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News!


We recently had our 2016 Board Retreat to discuss priorities and allocate funding to specific programming for 2017! We also have two new board members joining us. Read our Board Meeting Highlights here!




Upcoming Events



Save the Date- Buddy Walk 2017- October 14th!



Gallery 21 Event- 3/21/2017 6-8pm at the Madison Club. Get details and register here


Free Learning Seminar: Supporting Positive Behaviors for Children and Teens with Down syndrome

When? Sunday, April 2nd from 1-4pm 

Where? Communication Innovations in Fitchburg.


We will learn and discuss strategies to better support positive behavior and implementation of the "Respond but Don't React Method" as outlined in the book "Supporting Positive Behaviors in Children and Teens with Down syndrome."Dr. Martha Walter, a psychologist from the Waisman Center, will be joining us to facilitate the seminar. We will have light snacks and beverages available.Even if you have not yet read this book, please feel welcome to join us! This is open to parents, caregivers, grandparents, or anyone else that might benefit from learning the strategies found in this book. Please RSVP to stephanie@madss.org



Free Legislative Informational Seminar
April 13 from 6-8 pm at Communication Innovations Fitchburg. Join board member Joe Brydges for an informal discussion on legislative issues that impact people with Down syndrome happening at a local and state level. Also, check out the new Facebook forum that has been created. Joe has created a forum entitled "Wisconsin Down Syndrome Legislation and Advocacy Forum" that any parent can join. This forum is a way for families to stay informed and discuss issues and policies that affect individuals with Down syndrome on an ongoing basis. If you have any questions or would like more information please email Joe at joseph.brydges@gmail.com


Mom’s Take 5
Plan on attending this great event on the 5th of every month! Locations vary.


April 5th- Location TBD
RSVP to Jennifer at jennsruc@yahoo.com



MADSS  Playgroup

Note: This group is open for parents of children of ALL ages. Join the conversation!

MADSS siblings are welcome and a light snack will be provided.  Contact Wendy Kaplan at info@madss.org for more information.  Participants are requested to RSVP by the Friday before each session. 

Communication Innovations Fitchburg, which has graciously allowed us to use their facility, can be challenging to find.  It is a brown bldg with a big temperature gauge adjacent to Walgreens at the intersection of McKee Road and Fish Hatchery but closer to McKee Road.

MADSS & GiGi's Weekend Playgroup - April/May 2017
Sat, April 29, 2017, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Gigi's Playhouse, 4104 Monona Drive, Madison

Play with your children at GiGi's or join the conversation with parents at Elie's Restaurant next door. MADSS & GiGi's will provide light snacks and a beverage.

GiGi's provides 1:1 supervision for children 5 years and under; 1:2 supervision for children 6 yrs & older including siblings.

Fun for the whole family! Our recent Weekend Playgroup had almost 98 people including volunteers!

Please consider patronizing Elie's Restaurant and thank her on your next visit! Elie refused to accept payment from GiGi's or MADSS, graciously covering snacks and beverages.

RSVPs are crucial! Please let us know as soon as possible so enough volunteers can be arranged. If you want to come but aren't sure, it's better to RSVP (and cancel) than not.

In order to ensure adequate volunteers are present and space at Elie's please contact me or MADSS at info@madss.org


Young Adult Group


This group is open to anyone ages 14-24. Please see below dates for the teen and young adult group activities for 2016.  This group is very active and has a lot of fun events planned.  Please email Carol Bausch for details on location or if you have any other questions.  acbausch@gmail.com​



Summer Life Skills Classes

Exciting Summer 2017 News for anyone with kids ages 9+
Thanks to a generous grant by SSM, we are able to offer funding for a new Life Skills group at Communication Innovations. It will be a 10 week summer session held at 4pm every Tuesday beginning in Mid-June for kids ages 9-14. These ages are a suggestion, not a hard rule. If you would like more information, please email Stephanie@madss.org  Communication Innovations will also be offering a social group and a Broadway class at 2pm and 3pm on Tuesdays at a reduced rate for this same age group.


This grant will also allow us to continue to provide funding for the Young Adult group to continue their summer book club led by a licensed therapist at Communication Innovations at no cost!





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National Sib-Shop Update:


On July 23rd and 24th, Katy Krantz Hager, a member of the Madison Area Down Syndrome Society's Board of Directors, attended the National Down Syndrome Congress Convention in Orlando.  Katy facilitated a Sibshop on Saturday for elementary-aged students, and on Sunday, presented a 90-minute workshop on effective advocacy for adults who have a sibling with Down syndrome.  

Katy was joined by her parents, Russell and Carolyn Krantz, and her brother, Michael.  Some highlights of the conference were the opportunity to meet the entire cast of A&E's Born This Way, as well as the opportunity to meet and mingle with thousands of individuals with Down syndrome, and their families from all over the world.

For more information on Sibshops, contact Katy at kkrantz@uwalumni.com.  For more information on the National Down Syndrome Congress Convention, which will be held next year in Sacramento, visit the following website:  http://www.ndsccenter.org/the-convention/


Additional Activities



MADSS families have access to a variety activities, events and resources provided by partners in Southern Wisconsin.  A current listing of activities and events is provided twice per month in our Good Things to Know Newsletter.  Please join the MADSS mailing list here to begin receiving our newsletter.


Waisman Center Grandparents Event:The Waisman Center Grandparents' Network hosts a grandparent-to-grandparent coffee group on the first Friday of each month at 9:30 a.m. The group provides an opportunity for grandparents of children with disabilities to share their experiences, seek advice, and offer support to one another.

MADSS Golf Outing Pictures

News about our 2016 golf outing will be coming out soon! Please join our mailing list or check back here for details soon!​

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