Looking Back on February 2017

Statewide Webinars

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

Chippewa Valley

Chippewa Valley hosted a Parent's Night Out and Meet and Greet with DSAW ED Dawn Nuoffer on Saturday, February 18th. Parents from across the area came out to the Green Mill for appetizers, drinks, and conversation! 



Fox Cities

The Fox Cities Chapter hosted an AWESOME Adult Night Out at the Escape Room in Appleton. And we made it through! The chapter also hosted its 2nd Annual Valentine's Dance for families. Thanks to Melanie Baeten for taking beautiful photographs!

This Spring, the Fox Cities Chapter continues to sponsor Spread The Word to End the Word campaigns around the Fox Cities area. Below is a picture from just one of these campaigns at the Taste of Oshkosh!

Finally, several of the Fox Cities Advisory Board Members attended the Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action Conference at the end of February. They listened to incredible speakers and came away with new ideas for programs, services, and events in the Fox Cities area. Stay tuned!

Green Bay

Our Green Bay Chapter hosted an Open Gym at Fusion Athletics on Friday, February 3rd, the monthly Kidz Town Playdate on February 4th, and held its first Bike Camp/Walk Meeting of the year on February 14th. Plans are coming along quickly for the rest of the year!

DSAW-Green Bay also hosted a Mom's Night Out on Sunday, February 26th. We had a great night of fun and laughter. Join us on the 4th Sunday of every month!

La Crosse

La Crosse's monthly Music Group was held on February 14th. 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.


DSAW-Wausau hosted its first event on Saturday, February 4th. The playdate was a huge success, and families are already excited for our next events! Join us for a Mom's Coffee Date on Thursday, March 9th to get to know other moms and help plan for future events.





Greater Milwaukee Chapter & DSAW State Headquarters

DSAW-Greater Milwaukee hosted its annual Valentine's Dance on February 11th. Participants had an amazing time dancing, play games, making crafts, and enjoying a delicious pasta meal! 

Young Leaders Bootcamp
Self-Advocates joined us for a fun month of Young Leaders Bootcamp taught by our friends at the Milwaukee Center for Independence. Our topic was Communication Management - Self-advocates learned all about how to communicate in personal and professional settings. Consider signing up for our March Bootcamp

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 February. 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 March!

Tween Club
Tweens had a great time at February'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 March! 

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

Family Zumba
We had an AMAZING time at Zumba in February. 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 March!

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