Looking Back on May 2019



Club DSAW celebrated Cinco de Mayo at the delicious Botana’s restaurant in Milwaukee. To say we enjoyed their Mexican cuisine is an understatement! It was delicious! Next month, Club DSAW spending the day at a family hobby farm! Join us!

Monkey Joe’s Party Kids had a ball bouncing, jumping, and laughing at our Monkey’s Joe Party! The morning was spent racing through obstacle courses, jumping in the bounce house, and sliding down the giant inflatable slide. Monkey Joe’s even opened an hour early just for us!


Digitability Class Our Digitability class had another successful month in May! 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 starts up on June 10th, and will be 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 May, we worked in the DSAW garden, prepping, planting, watering. We are excited to watch the plants grow all summer long! In June, we will be building a little free library and stocking it with books. Register Here!

Coffee Club

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.

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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! 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 Northside 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. 

Tween Club
The second Friday night of the month, DSAW transforms into a hoppin' place for tweens to hang out! At this month’s Tween Club we had peers from the Delafield Family Tae Kwon Do Champions come to teach us some tae kwon do! 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, June 14th!

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.

Alzheimer’s Group Our Alzheimer’s group meets every third Tuesday of the month. All parents, caregivers, and family members who have a loved one with Down syndrome going through the aging process are invited to share and connect with others with similar stories. Click here to sign-up!



Alpaca Farm Tour

In May, DSAW-Sheboygan families traveled to the LondonDairy Alpaca Ranch. We got to have our own private tour of the ranch where we even got to feed and hang out with the alpacas. 

Sheboygan Dance Class

We continued 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. There will be two sessions in June (6/9 and 6/23).

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Parent’s Night Out
This month, DSAW-COTH-GLA parents dined at Fiesta Mexicana for Parent’s Night Out. It provides the perfect opportunity for parents, grandparents, and caregivers to converse with other DSAW adults while enjoying delicious food. Hope you can join us for our next night out in July! RSVP here.

Green Bay


DSAW-Green Bay meets the first Saturday morning of every month for playgroup. Since the weather has been warming up, we got to play outside at Voyageur Park in De Pere this month!

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 May, we dined at Old Mexico in Green Bay. Join us next month at the Rustique Pizzeria. RSVP Here!

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Financial & Legal Planning Seminar

Parents gathered for a Financial and Legal Planning Seminar in May! Charles Zwiefelhofer, Financial Advisor at Woita & Associates and Nick Heike, owner of Heike Law Offices presented to us on financial and legal planning topics such as how to get started with a special needs trust, how to fund it, etc. We really enjoyed this time learning alongside fellow DSAW parents.

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Wellness Club
This month, Wellness Club served as a perfect opportunity for teens and young adults to learn more about nutrition! Additionally, teens and young adults were able to get active through fitness activities! Thank you to our instructor, Dana, who taught our group about nutrition plans and fitness activities.

Mom’s Night Out
This month, moms, grandmas, and female caregivers gathered at Townies Grill in Wausau for a Mom’s Night Out. The night was filled with delicious food and fun conversation.


Self-Advocate Laser Tag Outing


This month, self-advocates were able to enjoy a FREE evening of laser tag at UltraZone. The self-advocates suited up in laser tag gear and were able to play multiple games in the arena. It was a night full of laughter, adventure, and some serious laser tag action!

Family Fun Night – Coral Cove Family Fun Center 

We had a blast at Coral Cove Family Fun Center for our Family Fun Night! MADSS families were able to bowl, play in the arcade, jump in the bouncy house, relax in the massage chairs, and much more! They were even able to enjoy a catered meal from Bravo’s! 

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, 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 Tanner’s Bar & Grill in Middleton! 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 Breakwater in Monona! Parents, grandparents, adult siblings, and caregivers gathered for a fun evening of conversation and good eats. 

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FrienDS Club

We had fun at this month’s FrienDS Club. Teens had fun playing games together, listening to music together, and watching movies together. We will be taking a break from FrienDS Club over the summer, but we’ll be back when September rolls around. 

Mom’s Night Out

We spent this Mom’s Night Out at one of Appleton’s highly rated newer restaurants—Wilder’s Bistro. Mom’s Night Out is for moms, aunts, grandmothers, and caregivers of a loved one with Down syndrome.