Looking Back on August 2019


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DSAW Launches an App This month, DSAW launched a brand new application! The app will connect families across the state, provide program and event information, offer access to our resource library, allow you to join groups, receive notifications, make donations from your phone, and more!

Click here to to download the app.



23rd Annual Tom Pipines Golf Outing On Wednesday, August 14th, DSAW friends and families gathered at Western Lakes golf course for a day of golf, great food, and fundraising! We want to extend a HUGE thank you to all of our donors, sponsors, and volunteers who made this event possible!!

Pool Party Families enjoyed a beautiful summer day by the pool for our awesome DSAW-only pool party! Thank you to everyone who came out to Hales Corners Pool to beat the summer heat with us!

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Family Zoo Day DSAW families had a blast getting together at the Racine Zoo this month! We enjoyed many family fun activities including sack races and hula hooping! Of course we got to visit all the animals inside too!

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!

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Digitability Class 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 just wrapped up and we learned so much! We will be offering this course in the Fall again. Learn more about the West Allis location here. Interested in the Eastside location? Click here!

Life Skills Bootcamp
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
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!

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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. 

Tween Club
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, September 13th!

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.

Fox Cities

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Movie Night This month we enjoyed a screening of Where Hope Grows, which stars DSAW-Fox Cities 2019 Walk Ambassador, David DeSanctis! We had so much fun together watching the movie and munching away on popcorn!

Pool Party We had so much fun celebrating summer with our fellow DSAW families! We spent the day in the sun splish-splashing around and enjoying snacks by the pool. Thanks to everyone who joined us at Doyle Park for our annual pool party!


Camping Day What better way to spend a beautiful summer day then at the campgrounds?! Families had an absolute blast at Evergreen Campsites and Resort! We road the train, swam in the pool and lake, and played on the playground!

La Crosse


Summer Picnic La Crosse families enjoyed a beautiful summer day with a family picnic! We enjoyed all of our favorite summer foods including burgers, brats, and BBQ chicken. Kiddos had a ton of fun fishing as well!

Holmen Kornfest Parade Self-advocates and supporters walked in the Holmen Kornfest Parade to spread awareness and represent the La Crosse Chapter. Thank you to everyone who joined us and helped us raise awareness!

Chippewa Valley

Pool Party DSAW-Chippewa Valley families had so much fun at their pool party this month! We spent the day at Wakanda Waterpark splish-splashing around and enjoying the summer sun. Thank you to everyone who joined us for one of our favorite days!

Green Bay


11th Annual Down Syndrome Awareness Walk
The Green Bay chapter kicked off Awareness Walk season with their Walk on August 17th at Green Isle Park with a luau themed walk! We had a beautiful day to welcome DSAW friends for inflatables, raffles, family fun, lunch, and more. It was so much fun to see the community come together and raise awareness of our friends. Thank you to all volunteers, donors, sponsors, families, friends, and to our incredible Walk committee! That’s a wrap!

DSAW-Green Bay meets the first Saturday morning of every month for playgroup. We got to play outside at Optimist Park this month for Miracle League closing day!

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Haircut Fundraiser Thank you to Hype Hair, LLC for hosting a haircut fundraiser for our 2019 Walk! Kiddos and parents got their back to school haircuts while supporting a great cause!

Central Wisconsin


Pool Day
DSAW-Central WI families traveled to Rothschild Pool for a fun day of splashing in the water. Thanks to everyone who joined us for some summer fun!


Family Pool Party MADSS families had a blast at Sun Prairie Family Aquatic Center for a day at the pool! We also enjoyed some light snacks and catching up with our amazing community while enjoying the beautiful summer weather.

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Dynamic Duals 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
This month, marvelous MADSS moms gathered together to catch up. We always love this time with fellow moms to enjoy appetizers and soft drinks. 

Parent’s Night Out This month’s Parent's Night Out was held at Oliver’s Public House! Parents, grandparents, adult siblings, and caregivers gathered for a fun evening of conversation and good eats.

North Central

Beach Day North Central families enjoyed a family friendly, beach day at Jack Lake in August! We hung out at the beach, enjoyed yummy snacks, and caught up with each other over a beautiful summer day. Thanks to everyone who joined us!



Farm WI Discovery Center DSAW-Sheboygan families had an incredible day at the Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center this month! Kiddos of all ages and their parents enjoyed interactive exhibits, a birthing barn, and the local dairy farm!