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Mar
22
Mon
Emerging from COVID-19 Session #1 @ Zoom
Mar 22 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Wondering about the annual K.I.T.E. Conference? Wonder no more. We’re moving it to Zoom and offering it as a FREE four-part learning series focusing on emerging from COVID-19 with Knowledge, Independence, Togetherness, and Empowerment.

This FREE four-part, four-week series is brought to you by SOAR Fox Cities, WisconSibs and The Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin.

Each session features experts discussing everything from self-care to staying connected, to what needs to be in your“transition suitcase” to embracing resilience & acceptance of “what is” and being hopeful of “what can be.”

Click for a full description of each session.

Balancing Me & You, the Old & New – Living Life in our “New Normal” with Dr. Jessie Schroeder, PsyD & Melissa Hammond.

For details and to register: Click on this link or copy into your web browser: https://bit.ly/30Phlle

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Mar
31
Wed
Emerging from COVID-19 Session #2 @ Zoom
Mar 31 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Wondering about the annual K.I.T.E. Conference? Wonder no more. We’re moving it to Zoom and offering it as a FREE four-part learning series focusing on emerging from COVID-19 with Knowledge, Independence, Togetherness, and Empowerment.

This FREE four-part, four-week series is brought to you by SOAR Fox Cities, WisconSibs and The Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin.

Each session features experts discussing everything from self-care to staying connected, to what needs to be in your“transition suitcase” to embracing resilience & acceptance of “what is” and being hopeful of “what can be.”

Click for a full description of each session.

Apr
6
Tue
Emerging from COVID-19 Session #3 @ Zoom
Apr 6 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Wondering about the annual K.I.T.E. Conference? Wonder no more. We’re moving it to Zoom and offering it as a FREE four-part learning series focusing on emerging from COVID-19 with Knowledge, Independence, Togetherness, and Empowerment.

This FREE four-part, four-week series is brought to you by SOAR Fox Cities, WisconSibs and The Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin.

Each session features experts discussing everything from self-care to staying connected, to what needs to be in your“transition suitcase” to embracing resilience & acceptance of “what is” and being hopeful of “what can be.”

Click for a full description of each session.

Apr
8
Thu
Zoom Sibshop-Weekdays
Apr 8 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

What's the Dill?“What’s the Dill?” – Sibshop 2021 Theme

There are all kinds of feelings just like there are all kinds of pickles. Sweet ones. Sour ones. And lots of in-betweens. During this series of Sibshops, we’re going to have fun with PICKLES! Yes, pickles.

Sound crazy? It just might be…and we know it will be fun. Games, conversation, and fun activities designed just for kids ages 6-12 growing up with a sibling with disabilities.

You can come as often as you like. Register once and attend any or all of the following:

Thurs. Jan 14 at 4 PM     What’s in your Pickle Jar?
Thurs. Feb 4 at 4 PM       “Dill” With It (Strategies for and by siblings)
Thurs. Mar 4 at 4 PM      It’s Kind of a Big Dill (Sorting out what you can and can’t control)
Thurs. April 8 at 4 PM    What Kind of a Pickle Am I in Now?

Find a day and time that you can have a quiet spot to join us on your laptop or phone. This is a time set aside for just Sibs.

“What’s the Dill” Sibshops also offered on

Sat. Jan 9 at 10 AM
Sat. Feb 13 at 10 AM
Sat. Mar 6 at 10 AM
Sat. April 10 at 10 AM

Teen Sib Leaders interested in volunteering to help with Sibshops should contact Brittany or contact us.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW

OR GO TO http://bit.ly/2021Sibshops

Apr
10
Sat
National Siblings Day – Official date
Apr 10 all-day

IT’S NATIONAL SIBLINGS DAY!

Every year on April 10, the Siblings celebrate their special day.

We cheer for siblings, especially the sisters and brothers of people with disabilities. Celebrate today! In the words of countless sibs, “My sib helped make me who I am today”.

Celebrate by making a paper crown, taking a photo, and posting on social media with the hashtag #happysiblingsday  #wisconsibs

DOWNLOAD PAPER CROWN TO COLOR AND WEAR

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Share a photo of you and your sibling(s) on our Facebook page @WisconSibs.

