DSAW State Headquarters
& DSAW Greater Milwaukee
Welcome! This page is home to the DSAW State Headquarters and DSAW-Greater Milwaukee Chapter. Our West Allis-based State office serves the entire state of Wisconsin while piloting replicable programs & services in the Greater Milwaukee Area. DSAW-Greater Milwaukee is DSAW's largest chapter and serves Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington, and Jefferson Counties. To start a Parent Support Group, Coffee Club, or other fraternal group near you, please email us!
We host programs for families (Family Movie Nights, Zumba Class, and Cooking with the Kiddos), parents (New Parent Support Group, Spanish Speaking Support Group, Alzheimer's Support Group, Autism Spectrum Support Group, Grandparents Support Group, Mommy & Me Yoga, and Coffee Club), little ones (Mommy & Me Yoga, Motor Skill Workshop), tweens (Tween Club, Family Activities Days, Cooking with the Kiddos), and Self-Advocates ages 15 and older (Drivers Education, Tech Skills Class, Young Leaders Bootcamp, Young Leaders Academy, and Club DSAW). In addition, stay tuned for our member events like our Halloween Dance, Holiday Party, Valentine's Dance, World Down Syndrome Day Waterpark Event, Awareness Walks, and more. Our State Headquarters also has a lending library full of books, videos, and other resources that's available for member use.
What we offer
FRATERNAL SUPPORT & PROGRAMMING Our chapter offers regular support through a variety of programs and events such as Parents Nights Out, support groups, classes, clubs for individuals with Down syndrome of different ages, and other member events like family bowling nights and waterpark days. See the calendar below for our upcoming programs and events. To start a Parent Support Group or other program/service near you, contact Chris.
PARENT'S FIRST CALL We offer information about Down syndrome for new and expectant parents; the opportunity to talk with other parents about emotions and questions; support groups; assistance navigating medical and early intervention services; referrals to local and national resources, and much more. We offer a hotline and email address for new and expectant parents to receive immediate information, and we send prenatal parent packs and welcome baskets, too!
MEDICAL TRAINING Recent advancements in prenatal testing have resulted in skyrocketing termination rates for fetuses with Down syndrome as balanced and unbiased information struggles to keep pace. DSAW conducts continuous statewide medical trainings and webinars, provides gold star resources and state-specific resources for medical professionals and the public, and engages in statewide marketing campaigns to educate the public on the importance of individuals with Down syndrome.
DSAW-FAMILY SERVICES DSAW-FS provides private, public, and IRIS (Include Respect I Self-Direct) supported services to adults and young adults with Down syndrome, other disabilities and their families to achieve a full and independent life in the community. DSAW-FS focuses on individualized, customized solutions to help any person in the state of Wisconsin overcome obstacles and achieve their dreams. Services include: personalized goal development; identification of benefits, housing, employment, transportation and caregiving assistance to achieve our client’s goals; crisis and back-up support; budget coordination and implementation of the final support plan; as well as social connections and support circles. DSAW-FS also specializes in one-on-one Roadmap Sessions.
EDUCATION We offer educational resources to help families, medical professionals, workplaces, students, and the general public learn more about topics related to Down syndrome. Our educational programs include Workplace / Peer Sensitivity Training; seminars, conferences, and teacher in-services; webinars on various topics; and the DSAW Speakers Series.
AWARENESS We work to raise awareness and promote inclusion, diversity and acceptance of people with Down syndrome in our communities and in our lives. We do this through our annual Statewide Down Syndrome Awareness Walk, our resource directory, Parent's First Call Program, and mass communications strategies to raise awareness of Down syndrome in Wisconsin.
ADVOCACY We work hard to make sure that the voices of individuals with Down syndrome and all disabilities are heard throughout Wisconsin. DSAW is a member of several statewide Down syndrome and disability advocacy groups and regularly works to mobilize DSAW members to support changes in our state that will support individuals with Down syndrome and other special needs.
FINANCIAL We provide member grants for local families in need who would like to participate in conferences and educational programs, as well as provide funding for approved activities. If you are a member of DSAW, you are eligible to apply. Click here to access the online application.
Upcoming Member Events
Reoccurring Classes & Programs
Statewide DSAW Calendar
Down Syndrome Awareness Walk
Thank you to our participants, donors, and sponsors of the 20th Anniversary Statewide Down Syndrome Awareness Walk. We had a record-setting number of participants (more than 1,800!) and raised more than $120,000, another record for DSAW. We are so proud of our community and can't WAIT until next year. Save the Date for the 21st Annual Down Syndrome Awareness Walk at the Milwaukee County Zoo on Sunday, September 24, 2017.
Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin
11709 W Cleveland Ave, Suite 2
West Allis, WI 53227