Statewide Updates

Looking Back on May 2019

Milwaukee

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Club DSAW
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!

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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!


Sheboygan

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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).


La Crosse

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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

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Playgroup
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!


Chippewa Valley

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.


Central Wisconsin

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.


MADSS

Self-Advocate Laser Tag Outing

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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. 


Fox Cities

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.


Looking Back on April 2019

Statewide

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NDSS Adult Summit

Dawn Nuoffer, Executive Director, and Rachel Reit, Marketing and Development Manager, presented on a panel at the National Down Syndrome Society Adult Summit this month! They had a great time with our friends of Down Syndrome Network of Arizona talking about adult and aging programs. One of our favorite parts of the summit was a presentation by Karen Gaffney, an incredibly accomplished self-advocate, who talked all about changing the playing field for adults with Down syndrome!

Milwaukee

Club DSAW
We kicked off our first Club DSAW of 2019 this month with a karaoke event! We rented out a private room at Punch Bowl Social and enjoyed an afternoon filled with songs, snacks, and laughs! Self advocates ages 18+ had so much fun belting out their favorite tunes with good friends! Stay tuned for next month’s Club DSAW activity!

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Family Bowling Event Families had a blast bowling at Castle Lanes in Racine! This was a great time for all ages and abilities. It’s always fun to socialize with fellow DSAW families while hitting the lanes. We even enjoyed a yummy pizza lunch!

Digitability Class Our Digitability class had another successful month in April! 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!

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Relationships Class
This month, we wrapped up our course on relationships for individuals with special needs. Throughout the course, we learned about personal boundaries, dating, self-defense, stranger danger, and safety.

Nutrition & Wellness Class
This month we continued our two sessions of the Nutrition and Wellness Class. The class meets twice a week throughout the spring and participants have been learning about personal health and well-being, exercise, and healthy cooking. This month students made a healthier (and super yummy) version of chocolate chip cookies!

Life Skills Bootcamp
In April, we participated in a number of service projects! We had so much fun giving back to others while learning new skills. Stay tuned for May’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.

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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 occupational therapy skills in a free environment, while parents enjoy coffee and each other's company. We also 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, May 10th!

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.


Central Wisconsin

FUNdamentals of Special Education
In April, fellow parents joined us for a discussion on Special Education! We talked about IEP teams and tips for parent advocacy! DSAW member and special education teacher, Garrett Lancelle, conducted a brief presentation, followed by a group discussion. Thank you to the parents who joined us and contributed to this very important discussion!

Wellness Club
This month we launched Wellness Club thanks to the support of the Wausau-Marathon County Fund of the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin! This club provided a great learning opportunity for both teens and young adults to learn more about nutrition and fitness. Thank you to our instructor, Dana, who taught our group about nutrition plans and fitness activities. Sign up for the next Wellness Club here!

Dad’s Night Out
Dads, uncles, grandpas, and male caregivers gathered at Townies Grill this month for a casual social. We always enjoy this night of food and conversation with other men who have a loved one with Down syndrome!


La Crosse

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All Abilities Day
This month we partnered with the La Crosse Area Autism Foundation for All Abilities Day! This is always a great opportunity at the La Crosse Wellness Center for families to chat with local therapy providers and disability resources.

Inclusion Night
We had a blast at Inclusion Night at the Children’s Museum of La Crosse! DSAW-COTH-GLA co-hosted this fun night in partnership with the La Crosse Area Autism Foundation! Families got to enjoy the museum at their own pace, without the extra stimulation of busy open hours. The night included sensory-friendly exhibits, snacks, and fun with other families!


Green Bay

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Playgroup
DSAW-Green Bay meets the first Saturday morning of every month for playgroup. This winter, we escaped the chilly outdoors by bouncing around at Get Air Trampoline Park! They offered our families a dedicated time just for jumpers with special needs. Now that it is warming up, we will hold playgroup at Voyageur Park in De Pere next month!

Blizzard Game Resource Table
This month we hosted a resource table before the Blizzard game against the Nebraska Danger! DSAW-Green Bay members sold tickets for a special DSAW raffle basket. The lucky winner was announced during the game. Thanks to everyone who visited our table!

Dad’s Night Out

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Dads had an extra fun Dad’s Night Out this month! DSAW men gathered for an exciting game of tactical laser tag at the Battle House! Players were given a mission that required team strategy and tactics to accomplish!

Parent’s Night Out
This month parents, grandparents, caregivers, and adult siblings gathered at Mackinaw’s in Green Bay for a Parent's Night Out! We always enjoy this time catching up with fellow DSAW adults over good food and drinks.

Self-Advocate Event at Get Air
Self-advocates enjoyed a fun day at Get Air Trampoline Park! Jumpers of all abilities bounced around at the trampoline park while socializing with each other. Thank you to the self-advocates who joined us for this entertainment filled day!


MADSS

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.

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.

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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.

Family Field Trip
We had so much fun on our Family Field Trip to the Madison Children's Museum! Families discovered, played, and learned while hanging out with other MADSS families. This day provided entertainment for all ages.


North Central

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Bowling Event
DSAW-North Central Families gathered for a fun day of bowling at North Star Lanes in Antigo! Families enjoyed this time to catch up up with each other while hitting the lanes. Thank you to everyone who came out to join us for this wonderful event!


Fox Cities

Puberty Workshops
DSAW-Fox Cities offered Puberty Workshops this month. Terri Couwenhoven, MS, CSE, a well-known sex educator and author, presented these workshops designed especially for pre-adolescents. Parent/daughter workshops and parent/son workshops were presented separately and were full of useful information.

Jump with a Buddy
DSAW-Fox Cities kiddos as well as our Teen FrienDS Club enjoyed a private party at Vertical Velocity Trampoline Park! We also had yummy pizza and soda! Thank you to everyone who joined us for this fun day!


Sheboygan

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Dance Class
This month, we kicked off our DSAW Dance Class with In Motion Dance Studio in Plymouth! Kiddos enjoyed moving, sweating, and learning all while having fun! Throughout the next two months, students will learn how to stretch and create a foundation of dance techniques. All ages and abilities are welcome to participate in this class - join at anytime! Register here.

Looking Back on March 2019

Milwaukee

World Down Syndrome Day Waterpark Event

We had a blast celebrating World Down Syndrome Day a few days early at the waterpark! Southeastern WI families gathered at the Ingleside Hotel & Waterpark for a day full of fun! Thank you to everyone who came out and celebrated with us!

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New Parent Breakfast

This month we hosted a New Parent Breakfast at our headquarters! This provided the opportunity for fellow parents to make connections, learn about DSAW programs and services, and hear about the other important resources in the area! We got to do this all over a yummy breakfast. Thank you to the families that joined us for a morning of learning and fun!

Ben’s Cycle Indoor Century Ride

Thank you to our amazing friends at Ben's Cycle/Milwaukee Bicycle Company Racing team for hosting an Indoor Century Ride to raise funds for DSAW! Teams rode 100 miles to benefit DSAW and raised over $4,000!

Family Movie Event

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We ended the month with a sensory-friendly, private screening of Wonder Park at the Marcus Ridge Cinema in New Berlin! We rented out an entire theater for our families, and the sound was played lower and lights were on brighter. Thank you to all the families who joined us for this screening!

Digitability Class

Our Digitability class had another successful month in March! This new course is an award-winning employment-readiness program used to prepare students with special needs for today’s tech-driven workplaces. Young adults meet Mondays and Wednesdays through May at the state office. Learn more here!

Relationships Class
We had another great month of our course on relationships for individuals with special needs. Throughout the course, we have been learning about personal boundaries, dating, self-defense, stranger danger, and safety. Learn more here.

Nutrition & Wellness Class
This month we continued our two sessions of the Nutrition and Wellness Class offered through DSAW and DSAW-Family Services. The class meets twice a week throughout the winter and participants will learn about personal health and well-being, exercise, and healthy cooking. This month students made healthier versions of two yummy foods - tacos and brownies!

Life Skills Bootcamp
In March we talked all about self advocacy, self-advocacy skills, and why they are important. Stay tuned for April’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 occupational therapy skills in a free environment, while parents enjoy coffee and each other's company. We also 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 Fox Point! This location meets the first and second Fridays of the month from 7 - 9 PM! 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! Next month's Tween Club will be on Friday, April 12th. Drop your 10+ year old off for a night of games, snacks, activities, and more. At next month’s Tween Club, we have peers from the Delafield Family Tae Kwon Do Champions coming to teach us some tae kwon do! Sign up!

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, April 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.


Central Wisconsin

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World Down Syndrome Day Party

DSAW-Central WI partnered with GiGi's Playhouse Wausau to provide an afternoon of bounce houses, games, food and photo prop fun in celebration of World Down Syndrome Day! Thank you to all the families who came out to join us for this fun day!

Parent Coffee Date

Parents gathered for coffee and conversation at Vino Latte on World Down Syndrome Day! Parents, grandparents, and caregivers attended this casual social. We always enjoy this time gathering with fellow parents.

Family Night Out

DSAW board member and parent, Kris Halvorson, graciously opened her home for a fun family night this month! Families enjoyed pizza and conversation with other families who have a loved one with Down syndrome.


Chippewa Valley

World Down Syndrome Day Party

DSAW-Chippewa Valley families celebrated World Down Syndrome Day at Action City and Chaos Waterpark! We started the day bouncing around at the trampoline park followed by a pizza buffet! We ended this fun packed day at the waterpark! Thank you to all the families who joined us to celebrate!


La Crosse

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World Down Syndrome Day Event
DSAW-La Crosse Families gathered for a Sock Hop themed Celebration for World Down Syndrome Day! The afternoon included a yummy lunch and a guest performance by Applause Dance Academy. Families even got to join in on the dancing and do the Cha Cha Slide! Andrew Gerbitz from Andrew’s Voice made an appearance and talked about his journey! We also got to enjoy some delicious cake. One of our favorite parts of this day is the famous wall of extra chromosome posters - this year we had 34 wonderful faces adorning it!

Parent’s Night Out

We always enjoy Parent’s Night Out! This month we met at Features Sports Bar and Grill in West Salem for a casual evening of food and conversation. Our next Parent’s Night Out will be held on May 18th at Fiesta Mexicana! RSVP here!


Green Bay

Playgroup
DSAW-Green Bay held their playgroup at Get Air Trampoline Park this month! They offered a dedicated time just for jumpers with special needs. We will be at the trampoline park again in April. Sign up here!

Mom’s Night Out

This month moms, aunts, grandmas, and female caregivers gathered at the Cannery for a Moms Night Out! We always enjoy this time socializing with fellow DSAW women.

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WDSD Bowling Party

We celebrated World Down Syndrome Day with a bowling party! Green Bay families gathered at the Gutter for an afternoon filled with bowling, pizza, and celebration! Thank you to everyone who joined us for this fun event to celebrate our loved ones with Down syndrome!


MADSS

Mom’s Take 5
MADSS has a Mom’s Night Out on the 5th of every month! This month, moms gathered at the Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. We love this time for moms to enjoy conversation with one another over appetizers and drinks.

Dynamic Duals: DS-ASD

MADSS & GiGi’s Playhouse sponsored Dynamic Duals this 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. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Wendy Kaplan at: info@MADSS.org.

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Self-Advocate Hockey Outing

Self-advocates had a great time at the Madison Capitols game! The night was filled with cheering and laughing at the ice arena!

Parent’s Night Out

We kicked off the month with a Parent's Night Out at Vintage Brewing Co! Parents, grandparents, adult siblings and caregivers joined us for a casual evening of conversation and good eats.

Family Bowling and Pizza Party

Families enjoyed a bowling and pizza party at RiversEdge Bowl! We had tons of fun bowling and eating yummy pizza with other MADSS families!

Playgroup

This month we had our first playgroup in Janesville! Parents had the opportunity to discuss specific goals and needs for the children with CI Therapy staff while the kiddos played!

Day with the Experts: Down Syndrome

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This event was hosted in partnership with Gigi’s Playhouse Madison as a part of the Waisman Center Day with the Experts series. The series is sponsored by the Friends of the Waisman Center. Attendees learned about advances in research and clinic services as well as hear from a panel of experts consisting of individuals with Down syndrome and their family members.

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We spent the evening of World Down Syndrome Day celebrating increased awareness, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. This year’s theme was “Be a Dreamer” and featured photographs of local kids and adults with Down syndrome doing the things they love. Thank you to Geoffrey Mikol, photographer and owner of River Bend Gallery!

WDSD Movie at the Library

The Madison Public Library - Meadowridge hosted a movie day for our friends with Down syndrome and their families in honor of WDSD. We enjoyed pizza and snacks along with the movie!

Dad’s Night Out

Fathers, grandfathers, and male caregivers met for a casual evening of conversation and food with other MADSS dads at Toby’s Supper Club this month! We always enjoy this time to catch up.

Library Storytime

This month we went to Hedberg Public Library in Janesville to listen to stories from the Children’s Librarian. The kids had so much fun engaging in these interactive stories.


North Central

World Down Syndrome Day Celebration

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Families gathered to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day at the Clara R. McKenna Aquatic Center! Thank you to everyone who joined us for a day of swimming and celebration! We even enjoyed some ice cream thanks to Culver’s! We had so much fun celebrating one of our favorite days of the year!


Sheboygan

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WDSD Waterpark Event

DSAW-Sheboygan families enjoyed an early World Down Syndrome Day celebration at Breaker Bay Waterpark! This was such a great escape from the winter weather. The kids splashed in the water and parents enjoyed socializing with each other. Thank you to everyone who joined us in celebrating with this fun day at the waterpark!


Fox Cities

Teen FrienDS Club

This month our Teen FrienDS Club had a zentastic time at “Be” doing yoga! Thanks to the instructors for leading our teens through a great class!

KITE Conference

DSAW-Fox Cities partnered with SOAR Fox Cities, WisconSibs,  and the Autism Society of Wisconsin to host a mini conference for parents, adult siblings, self-advocates and professionals. This was a great opportunity to learn about disability-related topics through breakout sessions and to connect with local community resources. 

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Luv 2 Play Event
Babies, toddlers, and school aged children with Down syndrome attended a playdate at Luv 2 Play Indoor Playground! The kids enjoyed escaping the winter weather at the indoor playground. We also enjoyed pizza!

World Down Syndrome Day Party

Families celebrated World Down Syndrome Day with a fun filled afternoon at Monkey Joe’s! Kiddos got to play in the inflatable play area and enjoy pizza while celebrating one of our favorite days!


