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Mar
1
Sun
2020 Sibs are My Peeps Challenge @ WisconSibs Office
Mar 1 @ 12:01 am – Apr 5 @ 11:59 pm

Amid all the disappointments around postponing and cancelling events recently, we have some GOOD NEWS…

The 2020 Sibs Are My Peeps Challenge is extended until April 5!

This is a great opportunity for kids and adults of any age who may be home taking care of themselves and others to have some fun.

Just get a couple packages of Peeps, a box, some glue, a little paper or decorations, and you’ve got fun for an afternoon.

Then take 2 photos and send them to [email protected] . The theme this year is “Take a Peep Around the World”.  More information and see entries from previous years visit  https://wisconsibs.org/what-we-offer/sibs-are-my-peeps/

Mar
7
Sat
KITE2020 @ Fox Valley Technical College - Door 15
Mar 7 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

SAVE THE DATE
K.I.T.E. Conference –
(Knowledge. Independence. Togetherness. Empowerment.)

A mini-conference for parents, family members, self-advocates, and professionals.  ONLY $10/PERSON [ADULT SIBLINGS – CONTACT US FOR FREE TUITION]

Co-sponsored by:  SOAR Fox Cities, DSAW, Autism Society of the Fox Valley, WisconSibs

TO REGISTER, CLICK REGISTER NOW

Download and print flyer 2020 K.I.T.E Save the Date Flyer

Mar
14
Sat
Sibshop – CANCELLED @ N.E.W. Zoo
Mar 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Welcome to Sibshop!

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID 19

Sibshop with the animals!
Sibs love animals and this Sibshop will offer them a up-close experience with some of the most fascinating animals living at the Northeast WI Zoo.

Register online or call contact us.

Mar
28
Sat
Zoom Sibshop for ages 8-12 @ Your home
Mar 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Have you been missing your friends from Sibshop? Need a break?  Zoom Sibshop to the rescue!

We’re inviting WisconSib kids ages 8-12 who have a sibling with disabilities to this unique Sibshop using the video conferencing app called Zoom.

What do you do?

  1. Register for the Zoom Sibshop – Click the Sibshop picture below.
  2. On Saturday, March 28 at 2 pm, find a quiet spot (well, as quiet as you can manage), bring a laptop or cell phone, and some paper and a marker.  Click on the link that was emailed to you. And ZOOM – you’re at the Sibshop! (Its fine to ask a parent to help you get started, then politely ask them for some privacy.)

We’ll share what everyone has been doing during this “safer at home” time, share some laughs, and maybe even a scavenger hunt! It will be an adventure!

Remember: Registration is required.  After you register, a link to the Sibshop will be emailed to you. To register, click on the link below.

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItfuCrqzMsaR4XBxYk2gPhhM30Qc96Ng

Apr
16
Thu
Adult Sibling 3rd Thursdays Moves to Zoom @ Your home
Apr 16 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

This 3rd Thursday series of “Sibling Survival Sessions” connects siblings with vital information and other WisconSibs. Each session is held the 3rd Thursday of the month.

Registration in advance is required. REGISTER NOW

In January, attorney Kristine Williams, joined our conversation. February focused on government benefits and services provided by Aging and Disability Resource Centers. Nathan Ruffolo, Benefit specialist and a WisconSib engaged us in an informative conversation. Many questions were discussed. March was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Now we’re taking our conversations to the virtual platform, Zoom. In April, we’re very excited to welcome Emily Holl and Don Meyer, authors of The Sibling Survival Guide” to our April 16th session.

Come enjoy a robust conversation. Bring your questions, insights, or just a listening ear. And don’t forget to bring your favorite late afternoon beverage. Come relax. You’ll be among other Sibs. We get it.

Registration in advance is required. REGISTER NOW

Don Meyer, retired Director of the Sibling Support Project and co-editor of The Sibling Survival Guide.

