Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
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Autism Society Autism Acceptance Month logo of a yellow heart

April is Autism Acceptance Month. Check out the opportunities to learn, connect and celebrate!

The Southern Regional Center is open, but we are working remotely.  You may call 608-265-8610 or 800-532-3321 and leave a message. If you could spell out your email address in your message, that will help us to follow up with you more quickly.  When we call back, we may call from a number that shows as blocked.  If you cannot wait and have a more immediate need for health information and referral, you could call the Well Badger Resource Center at 800-642-7837.

Would you like to stay updated and informed? We send out a weekly resource roundup. Email and ask to join the SRC4family listserv. You can also “Follow” us on Facebook for even more information.

NEW website holding information on Conversations on Showing Up for Kids! Check out this easy way to listen into conversations that might help you.

Connect With Us

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Our Southern Regional Center serves the following counties: Adams, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge,Grant, Green, Iowa, Juneau, Lafayette, Richland, Rock, Sauk and Vernon, shown in orange on the map.
Contact the Southern Regional Center.
Call: 1-800-532-3321

The Southern Regional Center (SRC) uses a listserv to inform families about upcoming trainings and events in our region and opportunities for state and national input. In 2020, families joined us in reviewing the Navigation Guide and starting Conversations on Showing Up for Kids! Do you want to stay informed and get involved? Send an email to You can unsubscribe at any time.

If you need to contact another regional center, please download a brochure at

What’s New

School Information, Guidance and Resources for COVID-19–now on our School/Special Education Page

Resources for children with special health needs and the families who care for them

Don’t worry about calming the storm. Calm yourself; the storm will pass. -source unknown

Waisman Center Resources and Updates for COVID-19

WI DHS Higher Risk/Families with CYSHCN Resources for COVID-19

Spotlight Friday, April 9

Disability Benefits: Navigating Work and Support Tuesday, April 13  6:30-7:30 Registration Part of Transition Talks Tuesdays

Prevalence, Disparities and Lessons Learned from WISADDS  Thursday, April 15  12:00-12:45pm  Registration. Part of Conversations on Showing Up for Kids!
Tim Markle, Director of the Southern Regional Center for CYSHCN will be joined by Maureen Durkin and Angelica Salinas from the Wisconsin Surveillance of Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities System (WISADDS). We will be discussing how the prevalence of Autism is determined, what disparities have been found and what other lessons we can learn from WISADDS.

Upcoming webinars/trainings/conversations

Compassion Resilience – Self Care Snapshot Series: Our Locus of Control Monday, April 12 12:00pm to 12:30pm from WI FACETS

Disability Benefits: Navigating Work and Support Tuesday, April 13  6:30-7:30 Registration Part of Transition Talks Tuesdays

Self-Advocacy Series: How DVR & Schools Work Together for Youth Tuesday, April 13 6:00pm to 7:00pm from WI FACETS

Prevalence, Disparities and Lessons Learned from WISADDS  Thursday, April 15  12:00-12:45pm  Registration. Part of Conversations on Showing Up for Kids

Reevaluation and Independent Educational Evaluations (Spanish) Thursday, April 15 12:00pm to 1:00pm from WI FACETS

Inform, Influence, Innovate Together Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin Virtual Conference April 21-24

Educate and Empower Together Circles of Life Conference May 6-7 (Virtual)

Week of April 5

Trader Joe’s Eyes Improved Shopping Experience For Those With Special Needs from Disability Scoop

Families With Sick Kids on Medicaid Seek Easier Access to Out-of-State Hospitals from Kaiser Health News

How do I Testify at the Joint Finance Committee Budget Hearing? Madtown Mommas and Disability Advocates monthly meeting April 21 7:00pm Connection and more information

Best Buddies Wisconsin is hosting a Citizens Program Informational Session on April 15th at 6pm on Zoom.

– Are you interested in learning more about Best Buddies Wisconsin?
– Do you want to get involved with a mission that ensures EVERYONE feels included and has a friend?
– Are you considering becoming a Buddy to a person with an intellectual and/or developmental disability?
If you answered YES to any or all of these questions, we encourage you to join us in April! All are welcome – we are particularly in need of Citizens volunteers in Milwaukee, Waukesha and Dane Counties. If you are unable to attend this session, there will be another held in early Summer. To register for the session or learn more about the Citizens Program, please send an e-mail to Christine Schulz, Program Manager – Community Engagement at

What You Need to Know About the Autism SocietieS of Wisconsin Recording and Resources Part of Conversations on Showing Up for Kids!

Education Forward: Operating Schools During a Pandemic has been Updated by WI DPI

Mental Health Treatment for Individuals with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities: An Introductory Continuing Education Series from the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Training Center

Amid Pandemic, ‘Sesame Street’ Aims To Help Children With Autism Adapt from Disability Scoop

Get out the Vaccine website from the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities–a site to provide trusted sources to help you make the right decision for you, your family, and your community

Family Voices April Resource eBlast — All about Tele-What? Who? And How?

How to Find, Train and Retain Your Own Respite Workers Recording and Resources 

Deciding Together: A Key Part of the Children’s Long-Term Support Waivers  Fantastic conversation about ISPs, SSC and Outcomes. Want to know what those are? Check out the recording.

Week of March 29

Transition Talks Tuesdays: Health Care Changes Too! Stay A Step Ahead. Recording and resources.

Telehealth Has Been Good in the Pandemic. It Could Be Great Long Term. by Slate

As Many Parents Fret Over Remote Learning, Some Find Their Kids Are Thriving by NPR

How To Measure Student Success In a Post-COVID World Parenting on Your Own Path by Dr. Emily King

Family Engagement Newsletter April 2021

  • Family Engagement Article: April is Autism Awareness (Acceptance) Month
  • Research to Read: Distance Education Support for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Complex Needs During COVID-19 and School Closures
  • Online resources for youth and families in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • For Your Information: Education and Mental Health During COVID-19 How are Children and Caregivers Doing, Really?
  • Information about upcoming statewide trainings, workshops and conferences
  • At Home Learning Strategies

Gov. Evers, DHS: Announce Everyone 16 and Older Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine Starting April 5 from

The Importance of Presuming Competence by Shelley Moore

The Power of High Expectations from the PACER Center

Telling Your Personal Story from the PACER Center

Free Learning Together Live Virtual Events for people Supporting Neurodiverse Students scheduled in 2021. [4/13; 5/11; 6/8]


Wisconsin Well Badger Resource Center is a statewide public health Information and Referral (I&R) service and resource program offering a toll free phone line and website for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and more. Well Badger is staffed to provide information and referrals with a deliberate focus to engage high-risk populations and for those with special needs.
Phone: 1-800-642-7837

The Southern Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs tries to help families, and the professionals who support them, through providing current resources, news articles, interesting items and more. We post “What’s New” on our home page each week. We regularly post this content and more on our Facebook page. We send out a weekly Resource Round-up on Fridays (send an email with Weekly Resource Round-up in the Subject Line to to join).We bring together the “What’s New” resources by topic and place them on the Resources page. We hope you can find some help, encouragement, or just information on this page. New content is added regularly.