Zoom Sibshop-Saturdays
Apr 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am

What's the Dill?“What’s the Dill?” – Sibshop 2021 Theme

There are all kinds of feelings just like there are all kinds of pickles. Sweet ones. Sour ones. And lots of in-betweens. During this series of Sibshops, we’re going to have fun with PICKLES! Yes, pickles.

Sound crazy? It just might be…and we know it will be fun. Games, conversation, and fun activities designed just for kids ages 6-12 growing up with a sibling with disabilities.

You can come as often as you like. Register once and attend any or all of the following:

Sat. Jan 9 at 10 AM        What’s in your Pickle Jar?
Sat. Feb 13 at 10 AM      “Dill” With It (Strategies for and by siblings)
Sat. Mar 6 at 10 AM       It’s Kind of a Big Dill (Sorting out what you can and can’t control)
Sat. April 10 at 10 AM   What Kind of a Pickle Am I in Now?

Find a day and time that you can have a quiet spot to join us on your laptop or phone. This is a time set aside for just Sibs.

“What’s the Dill” Sibshops also offered on

Thurs. Jan 14 at 4 PM
Thurs. Feb 4 at 4 PM
Thurs. Mar 4 at 4 PM
Thurs. April 8 at 4 PM

Teen Sib Leaders interested in volunteering to help with Sibshops should contact Brittany or contact us.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW

OR GO TO http://bit.ly/2021Sibshops

Apr
12
Mon
Emerging from COVID-19 Session #4 @ Zoom
Apr 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Wondering about the annual K.I.T.E. Conference? Wonder no more. We’re moving it to Zoom and offering it as a FREE four-part learning series focusing on emerging from COVID-19 with Knowledge, Independence, Togetherness, and Empowerment.

This FREE four-part, four-week series is brought to you by SOAR Fox Cities, WisconSibs and The Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin.

Each session features experts discussing everything from self-care to staying connected, to what needs to be in your“transition suitcase” to embracing resilience & acceptance of “what is” and being hopeful of “what can be.”

Click for a full description of each session.

Apr
17
Sat
Sibshop at Building for Kids @ Building for Kids
Apr 17 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Building for KidsIn collaboration with the Building for Kids Children’s Museum in downtown Appleton, WisconSibs is offering a unique and safe in-person Sibshop opportunity.

Join us for an Exhibit Exploration Session for the whole household with a pull-out Sibshop for Sibs!

With this very special Exhibit Exploration event, households with a child with disabilities and their siblings will be able to register for 90 minutes of exclusive access to one of four exhibit groupings in the museum, meaning they will be the only ones playing on those exhibits.

Not only that, but the Sibs in each household may attend a fun, socially-distant Sibshop session in the large classroom while parents and child(ren) with disabilities continue their exploration in their Exhibit area.

FREE admission for eligible families (have a child with disabilities and at least one sibling of that child ages 6-12). Register at the Building for Kids.

Two dates in 2021:

February 6, 2021  10:30-Noon
April 17, 2021        10:30-Noon
– Choose your exhibit when you register. Options include:

Map of BFK exhibits

 

 

 

 

May
8
Sat
Circles of Life Sibshop 2021 @ Zoom
May 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Sibshop at Circles of Life

Circles of Life is Wisconsin’s annual conference for families who have children with disabilities. This event brings together families and the providers who support them to learn, connect, and become more knowledgeable about programs and services for their children.

To learn more about the conference go to CirclesofLifeConference.com

Sibshop offered to siblings ages 8-12

WisconSibs offers Sibshop for attendees who are 8-12 years old and have a sibling with developmental disabilities.

Sibshops are celebrations of the many contributions made by sisters and brothers of kids with special health or developmental needs.

This special Zoom Sibshop takes place Saturday, May 8 at 10:00 am. It is for kids ages 8-12 who have siblings with disabilities and have registered for the virtual Circles of Life conference.

At Sibshop kids will meet other kids who share the challenges and joys of having a sibling with disabilities. Of course, like all Sibshops, this one will be sprinkled with lots of fun stuff like games, scavenger hunts, and even Pokemon!