Looking Back on February 2019

Milwaukee

Snow Tubing Outing
DSAW was able to take advantage of the snow in a big way at our Snow Tubing Outing. We were able to spend the day tubing down the snowy slopes while the sounds of laughter and excitement filled the air. 

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Valentine’s Day Dance

 We had a blast at our annual Valentine’s Dance! The state office was transformed into a red and pink extravaganza. The night commenced with music, dancing, games, and a whole lot of food, including delicious mini bundt cake from our dessert sponsor, Nothing Bundt Cupcakes. There was even a surprise visit from Frozen’s Elsa! Thank you to the DSAW families that joined us for this night of fun.

Nail Painting Party This month, we hosted our first ever Nail Painting Party to kick off Valentine’s Day. It was an awesome day filled with excitement, nail polish, and plenty of snacks! 

Family Movie Event Lights. Cameras. Action. Family Movie Night is a fun opportunity for DSAW families to get together for a relaxing night of snacks and movies. This month we enjoyed a sensory-friendly, private screening of Pete’s Dragon! Families got to enjoy the movie with the sound played lower and lights on brighter.

Digitability Class

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Our brand-new Digitability class had another successful month! This new course is an award-winning employment-readiness program used to prepare students with special needs for today’s tech-driven workplaces. Young adults meet Mondays and Wednesdays through May at the state office. Learn more here!

Relationships Class
We just started two new sessions of a course on relationships for individuals with special needs. Throughout the course, we will talk about personal boundaries, dating, self-defense, stranger danger, and safety. Learn more here.

Nutrition & Wellness Class
This month we continued our two sessions of the Nutrition and Wellness Class offered through DSAW and DSAW-Family Services. The class meets twice a week throughout the winter and participants will learn about personal health and well-being, exercise, and healthy cooking.

Young Leaders Bootcamp
This month at Bootcamp we discussed taking responsibility for our actions! In March we will be talking about self advocacy, self-advocacy skills, and why they are important. Register Here!

Cooking with the Kiddos
Cooking with the Kiddos happens every first and third Wednesday at our State office! Don’t worry about dinner plans — we’ll take care of it! Kids 8+ are welcome to join us next month!

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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 occupational therapy skills in a free environment, while parents enjoy coffee and each other's company. We also 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 Fox Point! This location meets the first and second Fridays of the month from 7 - 9 PM! 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! This month we did winter/snow themed activities including a snowman activity and cookie decorating! Next month's Tween Club will be on Friday, March 8th. Drop your 10+ year old off for a night of games, snacks, activities, and more. Sign up!

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 March 8th!

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.


Central Wisconsin

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Movie Event

We had a “tale as old as time” at our own private screening of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the Cedar Creek Marcus Theatre. We were able to relive the magic of the classic film while enjoying some delicious buttery popcorn and other fun snacks!


La Crosse

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Parent’s First Call Training
In partnership with Parent to Parent of Wisconsin, we hosted a training to support parents and match them with new and expectant parents who are looking for resources and support. Connecting with another parent who has a child with Down syndrome can be one of the most helpful resources a parent will have – it can help make their journey a little easier.


Green Bay

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Snow Tubing Event
Green Bay had a blast tubing on the snowy slopes at Kewaunee Winter Park! Smiles and laughter were abundant throughout the day despite the cold weather! Thank you to all the families who joined us for this fun day.


MADSS

Mom’s Take 5
MADSS has a Mom’s Night Out on the 5th of every month! This month, moms gathered at the Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. We love this time for moms to enjoy conversation with one another over appetizers and drinks.

Dynamic Duals: DS-ASD MADSS & GiGi’s Playhouse sponsored Dynamic Duals this 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. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Wendy Kaplan at: info@MADSS.org.

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Family Bowling & Pizza Party MADSS families enjoyed a Sunday Funday at Schwoegler’s bowling alley! We had so much fun bowling and mingling with families while eating yummy pizza!

Parent’s Night Out This month we had our first ever MADSS Parent’s Night Out in Rock County! Parents, grandparents, adult siblings, and caregivers joined us for a casual evening of conversation and good eats at Texas Roadhouse. Thank you to those who came out and joined us!


Sheboygan

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DSAW-Sheboygan families enjoyed a fun day at Just4Fun Playland in February! The kiddos enjoyed the indoor playground that’s equipped with fluffy white clouds, a faux yard, a basketball court, and a giant rainbow play-system superstructure! This was such a fun way to to escape the winter weather together for a little indoor fun!


Fox Cities

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Teen FrienDS Club
This month our teens painted their own pottery at the Fire in Appleton! Teen FrienDS Club is held at the DSAW-Fox Cities Office on the second Friday of each month from 6:30-9:30pm during the months of September-May. The club is for teens with Down syndrome ages 13-19. If your teen is interested in joining, please contact Maria SteenPorte at maria@dsawfoxcities.org.

Valentine’s Dance
Thank you to all of the families that joined us for our Valentine’s Dance at the Elk Lodge! Everyone had fun, young & old! A DJ and dancing provided great entertainment. We also enjoyed snacks, drinks, and crafts!


Looking Back on January 2019

Statewide

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DSAW Leaders Retreat In January, we hosted our Annual Retreat for DSAW leaders around the state! Board members, volunteers, and families from all of our chapters and from MADSS came together in the Wisconsin Dells to enjoy social time, learn more about DSAW, and hear from other leaders about programs and models that can be implemented in communities around the state. We also welcomed guest speakers Kay Edwards of Outsight Network and Heather Avis of The Lucky Few. It’s always amazing to see our leaders in person! Thank you to all of them for the work and time they put into DSAW. We appreciate each and every one of you!


Milwaukee

Milwaukee Wave Outing
We had such a great time at the Milwaukee Wave game this month thanks to our partners at Professional Construction Inc.! We even were able to attend a post-game autograph session on the field and make a high five tunnel for the players after halftime! Thank you to the DSAW families that joined us for a wonderful night of soccer, food, and fun!

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Digitability Class This month we launched our Digitability class at the state office! This new course is an award-winning employment-readiness program used to prepare students with special needs for today’s tech-driven workplaces. Young adults meet Mondays and Wednesdays through May. Learn more here!

Family Movie Event Family Movie Night is a fun opportunity for DSAW families to get together for a relaxing night of snacks and movies. This month we enjoyed a sensory-friendly, private screening of Hotel Transylvania 3! Families got to enjoy the movie with the sound played lower and lights on brighter.

Relationships Class
We just started two new sessions of a course on relationships for individuals with special needs. Throughout the course, we will talk about personal boundaries, dating, self-defense, stranger danger, and safety. Learn more here.

Nutrition & Wellness Class
This month was the beginning of two sessions of the Nutrition and Wellness Class offered through DSAW and DSAW-Family Services. The class meets twice a week throughout the winter and participants will learn about personal health and well-being, exercise, and healthy cooking.

Young Leaders Bootcamp
This month at Bootcamp we discussed taking responsibility for our actions! In February we will be talking about self advocacy, self-advocacy skills, and why they are important. Register Here!

Cooking with the Kiddos
Cooking with the Kiddos happens every first and third Wednesday at our State office! Don’t worry about dinner plans — we’ll take care of it! Kids 8+ are welcome to join us next month!

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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 occupational therapy skills in a free environment, while parents enjoy coffee and each other's company. We also 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 Fox Point! This location meets the first and second Fridays of the month from 7 - 9 PM! 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! This month we did winter/snow themed activities including a snowman activity and cookie decorating! Next month's Tween Club will be on Friday, February 8th. Drop your 10+ year old off for a night of games, snacks, activities, and more. Sign up!

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 February 8th!

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.


Central Wisconsin

Mom’s Night Out This month we went to City Grill for Mom’s Night Out! We had a great turnout despite the snow and weather. Join us next month for food and conversation with other women who have loved ones with Down syndrome.

Dad’s Night Out
DSAW men got together for a Dad’s Night Out at Townie’s Grill in Wausau. We love this time to talk to other dads and grandpas while enjoying food and drinks!

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La Crosse

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Parent’s Night Out
Our Parent’s Night Out this month was at Moxie’s in La Crosse! Parents, grandparents, caregivers, and adult siblings had a casual evening of conversation and free appetizers. Our next Parent’s Night Out will be March 9th!


Green Bay

Mom’s Night Out
This month’s Mom’s Night Out was at Jimmy Seas in Green Bay! We always enjoy this time with fellow moms, aunts, grandmas, and female caregivers. We meet the 4th Sunday of every month. Join us in February at the Cannery Public Market!


MADSS

Mom’s Take 5
MADSS also has a Mom’s Night Out on the 5th of every month! This month, moms enjoyed cookies that were decorated at the Holiday Cookie Decorating Party!

Dynamic Duals: DS-ASD MADSS & GiGi’s Playhouse sponsored Dynamic Duals this 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. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Wendy Kaplan at: info@MADSS.org.


Fox Cities

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Teen FrienDS Club
This month Teen FrienDS Club invited the younger age group to join for a fun event! We went to Sky Zone for Jump with a Buddy event and had so much fun! Teen FrienDS Club is held at the DSAW-Fox Cities Office on the second Friday of each month from 6:30-9:30pm during the months of September-May. The club is for teens with Down syndrome ages 13-19. If your teen is interested in joining, please contact Maria SteenPorte at maria@dsawfoxcities.org.

Adult Holiday Party
We kicked off the month with the Adult Holiday Party at Mad Apple! Free appetizers were provided as well as drinks and billiard-style games!

Inclusion Speaker Seminar
DSAW-Fox Cities sponsored two amazing opportunities for parents and educators to learn about inclusion. Dr. Christi Kasa, Ph.D. spoke at the two day seminar about two different topics. These topics included “What Every Parent Should Know When Advocating for their Student” and “Creating Successful Inclusion for All”.


Looking Back on December 2018

Milwaukee

Family Movie Event We kicked off December with a sensory-friendly, private screening of the newest release of The Grinch! Family! Families got to enjoy the movie with the sound played lower and lights on brighter.

Holiday Party
We had such a great time at the Southeastern WI Holiday Party this month! Santa and his elf made their way down from the North Pole to visit the kiddos! We enjoyed a variety of games, ornament crafts, cookie decorating, food from Pizzeria Scotty, dancing, and contests! This party attracted almost 350 members of the DSAW family!

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Relationships Class
We just wrapped up a course on relationships for individuals with special needs. They talked about personal boundaries, dating, self-defense, stranger danger, and safety. We will be hosting another session starting on January 12! Learn more here.

Nutrition & Wellness Class
DSAW and DSAW-Family Services also offered two sessions of a Nutrition and Wellness Class this month. The class met twice a week and participants learned about personal health and well-being, exercise, and healthy cooking.

Young Leaders Bootcamp
This month at Bootcamp we learned about holidays around the world, how are they celebrated, how they are different, and why each one is unique and special!

Cooking with the Kiddos
Cooking with the Kiddos happens every first and third Wednesday at our State office! Don’t worry about dinner plans — we’ll take care of it! Kids 8+ are welcome to join us next month! This month we had breakfast for dinner and made pancakes!

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Self-Advocate Packer & Holiday Party Self-advocates joined us for a Packer & Holiday Party at the State office on December 16. We had gifts, a bloody mary bar, and lots of cheering! Thank you to the self-advocates who came out to help us celebrate and cheer on the Packers!

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 occupational therapy skills in a free environment, while parents enjoy coffee and each other's company. We also 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 Fox Point! This location meets the first and second Fridays of the month from 7 - 9 PM! 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! This month we did holiday activities, made jingle bell necklaces, and had snacks! Next month's Tween Club will be on Friday, January 11th. Drop your 10+ year old off for a night of games, snacks, activities, and more. Sign up!

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, January 11th!


Central Wisconsin

Holiday Party
We had our Holiday Party at the wonderful Moose Lodge earlier this month. Guests brought yummy potluck dishes and Santa stopped by! We are very thankful for the generous donations made by Texas Roadhouse and the Rib Mountain Dollar Tree! Also, thank you to the awesome UWSP Speech/Communication students for volunteering their time. We hope you all had as much fun as we did!

Mom’s Coffee Date
DSAW women got together for a Mom’s Coffee Date at Vino Latte in Wausau on the second Wednesday of the month. We love this time to talk to other moms and grandmas while enjoying coffee and treats!

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La Crosse

Holiday Party
We had such an amazing time at this year’s Holiday Party at the Black River Beach House! We made crafts, played games, and even visited with Santa! Thank you to all of the families who joined us and to everyone who helped plan and execute this event!! Happy Holidays! :)

Parent’s Night Out
Our Parent’s Night Out this month was at TimeOut tavern in La Crescent! Parents, grandparents, caregivers, and adult siblings had a casual evening of conversation and free appetizers!


Green Bay

Holiday Movie Event
Families joined us to watch Smalfoot at the De Pere Cinema on Saturday, December 15! We had a great turnout and enjoyed watching with our DSAW-Green Bay families!


MADSS

Holiday Cookie Decorating Party
We had another busy month in December! We started off the month with a Holiday Cookie Decorating Party. Thank you to the Schuster Family for graciously opening up their home for this celebration of the holiday season!

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Family Holiday Movie
This month, we watched The Nutcracker and the Four Realms at the Marcus Palace Cinema in Sun Prairie! It was a great time for all of the families. Santa and his elves were even there to say hello!

Mom’s Take 5
MADSS also has a Mom’s Night Out on the 5th of every month! This month, moms enjoyed cookies that were decorated at the Holiday Cookie Decorating Party!


Fox Cities

Teen FrienDS Club
Our Teen FrienDS Club is held at the DSAW-Fox Cities Office on the second Friday of each month from 6:30-9:30pm during the months of September-May. The club is for teens with Down syndrome ages 13-19. If your teen is interested in joining, please contact Maria SteenPorte at maria@dsawfoxcities.org.

Santa Celebration
DSAW-Fox Cities teamed up with WisconSibs for a Santa Celebration at the Grand Meridian in Appleton. Families visited with Santa, played holiday games, made gifts, decorated cookies, and enjoyed sweet breakfast treats!


Sheboygan

Parent’s Night Out In December, we met at the 8th Street Ale Haus in Sheboygan! Parents, caregivers, and adult siblings joined us for an evening of good food and conversation. We discussed 2019 and had a ton of fun. Thanks to everyone who joined us!

Children’s Museum Night DSAW families joined us for a field trip to Above & Beyond Children's Museum in Sheboygan! Every second Monday of the month from 5-7pm, the children's museum hosts a Special Needs Night. The museum is closed to the general public, sound is turned off on loud exhibits, there is a craft/activity, and a local vendor offers frozen yogurt.

