Looking Back on September 2019



23rd Annual Down Syndrome Awareness Walk

In September, DSAW friends and families gathered for the 23rd Annual Down Syndrome Awareness Walk. We celebrated our friends with Down syndrome with the largest safari themed party ever. A little rain couldn’t keep us down! We want to extend a HUGE thank you to all of our donors, sponsors, and volunteers who made this event possible!


Southeastern Movie in the Park Meet-Up

Families enjoyed a FREE showing of the new Dumbo Movie at Konkel Park! Not only was the movie free, but the popcorn was as well! It was a night of fun and flying elephants for the whole family.


Meals, Money, and More This month, we launched a new fall class for transition age youth individuals with Down syndrome revolving around health living and wellness as well as money management and other independent living skills.

How to Balance My Social Life Class

We also launched a new fall class helping students understand social boundaries, cultivate friendships, personal safety, social media, and dating. Click here to register!

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 fall semester of our award-winning employment-readiness course used to prepare students with special needs for today’s tech-driven workplaces began this month! 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!

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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!

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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Teen FrienDS Club At Teen FrienDS Club, we listen to music, watch movies, eat snacks, and play games! Teen FrienDS Club is hosted the 2nd Friday night of each month.

La Crosse

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La Crosse Down Syndrome Awareness Walk Families celebrated our friends with Down syndrome at the 17th Annual Greater La Crosse Area Down Syndrome Awareness Walk. The walk was a circus-themed party with a Family Festival, Awards Ceremony, and 21 Showcase! Thanks to all who helped make this event a success.

La Crosse Brat Barn Fundraiser

DSAW-La Crosse hosted a Brat Barn Fundraiser outside of Festival Foods. Families and friends gathered to enjoy one of Wisconsin’s finest foods.

Chippewa Valley

DSAW-Chippewa Valley Down Syndrome Awareness Walk In September, DSAW-Chippewa Valley hosted their 13th Annual Awareness Walk! The massive support will help DSAW-Chippewa Valley begin implementing monthly playgroups and parent’s nights, education events, and MORE! Thank you all who made this event a success.

Green Bay

Green Bay Young Leaders Academy
Our Young Leaders Class is a respite program coupled with a unique curriculum that will introduce students to important topics such as work ethic, attitude, communication skills, time management, problem-solving, acting as a team player, self confidence, ability to accept and learn from criticism, flexibility/adaptability and working well under pressure, personal hygiene, nutrition, and how your body talks. Young Leaders Academy takes place during the first and second Tuesdays of the month!


DSAW-Green Bay meets the first Saturday morning of every month for playgroup. We got to play outside at Titletown District Playground

Mom’s Night Out Moms, aunts, grandmas, and female caregivers joined us at the Old Chicago for night of good food and conversation. Monthly Mom’s Nights Out will be the 4th Sunday of every mont.

Central Wisconsin


Central WI Down Syndrome Awareness Walk
DSAW-Central WI families gather at Marathon Park for the 2nd Annual Down Syndrome Awareness Walk. The event included a Family Festival, 21 Showcase, and cultivated in a 1-mile awareness walk around the park. Thank you to all who supported this event.

Movie Event This month, DSAW-Central enjoyed a private screening of the Peanut Butter Falcon at the Cedar Creek Cinema! We had so much fun, thanks to everyone who joined us.


Madison Area Down Syndrome Society Awareness Walk MADSS had a fun filled day at their Awareness Walk! Olin Park transformed into a massive party which included music, inflatables, obstacle courses, tattoos, photo booth, resources, raffles, and MORE! Thank you all joined us at this event.

Self-Advocate Movie Outing Lights, Cameras, Action! MADSS had a special Self-Advocate Movie Outing to see The Peanut Butter Falcon Movie this month.

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. 

D.A.D.S. 12th Annual Camping Trip MADSS hosted their Annual DADS Camping Trip this month at the UWP Owners Retreat Center. MADSS families came down for a weekend of campfires, fun conversation, and even fireworks! MADSS supplied the food for the main meals!