 

 

 

Apr
25
Sat
Journey Forward in Fox Valley @ WisconSibs Office
Apr 25 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

JF Call OutAre you a sibling whois concerned about the day your parents no longer can care for your sibling?  Or you’ve become responsible for your sibling and are unsure about the future and need some answers?

For adults who have a sibling with developmental disabilities or long-term illnesses, the journey together is lifelong. You may already be in a care giving role or expect to in the future. This program helps you clarify your role, get the planning tools to move forward, and connect with other siblings and local resources that will change your future.

 

JF header photo

 

Journey Forward has one main goal— to help you as an adult sibling move forward with peace of mind. 

 

 

When you are finished with both workshop sessions, you will have a written document which describes your sibling’s desired future living arrangement, community role, and lifestyle preferences.  You will have a plan that includes practical directions and information for maintaining continuity in your sibling’s daily life and needed supports to achieve these outcomes.  Some call this peace of mind. 

This is the first session of a two-session program.  Adult siblings are encouraged to invite parents, siblings (including any with disabilities), and other family members as their guests. The program includes all materials and lunch for adult siblings and their guests (spouse, other siblings, parents, and any other significant members of their family or team) for both sessions.

If you have questions about Journey Forward in general, contact us at the WisconSibs office.

Apr
28
Tue
Teen/Young Adult WisconSibs Update @ Zoom
Apr 28 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Teen and Young Adult WisconSibs –

Join us any time between 8 pm – 9:30 pm via Zoom –

8:00 PM    Open Mic – reconnect and meet new sibs
8:30 PM    Announcements and updates
8:45 PM    Game?
9:00 PM   Open Mic

Advance registration required in order to get link to the event.

May
2
Sat
Sib Day of Games @ Zoom
May 2 @ 9:30 pm – 11:45 pm

JOIN US FOR GAMES ON ZOOM FOR AGES 8-12

Cate and Zoe will be your hosts for a fun time together playing games.  If you have registered for Saturday Zoom Sibshops, you can join this event.  If you haven’t registered yet, just click here.  Then an email will be sent to you with the link to join the event.

May
5
Tue
Teen/Young Adult Zoom @ Zoom
May 5 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Teen and Young Adult WisconSibs –

Join us any time between 8 pm – 9:30 pm via Zoom –

8:00 PM    Open Mic – reconnect and meet new sibs
8:30 PM    Announcements and updates
8:45 PM    Game
9:00 PM   Open Mic

Advance registration required in order to get link to the event.  Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkd-ihqTstG9yDPdA0s5lPBqO6GGCtZtMF

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

May
9
Sat
Zoom Sibshop for ages 8-12 @ Zoom
May 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

JOIN US  ZOOM SIBSHOP FOR AGES 8-12

If you haven’t registered yet, just click here.  An email will be sent to you with the link to join the event.

May
12
Tue
Teen/Young Adult Zoom @ Zoom
May 12 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Teen and Young Adult WisconSibs –

Join us any time between 8 pm – 9:30 pm via Zoom –

8:00 PM    Open Mic – reconnect and meet new sibs
8:30 PM    Announcements and updates
8:45 PM    Game
9:00 PM   Open Mic

Advance registration required in order to get link to the event.  Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkd-ihqTstG9yDPdA0s5lPBqO6GGCtZtMF

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

May
16
Sat
Sib Day of Games @ Zoom
May 16 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

JOIN US FOR GAMES ON ZOOM FOR AGES 8-12

Join us for a fun time together playing games.  To register, click here.  Then an email will be sent to you with the link to join the event.