Holiday Party DSAW-Sheboygan families celebrated the holidays together at our Holiday Party! This year’s party took place at the Odyssey Fun Center in Sheboygan Falls. We had pizza, cookie decorating, music and bowling! Santa stopped by to pay us a visit as well!


Chippewa Valley

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We had a great time at our holiday party this month! We had so many generous contributions this year! Thank you to Westgate Sportsman Club for donating their wonderful space, Scheel’s for donating fishing poles for gifts, and Big Stack Meats supplying smoked pulled pork. Also a huge thanks to Santa and Mrs. Clause as well as MMC Eau Claire Hospital for donating gifts! We could not have done all of this without the planning committee members. The kiddos enjoyed crafts, games, and other holiday activities!

Looking Back on November 2018

Milwaukee

Transition Conference
We had a great turnout for our Transition Conference in partnership with the Down Syndrome Clinic at Children’s Hospital, Family Voices of Wisconsin, and the Southeast Regional Center for CYSHCN. We heard sessions about moving from child to adult health care, what comes after high school, and what it’s like to transition to adult life. Thank you to our partners for a great fall conference!

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Learning and Skills Night with the Medical College of Wisconsin
On November 8 our Young Leaders Academy students took a trip to MCW to talk to and learn from the medical students. The med students taught us about different kinds of doctors and how to do a medical examination. We got to tell them about what we like and don’t like about going to the doctor’s office, and then we got to practice examining them! Thanks to the MCW Friends of Special Needs for their incredible partnership. We had so much fun and are looking forward to working more with them again in the future!

Relationships Class
We offer a course on relationships for individuals with special needs. They talk about personal boundaries, dating, self-defense, stranger danger, and safety. There are classes on Monday nights and Saturday mornings, and it runs until December 19!

Nutrition & Wellness Class
DSAW and DSAW-Family Services also offered two sessions of a Nutrition and Wellness Class this month. The class meets twice a week and learns about personal health and well-being, exercise, and healthy cooking.

Young Leaders Bootcamp
This month at Bootcamp we focused on creating friendships. We discussed questions like “What are good friendships and why are they important?” and “How are good friendships built?” We really learned a lot!

Bootcamp meets on Tuesday nights at 6pm. Join us in December to learn about different holidays around the world.

Cooking with the Kiddos
Cooking with the Kiddos happens every first and third Wednesday at our State office! Don’t worry about dinner plans — we’ll take care of it! This month at cooking, we made mini pizzas. At the second session we made gluten free mac n cheese and biscuits! They were delicious!

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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 occupational therapy skills in a free environment, while parents enjoy coffee and each other's company. We also 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 Fox Point! This location meets the first and second Fridays of the month from 7 - 9 PM! 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! This month we prepared for Thanksgiving with apple pie, turkey crafts, and games! Next month's Tween Club will be on Friday, December 14. Drop your 10+ year old off for a night of games, snacks, activities, and more. Sign up!

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, December 14!


Central Wisconsin

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Parent’s First Call Support Parent Training
We had a wonderful group of parents join us in Weston on November 3 for a PFC Support Parent Training. These parents came together to learn how to meet the need for peer support! As a part of Wisconsin’s Network of Support Parents, they now can be connected to another parent of a child with Down syndrome looking for support. Thank you to the parents and to Parent to Parent of Wisconsin for making this training happen!

Children’s Museum Outing
We went to Stevens Point this month to visit the Central WI Children’s Museum! We explored the museum together and had lunch!

Mom’s Coffee Date
DSAW women got together for a Mom’s Coffee Date at Vino Latte in Wausau on the second Wednesday of the month. We love this time to talk to other moms and grandmas while enjoying coffee and treats! Join us at the Vino Latte in Weston on December 12!


La Crosse

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Family Night Out
At the beginning of the month we went to The Children’s Museum of La Crosse with our friends from the La Crosse Area Autism Foundation. The museum hosted an Inclusion Night for people with disabilities, and we had a great night exploring the museum without the extra stimulation of its busy hours!

Self Advocate Bowling Event
DSAW self advocates went bowling at Pla-Mor Lanes in La Crosse on November 10. Everyone did an awesome job out on the lanes, and we had a great afternoon!

Parent’s Night Out
Our Parent’s Night Out this month was at Pacifico Mexican Restaurant in Viroqua! Parents, grandparents, caregivers, and adult siblings had a casual evening of conversation and free appetizers!


Green Bay

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Dad’s Night Out
In November, DSAW-GB dads had a night to themselves! We went to Buffalo Wild Wings and shared some free appetizers while watching sports!

Cookie Decorating Event
Families got together at the Howe Resource Center on November 24 for cookie decorating, ornament making, and designing aprons! We loved decorating (and eating!) all of our cookies and getting ready for the holiday season!

Mom’s Night Out
DSAW moms, grandmas, and female caregivers took a break from the holiday madness to get together for a night out! We went to Caliente in De Pere and had a great evening! Please note that there will be no Mom’s Night Out in December due to the holidays.


MADSS

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Playgroup at Sky Zone
We had a busy month in November! We started off with a playgroup at Sky Zone. Everyone had so much fun jumping around on the trampolines and launching into the foam pit!

Arts and Crafts Workshop
We made Fall-themed arts and crafts this month at UW-Madison! Families enjoyed light refreshments and got to express their creativity with painting crafts!

Rock County Family Holiday Movie
Rock County families came together in Janesville to see the latest release of The Grinch! We loved celebrating the holidays with each other and this silly movie! Thank you to all of our families who joined us :)

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Parent’s Night Out
At the end of the month, parents, grandparents, caregivers, and adult siblings met up at Bonefish Grill for a casual evening of conversation and free appetizers!

Mom’s Take 5
MADSS also has a Mom’s Night Out on the 5th of every month! November was no different! We always love getting together with these incredible women.


Fox Cities

Mom’s Night Out
Moms, grandmas, and female caregivers got together at the beginning of November for an evening of respite at Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen in Appleton! We had a fun night of conversation and good eats!

Looking Back on October 2018

Milwaukee

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Halloween Party
This month we got to celebrate Halloween!! We had a spook-tacular Halloween Dance at our state office, complete with a pasta bar, costume contests, games, crafts, sno cones, and of course, awesome dance moves! It was so much fun to see all of our friends dressed up in costume. We saw Jafar, Elvis, Snow White, some cats, and more :)

Sibling Event with Gnat & Corky
We continued our sibling program this month with an event for kids ages 5-9 who have a sibling with Down syndrome! Gnat and Corky, author and illustrator of Addison the Light Catcher (a book about a sibling!), came to read their book, lead a discussion, and host a related craft. We all had such a great time meeting each other and learning new things. Stay tuned for our next sibling event!

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Relationships Class
We offer a course on relationships for individuals with special needs. They talk about personal boundaries, dating, self-defense, stranger danger, and safety. There are classes on Monday nights and Saturday mornings, and it runs until December 19!

Nutrition & Wellness Class
DSAW and DSAW-Family Services also offered two sessions of a Nutrition and Wellness Class this month. The class meets twice a week and learns about personal health and well-being, exercise, and healthy cooking.

Young Leaders Bootcamp
This month at Bootcamp we talked about worry and anxiety. We learned strategies to cope with them, and we made some awesome worry dolls! At the end of the month, we got in the spirit of Halloween with related crafts and activities.

Bootcamp meets on Tuesday nights at 6pm. Join us in November to focus on creating friendships!

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Family Movie Night
Every month on the fourth Friday, we bring our blankets, sleeping bags, pillows and teddy bears and get comfy for a Movie Night at our West Allis office! This month we celebrated Halloween and Dia de Muertos by watching Coco! Join us next month!

Cooking with the Kiddos
Cooking with the Kiddos happens every first and third Wednesday at our State office! Don’t worry about dinner plans — we’ll take care of it! This month at cooking, we made mini chicken pot pie muffins. They were delicious!

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 occupational therapy skills in a free environment, while parents enjoy coffee and each other's company. In October we started up our free music therapy program in conjunction with playgroup! 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 Northside location in Fox Point! This location meets the first and second Fridays of the month from 7 - 9 PM! 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. On November 8, students in the Thursday program will be going to the Medical College of Wisconsin to learn about advocating for themselves and the doctor’s office. To prepare for this field trip, medical students came to Young Leaders in October and helped teach us about what to expect.

Tween Club
The second Friday night of the month, DSAW transforms into a hoppin' place for tweens to hang out! This month we had a Halloween-themed party just for tweens! Next month's Tween Club will be on Friday, November 9. We’ll be preparing for Thanksgiving by making apple pie, doing holiday themed crafts, playing games, and more! Drop your 10+ year old off for a night of games, snacks, activities, and more. Sign up!

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, November 9!


Fox Cities

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9th Annual Down Syndrome Awareness Walk
DSAW-Fox Cities hosted their annual Awareness Walk on Saturday, October 6 in Neenah! It was an awesome day with raffles, trampoline bungee jumping, food, a miniature train, and raising awareness of our friends with Down syndrome!! Fox Cities CRUSHED their fundraising goal! Thank you to everyone who supported this Walk with their time, talent, and treasure. We appreciate you! Check out the news coverage here.

Teen FrienDS Club
DSAW-Fox Cities also continued their monthly Teen FrienDS club for teens with Down syndrome. Every month during the school year they get together for movies, snacks, music, games, and more!


Sheboygan

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9th Annual Down Syndrome Awareness Walk
Our Sheboygan chapter closed out Awareness Walk season with their Walk on October 13 at Kiwanis Park. We had a brisk sunny day to welcome DSAW friends for inflatables, crafts, music, a Texas Roadhouse lunch, community resources, and raffles. We had a lovely 21 Showcase and introduced all of our friends with Down syndrome! 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!


Green Bay

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Monthly Playgroup
In October we met at the new Titletown District Playground at Lambeau Field!! It was awesome! We had a fun time on the playground and playing out on the field. Although playgroup usually meets the first Saturday of every month, we are going to suspend it during the winter months so people can stay warm and cozy :)

Self Advocate Corn Maze Event
DSAW self advocates ages 15+ got together at Polly’s Pumpkin Patch to do some corn mazes!! We had an awesome time on a hayride and exploring the corn maze.

Parent’s Night Out
This month we invited ALL parents, grandparents, caregivers, and adult siblings to join us for a well-deserved night out! We met up at Joe Rouer’s in Luxemburg for a night of casual conversation and appetizers. Come join us for Mom’s Night Out or Dad’s Night Out next month!


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Family Fall Festival
After our Walk at the end of September, we took a little bit of a rest! We did host a Family Fall Festival on October 14 at Wilke’s! We took wagon rides, picked pumpkins, had lunch, and enjoyed a day together at the dairy farm!

Mom’s Coffee Date
We also got together for a Mom’s Coffee date at Vino Latte in October on the second Wednesday! Come join us in November!


MADSS

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Fall Family Event
DSAW helped our friends at MADSS host a Family Farm Event on Saturday, October 27! We went to Schuster’s Farm in Deerfield and took a hayride, got pumpkins, did corn mazes, and had some delicious sweet treats!

Dad’s Night Out
MADSS dads got together at Graze in mid-October for a night out together. We welcomed a good group of guys and had a lot of fun!

Mom’s Take 5
MADSS also has a Mom’s Night Out on the 5th of every month! October was no different! We always love getting together with these incredible women.


La Crosse

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In October, DSAW adults met up at Elmaro Vineyard for a great evening of wine, apps, and conversation. The location was beautiful, and we had a great time!


Chippewa Valley

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Fall Family Event
We got to celebrate Fall at the end of October with a trip to Schultz’s Country Barn in Eleva! We had a hot dog dinner, took train rides, made s’mores, and painted pumpkins! It was fun to see all of our new DSAW friends from the Awareness Walk last month :)


Looking Back on September 2018

Milwaukee

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22nd Annual Statewide Down Syndrome Awareness Walk
We held our Statewide Awareness Walk on Sunday, September 23 at the Milwaukee County Zoo! We had perfect weather for our Mardi Gras themed party, and we had MORE participants, MORE teams, and raised MORE money than EVER before! Almost 3,000 of our closest friends joined us for a day of inflatables, carnival games, raffles, music, crafts, sno cones, rock climbing, food, and a walk around the Zoo. THANK YOU to everyone who made this year’s Walk so incredible - especially our sponsors, donors, volunteers, families, friends with Down syndrome, and YOU!

Puberty Workshops
In partnership with the Down Syndrome Clinic and Terri Couwenhoven, we sponsored puberty workshops for teenagers with disabilities! In separate sessions, boys and girls learned about sexuality and changes that happen during puberty.

Relationships Class
We’re offering a relationships class during our fall semester for individuals with disabilities. We meet on Saturdays and discuss relationships, personal boundaries, dating, and self-defense.

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Nutrition & Wellness Class
DSAW and DSAW-Family Services also offer two sessions of a Nutrition and Wellness Class. The class meets twice a week and learns about personal health and well-being, exercise, and healthy cooking.

Young Leaders Bootcamp
This month at Bootcamp we all came with our favorite recipes. We got to cook and taste them and plan for the cookbook that we’re creating with everyone’s favorites!

Bootcamp meets on Tuesday nights at 6pm. Join us in October!

Family Movie Night
Every month on the fourth Friday, we bring our blankets, sleeping bags, pillows and teddy bears and get comfy for a Movie Night at our West Allis office! This month was no different! Join us next month!!

Cooking with the Kiddos
Cooking with the Kiddos happens every first and third Wednesday at our State office! Don’t miss this chance to skip the cooking at your house! We’ll provide food for your family and practice cooking skills.

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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 occupational therapy skills in a free environment, while parents enjoy coffee and each other's company. We’ll be starting up music therapy again in October! 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 are also have a Young Leaders Class at our Northside location in Fox Point! This location meets the first and second Fridays of the month from 7 - 9 PM! 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. Come out to Young Leaders Academy in September in West Allis or in Fox Point!

Tween Club
The second Friday night of the month, DSAW transforms into a hoppin' place for tweens to hang out! This month at tween club we had fun with a back to school theme! We had a school-themed photobooth and made crafts. Next month's Tween Club will be on Friday, October 12. Drop your 10+ year old off for a night of games, snacks, activities, and more. Sign up to join us!

