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Butterfly Festival

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Come visit our WisconSibs booth at this fun family event in downtown Appleton.

Parents and children participate in free games and activities throughout the morning. Activities include crafts, finger painting, relay races, face painting, balloon animals, bounce houses, martial arts, butterfly education, music entertainment and much more.

Entrance to the festival is free. However, if you and/or members of your family would like to participate in the group release of butterflies during the exciting climax of the event (at NOON) you will need to register to reserve and purchase your butterflies prior to the event.

Join the fun as a participant or as a volunteer.  Contact us if you’d like to volunteer at the WisconSibs booth.

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Access to Mental Health Services for People with Autism & other Developmental Disabilities

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Community of Practice on Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities (CoP ASD/DD) Present:

Access to Mental Health Services for People with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities

Hosted at the Waisman Center at UW Madison with viewing/discussion sites around Wisconsin, including at 211 E Franklin St., Appleton

RESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER FROM Tuesday, February 12, 2019 TO Wednesday, Febuary 27, 2019

8:30am to 12:30pm
begins at 8:15am

Presentation Topics:
Barriers to accessing services in Wisconsin
Medicaid benefits
Supporting families
Talking with mental health professionals (tentative)

Who will benefit from participating?
Parents and other family members
School personnel
Therapists and other professionals

This is a FREE event, but you must re-register (choose your site when you register) for new date


Intelligent Lives Movie – Madison

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Rating: NR

Genre: Documentary

Release: 2018

Duration: 70

INTELLIGENT LIVES stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities – Micah, Naieer, and Naomie – who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional personal story of his son Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the U.S.

INTELLIGENT LIVES challenges what it means to be intelligent, and points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment and intimate relationships.

See more information and get tickets at


Diversity Day

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4th Annual Diversity Discovery Free Day

A free day of fun and learning for all children and families. Families will learn about diversity through interactive exhibits throughout the museum. This free event celebrates the broad spectrum of diversity in many forms including ethnicity, nationality, ability, religion, and family structure.

Visit the WisconSibs table at the event and make a poster, pick a prize, or tell us a story.

Volunteers needed. Call 920-968-1742 or contact us

Disability Advocacy Day

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Disability Advocacy Day

Wednesday, March 20, 2019     
Must be registered by March 8. No Walk-ins permitted.

Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center,
One John Nolen Drive,  Madison, WI

Disability Advocacy Day is designed to connect you with your legislators so you can talk about issues that matter to you. You are the expert in sharing how legislative policies affect people with disabilities in their everyday lives.

JOIN US!  Make certain your voice is heard!

Official Site for Disability Advocacy Day:  

Disability Advocacy Day is a day-long event focused on connecting Self-Advocates with their legislators to talk about issues that matter to them. Attendees are expected to participate in the full day of activities.

Registration Information

  • Online at:
  • Download form HERE
  • There is small fee to register. $10 per person. NEW
  • Order a lunch (optional) $10
  • Everyone in attendance MUST Register before March 8th
  • Direct Care Workers attending to assist you for the day must register for this event.
  • Additional people must complete their own registration form.
  • Use your HOME/VOTING address to register. Business addresses or PO Boxes are not allowed.
  • No on-site registration or walk-ins.


Agenda At-A-Glance

  • 9:30 Check in: Monona Terrace, One John Nolen Drive, Madison stop by Voting Resource table. Spring Statewide Election April 2
  • 10:30 Briefing on Survival Coalition’s current issues, planning time and lunch
  • 12:15 Rally at the State Capitol, Hamilton Street Entrance (3 blocks away)
  • 1:00- 3:00 Attend Legislative visits
  • 3:00-3:30 Check out and debrief after your visit at the Capitol


Event Reminders

  • Participants support Survival Coalition’s mission to maximize community inclusion for all people with disabilities,
  • Participants must attend the 10:30 a.m. briefing at the Monona Terrace Convention Center and attend your legislative visits at the scheduled time with your group.
  • Coordinate your own transportation (if you need assistance) to the Capitol (3 blocks away)
  • REGISTRATION DEADLINE March 8, 2019 must be postmarked and paid for by March 8, so we have time to schedule your legislative visit for you.

Don’t forget your  Blue Disability Advocacy Day T-Shirt!