Anna Moffit and Jake King, NAMI Dane County (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

Training on the signs and symptoms of mental illnesses, how to recognize the early warning signs, and available support services in the community. This workshop also provides scenarios that offer specific techniques to help deescalate a mental health crisis.

1C: Compassion Resilience

Sarah J. Reed. Rogers Health and WISE

Imagine a consistently caring culture in your school or organization; one where, each day students/clients and staff are able to make the transition from home and community into the school/organization environment and demonstrate a high level of compassion for each other. In this presentation, learn about a flexibly implemented set of individual, small group and whole staff activities to build compassion resilience and stave off burn-out.

2A: Breaking the Phonics Code for Struggling Readers

Amy C. Stevens, UW - Whitewater

Struggling readers most frequently lack the strong neural connections required to associate sounds of language with printed symbols. This results in delayed and deficient reading for students with Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia. With intensive intervention, struggling readers can develop this foundational reading skill of phoneme/grapheme association. In this session, practical strategies to facilitate word segmentation and decoding skills will be taught.

2B: Ending the Silence for School Staff

Anna Moffit and Jake King, NAMI Dane County (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

Presentation for school staff members that includes information about warning signs, facts and statistics, how to approach students and how to work with families.

2C: Basics of Autism Within Special Education

Katie Berg, CESA 1, and Eva Shaw, WI DPI

This session will familiarize participants with characteristics of autism spectrum disorder and its connection to special education services. Participants will be walked through the process from comprehensive evaluation to the creation of an IEP. Resources will be provided so that participants can continue their learning around strategies that are supportive to people with neurological differences.

3A: Making Sure Your 504 Plan is Not Invisible

Monica Murphy, Disability Rights Wisconsin

What do you do when a student needs accommodations for a disability, but does not require special education? This session will discuss when a 504 plan is appropriate, what rules apply, what it might include, and how to make sure it does not become invisible.

3B: Supporting Neurodiversity

Katie Berg, CESA 1, and Eva Shaw, WI DPI

This session aims to serve educators and families supporting children with disability-related needs, in the area of social and emotional learning (SEL). The goal of this session is to give an intro to skill-based approaches to challenging behaviors that will improve social understanding and self-management of neurodiverse students. Learning opportunities with a focus on self-regulation, social communication, flexibility, resilience, sensory processing, and executive functioning will be provided.

3C: Success Stories Panel

Al Schultz, Jeremiah Swisher, Britt Van Asbach, Nicki Vander Meulen

We have all been guilty at times of focusing on what people with disabilities cannot do. Our presenters will share their stories of hard work and self-advocacy as they journey toward success in school, work and community participation.

Learning Objectives: Participants will learn how individuals with diverse needs advocate for themselves and others as they deal with challenges presented by their disabilities.

Participants will learn how families, educators and other professionals can effectively support individuals with disabilities lead productive and self-determined lives.

3D: A Comprehensive approach to Bullying Prevention: Creating Supportive and Responsive Environments to Address Bullying

Beth Herman, WI DPI

Bullying is a prevalent behavior. Nearly a quarter of students surveyed on the 2019 YRBS reported being bullied on school property. Addressing bullying is challenging for schools and can be frustrating for parents and students. Being involved in a bullying situation increases risks for negative outcomes for all students involved; the bully, the bullied and the bystander. Addressing bullying requires a comprehensive approach that includes prevention and climate building strategies as well as clear and consistent adult responses. This session will clarify what bullying is, how schools can develop comprehensive approaches to preventing bullying and recommendations for responding to reports of bullying.

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Questions asked:

  • Name, address, email
  • Participant Type
  • Parents - What is the age of your child (optional)
  • Parents - What is the disability of your child (optional)
  • Company
  • School district with which you are connected (work or home district)
  • Race/Ethnicity (optional)
  • I understand the refund policy
  • How did you hear about this event
  • I have met all the minimal technology requirements to participate in this event
  • I understand CES is not responsible for troubleshooting technology software; other than the registration system software

What You Will Need to Attend

  • A computer, tablet, or smartphone
  • A reliable internet connection 
  • If you have an external microphone or webcam, plan to use them, but these are not required.

Web Ex will be the hosting platform for this event.  Meeting links for joining your select sessions will be available a week prior to the event.  We will email you and provide the link to access sessions.   We will be tracking registrants attendance and providing to WI FACETS. Tracking will include a list of those that attended a session and how long they were in attendance.


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