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Apr
27
Sat
Sibshop at 2024 WI Autism Conference @ Kalahari Resort
Apr 27 @ 10:25 am – 12:45 pm

WisconSibs Hosts Sibshop at 35th Annual Autism Conference Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin presents their 35th Annual Conference April 25-27, 2024 at the Kalahari in WI Dells. WisconSibs presents Sibshop on April 27.

WisconSibs will be providing Sibshop for children ages 8-12 who have siblings with autism and attending the WI Autism Conference being held at the Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells on April 27. WisconSibs Teen Sib Leaders will be leading the Sibshop along with trained WisconSibs Sibshop Facilitators. Go to WI Autism Conference for more information about registration.  Teen Sibs interested in participating can contact [email protected]

May
1
Wed
WisconSibs READ Book Club-May 1 2024 @ Zoom
May 1 @ 7:15 pm – 8:30 pm

Book Club for adult Sibs!

wisconsibs readJoin other adults who have siblings with disabilities for this exciting book club designed just for you.

Here’s a chance to connect with other adult sibs while getting into a book on your reading list or a new read.

Any Sib may join from anywhere in Wisconsin. Books are chosen by participants and meetings are held once per month via Zoom.

Don’t always have time to read? Join us anyway. Be open to a world of PosSIBility!

 

https://bit.ly/wisconsibsREAD
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Book for May 1, 2024
7:15 pm

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks

Cover of book Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend

Budo is lucky as imaginary friends go. He’s been alive for more than five years, which is positively ancient in the world of imaginary friends. But Budo feels his age and thinks constantly of the day when eight-year-old Max Delaney will stop believing in him. When that happens, Budo will disappear.
Max is different from other children. Some people say he has Asperger’s, but most just say he’s “on the spectrum.” None of this matters to Budo, who loves Max unconditionally and is charged with protecting him from the class bully, from awkward situations in the cafeteria, and even in the bathroom stalls. But he can’t protect Max from Mrs. Patterson, a teacher in the Learning Center who believes that she alone is qualified to care for this young boy.
When Mrs. Patterson does the unthinkable, it is up to Budo and a team of imaginary friends to save Max―and Budo must ultimately decide which is more important: Max’s happiness or his own existence.
Matthew Dicks’ Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend is a triumph of courage and imagination that touches on the truths of life, love, and friendship as it races to a heartwarming . . . and heartbreaking conclusion.

 

Join us for an interesting discussion and fun conversation!

In the meantime, check out our closed WisconSibsREAD Facebook page.

May
11
Sat
May 2024 Sibshop @ Washington Park
May 11 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

May 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.

Advance registration required. Limit: 20 Sibshop participants.

Teen Sib Leadership opportunity. Click to volunteer.

May
18
Sat
Sibshop at William G. Lunney Lake Farm Park @ William G. Lunney Lake Farm Park Site #3
May 18 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join us for Sibshop: Private Eye!

Join us for a fun-filled Sibshop at William G. Lunney Lake Farm Park site # 3. For children 6-12 years old who have a sibling with a disability.

Lussier Family Heritage Center will be joining us for a Critter Scene Investigation! Bring your investigation skills to learn about critters and each other. Connect with other siblings who understand what it’s like to have a brother or sister with a disability.

Kids will need to bring a sack lunch however light snacks will be provided. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to learn, play, and make new friends!

Cost:  $15/Sibshop participant

REGISTER NOW! 

May
31
Fri
Journey Forward – Oshkosh @ James P. Coughlin Center (UW Extension- Winnebago Co.)
May 31 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

JF Call OutAre you a sibling who is 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. 

 

Presented by WisconSibs. Hosted by Covey.

When you finish Journey Forward, 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. 

Adult siblings are encouraged to invite parents, siblings (including any with disabilities), and other family members as their guests. The program includes all materials for adult siblings and their guests (spouse, other siblings, parents, and any other significant members of their family or team) for both sessions. The date of the second session will be determined with the group on May 31st.

REGISTER NOW! 

Have questions? Check out these FAQs or reach out to use at [email protected]

Jun
18
Tue
Sib Camp 2024 – Devil’s Lake – June 18-21 @ Devil's Lake State Park-Baraboo, WI
Jun 18 @ 3:00 pm – Jun 21 @ 12:00 pm

Sib Camp June 18-21 for Ages 12-16 at Devil’s Lake State Park*, Baraboo WI (sleeping in tents), $475/camperSib Camp Tent inside

This Sib Camp is  4 days, 3 nights of hiking, swimming, and much more. Guided by experienced Door County Adventure Center staff certified in education, ropes course, kayak, lifeguard, CPR and first aid.  Siblings get to kick back and experience the freedom and thrill of adventure while sharing a great time with other Sibs who “get it”. This camp session features tent sleeping and is limited to 10 campers.

Health and Consent Forms will be sent to you after Registration is received. Enrollment is complete once all paperwork and payment have been received.

NOTE: Campers will meet at 3pm on June 18 at the lower Ice Age Trail Campground and should be picked up by 12pm on June 21.

