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The Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations will host Disability Advocacy Day in Madison on March 20, 2013. A day for you to connect with your legislators and share your story with them, tell them how legislative policies affect people with disabilities. The survival coalition will give a briefing and will set up your legislative visit. You can register online or by submitting the registration form. The deadline to register is Wednesday, March 13. See the article at Disability Advocacy Day
There are only seven accessible cabins in Wisconsin's state parks and they are in such high demand that they are booked solid throughout the camping season. As a result, reservations have even been limited to four nights. A charter member and past vice-president of the friends group, Jim Schendel, who became a paraplegic following a car accident, spent his life working to make life easier for those with disabilities and was very active at Harrington Beach State Park, helping design accessible paths, a bridge and a walkway. He encouraged the friends group to develop a fully accessible park. Unfortunately, Jim passed away before the cabin project began.
The Friends Group of Harrington Beach State Park will have a fundraiser for the Accessible Cabin Project, a Packer Tailgate Party on December 2nd at the Belgium Community Center located just west of the park in Belgium (Interstate 43 north to Belgium exit just north of Port Washington). Doors open at 11 am. Brats, hot dogs, hamburgers, pasta and potato salads, chips and beverages and cash bar will be available. There will be prizes, a silent auction, 50/50 games, strip cards, and more! For more information, visit the Friends of Harrington Beach Accessible Cabin letter or their website at www.friendsofharrington.org or see the article below.
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If your youth with special needs will need a guardian when they become an adult at 18, you need to prepare for the decisions to be made before they reach this age. The process for filing with the court for guardianship must be done in a timely manner at about 17 and 6 months of age.. There will be a hands-on Transition Workshop for parents and caregivers of youth who will need a legal guardian when they turn 18, Saturday, October 20th, 8:00 am until 11:30 am, at Children's Hospital Auditorium. RSVP by Oct. 13 to SERC@ch.org or 414-266-3188. Find out why an individual may need a legal guardian, who will not require a legal guardian, an overview of the guardianship process, how the guardianship law protects an individual's rights, the responsibilities of the guardian and how to file the paperwork. The court process and legal forms will be explained but you will not be able to ask questions and they will not be able to provide legal advice for individual situations. This workshop is presented by attorneys and sponsored by the Southeast Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, Children's Hospital of WI Social Work Program and the Transition Planning Committee. For more information, see their Transition Workshop Flyer.
The Friend's of the Park undertake the 8th accessible cabin project in honor of Jim Schendel, himself a quadriplegic, who was a leader of accessibility venues at the park (of which there are many), volunteered as a computer trainer for us at New Horizons Un-Limited and very active throughout Southeastern Wisconsin in making the world a better place for people with disabilities. See the Friends of Harrington Beach Accessible Cabin letter on the NHU website.
Please come and bring your family and friends to have a morning in the park followed by breakfast. June 3rd is also the free State Park admissions day. It is a great opportunity to experience the beauty of Harrington Beach State Park.
Directions: Harrington Beach is about 35 miles north of Milwaukee and 21 miles south of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, via Interstate Highway 43. From I-43, take exit 107 (Belgium/Lake Church) and go east on County Highway D about 1 mile. The park entrance will be on your right. Geographic coordinates are 43° 29' 37.81" N, 87° 48' 8.13" W.
You can help make this accessible cabin available to the many campers who might not otherwise be able to enjoy the experience of camping in the great outdoors. The Harrington Accessible Cabin is in the stage of raising funds and is seeking your support. To learn more about this project, how you may be able to assist with their fund raising efforts, see the Friends of Harrington Beach State Park Letter. To make a tax-deductible, 501(c)(3) donation to FHBSP/Accessible Cabin, call the park at (262) 285-3015 or e-mail us at New Horizons Un-Limited at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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