Parent's Night Out
Each month, DSAW parents, grandparents, and caregivers get together for a night of casual conversation and free appetizers. This month we were back at Cleveland Pub, where we’ll be for the rest of 2018! We meet every second Friday of the month in conjunction with Tween Club! Join us on October 12!


La Crosse

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16th Annual Down Syndrome Awareness Walk
DSAW-COTH-GLA hosted its Annual Awareness Walk as well this month! We had a giant luau-themed party and a gorgeous, warm September day. Everyone came out in their leis and grass skirts to celebrate our friends with Down syndrome! We had inflatables, raffles, a photobooth, yard games, lunch, and more! Thank you to all of our volunteers, donors, families, and friends! A special thank you to our Awareness Walk planning committee for all the work they did to prepare for this day!

Nature for All Families
We continued our partnership with WisCorps again this month on September 30! DSAW families got together to learn about nature, enjoy a snack, and get together with other people with disabilities!


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Down Syndrome Awareness Walk
DSAW partnered with the Madison Area Down Syndrome Society this year to help them throw their annual Awareness Walk! We had all new activities like a petting zoo, rock climbing wall, carnival games, inflatables, and much more! We had a hot sunny day on September 16 as we welcomed 700 people to Olin Park in Madison!


Central Wisconsin

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FIRST Annual Down Syndrome Awareness Walk!
This month, we hosted the first EVER Down Syndrome Awareness Walk in Wausau! We had a fantastic turnout for the event (400 people!), and had fun at Doepke Park with disability resource vendors, inflatables, music, raffles, top fundraising prizes, and lunch. Thank you to everyone who helped us pull off our first walk! We’re already looking forward to next year!


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Down Syndrome Awareness Walk                         
DSAW-Chippewa Valley also hosted their Annual Down Syndrome Awareness Walk at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls! We had a great turnout for a fun day of crafts, inflatables, family photos, a delicious lunch of pulled pork and burgers, and more. Thank you!!


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Green Bay

Family Orchard Event
Families from DSAW-Green Bay traveled to Sturgeon Bay to visit Seaquist Orchards! They got to learn all about pie-making in a kitchen tour and make their own caramel apples! Everyone even got a slice of pie to bring home!

Playgroup
We also hosted our monthly playgroup on the first Saturday of the month! This month we went to Voyageur Park in De Pere.

Mom’s Night Out
Every month DSAW women get together for a well-deserved night out! This month we met at Heartland Pizza Company and had drinks and free appetizers!


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Children’s Museum Night
Families came together for our monthly playgroup at the Above & Beyond Children’s Museum! On the second Monday of the month, lights are turned down, noise is turned off, and exhibits are adapted for our friends with disabilities!

Family Farm Outing
DSAW-Sheboygan families also took a trip to Juneau to visit Waldvogel’s Farm, the largest pumpkin farm in Wisconsin! We had fun on the pumpkin trampoline, taking hay rides, doing a corn maze, and more! Happy Fall!!


Looking Back on August 2018

Milwaukee

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22nd Annual Tom Pipines Golf Outing             On Wednesday, August 15th, DSAW friends and families gathered at Western Lakes golf course for a day of golf, great food, and fundraising! We also presented our special guest Tom Pipines with a Lifetime Achievement Award for all he has accomplished in his career and in the disability community! We want to extend a HUGE thank you to all of our donors, sponsors, and volunteers who made this event possible!!

Milwaukee Pool Party
Families joined us at the Hales Corners pool for a day of fun in the sun! We had a great time splashing around, eating food and enjoying each other's company!

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Racine Zoo Day
We also hosted a family event at the beautiful Racine Zoo! DSAW families had a taco lunch, won raffle prizes, did sack races and summer crafts, and got to explore the zoo! 

Circles Class
Our second Circles session began July 25th and went through the month of August! We have been learning about personal boundaries, relationships, safety, and appropriate social behaviors!

Down Syndrome & Alzheimer's Memory Cafe
We were so excited to host our FIRST ever memory cafe in Milwaukee. Thanks to a grant from Bader Philanthropies, we have been studying up on Down syndrome and Alzheimer's for several months. At the beginning of August, we got to teach other families what we know and see them come together in a casual environment. Stay tuned for more Ds and Alzheimer's programming!

Young Leaders Bootcamp
We spent this month at Bootcamp learning about different life skills! We did a clothing night when we made t-shirts and learned to sew buttons onto clothes. We also practiced with money and healthy eating!

Bootcamp meets on Tuesday nights at 6pm. Join us in September!

DSAW Fun Days
On the 9th, we had another Fun Day! Fun Days are mini, one day respite opportunities for kiddos ages 10-16. This was our very last Fun Day for the summer! We went to the State Fair, danced and sang along to an Elvis impersonator, and ate some GREAT fair food!

Family Movie Night
Every month, we bring our blankets, sleeping bags, pillows and teddy bears and get comfy for a Movie Night at our West Allis office! This month we watched Cars 3! Join us next month!!

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Club DSAW
At Club DSAW, self-advocates ages 15+ get a chance to do fun things in the community with each other! This month we went to Comedy Sportz for the Saturday matinee!! We had so much fun watching the match and meeting the players.

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 occupational therapy skills in a free environment, while parents enjoy coffee and each other's company. This month we finished our music therapy program and had great time dancing and singing out hearts out! Music therapy ended this month, but awesome things are still happening at 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 are also have a Young Leaders Class at our Northside location in Fox Point! This location meets the first and second Fridays of the month from 7 - 9 PM! 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. Come out to Young Leaders Academy in September in West Allis or in Fox Point!

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Tween Club
The second Friday night of the month, DSAW transforms into a hoppin' place for tweens to hang out! This month at tween club we did crafts, played games and got into some very serious games of kickball. Next month's Tween Club will be on Friday, September 14th. Drop your 10+ year old off for a night of games, snacks, activities, and more. Sign up to join us!

Parent's Night Out
Each month, DSAW parents, grandparents, and caregivers get together for a night of casual conversation and free appetizers. This month we hung outside on the patio at Fourth-N-Long. We meet every second Friday of the month and will be back at Cleveland Pub in the future! Join us next time: September 14th!

Summer Wellness Class
Our summer session of Health and Wellness Class is still going strong! The class is designed for adults with Down syndrome ages 18-30 and focuses on exercise, healthy nutrition, cooking, and overall wellness. It's held at our office on Mondays and Thursdays. The fall session of this class begins September 10th and has two different locations! You can either attend class at the JCC in Whitefish Bay, or at our DSAW office in West Allis! Both classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM.


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10th Anniversary DSAW-Green Bay Down Syndrome Awareness Walk!
Our chapter kicked off DSAW's Awareness Walk season with a bang!! We had a beautiful day raising awareness and acceptance of our loved ones with Down syndrome. There were games, food, raffles, t-shirts, prizes, superheroes, and MORE to celebrate our 10th birthday. We EXCEEDED our fundraising goal, and we couldn't have done it without our many donors, sponsors, volunteers, walkers, and families. We love you!! We're looking forward to providing even more programs and services for our friends with Down syndrome.

Playgroup
This month's playgroup was held at Optimist Park! We meet the first Saturday of every month, and no RSVP is required! Join us :)

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Family Splash Time
We had another morning of Family Splash Time at the Manitowoc Family Aquatic Center in August! We LOVE that they adapt the waterpark for kids with special needs.

Haircut Fundraiser
DSAW-Green Bay also hosted our annual haircut fundraiser with HYPE Hair in August! Both kids and adults could get haircuts, and ALL of the proceeds went toward our Awareness Walk! We raised $668 at this incredibly successful event! 


La Crosse

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Breakfast Club Fundraiser
In August we hosted a fundraiser for our Awareness Walk at The Breakfast Club! 10% of all of the day's proceeds went toward our Walk! We also played egg roulette! In total, we raised $650!! Thank you so much to The Breakfast Club and for everyone who donated/participated!

Family Bowling Night                           
DSAW-COTH-GLA families had a fun night out bowling on August 11! DSAW provided dinner and bowling for families who had fun competing for strikes!

NASA Family Boat Ride
The weather held out this month for a NASA Family Boat ride! The fish were safe as we enjoyed a beautiful night on Lake Onalaska. Thanks DSAW and NASA for providing this incredible opportunity. Elizabeth, William and Eliza even got to drive the boat!

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Holmen Kornfest Parade
DSAW families and friends represented our organization in the Holmen Kornfest Parade on August 18! We walked together in the parade and told others about DSAW!

Parent's Night Out
On the last Saturday of August, the parents got to have some fun! We went to Slice of Chicago in Sparta for a night with other DSAW parents, grandparents, caregivers, and adult siblings. DSAW provided free apps, and we purhcased drinks! 


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Above & Beyond Children's Museum Field Trip
In August, we took our monthly field trip to the Children's Museum for Special Needs Night! The exhibits were adapted, sound was turned low, and the museum was closed to the general public. Meet us in September for our next trip!

All Abilities Dance Class
This month, we had our final dance class at In Motion dance studio. We have had such a great time learning about our bodies and minds and discovering how to take care of them through dance!

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DSAW- Sheboygan families got together at Two Rivers Family Aquatic Center to enjoy a day of fun in the sun. We had a great time splashing around and staying cool!


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Pool Party                                                                  We had a beautiful day for a Pool Party on August 4! We went to Schulenburg Pool for a morning of swimming and snacks. 

Movie Under the Stars                                               DSAW-Central WI families also got to enjoy the outdoors at our movie under the stars! We watched The Lion King drive-in style and got to make popcorn, have a bonfire, and do crafts!


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Fox Cities

Pool Party
DSAW-Fox Cities gathered together for their Annual Pool Party this month! We look forward to seeing families and friends with Down syndrome of ALL ages at this event every year. Thank you to everyone who joined us!


Chippewa Valley

Pool Party
August was the month of Pool Parties, that's for sure! DSAW-Chippewa Valley also held their annual Pool Party at Wakanda Waterpark in Menomonie! 


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Rock County Family Picnic
Rock County families had a Family Picnic at the beginning of August! We went to Riverside Park in Janesville to enjoy their splash pad, eat food, and make crafts! We made a marble painting craft, played yard games, and hung out on the playground!

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Beloit Snappers Baseball Outing
On August 12, DSAW and MADSS families headed to a Beloit Snappers baseball game! We had fun meeting new families in Rock County.

Weekend Playgroup
On Saturday the 18th MADSS partnered with GiGi's to host a weekend playgroup! We love getting together with the little kiddos for a morning of play and a snack!

Down Syndrome & Alzheimer's Memory Cafe
DSAW and MADSS partnered to host a memory cafe in Madison for people with Alzheimer's and Down syndrome and their caregivers! We gave a brief presentation about the relationship between Ds and Alzheimer's, and we did a scrapbooking activity! Stay tuned for more Ds and Alzheimer's programming!

Looking Back on July 2018

Milwaukee

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Down Home BBQ
On Saturday, July 14th, GiGi's Playhouse and DSAW hosted our annual Down Home BBQ at the DSAW State office in West Allis! We had a bounce house, toddler play area, slip n' slide, inflatable splash zone, yard games, TONS of awesome food and even a live band. Families also had the opportunity to take some amazing family portraits, courtesy of Frenn Photography! A HUGE thank you to all our volunteers and grillers that came to help out, all of the families that came out to enjoy the day and Max & The Invaders for a great set of live music!

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Racine Fourth of July Parade                             On July 4th, DSAW families participated in the Racine Parade! We marched together with a DSAW wagon and showed off all of our beautiful, smiling faces!

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Self-advocates joined us at Moorland Golf Course for an afternoon of friendly competition and ice cream. We mini golfed, hung out and had an all around awesome time! 

Circles Class
In July, we wrapped up the first session of our summer Circles class. The Circles program teaches students how relationships can be formed and maintained according to the social norms & social boundaries of our day and age. DSAW staff member Erin Miller teaches the class with her job coach. On our last day, we had a pizza party celebration to reflect on all we learned! The second Circles session began the next week (July 25th). If your child could benefit from learning about personal boundaries and relationships, register here!

Young Leaders Bootcamp
We spent this month at Bootcamp learning about ourselves and others! We got to know our friends in real ways, made vision boards and created achievable, beneficial, personal resolutions!

Bootcamp meets on Tuesday nights at 6pm. Join us in August!

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DSAW Fun Days
On the 19th and 26th, we had our July Summer Fun Days! Fun Days are mini, one day respite opportunities for kiddos ages 10-16. We went on  awesome field trips to the water park and bowling!! Join us on August 9th for our next day of fun!

Kids Day Camp
Last month we also hosted a Kids Day Camp for children with Down syndrome ages 4-9. We went on field trips, did crafts and had a ton of fun!! 

Family Movie Night
Every month, we bring our blankets, sleeping bags, pillows and teddy bears and get comfy for a Movie Night at our West Allis office! This month we watched (and sang and danced to) the 2014 version of Annie. Join us next month!!

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Cooking with the Kiddos
Because of the Fourth of July Holiday, we didn't meet for cooking class on the first Wednesday of July. On the 18th, we made veggie pizza and yogurt parfaits! We even got to use fresh vegetables from our DSAW garden that our self-advocates planted at Bootcamp!! How cool! Cooking meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month at our state office in West Allis. Come cook with us on August 1st, from 5-7 PM!

Motor Skills Playgroup
Our Motor Skills Playgroup meets every second and fourth Tuesday morning! This group is a fun chance for children to learn occupational therapy skills in a free environment, while parents enjoy coffee and each other's company. This month we continued our music therapy program and also had a certified therapy pup come in for some good ole belly rubs! Playgroup runs from 9:30-11:30am, and we'll have music therapy from 10-10:45am. Music therapy will be available through August at no cost to your family! 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. In May we launched Young Leaders on the Northside! They meet on the first and second Friday nights. 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. Come out to Young Leaders Academy in July in West Allis or in Fox Point!

Tween Club
The second Friday night of the month is always our favorite since we have Tween Club! This month we celebrated the FIFA World Cup with soccer games and activities.  Next month's Tween Club will be on Friday, August 10. Drop your 10+ year old off for a night of games, snacks, activities, and more. Sign up to join us!

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! Come out and party with us on August 10th!

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Summer Wellness Class
Our summer session of our Wellness Class also started is still going strong! The class is designed for adults with Down syndrome ages 18-30 and focuses on exercise, healthy nutrition, cooking, and overall wellness. It's held at our office on Mondays and Thursdays.

Thank you, Chris!                                          We are SO sad to announce that July is the last month for our wonderful DSAW staff member, Chris Due. He is off to do great things and attend graduate school at Marquette University! We will miss you!


