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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.



Peep Peep!

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They may just look like sticky, sweet, marshmallowy-treats, but those cute bunnies and chicks made magic happen in the creative hands of those who entered our Sibs Are My Peeps contest this past month.

Some used the opportunity for team-building in their agency or family. Some tell a story. Still others used the opportunity to tell about their passion or an upcoming event.

Thank you to the Willems Student Marketing Team for collaborating with WisconSibs to make this project so much fun and bring out the voices of WisconSibs and their fans. The team of Appleton High School students applied their knowledge and youthful thinking to help us carry out this project.  Well done, team!

We are very proud to announce the semi-finalists for 2018.  These winning entries will advance to the finals at the free Fox Cities Kidz Expo on April 14th at the new Fox Cities Exhibition Center.  Come visit our booth, sponsored by We Energies, and vote for your favorite to be the WisconSibs Peepl’s Choice!

BEST USE OF PEEPS AWARD

Peeplelympics by CP Fox Cities

 

PEEP OF PERFECTION AWARD

What’s Your Superpower? by WI Board for People with Disabilities

CREATIVITY AWARD

To Market To Market by Djuanna and Drake

PEEP-TASTIC NAME AWARD

Little Bob Peeps Roller Rink by Ainsley

LITTLE PEEPS AWARD (tie)

Peep-tastic Playground by Elise

LITTLE PEEPS AWARD (tie)

Peep Camp by Jack, Maxwell, and Gabriel

April 14 2018
9 am – 3 pm
Fox Cities Exhibition Center
FREE! Bring the kids!


Caring For a Sibling with Mental Illness

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You’ve heard me say it over and over…siblings have the longest and one of the most significant bonds in the life of a person with disabilities. That’s why staff, volunteers, and participants with WisconSibs have such passion to support siblings from childhood through adulthood and why we CELEBRATE the unique role of siblings, especially sisters (by the way Celebrate Sisterhood will be October 30, 2018).

That passion inspires us to not only recognize the millions of siblings of people with developmental disabilities, but also people with emotional and mental health concerns.   An estimated 8.4 million Americans are caregivers to adult loved ones with a mental illness, most often a son or daughter, parent, spouse or sibling.

Sisters bond - mental health

Jean Moore (left) shares a laugh with her sister, Ruby Wilson, in front of the assisted living facility where Wilson lives on Oct. 12, 2017, in Clinton, N.C. (Andrew Craft for Kaiser Health News)

Recently, the Kaiser Health News published a wonderful story about two sisters, Jean and Ruby and their bond as sisters, one with paranoid schizophrenia.

The girls grew up very close, almost like twins. “They used to say our name as JeannieandRuby. It was like one person.”  But as they became teenagers, Rudy’s mental health changed and their lives began to diverge. As they became adults, Jean became a caregiver and an even closer sister.  READ STORY

WisconSibs offers Sibshops to children ages 8-14 who are growing up with brothers or sisters with emotional or mental health concerns.  Each session is held in a relaxed setting with games, snacks, and discussion about the concerns and the joys of growing up with their sibling.  Held at the Catalpa Day Treatment Center in Appleton, siblings can join in any time during the series from January through May, 2018.  For more information.

Download Catalpa Series Sibshop flyer Jan-May 2018

“Caregiving situations for siblings pack an extra emotional punch for the caregiver,” said John Schall, who runs the Caregiver Action Network, a nonprofit organization that supports people providing care to loved ones. “It’s not unusual for us to think at some point of being the caregiver for our elderly parents, but it’s a whole different thing to be a caregiver for a sibling who we always thought of as equals.”

JOIN US for a Community Dialogue on Family Caregivers – Monday, January 29, 2018 at the WisconSibs office, 211 E Franklin St., Appleton, WI – MORE INFORMATION