Register for the COL conference first to get link to register for COL Zoom Sibshop.

REGISTERED SIBSHOP PARTICIPANTS – DOWNLOAD AND PRINT ACTIVITY PAGES No need to complete this activity in advance. Bring markers to Sibshop so we can do the activity together.

Jun
16
Wed
Teen Sib Leadership Day @ River Tyme Bistro
Jun 16 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Teen Sib Leadership Day (TSLD) – June 16, 2021 -River Tyme Bistro – Appleton, WI

This one-day training guarantees to be exciting and fun while helping teen sibs build leadership skills. The TSLD event features nationally-known motivational speaker, Neil Ihde. He will offer an up-beat, interactive presentation that will motivate each participant to lead the best life they can.

With our summer theme, “Sibling Cruise”, this Teen Sib Leadership Day includes a cruise down the Fox River and lots of nautical fun.

Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Location: River Tyme Bistro (and Fox River Tours)  425 W. Water St., Appleton, WI

To attend, you must be a new or previous recipient of the Teen Sibling Leadership Award.
To apply, click Teen Sib Leadership Award Application

Teens age 13 or older should apply no later than May 1.  Download 2021 Teen Sib Leadership App.  Previous winners may register online or by calling 920-968-1742.

Jul
19
Mon
SibDays of Summer 2021 @ Plamann Park
Jul 19 @ 10:00 am – Jul 23 @ 3:00 pm

SibDays of Summer – July 19-23, 2021

This high energy day-camp for siblings ages 6-12  is held at Plamann Park just north of Appleton. Each day is packed with activities, including swimming, arts and crafts, hikes and hunts, games, carnival and playground fun. PLUS—siblings have the opportunity to share and celebrate the challenges and joys of being a sibling. We will have cruising through the week having fun with our 2021 theme “Sibling Cruise”.

 All campers start the first day at the Chris Brandt shelter. Older campers expand into their own shelter part of each day.

10am-3pm daily
Sign up for 3 or more days.
$40 per day* or $175 for all 5 days **

SibDays directors are trained WisconSibs Sibshop facilitators.  Campers especially enjoy their teen and young adult small group leaders, many of whom also have siblings with special needs. Space is limited to 45 campers.

*Campership grants are awarded, as funds are available, to families needing assistance. For information, check the financial assistance box on the enrollment form found in this brochure.

** Check with your case manager to learn if your county will pay some or all of the fee for this sibling respite program.

DOWNLOAD SUMMER BROCHURE

Plamann Park—1375 E Broadway Dr, Appleton: From
HWY 41, exit Ballard Rd., go north 2.2 miles, turn left on Broadway to park entrance. Follow signs to your WisconSibs event.

 

 

Jul
31
Sat
Sib Camp ages 9 -14 @ Door County Adventure Center
Jul 31 @ 12:00 pm – Aug 3 @ 12:00 pm

SAVE THE DATE!

2021 Sib Camp
TENT CAMPING

4 DAY-3 NIGHT camp for kids who have siblings with disabilities.

July 31 – Aug 3 – AGES 9 -14

Adventures, fun, campfires, make friends with other siblings of kids with disabilities, respite.  Camp site at the Peninsula State Park in tents.  Limit: 10 campers

Registration forms and information available soon.

 

Aug
12
Thu
Sib Camp for ages 9-11 @ Door County Adventure Center
Aug 12 @ 12:00 pm – Aug 15 @ 12:00 pm

Sib Camp ages 9-11
August 12-15, 2021

4 DAY-3 NIGHT camp for kids ages 9-16 who have siblings with disabilities.

August 12-15, 2021 for ages 9-11

Adventures, fun, campfires, make friends with other siblings of kids with disabilities, respite.  Camp site at the Wagon Trail Resort  in yurts.

 

Aug
16
Mon
Sib Camp for ages 12-17 @ Door County Adventure Center
Aug 16 @ 12:00 pm – Aug 19 @ 12:00 pm

Sib Camp – ages 12-17

August 16-19, 2021 for ages 12-17

Sib Campers love Door County!