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Summer Picnic
This month we had our Summer Picnic at Lakeside Park in Fond du Lac! Though the weather was not looking too promising in the morning, the skies cleared up just in time to put a smile on everyone's faces! We had great food, desserts, yard games and sack races with awesome prizes! 

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Above & Beyond Children's Museum Field Trip
In July, we took our monthly field trip to the Children's Museum for Special Needs Night! The exhibits were adapted, sound was turned low, and the museum was closed to the general public. Meet us in August for the next field trip!

All Abilities Dance Class
We have LOVED getting to showcase our dancin' feet at the All Abilities Dance Classes at In Motion dance studio!! We sadly only have one class left, but stay tuned for details on a potential second session! Thank you to Kim Casper and all the helpers at In Motion that have made this class possible!


La Crosse

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NASA Boat Ride
Due to severe weather, we had to cancel our NASA boat ride on the 25th! But, fear not! We have another one just around the corner! Join us in August for our next ride.

Sandra Bartel Book Signing                               Sandra, author and loving sister of Joe, who has Down syndrome came out to Cabin Coffee on the 26th for a special, private book signing event! Joe and Sandra were both there to sign books and mingle!

Parent's Afternoon Out
This month, parents gathered at Vernon Vineyards for an afternoon of conversation. Meet us at Slice of Chicago in Sparta on August 25th for our next Parent's Night Out!


Green Bay

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Splash Time Event
In July, we got together with families from both Green Bay and Sheboygan for a day at the pool! This was a private event hosted by the pool for individuals with special needs. Come out to the Manitowoc Family Aquatic center on August 11th for another special Splash Time!! 

Playgroup
This months playgroup was held at CP Playground! Join us next month at Optimist Park. No RSVP required!

Day at The Beach
On the 22nd, DSAW families came together at the East Side Beach in Oconto Falls for a day of beach activities!

Mom's Night Out
We also had a Mom's Night Out at the Chatterhouse.  We will not have our usual Mom's Night Out in August, but join us the same day at the Awareness Walk! 


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Guy's Night Out           

Dad's, brothers, uncles, grandpa's and other male caregivers gathered for a night out at Sconni's Alehouse. It was a great time full of food, drinks and conversation.


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 MADSS

Family Picnic
On the 15th, we got together at Badger Prairie Count Park for an afternoon of food and fun. Join us August 12th in Beloit for our upcoming Snappers Game Outing (tickets are only 2 DOLLARS!!!)


Looking Back on June 2018

Milwaukee

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Brewers Outing
On Sunday, June 24, DSAW families got together at Miller Park for a tailgate party and Brewers game! We had lots of food and tailgate games and enjoyed a gorgeous sunny day outside! Unfortunately, the Brewers lost to the St. Louis Cardinals, but that didn't stop us from having fun!! Come out to our next family event on Saturday, July 14! We're hosting a Down Home BBQ with GiGi's Milwaukee at our state office in West Allis. The BBQ will be complete with live music, professional family portraits, a splash zone, food, inflatables, yard games, crafts, and more! Sign up here. 

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Impact100 Grant!!!
On June 6, DSAW was awarded a $100,000 grant from Impact100 Greater Milwaukee! DSAW staff and families attended the awards celebration with 4 other incredible nonprofit organizations. We had a resource booth, and ED Dawn Nuoffer and self-advocate Andrew Gerbitz gave a compelling presentation! Members of Impact100 then voted, and the top 3 organizations were awarded $100,000 grants! We are so honored and thankful to them for their generosity. The funds will be used to purchase two 12-passenger vans to assist with transportation, in addition to a digital literacy curriculum to help teach technology skills to people with Down syndrome. Woohoo!

Toilet Training Seminar
Last month we also hosted a Toilet Training Seminar in partnership with the Down Syndrome Clinic at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Alice Belgrade, MS Ed., LCPC, BCBA, joined us to discuss specific strategies that are effective in toilet training kids with Down syndrome, health issues that complicate the process, and typical patterns. 

DSAW Fun Day
On Thursday, June 21 we hosted our first DSAW Fun Day! Fun Days are a mini, one day respite day camp for people with Down syndrome ages 10-16. This month we took a trip to Helium Trampoline Park!! We got to jump on the trampolines, battle with inflatables, and party in the blacklight. Join us for one or all of our upcoming Fun Days on July 19, July 26, and August 9!

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Tween Day Camp
During the week of June 11, we hosted our first EVER Tween Respite Day Camp! Individuals with Down syndrome ages 10-16 joined us for a jam-packed week of crafts, outdoor activities, field trips, and more. We cooked together, did yoga, celebrated National Kindness Day, made Father's Day gifts, and went to the zoo, Cool Waters, mini golfing, and bowling. What an incredible, exhausting week!! Kids with Down syndrome ages 4-9 can join us in July for our Kids Day Camp!

iCan Shine Bike Camp
We partnered with the Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin to host an iCan Shine Bike Camp during the last week of June! The camp helps individuals with special needs learn to ride a two-wheeled bicycle independently. Such a fun week!

Circles Class
In June we continued to host our Circles class. The Circles program teaches students how relationships can be formed and maintained according to the social norms & social boundaries of our day and age. DSAW staff member Erin Miller teaches the class with her job coach. We're beginning a second session in July! If your child could benefit from learning about personal boundaries and relationships, register here!

Young Leaders Bootcamp
We spent this month at Bootcamp learning outdoor skills! We went hiking, learned how to set up a tent, did a nature scavenger hunt, and finished the month by building a campfire and making s'mores!

Bootcamp meets on Tuesday nights at 6pm. Join us in July to get to know yourself and others better, make vision boards, and craft personal resolutions!

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Cooking with the Kiddos
At our first session of Cooking in June we made chicken Caesar wraps, and at our second session we made summer pasta salad and mini cheesecakes! Cooking meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month at our state office in West Allis. Sign up to cook with us on July 18! There will be no session on July 4th.

Motor Skills Playgroup
Our Motor Skills Playgroup meets every second and fourth Tuesday morning! This group is a fun chance for children to learn occupational therapy skills in a free environment, while parents enjoy coffee and each other's company. In June, we began music therapy during our regular playgroup session. Playgroup runs from 9:30-11:30am, and we'll have music therapy from 10-10:45. Music therapy will be available through August at no cost to your family! 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. In May we launched Young Leaders on the Northside! They meet on the first and second Friday nights. 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. Come out to Young Leaders Academy in July in West Allis or in Fox Point!

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Tween Club
The second Friday night of the month is always our favorite since we have Tween Club! This month we celebrated the FIFA World Cup with soccer games and activities.  Next month's Tween Club will be on Friday, July 13. Drop your 10+ year old off for a night of games, snacks, activities, and more. Sign up to join us!

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! Come party with us on Friday, July 13!

Family Movie Night
Every fourth Friday of the month, we invite families to a movie night at our office in West Allis!  Parents are invited to stay with their kids, or drop them off for a night of respite. In May we watched Paddington, and we loved it so much that in June we watched Paddington 2! Watch Annie with us on July 27 :)

Dementia 101 Webinar
In June we also launched our new webinar series focusing on Alzheimer's and Down syndrome. The first installment, Dementia 101, discussed the basics of dementia and the link between Alzheimer's and Down syndrome. You can watch the recording here! Thanks to Bader Philanthropies for funding this series.

Summer Wellness Class
Our summer session of our Wellness Class also started in June. The class is designed for adults with Down syndrome ages 18-30 and focuses on exercise, healthy nutrition, cooking, and overall wellness. It's held at our office on Mondays and Thursdays.


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Mini Golf Outing
DSAW-Sheboygan families got together at Harbor Pointe mini golf in Sheboygan on June 23. We had the first hour at the golf course to ourselves, and then we enjoyed donuts! We had so much fun at this event. Come out to Lakeside Park in Fond du Lac next month for our Summer Picnic!

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Above & Beyond Children's Museum Field Trip
Again in June we went to the Children's Museum for Special Needs Night! The exhibits were adapted, sound was turned low, and the museum was closed to the general public. Meet us in July for this monthly playgroup!

All Abilities Dance Class
We are having so much FUN getting moving at our All Abilities Dance Class at In Motion Dance Studio! Dancers of all ages and experience came out to learn about proper stretching techniques and foundational dance moves. We still have 2 sessions left! Sign up today!


La Crosse

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Family Speedway Event
On June 2nd DSAW-COTH-GLA families visited the La Crosse Speedway. It started out as a great evening!! The families who came were smiling and excited to enjoy a night of racing! Cooper and Katy were courageous enough to ride around the track in one of the race cars! Then, even before the races started, the rain came! And it sadly ended the night short. It certainly did not dampen the spirit I felt in the air and we will set a new date to recapture the feeling! Thank you to all who joined us!! 

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DSAW & WisCorps Nature for All Families          The DSAW group and Autism Foundation are proud to partner with Nature For All Families. Nature For All Families is sponsored by WisCorps and takes place at Myrick Park in the WisCorps building. So far there have been two sessions. Each session focuses on a certain animal type (for example, bugs). You learn about that animal type through fun snacks, crafts, and outdoor activities. Families of all abilities are welcome! Amazing teachers\helpers plan fun activities and teach everybody interesting facts about the animal and plant life around Myrick Park. Even parents learn new things! One mom even said she felt like she learned more than her kids! The entirety of Nature For All Families is filled with hands on activities. About half of the time is spent outdoors spending time observing the world around us. Some of the time is also spent reading about nature in fun books. Snack time is also fun! Even if your child doesn't like to eat, they can still make an animal feature out of their food. When the two hours of fun time ends, you leave with a nature activity packet to continue learning at home! Nature For All Families is an awesome, hands on learning time that all families will enjoy!
Thanks to Elizabeth Matz for writing this article!

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Loggers Game Family Night Out & Fundraiser
We went to a La Crosse Loggers game on June 24! Half of all of our tickets sales came back to our chapter, so not only was it an awesome Family Night Out, we also raised money for DSAW! Haley Hellerud event got to represent DSAW and throw out the first pitch at the game!


Green Bay

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Playgroup
In June we had our monthly playgroup at Optimist Park in Allouez, and it was opening day for the Miracle League! We have playgroup every first Saturday of the month at 9am. Join us on July 7 at CP! No RSVP required.

Brat Fry Fundraiser
Thanks to Festival Foods and our incredible volunteers, DSAW-Green Bay was able to raise over $400 at a Brat Fry Fundraiser on June 10!! DSAW families helped cook and serve food. It was a busy day, but totally worth it!

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Strider Bike Camp
During the week of June 11, we hosted a Strider Bike Camp to help pave the way for children to ride a bike independently in the future. We had some AMAZING volunteers who made this week possible. Thank you to the staff at LaForce and to our other volunteers! Check out the photos in the Green Bay Press Gazette!

Mom's Night Out
We also had our biggest Mom's Night Out ever at Luigi's Pizza Palace this month!! Moms, grandmas, and female caregivers enjoyed a casual night of yummy food, drinks, and time together! Join us for our next MNO on July 22!


Central WI    

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Zoo and Cupcakes Event  
In June, families in Central Wisconsin went to Marshfield to visit the Wildwood Zoo! We had a great day with the animals, and after the zoo, we headed over to Cupcakes on 8th for a snack! The bakery is owned by a mom and her son with Down syndrome. Such a fun event!                                                                                           

Parent's Coffee Date
We had a coffee date for all parents on June 20! Moms, dads, grandparents, and caregivers came together for coffee and casual conversation at Vino Latte in Weston.              


North Central WI

Family Picnic
Families in North Central Wisconsin came together in Antigo for a summer picnic on June 24! They enjoyed a fun afternoon with a wading pool/splash bad, playground, and food! Everyone brought something to share, and we had a beautiful day together.                                      


Chippewa Valley

Trapshoot Event
On Father's Day, DSAW-Chippewa Valley families and their dads, brothers, and grandpas went to Westgate for a fun afternoon of archery! They also had lemonade and cookies! 


MADSS

Dad's Night Out
Dads, grandpas, and male caregivers in the Madison area got together at Buffalo Wild Wings for food and to watch the Brewers game! Join us for an upcoming event in the MADSS coverage area! We have a picnic on Sunday, July 15 at Badger Prairie County Park!


Looking Back on May 2018

Milwaukee

Monkey Joe's Party
On May 12, DSAW families from Southeastern Wisconsin got together at Monkey Joe's in Waukesha for a morning of jumping, sliding fun! We enjoyed an hour at Monkey Joe's before it opened so we could have the place to ourselves! Come out next month for our Family Activity Day -- we're going to Miller Park for a Brewer game on June 24!

Thank you to Pat Laws and the Wisconsin Association of Mutual Insurance Companies for their donation of more than $1,200!

Thank you to Pat Laws and the Wisconsin Association of Mutual Insurance Companies for their donation of more than $1,200!

Sibling Events
Last month we also hosted two events for kids who have a sibling with Down syndrome! One session was designed for kids ages 9-14; they made personal pizzas, played games, and learned more about Down syndrome. The second session was for kids ages 4-8. The younger siblings read books, did a craft, and talked about their siblings together! Stay tuned for more programming that focuses specifically on siblings!!

Circles Class
In May we also launched a Circles Class for individuals ages 12 and up. The Circles program teaches students how relationships can be formed and maintained according to the social norms & social boundaries of our day and age. Our newest DSAW staff member Erin Miller teaches the class with her job coach, Mary West. We're beginning a second session in July! If your child could benefit from learning about personal boundaries and relationships, register here!

Young Leaders Bootcamp
We spent this month at Bootcamp gardening! We planted seeds, worked in the DSAW community garden, and started growing blackberries, basil, raspberries, and more! 

Bootcamp meets on Tuesday nights at 6pm. Join us in June to learn about outdoor and camping skills! 

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Cooking with the Kiddos
This month at Cooking we made super yummy personal pizzas! Cooking meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month at our state office in West Allis. Sign up to cook with us in June!

Motor Skills Playgroup
Our Motor Skills Playgroup meets every second and fourth Tuesday morning! This group is a fun chance for children to learn occupational therapy skills in a free environment, while parents enjoy coffee and each other's company. In June, we will start offering FREE music therapy during our regular playgroup session. Playgroup runs from 9:30-11:30am, and we'll have music therapy from 10-10:45. 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. In May we launched Young Leaders on the Northside! They meet on the first and second Friday nights. 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. Come out to Young Leaders Academy in June in West Allis or in Fox Point!

