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National Caregiver Day – Feb 15, 2019

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It is estimated that in Wisconsin, 549,000 caregivers are providing 588,000 million hours of care to loved ones annually, valued at nearly $6 billion dollars.[1]  MORE INFO

Making up a significant portion of those caregivers are siblings caring for their aging parents AND their siblings with disabilities, often while caring for their own growing children!

To recognize the care providers, both paid and unpaid, who provide personal cares of all types to people with disabilities, older adults and other family members and friends who require support to remain healthy and living in their homes and communities, we celebrate National Caregiver Day on February 15, 2019 (3rd Friday of February).

Many of the siblings, usually sisters, caring for family members are also employees and often challenged to juggle the needs of their family members with job requirements. Often they must choose to either remain employed or leave to care for their family. Employers are feeling the effects.

Wisconsin employers recently confirmed the impact of caregiving on the Wisconsin workforce in a survey sponsored by the Wisconsin Family and Caregiver Support Alliance (WFACSA). WisconSibs is an active member of WFACSA.

 

PRESS RELEASE

[1] National Center on Caregiving https://www.caregiver.org/caregiving-across-states-50-state-profiles-2014

 


Feb-April 2019 SibNews: News for and about siblings of people with disabilities

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Feb-April 2019 issue of SibNews is packed with information about:

  • Relieving Cabin Fever with Summer Camps
  • Q & A – Adult siblings need information about guardianship
  • Famous sibling – Of course, the songwriter of Let It Go is a sib!
  • Donors honor loved ones with gifts to WisconSibs
  • Calendar for WisconSibs
  • More

Click to view or download

 

 

 

SibNews FEB-APRIL 2019 calendar


Upcoming events for 2019

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Time to mark your 2019 calendar:

Sibshops

February 9, 2019 – 2-4 pm – YMCA, Kimberly
March 3, 2019 – 1:30 – 3:30 pm – Old 45 Archery, Hortonville – note – SPA Sibshop
April 11-13, 2019 – Autism Conference – Kalahari at The Dells
May 2-3, 2019 – Circles of Life Conference Sibshop Form

Summer Camps

NEW!June 20-23, 2019 – Sib Camp for ages 9 plus in TENTS, Door County
July 22-26, 2019 – SibDays of Summer for ages 6-12, Plamann Park
August 8-11, 2019 – Sib Camp for ages 9-11 in YURTS, Door County
August 15-18, 2019 – Sib Camp for ages 12 – 16 in YURTS, Door County

Teen Sibs

February 9, 2019 – WisconSibs Facilitator Training – Appleton

April 12-13, 2019 – Leadership trip – Autism Conference – Kalahari at The Dells
June 13, 2019 – Teen Sib Leadership Day – Beaming, Neenah
July 22-26, 2019 – SibDays of Summer for Teen Sib Leaders, Plamann Park

Fundraisers

March 8, 2019 – Vegas Madness – Timber Rattler’s Fox Club, Appleton
October 22, 2019 – Celebrate Sisterhood – Red Lion Hotel, Appleton

Conferences and Trainings

February 7, 2019 – Dementia in Persons with IDD, Appleton
February 9, 2019 – WisconSibs Facilitator Training, Appleton
March 9, 2019 – K.I.T.E. Conference, Appleton
March 20, 2019 – Disability Advocacy Day, Madison
April 11-13, 2019 – Autism Conference – Kalahari at The Dells
May 2-3, 2019 – Circles of Life Conference, Stevens Point Sibshop Registration Form

Other

January 10, 2019 – TOP 10 THINGS SIBS WANT YOU TO KNOW,Kaukauna
March 1-31, 2019 – Sibs Are My Peeps photo contest- open to all individuals and groups
April 6, 2019 – Fox Cities KIDZ EXPO – WisconSibs Sibling’s Day Celebration, Appleton

Watch for more updates on our calendar page


Caregiver Conference in New London

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I’m so pleased to be presenting at an upcoming Caregiver Conference hosted by the Waupaca County Caregiver Coalition.  The main reason I’m so pleased is that they recognize that one of the many important roles of siblings of people with disabilities is that of a caregiver.

Whether that role is taking their sibling to appointments, to go shopping, acting as their guardian, or being a reliable companion and ready listener, SIBLINGS ARE CAREGIVERS, often at very young ages.

