Greater Milwaukee Area Programs & Classes

DSAW and DSAW-Family Services host a number of classes and activities for individuals with disabilities. Check them out here!

Life Skills & Laughter


Come together and focus on learning everyday skills in fun and creative ways! Enjoy working with your friends on themes such as: Styling your hair, taking care of your skin and nails (personal hygiene), making delcious (and healthy) desserts (including kitchen safety), shopping sales (handling money), top ten ways to create a fun workout (exercise), and much more.

This class runs Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30am-12:30pm at the DSAW West Allis office. Our summer semester runs from June 10 - August 30. Click here to sign up.

Safety & Self-Defense

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Learn how to stay safe and participate in self-defense activities. Learn real world safety techniques and strategies and get a great workout - Live safe and be smart!

This course has three sessions: Mondays from 6pm-8pm at the DSAW West Allis Office, Tuesdays in Slinger from 4pm-6pm, and a special teen session of the course on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4pm-5pm at the West Allis office. The summer semester runs June 10-August 30. Click the links to find out more and register for our new summer safety course!



Digitability is an award-winning employment-readiness program used to prepare young adults with special needs for today’s tech-driven workplaces. It’s one-of-a-kind curriculum teaches skills through real-world simulations, using evidence-based practices. Young adults with any developmental disability that want to work in a community-based setting are invited to join us. Content focuses on learning the Google suite, internet safety, and more. Students will learn technological literacy, online safety, workplace communication/socialization, and more.

The summer semester of this course runs June 10-August 30. We offer this class at two locations:

Mondays and Wednesdays from 9am-11:30am on the Eastside of Milwaukee
Mondays and Wednesdays from 2pm-4:30pm at the DSAW office in West Allis

Life Skills Bootcamp


Life Skills Bootcamp meets year-round on Tuesday nights at 6pm at the DSAW State Headquarters in West Allis. Each month, this program offers a variety of fun and practical topics. We may be learning carpentry skills, doing art, talking about self-advocacy, or filming and creating our own video! Self advocates over 15 are welcome to join us! Sign up here.


Young Leaders Academy


Our Young Leaders Class is a respite program coupled with a unique curriculum that will introduce students to important topics such as work ethic, communication skills, time management, acting as a team player, hygiene, and more. Each class also includes a recreational activity. This class is designed for anyone with a developmental disability that wants to work in a community-based setting! We meet on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at the DSAW State Headquarters. To learn more and register, click here. We also offer this in Mequon on the first and third Wednesday of the month. Get more information for that session here!