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Tween Club
The second Friday night of the month is always our favorite since we have Tween Club! This month was right before Mother's Day, so we decorated flower pots to give to our moms on Sunday! Next month's Tween Club will be on Friday, June 8. Drop your 10+ year old off for a night of games, snacks, activities, and more. Sign up to join us!

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! In May, we switched up our location and went to Cleveland Pub. We loved it so much that we're going there again in June! Come hang out with us on Friday, June 8th.

Family Movie Night
Every fourth Friday of the month, we invite families to a movie night at our office in West Allis!  Parents are invited to stay with their kids, or drop them off for a night of respite. In May we watched Paddington. What a great movie! Watch Paddington 2 with us next month :)


Green Bay

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Monthly Playgroup!
DSAW-Green Bay hosted a joint playgroup with DSAW-Sheboygan. Families met up at Henry Schuette Park in Manitowoc for a morning of fun!! Join us next month at Optimist Park!

 

Mom's Night out
Our awesome Green Bay Moms came out to Hagemeister Park for an evening of appetizers and conversation. We had a great time! Join us next month at Luigi's Pizza Palace!

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Family Zoo Day                                           
Last but most definitely not least, DSAW-Green Bay families met up at the DeYoung Family Zoo in Michigan on Memorial Day! We had a birthday party for all the animals in the zoo and even got to feed and pet some critters in the petting zoo! 


Fox Cities

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Circles Class
DSAW-Fox Cities Circles class on Friday nights was a huge success! During April and May, teens and young adults got to come together to learn about safety and social boundaries! We plan to offer this class annually. 

New Parent Support Group                                 We also held another New Parent Support Group at the DSAW-Fox Cities office! This group is a kid-free zone where parents or caregivers can discuss their feelings in a non-judgmental environment. Stay tuned for future dates.


Sheboygan

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Above & Beyond Children's Museum Field Trip
May was our third trip to the Children's Museum for Special Needs Night! The exhibits were adapted, sound was turned low, and the museum was closed to the general public. What an awesome field trip!! Join us in June for this monthly outing!!

All Abilities Dance Class
We are having a kickin' time getting moving at our All Abilities Dance Class at In Motion Dance Studio! Dancers of all ages and experience came out to learn about proper stretching techniques and foundational dance moves. Students are invited to join the class at any time. We still have 3 sessions left! Sign up today!


North Central    

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Family Bowling Outing    
DSAW-North Central gathered at Hodag Lanes for a family friendly afternoon of fun! We had an AWESOME turn out for this event!!! Strikes all around! This was our first event in Rhinelander, and we can't wait to continue offering programs and events to families in this area of Wisconsin!                                                                                                         


La Crosse

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Self-Advocate Movie Outing
Our self-advocates had a great time at an outing to the Rivoli Theatre & Pizzeria! We got together for lunch and a showing of Sherlock Gnomes! Stay tuned for details on a self-advocate picnic in August!                                           

All Abilities Day                                                     On May 12, the Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin- COTH-Greater La Crosse Area and the La Crosse Area Autism Foundation partnered to host an "All Abilities Day" (formerly "Light It Up Blue for Autism") at the La Crosse Wellness Center. Local therapy providers, disability resources, and businesses that have adaptive lessons were present to tell attendees how they serve individuals with Down syndrome/other special needs! A special thank you to the La Crosse Wellness Center for providing the facility, ALL of our vendors who came and the wonderful volunteers from DSAW and LAF that made this event a success. 

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Parent's Night Out
On May 20,  DSAW-COTH-Greater La Crosse Area enjoyed a beautiful night on the patio at Fiesta Mexicana.  It was great to see some new faces join the fun! Parent's Night Out events are a great way to share information with other parents, brag about the accomplishments of our loved ones with Ds, support one another with issues they might be facing and to have a nice out with friends.  Join us for our next PNO, July 21st at Vernon Vineyards! 


Chippewa Valley

Parents Night Out
Our Chippewa Valley families got together at 29 Pines at the end of this month for a night out! We had a great time and excellent food! Make sure to sign up for our other upcoming events! 


Central WI

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All Abilities Play Date
Last month we got together at the Greenheck field house for an all abilities playdate! We had music, snacks, games and even a bounce house!!! 

Mom's Coffee Date
We also hosted a Mom's coffee date at Vino Latte! Moms, grandmas, female caregivers and siblings all got together to enjoy some coffee and conversation with other women who have a loved one with Down syndrome.


Rock County

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We are so excited about our partnership with the Madison Area Down Syndrome Society!

In May, MADSS and Heartland Church, in partnership with Selfless Ambition, hosted A Night to Remember prom for teens and adults with special needs. What a night!

Join us for a Beloit Snappers Baseball Game on August 12th! Stay tuned for details about a family mini golf event, pool party, summer picnic and more!!


Looking Back on April 2018

Milwaukee

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Family Bowling Event
On April 14, families took a trip with us down to Racine for a Family Bowling Event! We had almost 70 people come out for an afternoon of bowling, pizza, and fun! Come join us in May for a free Family Activity Day at Monkey Joe's in Waukesha!

Young Leaders Bootcamp
At Bootcamp this month we continued to explore our self-directive voices and got to present to the board about our lives! We also teamed up with Young Leaders Academy and took a trip to the Medical College to learn about advocating for ourselves at the doctor's office.

Bootcamp meets on Tuesday nights at 6pm. Join us in May for gardening month!

Cooking with the Kiddos
This month at Cooking we made some pretty delicious meals! At the start of April we made homemade orange chicken, and at our second session we made spaghetti sauce, garlic bread, and fruit pizza. Cooking meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month at our state office in West Allis. Sign up here to join us in May!

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Motor Skills Playgroup
Our Motor Skills Playgroup meets every second and fourth Tuesday morning! This group is a fun chance for children to learn occupational therapy skills in a free environment, while parents enjoy coffee and each other's company. Come play with us in May!

Young Leaders Academy
Our Young Leaders Academy meets every second and fourth Thursday of the month. This month we took a field trip to the Medical College of Wisconsin to learn about self-advocacy at the doctor's office and meet with the medical students. We even got to take some vitals! 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. Come spend time with us in May!

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Tween Club
We had an AMAZING month at Tween Club in April. We made our own little sail boats to race in a rain gutter regatta! We had a great turnout and a lot of incredible volunteers. Next month's Tween Club will be on Friday, May 11. Drop your 10+ year old off for a night of games, snacks, activities, and more. Sign up today!

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! In May, we're switching it up and going to Cleveland Pub on May 11! Join us!

Family Movie Night
Every fourth Friday of the month, we invite families to a movie night at our office in West Allis! In April we watched Ferdinand!! Parents are invited to stay with their kids, or drop them off for a night of respite. Come out for movie night next month.

Club DSAW
On the fourth Saturday of the month, we get together with self-advocates ages 15+ for a special Club DSAW event! This month we went bowling at Bluemound Bowl! In May we will be taking a trip to the Milwaukee County Zoo for an afternoon of fun! Stay tuned for more details!


Green Bay

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Get Air Playgroup
DSAW-Green Bay hosted its monthly playgroup at Get Air Trampoline Park in April, and wow did we have an awesome time!! Families came out to enjoy a morning of jumping fun! Come hang out with us in May at Henry Schuette Park in Manitowoc.

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Self Advocate Bowling Event
April was such an awesome month for DSAW-GB! We hosted our first ever event just for self-advocates. Five young adults came out to bowl with us and enjoy a pizza lunch. Stay tuned for more self-advocate outings in the next few months!

All Abilities Family Night Out
On April 21, we went to the YMCA for a Family Night Out! We got to swim, play in the gym, do flower-themed crafts and activities, and go on a bounce house!

Parent's Night Out
Our monthly Mom's Night Out in April was open to ALL parents, grandparents, caregivers, and adult siblings. We got together at Margarita's for a casual evening of conversation, drinks, and appetizers provided by DSAW! Moms, join us for our regular Mom's Night Out in May at Hagemeister Park!


Fox Cities

Circles Class
DSAW-Fox Cities started offering Circles class on Friday nights in April. Teens and young adults got to come together to learn about safety and social boundaries! We plan to offer this class annually.

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Teen FrienDS Club
For this month's Teen FrienDS Club, we got to go to a pottery painting class! We braved the snowstormy weather with our friends from Freedom HS National Honor Society and painted some awesome pottery! Thank you to The Fire Pottery Studio for hosting us!

New Parent Support Group
We also held another New Parent Support Group at the DSAW-Fox Cities office in April. This group is a kid-free zone where parents or caregivers can discuss their feelings in a non-judgmental environment. Stay tuned for future dates.

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Mom's Night Out
DSAW-Fox Cities had a HUGE Mom's Night Out at Benvenuto's in Oshkosh. We have such a wonderful group of moms, and we had an amazing night enjoying food and conversation with our friends!


Sheboygan

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Above & Beyond Children's Museum Field Trip
We went to the children's museum in Sheboygan for the second time! We are starting to meet there every second Monday of the month for the museum's Special Needs Night. The exhibits are adapted, sound is turned low, and the museum is closed to the general public. Come join us in May for a fun playgroup at an amazing museum!

All Abilities Dance Class
April was the first month of our All Abilities Dance Class with In Motion Dance Studio! Babies, kids, and young adults all came out to learn about proper stretching techniques and foundational dance moves. Students are invited to join the class at any time. We still have 4 sessions left! Sign up today.


La Crosse

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Nature for All Families
Thanks to our beautiful friends at WisCorps, we held a Nature for All Families class on April 22 - Earth Day! Four families came together to learn about nature, make crafts with Cheerios, and touch a real snake! We're looking forward to the next installment of this class in June!

Parent's Night Out
We had an amazing group of parents come together for our April Parent's Night Out at Java Vino! Chris Peterson, the Parenting Professor, was a special guest. He is a facilitator for Love and Logic that educated us about Love and Logic parenting and we educated him about kids with Down syndrome. The reoccurring theme for the evening was More Alike Then Different. Join us for our May Parent's Night Out on May 19 at Fiesta Mexicana in La Crosse, WI.  


Central WI

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Mom's Coffee Date
DSAW-Central WI hosted a Mom's Coffee Date at Vino Latte on April 19! We welcomed a special guest presenter, Carol Wesley from the Achieve Center, to tell us more about how people with disabilities can reach their full potential. Join us for our May Coffee Date on the 14th!

Parent's Night Out
We also hosted a Parent's Night Out at the end of April! Parents, grandparents, and caregivers joined us at Sconni's for a casual evening of conversation and appetizers.


Rock County

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In partnership with the Madison Area Down Syndrome Society, we hosted the first ever kids' playgroup in the Rock County Area! Families gathered at a library for snacks, story time, and to let their little ones play together! 


Looking Back on March 2018

Milwaukee

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World Down Syndrome Day Waterpark Event
On March 19, we got ready for World Down Syndrome Day by celebrating at the waterpark at Country Springs in Pewaukee! Over 150 people joined us in splashing around for World Down Syndrome Day. Come bowling with us next month!

Ben's Cycle Indoor Century Ride
Our friends at Ben's Cycle/Milwaukee Bicycle Co. Cycling Team hosted a fundraiser for DSAW on Saturday, March 10. Cyclists biked 100 miles!!! DSAW ED Dawn Nuoffer and several self-advocates were there to cheer them on! They ultimately raised $3,729 for DSAW! THANK YOU!!

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Young Leaders Bootcamp
The theme for Bootcamp this month was self-advocacy and finding/using your self-directive voice! We learned how to speak up for ourselves in many different scenarios. Next month's Bootcamp will continue with this theme as we examine ourselves and prepare a presentation for the board. 

Bootcamp meets on Tuesday nights at 6pm. Join us in April!

Cooking with the Kiddos
The dads took over cooking for the second session in March! Mr. Richard Firth led us in cooking a delicious meal! We had chocolate cornflake cakes, cheesy potatoes, broccoli, and breakfast sausage muffins. Cooking meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month at our state office in West Allis. To cook with us in April, sign up here

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Motor Skills Playgroup
Our Motor Skills Playgroup meets every second and fourth Tuesday morning! This group is a fun chance for children to learn occupational therapy skills in a free environment, while parents enjoy coffee and each other's company. Come play with us in April!

Young Leaders Academy
Our Young Leaders Academy meets every second and fourth Thursday of the month. This month we had a guest presenter - Megan Roth from DSAW-Family Services! We always start off with an energetic game and end with an hour of employment-readiness curriculum. Self-Advocates are invited to join our class anytime. On the second Thursday in April, we will be taking a field trip to the Medical College to meet with med students and learn about how to advocate for ourselves at the doctor's office. Come join us!

Tween Club
Tween Club this month was AWESOME! We played Olympic-style mini games including pairs figure skating, slalom, races, and more! We also decorated flags and earned medals at an awards ceremony. Next month's Tween Club will be on Friday, April 13. Drop your 10+ year old off for a night of games, snacks, activities, and more. Sign up online.

Parent's Night Out
Each month, DSAW parents, grandparents, and caregivers get together at Club Paragon for a night of casual conversation and free appetizers. We meet every second Friday of the month! Hang out with DSAW adults on Friday, April 13!

Family Movie Night
Every fourth Friday of the month, we invite families to a movie night at our office in West Allis! In March we got together for popcorn, snacks, and to watch Coco! Parents are invited to stay with their kids, or drop them off for a night of respite. Join us next month!


Rock County

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All Supported Families Meeting
At the beginning of March, we hosted an All Supported Families Meeting in partnership with the Madison Area Down Syndrome Society for families in Rock County. DSAW and MADSS both shared about the programs and services we can offer to families in Janesville, Beloit, and the greater Rock County area. We're excited to expand our services to these families and have already started planning fraternal events!

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World Down Syndrome Day Bowling Event
In partnership with MADSS, we hosted the first ever fraternal event in Janesville for families and their loved ones with Down syndrome! Families got together to bowl, enjoy appetizers, and brainstorm future events. We had a great time meeting new people and can't wait to host another event in the area.


Sheboygan

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Parent's Night Out
DSAW-Sheboygan hosted a Parent's Night Out at Antonio's in Plymouth at the beginning of March. We had 7 DSAW adults come out for free appetizers and a night of conversation and drinks! Stay tuned for our next Parent's Night Out!

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World Down Syndrome Day Waterpark Event
Over 100 people of all ages and abilities came out to join us at Breaker Bay Waterpark at Blue Harbor Resort on Sunday, March 18!! We enjoyed an afternoon splashing around at the waterpark in 84 degree weather, and we had a great time with other families celebrating World Down Syndrome Day! 


