Looking Back on July 2019



Dr. Skotko Grand Rounds Training & Parent Sessions DSAW along with our partners hosted Grand Rounds Trainings and Parents Sessions with Dr. Skotko around the state this month! We visited Milwaukee, La Crosse, and Madison where Dr. Skotko presented to parents on how to boost cognition in individuals with Down syndrome. Parents had the opportunity to hear insight and asks questions. Dr. Skotko also presented to pediatric residents, medical students, and genetic counseling students on how to deliver a Down syndrome diagnosis and the latest research on Down syndrome. Parents were able to hear insight and ask questions. Thank you to our partners: Madison Area Down syndrome Society, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Waisman Center, and Gundersen Health System. A HUGE thank you to Dr. Skotko for spreading awareness and information to hundreds of medical professionals, parents, and caregivers!


Down Home BBQ It was a beautiful, sunny day for our Down Home BBQ! Families enjoyed delicious hot dogs, hamburgers, and barbeque chicken while kids played in the Splash Zone and bouncy house. Thank you to the band, Off The Grill for playing at our event


Summer Camp
This month, campers got to visit an alpaca farm, see the new Lion King in theatres, and meet a bunch of new critters during Captive Bred Specialties’ presentation! Some campers even were brave enough to have a snake rest on their shoulders!

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 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
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, 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.

Chippewa Valley

Wings for All In July, DSAW-Chippewa Valley sponsored Wings for All EAU! This airport rehearsal program is designed specifically for individuals with Autism or other intellectual disabilities. Families were given the opportunity to practice all the steps involved in air travel at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport. We had so much fun connecting with other families!

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Parent’s Night Out This month, parents, grandparents, caregivers, and adult siblings gathered at Senor Villa in Onalaska for a casual evening of food and conversation. Thanks to all who joined us!

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Playdate Families gathered together for a playdate at Washington Park! We had so much fun meeting other families and enjoying the summer day.

Mom’s Night Out Moms, grandmas, and female caregivers of a loved one with Down syndrome had a blast at Mom’s Night Out this month at P.F. Chang’s! We enjoyed appetizers and good conversation with each other.

Green Bay

Self-Advocate Mini Golf Event  In July, Self-advocates ages 15+ went mini-golfing. We were at Duck Creek Golf Course for a day of putting and the occasional hole-in-one. So much fun!


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.

Dad’s Night Out This month, dads enjoyed a night out at Twin Oaks Golf Course for a fun round of golf together!

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!

Central Wisconsin


Pool Party 
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! We also went to Rotschild Pool later in the month to beat the summer heat once again!

Sibling Event Kids who have a sibling with Down syndrome enjoyed a day at Sawmill Adventure Park. There, they were busy playing mini golf and jumping on the bounce house! Fees for the siblings were covered by DSAW.



Golf Outing MADSS had a successful Golf Outing this past month! The event took place at the Oaks Golf Course with 18 holes of golf and other fun games! The evening culminated in a dinner and program where raffle prizes were announced!

Rock County Family Picnic In July, MADSS hosted family picnic at Peace Park Pavilion. The day was spent eating, listening to music, creating crafts, and jumping in the pool. It was a great way to celebrate summer!

Dane County Family Picnic Dane County families enjoyed a family picnic at McKee Farms Park! We spent the day playing games, making crafts, eating yummy food, listening to great music, and jumping around in a bounce house!

Mom’s Night Out
This month, marvelous MADSS moms gathered at La Casa Grande! We always love this time to catch up with moms over appetizers and soft drinks. 

North Central

Family Picnic North Central families had so much fun at a family friendly, summer picnic this month! Families headed to City Park for yummy food and running through the splash pad. Thank you to everyone who joined us for this day full of summer activities!