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Feb
11
Sat
SPA Sibshop 2023 @ WisconSibs Office
Feb 11 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

S.P.A. (Sister are Pretty Awesom) Sibshop for girls and their moms
We are so excited to return to offering our popular SPA Sibshop! Being a sister of someone with unique abilities can be pretty awesome. But like Anna of Arendelle in the movie Frozen knows, it can also be pretty full of challenges, especially for sisters and moms, that can lead to health risks.

This Sibshop for girls is an opportunity to have fun exploring how sisters like Elsa and Anna, along with their Moms (or grandma, or big sister, aunt or grown up friend), can keep the challenges from overwhelming life.

Cost: $15/child (Moms are guests)
Registration required in advance. Space limited. To register, CLICK HERE!

Mar
11
Sat
Peeps Sibshop in Oshkosh @ Oshkosh Community YMCA
Mar 11 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Save the date for this Sibshop for children ages 6-12 who have siblings with disabilities. More information soon.

Mar
25
Sat
Journey Forward Fox Valley Workshop #2 @ WisconSibs Office
Mar 25 @ 8:00 am – 12:30 pm

JF Call OutWorkshop #2 of Journey Forward

This is the part 2 of the 2-part Journey Forward program. It is open to adult Sibs and their guests who attended Workshop #1 or would like a refresher after having attended any Journey Forward workshop in the past.

Topics will include:

  • Letter of Intent progress and how to use it to get what you and your sibling with disabilities need and want.
  • Housing for people with disabilities – Assessing needs and interests, options and challenges
  • Employment Options or Day Program options – Assessing skills, interests, and navigating local options.

Who benefits from Journey Forward workshops? Directed at adults who have a sibling with developmental disabilities or long-term illnesses, the journey ultimately benefits you AND your sibling with disabilities AND others in your family, even your community. You may already be in a care giving role or expect to in the future. This program helps you clarify your role as a sibling, get the planning tools to move forward, and connect with other siblings and local resources that will impact your future.

 

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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 second 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 wish to register yourself, your sibling, or your parents or you have questions about Journey Forward in general, contact us at the WisconSibs office.

Apr
1
Sat
Sibshop – No Joke! @ WisconSibs Office
Apr 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

It may be April Fool’s Day…

…But having fun at this Sibshop is No Joke! We’re serious about having fun and making friends with other kids that have brothers or sisters with disabilities.

Join us!

Cost: $15/child
Registration required in advance. To register, CLICK HERE!

Apr
15
Sat
Kidz Expo 2023 – FREE! @ Fox Cities Exhibition Center
Apr 15 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
May
11
Thu
Circles of Life Sibshop 2023 @ Wilderness Convention Center
May 11 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sibshop for ages 8-12 at Circles of Life conference

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.

This year’s conference will be held on May 11-12, 2023. WisconSibs will be offering a Sibshop on Thursday, May 11 from 9 am – noon.

To learn more about the conference go to CirclesofLifeConference.com

Jul
17
Mon
SibDays of Summer 2023 @ Plamann Park
Jul 17 @ 10:00 am – Jul 21 @ 3:00 pm

SibDays of Summer – July 17-21, 2023

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.
$50 per day* or $225 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.

** 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