Looking Back on October 2017



Halloween Dance
The DSAW-Milwaukee Halloween dance was on Saturday, October 28 at our State headquarters! Over 150 people joined us for a night of dancing, crafts, games, homemade lasagna, and a costume competition! We LOVED all of your creative costumes. Thank you to all who attended!

Young Leaders Bootcamp
October was Art Month for our Young Leaders Bootcamp! Self-advocates designed a mural for our State office, and then made their design come to life! We had so much fun painting and brightening up our programming room (especially when we got to paint our hands for the leaves of the tree)!

 Bootcamp meets on Tuesday nights at 6pm. Sign up here!


Cooking with the Kiddos
This month at Cooking with the Kiddos we made a delicious meal of chicken teriyaki! Cooking with the Kiddos is a fun evening of family bonding, plus a free meal... what could be better?! We meet the first and third Wednesday of every month. Cook with us next month and sign up here!

Motor Skills Playgroup
We again hosted our bi-weekly Motor Skills Playgroup at our State office! This group is a fun chance for children to learn occupational therapy skills in a free environment, while parents enjoy coffee and each other's company. Join us in November to hang out with other families and let your child play!


Young Leaders Academy
Self-Advocates joined us for our bi-weekly Young Leaders Academy twice in October. 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.  Come out to Young Leaders in November! We will only be hosting one session on Thursday, November 9 due to the Thanksgiving holiday later in the month.

Tween Club
At Tween Club in October we watched Descendants 2 and made spooky Halloween masks! Tween Club in November will be on November 10. Sign up here!

Parent's Night Out
Parents, grandparents, and caregivers enjoyed going to Club Paragon for a night of casual conversation and free appetizers again in October. Drop your child off at Tween Club on November 10 and join us for Parent's Night Out next month!

Grandparents Group
Grandparents of a loved one with Down syndrome meet at our state office on the first Tuesday of each month! We had another big group in October. Come join us on November 7th.



Down Syndrome Awareness Walk
DSAW-Sheboygan & Surrounding Counties hosted its 8th Annual Down Syndrome Awareness Walk at Kiwanis Park in Sheboygan on October 14th. Despite the rainy weather, we had an awesome day of raffle prizes, Home Depot mini carpenters, crafts, carnival games, lunch from Texas Roadhouse, and more! Thank you to all of our sponsors, donors, committee members, families, and volunteers! We could not have done it without you.

Fox Cities

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October was a huge month for DSAW-Fox Cities!! On October 1, we hosted a Mom's Night Out at Stone Arch Brew Pub in Appleton. We also continued our Teen FrienDS Club and Parent's Night Out on the second Friday of the month. On top of all that, we held our biggest event of the year -- our Down Syndrome Awareness Walk! Families joined us at Riverside Park in Neenah on October 7th for an afternoon of family fun and raising awareness and acceptance of our loved ones with Down syndrome! Check out news coverage of the event here.

La Crosse


Parent's Night Out
Members of DSAW-COTH-GLA spent most of October resting after their amazing Awareness Walk in September! We hosted a Parent's Night Out at Elmaro Vineyard on Saturday, October 28. Parents who have a loved one with Down syndrome enjoyed an evening of casual conversation and wine!


Green Bay

DSAW-Green Bay again hosted its monthly playgroup on the first Saturday of October. They were at CP this month. Join us on November 4 at Kidz Town!

Breakfast with Monsters/Fall Fest
We celebrated beautiful fall weather in October at Delzer's Pumpkin Farm! Families came out to enjoy breakfast with friendly monsters and fall activities like a corn maze, train ride, haunted hayride, face painting, and more.

Couple's Night Out
We also had a Couple's Night Out at Highland Howie's on October 22. A lovely group of parents came out and enjoyed free appetizers and an evening out!

North Central WI

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Parent's Night Out in Antigo
DSAW hosted its very first event in our North Central coverage area in October! Parents in Antigo joined us for a Night Out at Heart Breakers Bar & Grill on October 1st. They had a wonderful time connecting with other families in their area and are looking forward to having more DSAW events in northern WI!


Central WI (Wausau)


Fall Festival
Families from DSAW-Central WI enjoyed a Fall Festival at Wilke's Dairy Farm in Wausau. Although it rained, they still had a great time doing activities, playing yard games, and exploring the pumpkin patch.