This conference will focus on Resiliency in Caregiving.  So regardless who you may be caring for, consider attending.


Oct-Dec 2018 SibNews: News for and about siblings of people with disabilities

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This issue features articles:

DISTANCE MAKES THE HEART GROW – How a long-distance caregiver keeps stays close to her sisters

HOLIDAY STRESS – How siblings compare to the general population and tips for dealing with the frenzy.

YOU MIGHT BE A CAREGIVER IF… What would you add?

WHERE-THE-SUN-DON’T-SHINE Green Tomato Soup recipe

Calendar for October, November, December


You Might be a Caregiver If…

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In preparation for National Caregiver Month (November), WisconSibs, Inc is participating in the Wisconsin Family and Caregiver Support Alliance (WFACSA) You Might Be a Caregiver If… campaign to raise awareness of the needs of caregivers.

Check it out!
For more information, visit https://arcwi.org/wisconsin-family-caregiver-support-alliance

Want to make a meme with your photo and punchline? Follow these instructions.

  1. Go to https://makeameme.org/
  2. Click ‘Upload image’ in upper right hand corner with a little cloud icon and select a picture from your computer to upload
  3. Click the yellow box that says “Click here or drag an image here” and select the picture you just uploaded.
  4. In the “Top Text” box, type in “You Might Be A Caregiver When”
  5. In the “Bottom Text” box, type in your response
  6. Then click the green box that states “Make the Meme”
  7. Then right click and select either ‘copy image’ and paste in email and send to me; or select “save image as” and save to your computer, then attach it to an email and send it to [email protected]

SibNews – Special Anniversary Edition

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This Special Anniversary Edition of SibNews features Ben and his sister, Amanda. Ben has been active with WisconSibs since practically the beginning and shares how the organization and the siblings he’s met has made a difference in his life.

Plus, LOTS OF PHOTOS from our 20th Anniversary Celebration and some of the amazing treasures found in the Time Capsule that siblings created 20 years ago at one of the first Sibshops.

DOWNLOAD A COPY

or Contact us to request a printed copy.


“The SibDays of Summer are the best days of the year!!”

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At least that’s how these kids seem to feel.  While its the long and hot “Dog Days of Summer” for the rest of Wisconsin, these WisconSibs ages 6-12 and their teen/young adult counselors, all (but 2) having siblings with disabilities, are having a blast at the “SibDays of Summer”.

Learn more about their week of activities and growth by downloading their SibDaily News issues.

Newsletter-July 23 2018

Newsletter-July 24 2018

Newsletter-July 25 2018

Newsletter-July 26 2018

Can’t wait for next year!! In the meantime, watch for information about Sibshops starting in September.

 


Supported Decision Making Process Now Formally Recognized in WI

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Parents, adult siblings and other family members will want to get informed about this new option in Wisconsin.

Plan to attend:

Decision-Making Support Options: Guardianship, Supported Decision-Making and More
July 18 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Mad Apple (3025 W College Ave) in Appleton

Sponsored by SOAR Fox Cities and WisconSibs, Inc.

Registration requested.  Contact either
[email protected]    920-731-9831 – or-
[email protected]        920-968-1742

Supported decision-making is a process now formally recognized in Wisconsin state law that provides an alternative to guardianship and will be a helpful tool for many Wisconsin residents. Supported Decision-Making can allow older adults and people with disabilities to retain their authority to make life decisions, while also having trusted people provide support. Attend this presentation to learn what the new law does and how you might use it in your life or to support a family member. Kristine Williams, attorney with Remley & Sensenbrenner, and WisconSibs board member will provide information and answer questions.

Download flyer : HERE

Download the Alternatives to Guardianship booklet: HERE

 

 


Sibling Fun at Circles of Life Conference 2018

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This past week siblings growing up with children with disabilities gathered for Sibshop at the Circles of Life conference in Appleton, WI.  They came from all over Wisconsin and became fast friends.

They played games, talked about their hopes for the future, created inventions that may someday help their siblings, and laughed…and laughed…and laughed.

Teens dug into some deeper discussions and created bonds with one another.  Some can’t wait to reconnect at Sib Camp this summer.