Southeastern WI Area Programs & Classes

DSAW hosts a number of classes and activities for individuals with disabilities. Check them out here!

Littles Programs & Classes

Motor Skills Playgroup

Bring your little one in for a Motor Skills Playgroup (gross & fine).  We’ll host a 2 hour workshop on the second and fourth Tuesday mornings of the month.  Your child will have the opportunity to work with a certified Occupational Therapist and awesome volunteers.  This class is a great way to help your child meet key developmental goals and set them up for a bright future. Plus, we offer music therapy during playgroup at no cost to you!

Playgroup will be from 9:30am until 11:30am and is open to all children below the age of 6. Sign up here.

Littles Story Time

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Children ages 0-6 years old are welcome to join us for Story Time at the state office! Story time is a great way for your child to have a fun while making friends and learning. Our wonderful self-advocate interns read to the littles, and we have open play time afterwards! Let us know you’re coming!

Littles Club

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Looking for a place for your son or daughter to hang out on Friday night?  Drop your 4-9 year old off at Littles Club for a night of respite. At DSAW’s Littles Club we’ll be playing games, watching movies, making crafts and simply having a good time hanging out. We’ll serve snacks and drinks, but the littles should eat dinner beforehand. The club opens at 5:00pm and closes up around 7:00pm. 

Littles Club is held on the fourth Friday of each month. Sign up here.

Cooking with the Kiddos

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Enjoy a fun night out with your little chef.  We’ll be offering cooking classes for parents and their kids to learn fun recipes.  This is a great opportunity to work on cooking skills and enjoy a tasty meal with your little one. Kids 8+ are invited to participate in this fun and tasty night of learning how to cook!  Classes will be held on the first and third Wednesday of each month at DSAW’s headquarters from 5pm - 7pm. Click here to sign up.

Teens & Tweens Programs & Classes

Tween Club

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Make DSAW your go to destination on the second Friday night of the month!  Drop your 10+ year old off at Tween Club and head to DSAW’s Parent’s Night Out or enjoy the quiet at your house. At DSAW’s Tween club we’ll be doing a variety of activities, having snacks, and meeting new friends. Tweens should eat dinner beforehand.  The club opens at 6:00pm and closes up at 9:00pm.  Tween Club is a great way for your child to have a fun Friday night out making friends and getting active. 

Tween Club is held on the second Friday of each month. Sign up here!

Cooking with the Kiddos

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Enjoy a fun night out with your little chef.  We’ll be offering cooking classes for parents and their kids to learn fun recipes.  This is a great opportunity to work on cooking skills and enjoy a tasty meal with your little one. Kids 8+ are invited to participate in this fun and tasty night of learning how to cook!  Classes will be held on the first and third Wednesday of each month at DSAW’s headquarters from 5pm - 7pm. Click here to sign up.

Adult Programs & Classes

How to Balance My Social Life (Fall Only)

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How do today's young adults who live with disabilities navigate the complicated social world in which we live? This class helps students understand social boundaries, cultivating friendships, personal safety, social media, and dating. This course is geared towards transition age youth. The class will be held Wednesdays from 6:00pm-8pm at the DSAW office in West Allis. Click here to sign up.

Meals, Money, and More (Fall Only)

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Meals, Money, and More is a class for transition age individuals with Down syndrome and other special needs and focuses on healthy living and wellness as well as money management and other independent living skills. The wellness curriculum includes lessons on nutrition, independent cooking, regular exercise, and the importance of relaxation. The financial management curriculum includes lessons on budgeting, cash management, and basic financial exchanges. The class goal is to build knowledge and skills critical to independent living.

The fall semester of this course runs September 16 - December 18. We offer this class at two locations: We offer this class at two locations:

Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30am - 12:30pm at the DSAW Office in West Allis. Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30am - 2:30pm at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center.

Digitability (Fall Only)

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Digitability is an award-winning employment-readiness program used to prepare young adults with special needs for today’s tech-driven workplaces. Its 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 fall semester of this course runs September 16 - December 18. We offer this class at two locations:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 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

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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

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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!

Nutrition & Wellness

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This class is focused on teaching individuals with Down syndrome and other special needs about the importance of healthy living and wellness, including exercise, nutrition, and independent cooking. DSAW-Family Services has created an innovative curriculum geared towards individuals ages 18 to 30. 

The goals of this course are to create a firm awareness of the importance of integrating exercise into daily life, build a foundation and healthy nutrition and help individuals understand what to eat, portion size, and about emotional/obsessive eating habits. In addition, students will learn how to cook healthy food independently and eat food with appropriate social manners. Our next session will start back up in the fall! Click here to apply for the class.

Club DSAW

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Once a month self advocate friends get together for adventures in the community! Club DSAW is a great opportunity to hang out with friends and try fun new things! We might be singing karaoke at Punchbowl Social, going out to dinner, touring a farm, spending time at the beach, or exploring the city! Keep an eye on our calendar for upcoming Club DSAW events for self advocates ages 18 and up.

Safety & Self-Defense (Fall Only)

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Adults 18+ are welcome to join us to 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 two sessions: Mondays and Wednesdays at Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center and Wednesdays in Slinger.

The fall semester runs September 16 - December 18. Click the above links to find out more and register for Safety & Self-Defense!

Parents/Grandparents/Siblings

Parent’s Night Out

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Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other caregivers are welcome to join us for a casual night of conversation and fun on the second Friday of the month from 6pm-9pm. DSAW buys appetizers, and drinks are available for purchase. We meet at Cleveland Pub in New Berlin! Join us! No registration necessary.


Grandparents Group

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DSAW invites all grandparents with a loved one with Down syndrome to share and connect with fellow grandparents.  We’ll be meeting every first Tuesday of the month to share the joys and tell stories of our grandchildren with Down syndrome.  Meetings will be held at 4 pm at the DSAW office in West Allis. Click here to sign up.


Sibling Programs

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DSAW offers quarterly events for children who have a sibling with Down syndrome!! These are great opportunities for kids to meet others like them and to connect and talk about their families in an open environment. We do crafts, make food, play games, and ask questions. Stay tuned for sibling event dates in the second half of 2019!