"You've developed the strength of a draft horse while holding onto the delicacy of a daffodil ... you are the mother, advocate and protector of a child with a disability." -Lori Borgman

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Ozaukee Family Services

Parents-Ideas-Resources-Community! (Free Dinner & Childcare)
The Parent CafĂ© is a place to share information and ideas about raising strong children and building strong relationships while not forgetting to take care of yourself. It provides a chance to  meet new people, share ideas, and learn about resources in the community.
Meetings are held  at the Family Enrichment Center, 885 Badger Circle in Grafton.
Free Food and Childcare provided. Upcoming topics include:
*The Parent-School Partnership, Tuesday, January 27, 6:30-8:00
*Navigating the Middle School Years, Thursday, February 26, 6:30-8:00 
*Technology and the Family, Thursday, March 19, 6:30-8:00
*Supporting your Young Childs Development, Thursday April 30, 6:30-8:00
To sign-up or for more information, call OFS 262-376-7774.

Taekwondo Mentoring Program & Special Olympics Wisconsin

Special Olympics Wisconsin is excited to share that they will be working with the American Taekwondo Association (ATA) to be one of 6 state pilot programs offering an opportunity with two local ATA certified Taekwondo studios! Girtons ATA Taekwondo will be hosting a mentor program which will pair Taekwondo mentors with Special Olympics Wisconsin Athletes in order to learn Taekwondo and compete in a Regional Competition.

Athletes will work with their mentor twice a week for 10 weeks and compete in a Special Olympics division at the ATA competition on Sunday, April 19th in Glendale, WI. Girtons ATA Taekwondo is willing to offer our athletes 10 weeks of training, a uniform and a competition for free at their studios in Glendale, WI and Port Washington, WI. The only cost will be the $50 ATA registration fee which covers the insurance needed to participate for a year. This opportunity is open to Special Olympics Athletes ages 3 and older. 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Taekwondo, please feel free to contact Megan Girton by email at girtons.ATA@gmail.com, by phone at 414-639-0537 or visit their website at www.GirtonsATASTrong.com.

    To register contact: KKirsch@SpecialOlympicsWisconsin.org
    Tel (262) 241-7786, ext. 13

Friday, January 16, 2015


Tell a Friend, Bring a sibling - It'll be Fun for All!
WHO: All Kids 1st-12th Grade-Gym Shoes Required 
WHAT: Relay Races, Zumba, and Basketball skills and games! 
WHERE: Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center- Family Gym 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay * Use Peck Entrance 
WHEN: 2:45-4:30 PM Sunday, January 25, 2015 
COST: $20 Non-member * JCC Member Value Fee $15 
Pre-Registration required. For first time registration contact Jody

Find more details and registration form here.

Project SEARCH Open House

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 from 5:00-7:30 p.m.
Attend the Project SEARCH Open House event to learn about an exciting transition program for individuals with disabilities. This Easter Seals program is a collaboration with Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, school districts and long-term funding options. It provides employment skill building through internship rotations within the hospital and soft skill curriculum. 
Details can be found here.

Social Skills Groups- Kettle Moraine Counseling

2 social skills groups available through Kettle Moraine Counseling beginning at the end of January.  Click here for the details on the group for 7-9 year olds and here for the group for 10-12 year olds.

The National Collaborative on Faith and Disability 2015 Webinar Series

Honoring Spiritual Needs and Gifts: From Inertia to Collaborative Action by Providers and Congregations

To learn more or to register, click on the titles below.
Sponsored by:  National Collaborative on Faith and Disability, AAIDD Religion and Spirituality Division
Administrative Support:  Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Supporting Networks: The Arc US, Autism Society of America, Parent to Parent, The Bethesda Institute, and American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) 
Previous webinars are archived here.

Support for Dads

Support for Dads
Monday, February 23 from 6-8 p.m.
New Berlin Public Library
Join other Dads to view a movie entitled, "Just Like You AUTISM".  This movie is narrated by former NFL quarterback Trent Green.  Following the movie, there will be a discussion facilitated by Wade Koski, LCSW.  Register: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?llr=etct7zcab&oeidk=a07ea9kobiia3d6078f