4 DAY-3 NIGHT camp for kids ages 9-16 who have siblings with disabilities.

Adventures, fun, campfires, make friends with other siblings of kids with disabilities, respite. Campers use Wagon Trail Resort as headquarters and camp in yurts.

 

Find more specialty camps at https://www.veryspecialcamps.com/summer-camps/2514.html

Sep
18
Sat
Kickoff Sibshop
Sep 18 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This Sibshop kicks off the 2021-2022 season for WisconSibs Sibshops in the Northeast Wisconsin.

The outdoor event will feature Sibshop activities and lots of fun reconnecting with other kids who have siblings with disabilities, long-term illnesses, or mental health conditions.  Parents: drop off your sibling child at 1 pm and return with your family between 3 pm – 4 pm for some family fun and networking with other families.

It takes place at the Small Shelter inside Plamann Park at 1375 E Broadway Dr., Appleton. (Same location as SibDays for older campers.)

Advance registration required. Limit: 15 Sibshop participants.  TO REGISTER, CLICK

Watch for more details about this Sibshop and Sibshops planned for October, November, and December 2021.

Teen Sib Leadership opportunity. Click to volunteer.

Oct
19
Tue
Celebrate Sisterhood 2021 @ Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley
Oct 19 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU AGAIN AT CELEBRATE SISTERHOOD!!!

Join us for our 15th Annual Celebrate Sisterhood luncheon and “Show-off Your Purse-onality” Experience.

Mark your calendar and plan to meet us at the Red Lion Paper Valley Hotel on October 19, 2021.

Can’t attend in person? Join us virtually for silent auction and program

For INFO AND REGISTRATION

 

 

Sponsors enjoy many benefits.  Interested in more information about sponsoring? Click YES

Interested in donating a silent auction item or Encore bag?  Click YES

Want more information on how you can get involved in planning? Click YES.

Oct
20
Wed
Sibling’s Choice Award – Final week to nominate a caregiver @ ONLINE
Oct 20 @ 12:15 am – Oct 29 @ 11:45 pm

Click ONLINE NOMINATION FORM

Nominations for the Sibling’s Choice Award recognizing caregivers, either family caregivers or paid professionals are due October 29, 2021. These awards are nominated BY SIBLINGS of people with disabilities and can be ANY AGE.

Awards will be announced at the Outagamie Caregiver Appreciation event on November 3, 2021.

Selection Criteria:
-Nominated by an individual (any age) who is a brother or sister of a person with a disability.
-Nominations received after the deadline will be considered the next year.
-For teams or agencies, one person should be identified as a contact person and representation of the team.
-Cannot be self-nominated
-It is not required to be a resident of Outagamie County to nominate or be nominated.

more details

Oct
27
Wed
Drive-thru Trunk or Treat @ Palisades Park
Oct 27 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Looking for a fun-filled Halloween activity?

Again this year, SOAR Fox Cities and WisconSibs are bringing this spooktacular event to people with disabilities, their siblings, and families — right to your car door!

That’s right! This drive-thru event will allow trick or treaters with disabilities and their siblings to drive through our happy haunting ground to gather tricks and treats!

As you enter the park, you will be greeted by spirited individuals eager to spread some Halloween entertainment. Costumed characters will hand you treats and you don’t even have to leave your car!

Are you ready to help us Creep it Real this Halloween? Advance registration is required. Register by October 14.

MORE INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION FORM

Oct
30
Sat
October Sibshop @ Washington Park
Oct 30 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

October Sibshop

This event will feature Sibshop activities and lots of fun reconnecting with other kids who have siblings with disabilities, long-term illnesses, or mental health conditions.  Bring your mask and wear a costume.

 

Advance registration required. Limit: 15 Sibshop participants.  TO REGISTER, CLICK

Watch for more details about future 2021-2022 Sibshops.

Teen Sib Leadership opportunity. Click to volunteer.

Nov
3
Wed
Caregiver Appreciation Event – Appleton @ The Grand Meridian
Nov 3 @ 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm

2021 Family Caregiver Appreciation Day

OPEN TO ANY FAMILY MEMBER SERVING AS A CAREGIVER –

FREE, YOUR REGISTRATION IS APPRECIATED.

Click to download flyer

Click to REGISTER

or call 920-428-0827