La Crosse

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World Down Syndrome Day Event
Our 2018 World Down Syndrome Day Celebration was a hit once again!! About 100 of us gathered at the Black River Beach House and had a great time! We enjoyed pizza and cake and lots of fun activities! There were many new faces and so many parents getting to chat and catch up. We added having a door prize this year, which was exciting!! We also had an amazing group of volunteers from LHI! Our day would not have gone as smoothly without them!! Then once again, our Super Duper Extra Chromosome Wall of Fame looked AMAZING!!! All these faces make this day one of the BEST of the year!! We were even featured on the news!
We want to thank Angie Frank and Kim Grosskopf for chairing this event! And thank you to the many parents/families who helped make this day a success! 

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Parent's Night Out
We had our biggest group yet at our Parent's Night Out at the end of March. DSAW parents, grandparents, adult siblings, and caregivers are all invited to join us for FREE appetizers and a casual evening! See what it's all about on Friday, April 6 at Java Vino in La Crosse.


Green Bay

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World Down Syndrome Day Event
We celebrated World Down Syndrome Day on Sunday, March 18 at The Kroc Center!! We went swimming, had snacks, and got to hang out with some of the coolest people around. DSAW-Green Bay mom Casey Atkinson and her daughter Tori were also on the news advocating for WDSD!

 

 

Mom's Night Out
We also hosted our monthly Mom's Night Out in March at Titletown Brewing Company! We meet the fourth Sunday of every month at 6pm for FREE appetizers and a casual evening of conversation. All parents/caregivers are invited to our Parent's Night Out next month on April 22nd! Sign up today!


Antigo

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World Down Syndrome Day Event
Families celebrated World Down Syndrome Day up in Antigo! They got together at an aquatic center for an afternoon of swimming, snacks, and cake and ice cream! Their WDSD celebration also was featured on the local news!


Central WI

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World Down Syndrome Day Waterpark Event
DSAW-Central WI families headed to The Grand Lodge in Rothschild to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day! They got to have a fun day at the waterpark and celebrate with cake! DSAW-Central WI made the news for their awesome WDSD party, too!

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Mom's Coffee Date
We got together at Java Vino again this month for a Mom's Coffee Date! We enjoy warm beverages and casual conversation with other DSAW moms, grandmas, aunts, and female caregivers. Come out next month on April 19 - we'll have Carol Wesley, the Executive Director of the Achieve Center, as a special guest!


Fox Cities

Mom's Night Out
We had a Mom's Night Out at TGI Friday's in Appleton at the beginning of the month! We always have such a fun time getting together with other DSAW moms, grandmas, and female caregivers! Plus, DSAW pays for FREE appetizers!

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K.I.T.E. Conference
DSAW-Fox Cities hosted its annual K.I.T.E. Conference in partnership with WisconSibs and SOAR! Experts presented on a variety of different topics, and many local resources and disability organizations had booths to share about how they serve individuals with Down syndrome!

World Down Syndrome Day Monkey Joe's Event
We celebrated WDSD in the most AWESOME way with a bounce event at Monkey Joe's! DSAW-Fox Cities provided pizza and juice boxes, and the kids got to jump and slide around the inflatables all evening. Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate with us!


Chippewa Valley

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World Down Syndrome Day Event
Our Chippewa Valley chapter also hosted a World Down Syndrome Day event! We had a HUGE turnout with almost 250 people celebrating with DSAW! We got to bounce around at a trampoline park, have a pizza lunch, and then splash the afternoon away at a waterpark! It was a fun-filled, action-packed day. Thanks to everyone who joined us!


Looking Back on February 2018

Milwaukee

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Valentine's Dance
On February 10, we welcomed 150 people to our state office in West Allis to celebrate Valentine's Day! Families enjoyed a homemade meal of pasta and salad, kids danced the night away to awesome music, the DJ led Valentine's-themed games, and volunteers helped kiddos create heart shaped crafts and get temporary tattoos. We always love seeing you at our parties!! Join us in celebrating World Down Syndrome Day next month!

Milwaukee Wave Game
Thanks to the generosity of PCI, our families attended a Milwaukee Wave soccer game on February 17! We enjoyed delicious food, free t-shirts, meeting the players and getting autographs, kicking out the game ball, and high fiving the players as they came out of the tunnel. What a fun night!! Thank you PCI!

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Young Leaders Bootcamp
The theme for February's Bootcamp was board games! We created and decorated life size versions of Jenga, Connect Four, and Kerplunk. We also had time to play regular sized board games, too. Next month's Bootcamp will focus on an important topic: self-advocacy and finding your voice. March's Bootcamp will prepare us for a visit with med students in April, where we'll talk about how to advocate for ourselves at the doctor.

Bootcamp meets on Tuesday nights at 6pm. Join us in March!

Cooking with the Kiddos
We had an exciting month at Cooking with the Kiddos! On February 7, Fox 6 News came to cover the program and to interview families about the importance of the new Gerber Baby who has Down syndrome! We showed them how to cut chicken and prepare mashed potato bowls. At our second session, we made a classic meal of spaghetti and meatballs! Cooking meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month at our state office in West Allis. To cook with us on March 7, sign up here.

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Motor Skills Playgroup
Our Motor Skills Playgroup meets every second and fourth Tuesday morning! This group is a fun chance for children to learn occupational therapy skills in a free environment, while parents enjoy coffee and each other's company. Come play with us in March!

Young Leaders Academy
Our Young Leaders Academy meets every second and fourth Thursday of the month. This month we started off with kickball to get our energy up, and we ended with an hour of employment-readiness curriculum. Self-Advocates are invited to join our class anytime. Join us for Young Leaders Academy in March.

Tween Club
This month we were unable to host Tween Club because it was a SNOW DAY! Next month's Tween Club will be on Friday, March 9. Drop your 10+ year old off for a night of games, snacks, activities, and more. Sign up here!

Parent's Night Out
Each month, DSAW parents, grandparents, and caregivers get together at Club Paragon for a night of casual conversation and free appetizers. We meet every second Friday of the month! Drop your child off at Tween Club on March 9 and swing by our Parent's Night Out.

Family Movie Night
Every fourth Friday of the month, we invite families to a movie night at our office in West Allis! We watch a family-friendly movie on our big projector screen. Parents are invited to stay with their kids, or drop them off for a night of respite. We even have snacks! This month we watched Beauty and the Beast. Come watch Coco with us next month!


La Crosse

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All Abilities Pool Party
We started off the month with an All Abilities Pool Party in partnership with the La Crosse Area Autism Foundation and the YMCA! Families joined us for dinner and for an evening of swimming at the YMCA.   

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Self-Advocate Painting Event
Self-advocates joined us on February 17 for a painting class! An instructor led us through the steps to create our own masterpieces of a tree in a snowstorm. We had a wonderful time with our self-advocates and are looking forward to more events in the future! 

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Parent's Night Out
Parents, grandparents, and caregivers of a loved one with Down syndrome joined us in Caledonia, MN at The Wired Rooster for an evening of casual conversation and free food! We always love getting together with other DSAW adults. Join us on March 24 at Creekside Grill & Pub in La Crosse. 


Central Wisconsin

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Stevens Point Playdate
This month, DSAW-Central WI hosted their first ever event in Stevens Point!! We met new families at the Central WI Children's Museum, and the press even covered our event! If you live in Stevens Point and want to get more DSAW events going in your area, contact Rachel at rachel@dsaw.org.

Mom's Coffee Date
We had a Mom's Coffee Date at Vino Latte on February 21! Moms, grandmas, aunts, and female caregivers who have a loved one with Down syndrome are all invited to attend for a morning of casual conversation and coffee. Sign up to join us next month on World Down Syndrome Day!


Fox Cities

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SkyZone Events
DSAW-Fox Cities hosted a teen and a toddler jump event at SkyZone this month! We loved jumping on the trampolines and playing in the foam pit!

 

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Valentine's Dance
On February 17, families joined us for an afternoon of food, games, crafts, dancing, and Valentine's activities. They could get their photos taken too!

New Parent Support Group
In February we hosted a support group for new parents. Being a new parent to a child with Down syndrome can raise a mix of emotions. The diagnosis can leave you feeling shocked, overwhelmed, and even lonely. You are not alone in this, and we'd love to help, even if it's just to talk and listen to one another.

This group is currently for parents with children around age 3 and under who are fairly new in their journey. If there is interest from different age groups, we will look into adding more support groups in the future, as each age brings its own challenges. 


Green Bay

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Snow Tubing Event
On Saturday, February 24 families joined us in Kewaunee for a snow tubing event! We got to enjoy the outdoors while flying down slippery hills on inner tubes. Both the parents and the kiddos had a ton of fun zooming down the hills in their tubes. What a fun morning!

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Mom's Night Out
We hosted February's Mom's Night Out at Nakashima of Japan. Moms, grandmas, aunts, and female caregivers joined us for a casual evening of conversation and free food! We hold Mom's Nights Out every fourth Sunday of the month. Join us on March 25 at Titletown Brewing Company!


Sheboygan

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Field Trip to Above & Beyond Children's Museum
DSAW families took a field trip to Above & Beyond Children's Museum in Sheboygan to enjoy their special needs night! Exhibits were adapted to reduce loud noises, and the museum was closed to the general public. We had a blast exploring and playing with other families!

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Parent's Night Out
DSAW-Sheboygan hosted a Parent's Night Out for parents, grandparents, adult siblings, and caregivers of a loved one with Down syndrome. We met at the Coliseum Bar & Grill in Fond du Lac for a casual evening of conversation and free food! Join us on Friday, March 9 for a Parent's Night Out in Plymouth!


St. Croix River Valley

Resource Night
On February 28, DSAW families in the St. Croix River Valley came together for a Resource Night. Local therapy providers and other disability resources talked about the services that they offer for individuals with Down syndrome, and families had the opportunity to network and connect with local resources. 


 

Kenosha/Racine/Walworth

Mom's Lunch
We had a lovely time on February 24 meeting with other moms at Cafe 213 in Watertown! We had a chance to talk about upcoming events in the area and to find out more about what DSAW can offer! Join us for a FREE Family Bowling Event on April 14!


Looking Back on January 2018

Milwaukee

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DSAW Leaders Retreat
In January, we welcomed over 50 DSAW leaders from around the state to our annual Leaders Retreat in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. On Friday night we had a member social, gave out chapter awards, and celebrated Tom O'Day, who's retiring from the State Board. On Saturday we buckled down for a day of presentations and breakout sessions centered around the theme "Growing Together". We learned about DSAW's Program Models, how to plan an awesome awareness walk, the Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign, how to be a board member, and so much more. Thank you so much to all of our chapter leaders for helping us bloom!

Snow Tubing
DSAW families got together at Sunburst Ski Area in January for an awesome Saturday afternoon of snow tubing! 

Young Leaders Bootcamp
At Bootcamp in January, we made some incredible videos!! The first Tuesday we interviewed self-advocates about their lives. Later in the month we created a music video! Stay tuned! When we're done editing, we'll share the video.

Bootcamp meets on Tuesday nights at 6pm. Join us in February!

Cooking with the Kiddos
At Cooking with the Kiddos in January, families made turkey pesto paninis! Yummm. Cooking meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month at our state office in West Allis. To cook with us next month, sign up here.

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Motor Skills Playgroup
Our Motor Skills Playgroup meets every second and fourth Tuesday morning! This group is a fun chance for children to learn occupational therapy skills in a free environment, while parents enjoy coffee and each other's company. Come join us in February!

Young Leaders Academy
Our Young Leaders Academy meets every second and fourth Thursday of the month. This month we started with dodgeball to get us going, and we ended with an hour of employment-readiness curriculum. Self-Advocates are invited to join our class anytime. Sign up for Young Leaders in February!

Tween Club
This month we had the biggest Tween Club ever!! We made lava lamps and had snacks. Next month's Tween Club will be on Friday, February 9. Sign up here!

Parent's Night Out
Each month, DSAW parents, grandparents, and caregivers get together at Club Paragon for a night of casual conversation and free appetizers. We meet every second Friday of the month! Drop your child off at Tween Club on February 9 and stop by our Parent's Night Out!

Club DSAW
Self-advocates ages 15 and older are invited to join us for our monthly Club DSAW gathering on the fourth Saturday of the month! Each month is a new activity. This month we met at the DSAW Office for a night of beach-themed fun! Self-advocates wore their Hawaiian shirts and we spent a night on the beach. Next month we'll be going to a WAVE game on February 17! Join us.

Family Movie Night
Every fourth Friday of the month, we invite families to a movie night at our office in West Allis! We watch a family-friendly movie on our big projector screen. Parents are invited to stay with their kids, or drop them off for a night of respite. We even have snacks! This month we watched Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Come watch a movie with us next month!


Sheboygan

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Swimming Event
This month, DSAW-Sheboygan families came together at the Manitowoc/Two Rivers YMCA for a swimming event! We went swimming during the Y's Special Needs Swim hour, and afterwards we got together for a pizza dinner and fraternal support. We had a great turnout and look forward to hosting more events in the Manitowoc area!


La Crosse

Parent's Night Out
The temps were frigid outside on January 13 but that did not stop a red-hot group of parents from enjoying our monthly Parent's Night Out at Howie's on La Crosse.  There were heartwarming stories about our loved ones with Down syndrome, temperature raising behavior issues concerning our (sometimes, not-so) loved ones with Down syndrome and, of course, laughter.  We start by having a connection because of our child with Ds and then learn that we have so much more in common.  We love the bonds that are created at the Parent's Night Out events, when parents are able to communicate and learn from others without having to worry about watching their child with Down syndrome.  Join the fun on February 24 at The Wired Rooster in Caledonia, MN for our next Parent's Night Out.     


North Central WI (Antigo)

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Family Bowling Event
DSAW is beginning to expand its Parent Support Groups in North Central WI, specifically in Antigo. We had a Family Bowling Event, our third get-together, in January. If you live in North Central WI and want to get involved with DSAW, join our Facebook group! We're especially looking for families who live in Rhinelander!

 


St. Croix River Valley

Parent's Night Out
In January, parents from the St. Croix River Valley got together at Table 65 in New Richmond for a night of free appetizers and conversation! Join DSAW next month for a local resource night.


Fox Cities

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Group Fitness Class
This month we held group fitness classes in partnership with Anytime Fitness in Appleton. They were great!! The classes were functional (no machines) workouts featuring all major muscle groups. We started the session with a fun ice breaker, demos of all exercises, a dynamic warm up, 8-10 exercises, then concluded with a fun team building activity and stretching. 

