Looking Back on January 2017

2017 DSAW Leaders Retreat

In January, State Board Members and Chapter Advisory Board Members from around Wisconsin gathered in Milwaukee for a weekend leadership retreat. Not only did we have a LOT of fun, but we  brainstormed ways to bring innovative and needed programs and services to a location near you in 2017. We're excited to unveil all the amazing things coming your way!

Statewide Webinars

In January, we hosted two webinars for families around the state. We hosted the third part of our Speech Therapy Webinar Series, and also hosted a webinar on Transition Planning. Both webinars received accolades from parents and professionals who listened it. Didn't get a chance to listen? You're in luck - all of our webinars are recorded! Click here to access the recordings.

Annual Meetings

Our chapters hosted annual meetings around the state to communicate to members about 2016 successes and exciting plans for the new year. Click here for a summary of DSAW's successes in 2016!

Fox Cities

 Ruby Z. enjoying the trampoline activities.

Ruby Z. enjoying the trampoline activities.

In addition to the annual meeting, Fox Cities hosted the Jump with a Buddy Event in January. This was a fun chance for individuals with Down syndrome to bring a typically-abled buddy or family members to enjoy Sky Zone Trampoline Park. Everyone had a blast!

La Crosse

La Crosse's monthly Music Group was cancelled in January due to inclement weather. However, please join us in February! This free class is open to children with Down syndrome ages 0 - 6 and is a great chance to be introduced to many music therapy techniques. Click here to learn more.


Greater Milwaukee Chapter & DSAW State Headquarters

Motor Skills Playgroup
Enroll today for our twice-monthly motor skills playgroup, taught by a certified Occupational Therapist! This program is for kids 6 and under. While your kiddo is having fun, you can join us for coffee club!

Young Leaders Bootcamp
Self-Advocates joined us for a fun month of Young Leaders Bootcamp. Consider signing up for our February Bootcamp! February's topic is Communications Management and will be taught by professionals from the Milwaukee Center for Independence. Class is FREE!

Cooking with the Kiddos
We had a great time at Cooking with the Kiddos, so much so that we've started holding class twice per month!. This class is a great time of family bonding, plus a free meal... what could be better? Join us next month.

Young Leaders Academy
Self-Advocates joined us for Young Leaders Academy twice in January. Every class involves a respite activity such as kickball or yoga, and then ends with an hour of employment-readiness curriculum. Self-Advocates are invited to join our class anytime. Consider joining us in February!

Tween Club
Tweens had a great time at January's Tween Club. We played games, made delicious treats like puppy chow, and had lots of fun playing the Wii! Many of our parents got to attend Parent's Night Out while their children had a night of fun. Join us in February! 

Parent's Night Out
Parents hung out at Club Paragon during January's Parent's Night Out. We had a blast! Join us in February!

Family Zumba
We had an AMAZING time at Zumba in January. Almost 15 children and adults joined us for the Saturday morning class. We have a volunteer Zumba instructor who makes the class fun for individuals of all ages and ability levels. Join us in February!

Family Movie Night
We had a blast watching Frozen together at our Family Movie Night. We brought sleeping bags and snuggled in for this family-favorite. Join us in February!