May
19
Tue
Teen/Young Adult Zoom @ Zoom
May 19 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Teen and Young Adult WisconSibs –

Join us any time between 8 pm – 9:30 pm via Zoom –

8:00 PM    Open Mic – reconnect and meet new sibs
8:30 PM    Announcements and updates
8:45 PM    Game
9:00 PM   Open Mic

Advance registration required in order to get link to the event.  Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkd-ihqTstG9yDPdA0s5lPBqO6GGCtZtMF

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

May
23
Sat
Zoom Sibshop for ages 8-12 @ Zoom
May 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

JOIN US  ZOOM SIBSHOP FOR AGES 8-12

To register, click here.  Then an email will be sent to you with the link to join the event.

May
26
Tue
Teen/Young Adult Zoom @ Zoom
May 26 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Teen and Young Adult WisconSibs –

Join us any time between 8 pm – 9:30 pm via Zoom –

8:00 PM    Open Mic – reconnect and meet new sibs
8:30 PM    Announcements and updates
8:45 PM    Game
9:00 PM   Open Mic

Advance registration required in order to get link to the event.  Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkd-ihqTstG9yDPdA0s5lPBqO6GGCtZtMF

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

May
30
Sat
Sib Day of Games @ Zoom
May 30 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

JOIN US FOR GAMES ON ZOOM FOR AGES 8-12

Join others sibs for a fun time together playing games. To register, click here.  Then an email will be sent to you with the link to join the event.

Jun
2
Tue
Teen/Young Adult Zoom @ Zoom
Jun 2 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Teen and Young Adult WisconSibs –

Join us any time between 8 pm – 9:30 pm via Zoom –

8:00 PM    Open Mic – reconnect and meet new sibs
8:30 PM    Announcements and updates
8:45 PM    Game
9:00 PM   Open Mic

Advance registration required in order to get link to the event.  Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkd-ihqTstG9yDPdA0s5lPBqO6GGCtZtMF

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Jun
9
Tue
Teen/Young Adult Zoom @ Zoom
Jun 9 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Teen and Young Adult WisconSibs –

Join us any time between 8 pm – 9:30 pm via Zoom –

8:00 PM    Open Mic – reconnect and meet new sibs
8:30 PM    Announcements and updates
8:45 PM    Game
9:00 PM   Open Mic

Advance registration required in order to get link to the event.  Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkd-ihqTstG9yDPdA0s5lPBqO6GGCtZtMF

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Jun
11
Thu
Teen Sib Leadership Day @ Bubolz Nature Preserve
Jun 11 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Siblings of people with disabilities who are 13-17 years old may apply to be selected as a Teen Sib Leader. Selected teens receive a free one-day leadership training session.  This day is focused on personal leadership skills and having fun with other teen sibs.  Teen Sib Leaders are then eligible to become camp counselors and mentors at SibDays of Summer and leaders at a variety of WisconSibs events and opportunities.

The theme for Teen Sib Leadership Day 2020 is Transitions: Awake Your Strengths

The event is being held on June 11, 2020 at Bubolz Nature Preserve. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the event.

More information and application

Jun
16
Tue
ISBA Conference (Cancelled)
Jun 16 – Jun 19 all-day

The International Short Break Association (ISBA) is hosting the 2020 International Respite (Short Break) Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, United States (U.S.) from June 16th-19th, 2020. This international conference is intended for everyone who provides, uses, or needs respite/short break services. It is also for policy makers and program administrators who want to understand or better support the respite/short break needs of family caregivers, and individuals who receive respite care across all ages.

The theme for the conference Moving Respite Forward is inspired by Wisconsin’s motto “Forward” which reflects the State’s continuous drive to be a national leader.  This conference will provide a space to advance knowledge and understanding of respite by learning from and with international leaders in the field of respite. The conference will also challenge attendees to utilize evidence-based practices and discover innovative strategies to improve respite care to meet the growing needs of the 43 million U.S. family caregivers and millions more carers[1] around the world. Together, we are Moving Respite Forward!

Harriet Redman, WisconSibs Executive Director, will be presenting a session titled Siblings Journey Forward: Addressing the Needs of Caregiver Siblings of People with Disabilities from Childhood through Adulthood.