Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

Wisconsin Family Assistance Center for Education Training and Support

  • Milwaukee, WI
  • http://www.wifacets.org

Mission Statement

WI FACETS provides a variety of free services including: information and referral assistance with questions about the rights of parents and individuals with disabilities and about Wisconsin programs, services, resources, problem-solving and brainstorming options; workshops, individual assistance, support groups; and parent leadership development. WI FACETS also proivides fee-for-service culturally relevant family support services (parent assistance)as a Wraparound, Safe Now, FISS provider agency for Milwaukee County. Recognizing and respecting the diverse range of options, needs and desires of individuals with disabilities, WI FACETS embraces the overall philosophy that seeks to empower individuals with disabilities, their parents, or caregivers, to make choices best suited to the needs of the person with the disability, recognizing that no single program or treatment will benefit all individuals with disabilities. At the very core of this philosophy is the belief that the strengthening of collaborative parent/school/community partnerships and early conflict resolution is paramount.

Service Areas

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Wisconsin

We serve families of children with disabilities and others statewide in Wisconsin.  In addition, we do provide technical assistance support to parent centers in 9 Midwest states.

ruling year

1995

Executive Director

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Ms. Courtney Salzer

Keywords

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special education, advocacy, disabilities, parent training, information, support, family, wisconsin resource

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EIN

39-1824892

Physical Address

600 W. Virginia Street, Suite 501

Milwaukee, WI 53204

Also Known As

WI FACETS

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs

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Program 1

Parent Training and Information Center - Training, information and support statewide in WI related to special education for families of children with disabilities. For 2008-09, also responsible to ensure similar services to Michigan families. Region 4 Parent Technical Assistance Center -Provision of technical assistance to parent centers in 9 states (IL, IN, IA, MI, MN, MO, OH, PA, WI). Youth Information, Training and Resource Center - Youth led project providing training on transition, person-centered planning and IEP support for Milwaukee area youth with disabilities and their families. State Personnel Development Grant - Professional development, including training on research-based practices, to increase family involvement in their children's schools. WI Special Education Mediation System - Training about early conflict resolution for parents of children with disabilities, schools and mediators. WIN-MILL - Partner with parent centers in IL, MI, IN to provide training and support for parents and youth with disabilities about the Rehab. Act and transition to post-secondary school and vocational experiences.

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Service Areas

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Wisconsin

We serve families of children with disabilities and others statewide in Wisconsin.  In addition, we do provide technical assistance support to parent centers in 9 Midwest states.

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WI Family Assistance Center for Education Training & Support
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Executive Director

Ms. Courtney Salzer

BIO

Courtney Salzer is the Executive Director at WI FACETS. She also serves as the Co-Director of the OSEP funded Parent Training and Information Center (PTIC) and the Co-Director of the Region 4 Parent Technical Assistance Center (PTAC).. Courtney received both her Bachelor’s Degree and Law Degree from Marquette University. She also possesses a Professional Certificate in Non Profit Management from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Prior to her work with WI FACETS, Courtney was an attorney in private practice, where she did a variety of civil litigation including school and special education law. Courtney also spent five years working for the Wisconsin Special Education Mediation System. Courtney is a frequent Instructor in the Nonprofit Management Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has also served on area non-profit Boards of Directors. Courtney and her husband are the parents of two amazing young children.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Melissa Velez

SE WI Regional Birth to 3 Coordinator/CESA 5

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