Take me out to the ball game! DSAW-families gathered for the BIGGEST TAILGATE of the year. There, we enjoyed a delicious lunch graciously donated by Just One More Ministries before heading into Miller Park for the Brewer’s Game! Thank you to all who could join us for this awesome event!
Our summer-long camp began in mid-June. Campers learned about recycling, created posters about themselves, and even walked to Krispy Kreme’s to purchase delicious donuts! Week 2 was Everything Disney week, and we get to take a field trip to see Toy Story 4!!
In June, DSAW once again partnered with the Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin to host the iCan Shine Bike Camp. The camp worked to help individuals with special needs learn to ride a two-wheeled bicycle independently.
New Summer Offerings
During June, DSAW launched new summer programs, including Littles Art Program, Life Skills & Laughter, and Safety & Self-Defense! We love having an office full of amazing friends of all ages! Click here to learn more or to sign-up!
Littles Story Time
Children ages 0-6 years old are welcome to join us for Story Time at the state office! Story time is a great way for your child to have a fun while making friends and learning.This month, our incredible self-advocate interns read to the littles! We meet on the first and third Thursday of the month. Let us know you’re coming!
Digitability Class Our Digitability class had another successful month in June! This winter, we launched this award-winning employment-readiness course used to prepare students with special needs for today’s tech-driven workplaces. Our summer semester started on June 10th and is held Mondays and Wednesdays at TWO different locations! Learn more about the West Allis location here. Interested in the Eastside location? Click here!
Life Skills Bootcamp
In June, we built a little free library and stocked it with books. We meet every Tuesday year-round to learn a variety of fun, practical life skills while making new friends. Stay tuned for next month’s topic! Register Here!
Coffee Club is hosted at our state office on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. This acts as a great opportunity for DSAW parents and their loved ones to meet other families while enjoying coffee.
Motor Skills Playgroup
Our Motor Skills Playgroup meets every second and fourth Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 11:30! This group is a fun chance for children to learn occupation therapy skills in a free environment, while parents enjoy coffee and each other’s company. We offer free music therapy in conjunction with playgroup too! Sign up to join us!
Young Leaders Academy
Our Young Leaders Academy at our West Allis office meets every second and fourth Thursday of the month. We also have a Young Leaders Class at our Northeastside location in Mequon! This location meets the first and third Wednesday of the month! Classes start off with an energetic game and end with an hour of employment-readiness curriculum. Self-Advocates are invited to join our class anytime.
The second Friday night of the month, DSAW transforms into a hoppin' place for tweens to hang out! At DSAW’s Tween Club, we play games, watch movies, make crafts, and have a great time hanging out! Stay tuned for next month’s activity! Sign up for Tween Club!
Parent's Night Out
Each month, DSAW parents, grandparents, and caregivers get together for a night of casual conversation and free appetizers. We meet every second Friday of the month at Cleveland Pub, in conjunction with Tween Club! Come join us for one of our favorite nights of the month on Friday, July 12th!
DADs Meeting Fathers and male caregivers are welcome to join us the first Thursday of every month to come together and support each other. We discuss upcoming events, listen to speakers, recruit volunteers, and talk about our kids while enjoying food and drinks at the New Berlin Ale House.
Red, White, & Shine: Red Carpet Date Night
DSAW families and couples had a blast playing mini golf at our Red Carpet Date Night. The event was held at the Harbor Pointe Miniature Golf and proceeds went towards DSAW-Sheboygan! It was night full of countless memories and was the perfect way to kick off the Fourth of July festivities.
We finished up our Dance Class at In Motion Dance Studio in Plymouth this month! The goal of the class is to get the group moving, sweating, learning, and having fun. The class is taught by Heather Jankus, Elite Coach at In Motion Dance Studio.
In partnership with Take Note Studio in Kohler, Kindermusik hosted a three-session music therapy class! Each week, DSAW children sang, danced, and played instruments with their parents and new friends! The class celebrated the unique joys of the children!
The 2nd Annual Bike Camp for children with disabilities in La Crosse was held this month. Children enrolled in the camp were provided with instruction to ride a two-wheel bike by Adapted Physical Education Teachers and UW-La Crosse Adapted Physical Education students. We loved watching our friends learn how to bike independently!!
Brat Fry Fundraiser
In June, the Green Bay chapter hosted a Brat Fry Fundraiser to support DSAW. We grilled some delicious brats outside of Festival Foods and had a blast while doing so! Thank you to all the volunteers who helped during this event!
DSAW-Green Bay meets the first Saturday morning of every month for playgroup. We got to play outside at Voyageur Park in De Pere this month! Join us at Southwest Park in July.
Mom’s Night Out
The 4th Sunday of every month, moms, aunts, grandmas, and female caregivers come together for DSAW-Mom’s Night Out. In June, we dined at Rustique Pizzeria in Green Bay. Join us next month: RSVP Here!
DSAW-Central WI families traveled to Rothschild Pool for a fun day of splashing in the water. Some of us even went down the big, blue slide! Perfect way to kickstart the summer!
Picnic & Playdate
In June, we gathered for a picnic and playdate at Kash Park. Families brought yummy summer foods to pass, while kids enjoyed playing with their friends on the playset. Thank you to all who were able to join in on the fun!
Wheels of Hope Cruz’n 4 Down Syndrome
Wheels of Hope hosted their 3rd Annual Cruz’n 4 Down Syndrome Event. 2-wheelers and 4-wheelers came from all over for a 100 mile ride. Along the way, there was food and prizes at five different spots. Thank you to the band Thunder Country for providing entertainment at the finish point!
Bike Camp In June, DSAW-Fox Cities offered the iCan Shine Bike Camp for individuals with special needs to learn to ride a two-wheeled bike independently. A huge thank you to Covey for partnering with us and to all the volunteers who ran, clapped, and encouraged riders!
Brewers Outing Fox Cities families made a fun bus trip down to Miller Park for the big DSAW tailgate and Brewers game! Kids and adults had a ton of fun catching up with other families over good food and fun.
Family Zoo Day & Ice Cream Social
The Family Zoo Day & Ice Cream Social was the perfect way for MADSS families to get together and start summer off on the right foot. Families got to explore the exhibits and see the animals at Henry Vilas Zoo before meeting outside for an ice cream social! MADSS provided the yummy ice cream and surplus of toppings!
Family Bowling Day
Strike! MADSS families had an awesome time on the lanes this month. There were two bowling events in June! One for Sauk and Columbia County, and another for Jefferson County! Thank you to all the families that could come on down!
Dynamic Duals: DS-ASD
MADSS & GiGi’s Playhouse sponsor Dynamic Duals every month! It is a group for families with a child with DS-ASD or other significant behavioral challenges. It’s a time to connect and have fun, share successes and resources, and brainstorm ideas and strategies for challenges.
Mom’s Take 5
MADSS has a Mom’s Night Out on the 5th of every month! This month, marvelous MADSS moms gathered at Me & Julio in Fitchburg! We always love this time to catch up with moms over appetizers and soft drinks.
Parent’s Night Out
This month’s Parent's Night Out was held at Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company in Hilldale! Parents, grandparents, adult siblings, and caregivers gathered for a fun evening of conversation and good eats.