Preschool Family & Professionals Conference

For families and professionals that have children who are blind or visually impaired through 5th grade, including those with multiple impairments.

Dates: March 13-15, 2020

Location: Ramada Waupaca
110 Grand Seasons Drive, Waupaca, WI

Registration closes February 28, 2020

Sessions Include

Connecting Families: Parents will have a chance to sit with a group of families whose children have the same or similar diagnoses.

Pediatric Brain Development: Dr. Brian Fidlin, PsyD, will be our keynote speaker helping parents and educators gain a better understanding of children and the issues they face. Dr. Fidlin’s topic will be brain development and the impact that this has on decision making and emotions. You will go home with strategies to create conditions for optimal learning and continuous development.

Navigating the Special Education Maze: WSPEI’s Family Engagement Coordinator, will explain special education laws and rights, and provide parent-friendly resources.

Simulated Experiences: Experts will guide you as you participate in meaningful activities, orientation and mobility experiences, and home routines under low vision simulation goggles. You will then learn and share strategies.

A CVI Make & Take: Learn more about toys to assist in the functional visual development stage your child is in, and go home with a new toy to assist that development.

Get Ready to Move!: This will be an interactive session with a Teacher of the Visually Impaired and Physical Therapist focusing on incorporating additional movement into your child’s daily life. Learn how exploring their environment and including all of the senses can develop gross motor skills to help children reach their developmental milestones. You will leave this session with ideas for implementing exciting activities at home.

Therapies Panel Q & A: This is a chance to hear about age-and learning level- appropriate therapies to do with your children/students. All questions are welcome!

Braille 101: Learn the origins of braille, what it is, and how it’s used. Then learn the alphabet, basic punctuation and numbers, and practice on a braille writer. Children are encouraged to attend to help their parents.

Families Registration

Register online at

Cost: $50 per family
This includes all meals, session attendance and a two-night hotel stay

Space is limited: Registrations will be taken on a first -come, first-served basis

A hotel room will be reserved for you upon registration. A credit card for incidentals will be needed upon arrival.

Email Questions with specific needs to

Professionals Registration

Professionals have free registration but will purchase their own hotel stay by calling the Ramada at (715) 258-9212.

Register through email to Tricia Weis