Adult Holiday Party
We also hosted a holiday party for DSAW adults at the Mad Apple in January. Self-advocates, parents, grandparents, and caregivers got together for food and billiard games to celebrate the holidays.


Green Bay

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Mom's Night Out
DSAW-Green Bay moms, grandmas, and aunts went to Rustique Pizzeria this month for their Mom's Night Out! They enjoyed appetizers and a night of casual conversation. We host a Mom's Night Out on the fourth Sunday of every month. Join us next month at Nakashima!

 


 

Central Wisconsin

Mom's Night Out
We had a successful Mom's Night Out at the end of January at City Grill! Ten moms joined us for a night of casual conversation, food, and drinks. Moms, grandmas, aunts, and female caregivers are invited to join us for a Coffee Date next month on February 21!


Looking Back on November 2017

Milwaukee

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Sibling Workshop
On November 18, DSAW and the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Down Syndrome Clinic partnered to present a Sibling Workshop with Dr. Brian Skotko and Sue Levine. The workshop was for siblings who have a brother or sister with Down syndrome. There also was a session especially for parents with children of all ages, which covered how parents can help typically-abled siblings deal with questions, difficult life moments, negative feelings, and more. There were games, discussion groups, a pizza lunch, and more. Thank you so much to Dr. Skotko and Sue for facilitating this workshop! 

Young Leaders Bootcamp
Bootcamp in November focused on carpentry! Self-advocates learned about several different tools and safety procedures, and then they had a chance to make projects with those tools! One night we made wooden bird houses, another night we made customized wooden signs, and our final project was working to build shelves for the DSAW office!

Bootcamp meets on Tuesday nights at 6pm. Join us in December for Holiday Baking month!

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Cooking with the Kiddos
We had a large group this month at Cooking with the Kiddos! One night we made pumpkin bread, and another we made tacos and dessert quesadillas. Cooking with the Kiddos is a fun evening of family bonding, plus a free meal... what could be better?! Due to the holidays, we will only meet the first Wednesday of December - the 6th. Cook with us next month and sign up here!

Motor Skills Playgroup
We again hosted our bi-weekly Motor Skills Playgroup at our State office! This group is a fun chance for children to learn occupational therapy skills in a free environment, while parents enjoy coffee and each other's company. Due to the holidays, we will only have playgroup on Tuesday, December 12 this month. Sign up here! 

Young Leaders Academy
Self-Advocates joined us for our bi-weekly Young Leaders Academy only once in November, because of the Thanksgiving holiday. Every class involves a respite activity such as kickball or yoga, and then ends with an hour of employment-readiness curriculum. Self-Advocates are invited to join our class anytime.  Come out to Young Leaders in December! We will only be hosting one session on Thursday, December 14 due to the holidays.

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Tween Club
At Tween Club in November we made Thanksgiving turkeys and played balloon volleyball! We had 15 tweens join us this month. Tween Club in December will be on December 8. Sign up here!

Parent's Night Out
Each month DSAW parents, grandparents, and caregivers look forward to going to Club Paragon for a night of casual conversation and free appetizers. November was no different! We had a lovely group join us. Drop your child off at Tween Club on December 8 and join us for Parent's Night Out next month!

Grandparents Group
Grandparents who have a loved one with Down syndrome meet at our state office on the first Tuesday of each month. This group is growing, and we would love to have you there! Come see what it's all about on December 5.


Central WI

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November Beach Party
This month, our Central WI chapter hosted a free November Beach Party in Rothschild! Over 100 people of all ages came out for our waterpark event, and we had so much fun splashing around and meeting new families!! 

 

Mom's Coffee Date
DSAW-Central WI also hosted a Mom's Coffee Date in November at the new Vino Latte in Wausau! Several moms with children who have Down syndrome got together over coffee to talk and offer support.


St. Croix River Valley

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Family Bowling Event
DSAW is beginning to expand its Parent Support Groups in the St. Croix River Valley. We hosted our third event in the area in November - a Family Bowling Day! About 30 people came out to spend time with other DSAW families and to enjoy an afternoon of bowling! Click here to join our Facebook group!


Green Bay

Playgroup
DSAW-Green Bay hosted its monthly playgroup at Kidz Town in November. Individuals with Down syndrome are free! Explore this awesome location with us on Saturday, December 2. 

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Parent's First Call Support Parent Training
Parents from around the state came to Green Bay to attend our Support Parent Training through our Parent's First Call Program. On November 4, 12 parents learned how to offer support for families who have just received a Down syndrome diagnosis. Thank you to Parent to Parent of Wisconsin for their continued partnership and to Journey Community Church for letting us use their beautiful space! Special thanks to Robin and Julie from P2P, to Emily from Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, and to all of the parents who joined us!

Mom's Night Out
We went up to Sturgeon Bay for our monthly Mom's Night Out at Door County Fire Co. in November! We enjoyed delicious food and an evening with other moms, aunts, grandmas, adult sisters, and female caregivers who have a loved one with Down syndrome. We will NOT have a Mom's Night Out in December due to the holidays.


Fox Cities

Teen FrienDS Club and Parent's Night Out
On the second Friday of every month, we host our Teen FrienDS Club at our office in Appleton in conjunction with a Parent's Night Out! Parents are invited to drop their teens off at our office for a night of games, snacks, movies, and friends; then they head over to a local restaurant for free appetizers and an evening of casual conversation! Join us on Friday, December 8!


Sheboygan

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Parent's Night Out
DSAW-Sheboygan parents and grandparents got together for a casual night of conversation and free appetizers in November! This month we met in Fond du Lac at a pub right on the lake.

 


La Crosse

Parent's Night Out
Parents from our DSAW-COTH-GLA chapter hung out at Shenanigans in La Crosse in November. DSAW provided free appetizers, and several couples enjoyed fraternal support from other DSAW adults.


Looking Back on October 2017

Milwaukee

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Halloween Dance
The DSAW-Milwaukee Halloween dance was on Saturday, October 28 at our State headquarters! Over 150 people joined us for a night of dancing, crafts, games, homemade lasagna, and a costume competition! We LOVED all of your creative costumes. Thank you to all who attended!

Young Leaders Bootcamp
October was Art Month for our Young Leaders Bootcamp! Self-advocates designed a mural for our State office, and then made their design come to life! We had so much fun painting and brightening up our programming room (especially when we got to paint our hands for the leaves of the tree)!

 Bootcamp meets on Tuesday nights at 6pm. Sign up here!

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Cooking with the Kiddos
This month at Cooking with the Kiddos we made a delicious meal of chicken teriyaki! Cooking with the Kiddos is a fun evening of family bonding, plus a free meal... what could be better?! We meet the first and third Wednesday of every month. Cook with us next month and sign up here!

Motor Skills Playgroup
We again hosted our bi-weekly Motor Skills Playgroup at our State office! This group is a fun chance for children to learn occupational therapy skills in a free environment, while parents enjoy coffee and each other's company. Join us in November to hang out with other families and let your child play!

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Young Leaders Academy
Self-Advocates joined us for our bi-weekly Young Leaders Academy twice in October. Every class involves a respite activity such as kickball or yoga, and then ends with an hour of employment-readiness curriculum. Self-Advocates are invited to join our class anytime.  Come out to Young Leaders in November! We will only be hosting one session on Thursday, November 9 due to the Thanksgiving holiday later in the month.

Tween Club
At Tween Club in October we watched Descendants 2 and made spooky Halloween masks! Tween Club in November will be on November 10. Sign up here!

Parent's Night Out
Parents, grandparents, and caregivers enjoyed going to Club Paragon for a night of casual conversation and free appetizers again in October. Drop your child off at Tween Club on November 10 and join us for Parent's Night Out next month!

Grandparents Group
Grandparents of a loved one with Down syndrome meet at our state office on the first Tuesday of each month! We had another big group in October. Come join us on November 7th.


Sheboygan

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Down Syndrome Awareness Walk
DSAW-Sheboygan & Surrounding Counties hosted its 8th Annual Down Syndrome Awareness Walk at Kiwanis Park in Sheboygan on October 14th. Despite the rainy weather, we had an awesome day of raffle prizes, Home Depot mini carpenters, crafts, carnival games, lunch from Texas Roadhouse, and more! Thank you to all of our sponsors, donors, committee members, families, and volunteers! We could not have done it without you.


Fox Cities

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October was a huge month for DSAW-Fox Cities!! On October 1, we hosted a Mom's Night Out at Stone Arch Brew Pub in Appleton. We also continued our Teen FrienDS Club and Parent's Night Out on the second Friday of the month. On top of all that, we held our biggest event of the year -- our Down Syndrome Awareness Walk! Families joined us at Riverside Park in Neenah on October 7th for an afternoon of family fun and raising awareness and acceptance of our loved ones with Down syndrome! Check out news coverage of the event here.


La Crosse

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Parent's Night Out
Members of DSAW-COTH-GLA spent most of October resting after their amazing Awareness Walk in September! We hosted a Parent's Night Out at Elmaro Vineyard on Saturday, October 28. Parents who have a loved one with Down syndrome enjoyed an evening of casual conversation and wine!


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Green Bay

Playgroup
DSAW-Green Bay again hosted its monthly playgroup on the first Saturday of October. They were at CP this month. Join us on November 4 at Kidz Town!

Breakfast with Monsters/Fall Fest
We celebrated beautiful fall weather in October at Delzer's Pumpkin Farm! Families came out to enjoy breakfast with friendly monsters and fall activities like a corn maze, train ride, haunted hayride, face painting, and more.

Couple's Night Out
We also had a Couple's Night Out at Highland Howie's on October 22. A lovely group of parents came out and enjoyed free appetizers and an evening out!


North Central WI

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Parent's Night Out in Antigo
DSAW hosted its very first event in our North Central coverage area in October! Parents in Antigo joined us for a Night Out at Heart Breakers Bar & Grill on October 1st. They had a wonderful time connecting with other families in their area and are looking forward to having more DSAW events in northern WI!

 


Central WI (Wausau)

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Fall Festival
Families from DSAW-Central WI enjoyed a Fall Festival at Wilke's Dairy Farm in Wausau. Although it rained, they still had a great time doing activities, playing yard games, and exploring the pumpkin patch.


Looking Back on July 2017

Milwaukee

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Down Home BBQ
We had a fantastic day at our Down Home BBQ on July 8. We partnered with Gigi's Playhouse Milwaukee and Wisconsin Upside Down to host over 200 people at our state headquarters in West Allis! We had food, a splash zone, a live band, inflatables, yard games, a fire truck, crafts, face painting, and more! Thank you to all who helped us make this event possible. 

 

Respite Day Camp 
We officially began our Respite Day Camp in July! On Wednesdays at our state headquarters, middle school and high school students with Down syndrome are invited to join us for a day long respite camp. In July we practiced money counting and reading, played outside, did a social skills activity, and planned a menu of food that we cooked. Sign up for respite day camp on Wednesday August 23 and August 30 for a supportive environment for your child.

Young Leaders Bootcamp
Self-Advocates joined us for a fun month of Young Leaders Bootcamp. This month's topic was Acting! We've been rehearsing a play each week, and we will continue to rehearse through August for our big final performance. 
Consider signing up for our FREE August Bootcamp on Acting (ages 12+).

Cooking with the Kiddos
This month at Cooking with the Kiddos we made cheeseburgers and a scrumptious apple crisp. Cooking with the Kiddos is a fun evening of family bonding, plus a free meal... what could be better? Join us next month.

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Motor Skills Playgroup
Our Motor Skills Playgroup at the state office in West Allis continues to grow! This group is a fun chance for children to learn occupational therapy skills in a free environment, while parents enjoy coffee and each other's company. Join us in August to hang out with other families and let your child play!

 

Young Leaders Academy
Self-Advocates joined us for Young Leaders Academy twice in July. Every class involves a respite activity such as kickball or yoga, and then ends with an hour of employment-readiness curriculum. Self-Advocates are invited to join our class anytime. Come to Young Leaders Academy in August!

Parent's Night Out
We had a fun group of parents join us for Parent's Night Out at Club Paragon in Greenfield in July. Don't miss next month's Parent's Night Out!

Family Movie Night
We will have an awesome night watching Madagascar outside, drive-in style at the end of July! Join us in August for another drive-in experience!


Green Bay

DSAW-Green Bay hosted their monthly playgroup at the beginning of the month at Sand Acres Park in Ashwaubenon! Join us on August 5 for our next playgroup at Pamperin Park!

 

We also hosted a Dad's Golf Night Out at The Woods Golf Club in Green Bay! Despite the rain, Dads were able to come together for a fun dads-only evening.

 

Our moms had a night out too! DSAW-Green Bay moms got together in Sturgeon Bay for an evening of food and for a pontoon boat ride on the lake. We will not be holding a Mom's Night Out in August due to our Awareness Walk, so come hang out with DSAW moms again in September. 


La Crosse

DSAW-COTH-GLA partnered with the La Crosse Area Autism Foundation and the Dahl Family YMCA to offer cooking classes for tweens, teens, and adults with special needs. The sessions were great and the self-advocates made several fruity treats! The classes were even featured in the La Crosse Tribune! Click here to read the article.

We had lots of fun at our Breakfast Club fundraiser on July 15. We had 3 Guest bartenders from UW-L Motor Development Program, Garth, Quintin, and Joe. They were lots of fun! We had 2 members Jenny Levendoski (mom of Eliza) and Andrea Finney (mom of Levi) come and volunteer to have eggs broken on their head in a fun game called egg roulette; customers buy eggs for $10 and they can break them over the volunteer's head, But the egg may be raw or maybe hard boiled! If you missed it don’t worry! We will be doing it again next year - just keep a look out for our upcoming events. 


Central WI (Wausau)

DSAW-Central WI hosted a pool party on July 15 in Wausau. Around 50 people came out to enjoy the summer weather. Our event even made the local news! Chapter leader Miriam Marting was interviewed on TV, and an article about the event was published online. Read the article here!


Sheboygan

 

DSAW-Sheboygan hosted a family picnic at Lakeside Park in Fond du Lac this month. Families came together to grill out, play yard games, explore the park, and meet new friends. We had sack races and raffle drawings, and the park had an animal barn, train, carousel, and huge playground!! It was a wonderful day for DSAW families. 


Chippewa Valley

DSAW-Chippewa Valley will host a Parent's Night Out in Chippewa Falls at the end of the month. Parents and caregivers of individuals with Down syndrome will be able to connect over free appetizers and casual conversation.