Parent Resources

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Special Education

Special Education Family Engagement Liaison

The role of the Special Education Family Engagement Liaison is developed and supported by a statewide initiative that is designed to provide resources and information to parents as well as strengthen the communication between school and families.

Franklin Public Schools Family Engagement Liaison is Mrs. Katie Bruno. A letter from Mrs. Bruno:

Dear Franklin Families and Educators,

My name is Katie Bruno and I am proud to be the Family Engagement Liaison for the Franklin Public School District.  I have been trained by CESA 1 (Cooperative Educational Service Agency) to help provide you with resources and support. This opportunity was presented to me just as I myself was navigating through IEP’s, adaptive recreational activities and social interactions.

My youngest daughter Gwen is in first grade at Southwood Glen and she is a happy, sassy, loving girl who also has special needs.  I want Gwen and all our kids to have the best academic and social experience possible. I’d like to offer you my support and help you find information.  The Parent Liaison’s role is to help families and educators create a partnership to make this process collaborative, so we can all work together to meet the needs of our students. If you find yourself with special education questions or just need to talk to another parent please feel free to contact me at:

Kindest Regards,

Katie Bruno

Section 504

State Organizations

Parent and Family Organizations

Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin (ASSEW)

The Autism Society of Wisconsin seeks to improve the lives of all affected by autism by increasing public awareness about day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum. The organization also offers information, networking opportunities, monthly support group meetings, among other services.

Council of Exceptional Children- Family Resources

Disability Rights Wisconsin

131 West Wilson Street Suite 700 Madison, WI 53703 (608) 267-0214 (800) 928-8778 (WI only). Disability Rights Wisconsin is a protection and advocacy organization for individuals with disabilities.


(Family Assistance Center for Education, Training, and Support) 2714 North Dr. Martin Luther King Drive Milwaukee, WI 53212 (414) 374-4645 TDD: (414) 374-4635 (877) 374-4677. WI FACETS is a statewide non-profit organization that was started by a group of parents in 1995 to help families understand special education laws and systems.

Wisconsin Statewide Parent-Educator Initiative

(WSPEI) Building D-2, Mailbox 65 800 Wisconsin Street Eau Claire, WI 54703 (877) 844-4925. WSPEI helps families and school districts find or create the resources that will help them build positive working relationships that lead to shared decision making and better outcomes for students. It supports increased sharing of information among families, schools, projects, organizations and agencies through networking meetings, conferences, person-to-person contact, and media. WSPEI also offers specialized trainings for families.

Community Links

Franklin Area Parents and Students United (FAPSU)

Franklin Area Parents and Students United is a cooperative community coalition that will prevent and reduce alcohol, tobacco and other drug use by youth through implementing policies and changing the culture to create a healthy community.

Franklin Health Department

Franklin Public Library

Parents United

Parents United is a non-profit consortium of 27 special education departments that have joined to provide an educational community service. The mission of the group is to present timely and relevant information in a neutral forum for parents and professionals who work with children. The lectures and presentations offered each school year provide essential links, knowledge and networking to the entire community for the ultimate benefit of our students. Please CLICK HERE to view the current 18-19 Parents United brochure which lists the free programs to attend.

Federal Links