Services for Children with Autism


The current eligibility criteria for autism under state law is found at PI 11.36 (8), Wis. Admin. Code. If a student is found to have an impairment, the IEP team must also determine the need for special education services (PI 11.35).


WI DPI Two Day Autism Trainings

Children with the impairment of autism frequently present unique challenges to teachers and support staff responsible for meeting the child's educational needs. Numerous statewide training opportunities are available throughout the year to assist in ongoing staff development designed to improve educational outcomes for children with autism.

Two Day Autism Trainings for 2014-15

Registration now open! 2014-15 Flyer

All 2-day trainings are $100 and include lunch and breaks both days. Breakfast is provided on the second day of training only. Training Schedule: Day 1: 10:30-4:00 and Day 2: 8:00-3:00.

Graduate Credit is available at an additional cost through Silver Lake College. Call 920-686-6157 or email for more information. Judy Endow, Mary Graczyk-McMullen, and Kate McGinnity are trainers. (Note: Each training must be registered for separately.)

  • Autism Essentials Across the School Day: September 23 and 24, 2014, Plaza Hotel & Suites, Eau Claire - Registration (formerly titled Basic Needs of Students with ASD)
  • Teaching and Supporting New Behaviors: October 28 and 29, 2014, Plaza Hotel & Suites, Eau Claire - Registration (formerly titled Addressing Challenging Behaviors)

  • Early Childhood Autism Essentials Across the Day: November 11 and 12, 2014, Chula Vista, Wisconsin Dells - Registration (formerly titled Basic Needs of Students with ASD)
  • Autism Essentials Across the School Day: January 13 and 14, 2015, Comfort Suites, Johnson Creek - Registration

  • Teaching and Supporting New Behaviors: February 17 and 18, 2015, Comfort Suites, Johnson Creek - Registration (formerly titled Addressing Challenging Behaviors)
  • NEW! From Self Advocacy to Self Determination:  June 23 and 24, 2015, Radisson Inn, Green Bay – Registration

WI DPI Free Autism Webinar Training Dates/Topics


Webinar Topic

Guest co-Presenting with Daniel Parker


Intro to NPDC-ASD and State-National Resources

Ellen Franzone CESA 6 and Guests from Statewide Agencies


Visual Boundaries

Jen Townsend CESA 1


Naturalistic Interventions

Ellen Franzone CESA 6


Organization for Autism Research (OAR) – Preventive Strategies to Avoid Meltdowns

Ben Kaufman, OAR, and WI Guests


Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) – Best Practices

Dr. Robert Peyton, WEAP


Structured Work Systems

Jen Townsend CESA 1


Organization for Autism Research (OAR) – Organizing Classrooms for Success and Working as a Collaborative Team

Ben Kaufman, OAR, and WI Guests


Effective Use of Paraprofessionals

Kate McGinnity


Self Directed IEPs – CANCELLED – Rescheduled for 4/10/2014

Julie LaBerge, Bonduel School District


Functional Communication

Ellen Franzone CESA 6


Peer Mediated Interventions

Julie LaBerge, Bonduel School District


Self Regulation

Susan Stokes CESA 6



Ellen Franzone CESA 6

4/10/2014 Self Directed IEPs – Rescheduled from 1/9/2014 Julie LaBerge, Bonduel School District


Visual Schedules A

Jen Townsend CESA 1

5/15/2014 Effective Use of Paraprofessionals (repeat of 12/12 presentation) Kate McGinnity


Visual Schedules B

Jen Townsend CESA 1



Will be rescheduled for Fall 2014

Play based interventions for early childhood students with autism. Mary Graczyk-McMullen

All webinars are from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm and are FREE!
Webinars require the use of a computer, internet connection, and sound (no dial in option at this time).
Registrations will go out 2 weeks prior to each webinar.

All webinars are recorded and a web link to access the webinar is sent to all registered participants approximately one week after each live webinar.

Presenters are Daniel Parker, along with co-presenters with expertise in autism across the state of Wisconsin.

Missed a webinar?  Archived webinars will be available throughout summer 2014.  Please register at: .  Links for currently available webinars at will be emailed to you. Links to webinars undergoing final formatting will be emailed to you as soon as the webinar becomes available.

The webinars are based on Evidence Based Practices (EBP) identified by the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders (
To view the Evidence Based Practice briefs go to
To view interactive modules of the of EBP content, go to

Registration: If you would like to be sent invitations to register for these webinars (and email updates) please sign up by clicking on:

You can also email to request email invitations.


WI DPI Autism Email Update Distribution List

In the winter/spring of 2013, Daniel Parker, WI DPI Autism Consultant, is beginning a new email distribution list for regional, statewide, and national autism updates and resources. 

Anyone may request to be included on this email distribution list.  Updates will be sent 6-12 times a year. 

To register click on

This link also registers you to receive invitations to WI DPI free Autism Webinars (above).


CESA Workshops in Northern and Rural WI: Utilizing Evidence Based Practices for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Daniel Parker
Using materials from the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders, this workshop will dig deeper into specific evidence based practices.  Participants will engage in activities to develop a deeper understanding of common evidence based practices that are effective at teaching skillful behavior to students with autism and tie together teaching strategies to behavior intervention plans based on functional behavior assessment.  The evidence based practices chosen for study on this day will be specific to the needs of the CESA and participants.

Please check back soon for 2013-14 CESA Autism Workshop dates.


Statewide Program Support Teacher (PST) Meeting

  • If you would like to be included on the PST email list, please email Daniel Parker at Make sure to include your name, District/CESA, and Position Title. To receive PST emails and attend meetings, you must be a Program Support Teacher that provides training to teachers in a District or CESA.

Thank you for those who participated in the 2013 spring meeting collaboration between Autism PSTs and the Wisconsin Community of Practice on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities.  We look forward to continued collaboration next spring.


The Fall PST meeting will be a Collaborative PST meeting between all public school program support teacher networks similar to the meeting last fall.  Save the date for October 1, 2, and 3, 2013.  We hope to have October 1st as a pre-training opportunity for PSTs seeking development in knowledge of common core standards.  The Collaborative PST meeting is scheduled for October 2nd and 3rd.  Registration will be sent through the Program Support Teacher email distribution list by August 1, 2013.


Webinars: Building the Local Capacity for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders within Wisconsin Schools




For questions about this information, contact Daniel Parker (608) 266-5194
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