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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!



American Family Swim Camp  
.We have a 6 week long swim clinic on Sunday afternoons being offered this summer at Swim West. Registration is currently full, but if you'd like to be added to the wait list please email us at stephanie@madss.org



Upcoming Events



All Ages Family Gymfinity Party!

​When? Saturday July 15th from 4-6:30pm. Open play in the gym with fantastic Gymfinity staff from 4-6, Pizza and Soda served in their party rooms from 5:30-6:30pm

Where? Gymfinity, 6300 Nesbitt Rd, Fitchburg WI

Cost? FREE

Why? We rented out Gymfinity with the hope that this family event will help connect families to other families in the greater Madison area and encourage friendship among parents and individuals with Down syndrome in a fun way!Please don't forget to RSVP to stephanie@madss.org



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



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


July 5th- Mylinda Heil's home in Verona
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 All Ages Playgroup

Tuesday, May 30th at 1030am at CI Fitchburg




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


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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