SIB CAMP INFO & REGISTRATION

Jun
27
Thu
Sib Camp 2024 – June 27-30 @ Potawatomi State Park
Jun 27 @ 12:00 pm – Jun 30 @ 12:00 pm

Sib Camp – June 27-30 Ages 9-12  Potawatomi State Park, Door County (sleeping in tents)  $475/camperSib Camp Tent inside

Great adventure for ages 9-12.  4 days, 3 nights hiking, biking**, swimming, paddling, and camping. Guided by experienced Door County Adventure Center staff certified in education, ropes course, kayak, lifeguard, CPR and first aid.  Siblings get to kick back and experience the freedom and thrill of adventure while sharing a great time with other Sibs who “get it”.

Sib Camp is outfitted and guided by experienced DC Adventure Center staff. The camp session at Potawatomi State Park features sleeping in tents and is limited to 10 campers.

Health and Consent Forms will be sent to you after Registration is received. Enrollment is complete once all paperwork and payment have been received.

SIB CAMP INFO & REGISTRATION

 

Jun
28
Fri
Sibshop Facilitator Training @ Madison, WI
Jun 28 @ 8:00 am – Jun 29 @ 4:00 pm

Sibshop Facilitator Training (First Generation)

Who benefits from attending WisconSibs training?

Adult Sibs
Service providers
School and child care personnel
Therapists, health professionals
Current Sibshop facilitators looking to refresh their knowledge/skills
Teen Sib Leaders age 16 and older

This two-day Sibshop Facilitator training includes:

  • Review of sibling concerns across the life span and strategies that work to address them.
  • Panel discussion with adult siblings
  • Goals and operation of WisconSibs Sibshop
  • Sibshop basics, facilitator agreement
  • Demonstration Sibshop
  • and more

MORE INFO AND REGISTRATION

Questions?  contact us

*Note: This is first-generation Sibshop training that allows trainees to start Sibshops in their own community or join the troupe of WisconSibs facilitators that will help expand the number of WisconSibs Sibshops offered throughout Wisconsin. Emily Holl, Director of the Sibling Support Project, will be the trainer.

Jul
7
Sun
Sib Camp 2024 – July 7-10 @ Wagon Trail Resort, Door County WI
Jul 7 @ 12:00 pm – Jul 10 @ 12:00 pm

Sib Camp 2024 – July 7-10   Door County Wagon Trail (yurts)

For Sibs Ages 9-16 – Yurts

$525/camper  Yurt and picnic table

Zip line, kayak, and stand-up paddle boarding are just a few of the adventures at Sib Camp .

Join this 4-day (3-night) camping adventure in Door County.  Campers will have a blast experiencing either Door County parks. Campers bike** and hike each day to explore this outdoor adventure camp.

As always, swimming, camp cooking, campfires and talking with other Sibs means lots of fun!

Sib Camp is outfitted and guided by experienced DC Adventure Center staff. The camp session at Wagon Trail features yurt (beds) sleeping and is limited to 14 campers.

** Camper brings their own bike.

Health and Consent Forms will be sent to you after Registration is received. Enrollment is complete once all paperwork and payment have been received.

SIB CAMP INFO & REGISTRATION 

Jul
15
Mon
SibDays of Summer 2024 @ Plamann Park
Jul 15 @ 10:00 am – Jul 19 @ 3:00 pm

SibDays of Summer – July 15-19, 2024

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.

 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.
$200 per child

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.

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

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.

Registrations accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.

Register Now!

 

 

Jul
21
Sun
Sib Camp 2024 – July 21-24 @ Wagon Trail Resort, Door County WI
Jul 21 @ 12:00 pm – Jul 24 @ 12:00 pm

Sib Camp 2024 – July 21-24   Door County Wagon Trail (yurts)

For Sibs Ages 13-16 – Yurts

$525 per camper   Yurt and picnic table

Zip line, kayak, and stand-up paddle boarding are just a few of the adventures at Sib Camp .

Join this 4-day (3-night) camping adventure in Door County.  Campers will have a blast experiencing either Door County parks. Campers bike** and hike each day to explore this outdoor adventure camp.

As always, swimming, camp cooking, campfires and talking with other Sibs means lots of fun!

Sib Camp is outfitted and guided by experienced DC Adventure Center staff. The camp session at Wagon Trail features yurt (beds) sleeping and is limited to 14 campers.

** Camper brings their own bike.

Health and Consent Forms will be sent to you after Registration is received. Enrollment is complete once all paperwork and payment have been received.

SIB CAMP INFO & REGISTRATION

Aug
4
Sun
Sib Camp 2024 – August 4-7 @ Wagon Trail Resort, Door County WI
Aug 4 @ 12:00 pm – Aug 7 @ 12:00 pm

Sib Camp 2024 – August 4-7   Door County Wagon Trail (yurts)

For Sibs Ages 9-12 – Yurts

$525/camperYurt and picnic table

Zip line, kayak, and stand-up paddle boarding are just a few of the adventures at Sib Camp .

Join this 4-day (3-night) camping adventure in Door County.  Campers will have a blast experiencing either Door County parks. Campers bike** and hike each day to explore this outdoor adventure camp.

As always, swimming, camp cooking, campfires and talking with other Sibs means lots of fun!

Sib Camp is outfitted and guided by experienced DC Adventure Center staff. The camp session at Wagon Trail features yurt (beds) sleeping and is limited to 14 campers.

** Camper brings their own bike.

Health and Consent Forms will be sent to you after Registration is received. Enrollment is complete once all paperwork and payment have been received.

 

SIB CAMP INFO & REGISTRATION