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In this issue:
  • Milwaukee Brewers Tickets
  • Choose Variety As Your Charity
  • Special Needs Saturday at the Milwaukee Public Museum
  • My Big Fat Dinner & Chick Flick
  • Save the Date for Upcoming Future Program Events
  • Support Variety With Your Mother's Day Online Shopping
  • More Community Events & Info
Milwaukee Brewers Tickets

Tuesday, May 9th @ 6:40 pm vs. Red Sox
Friday, May 12th @ 7:10pm vs. Mets
Tuesday, May 23rd @ 6:40pm vs. Blue Jays

Tickets are free for families of children with physical disabilities.

Variety families may select ONE game to attend.  Limited wheelchair seats available.
Choose Variety As Your Charity

Through Old National Bank's "Choose Your Charity" campaign, Old National is giving away a total of $45,000 to forty-five Wisconsin 501(c)(3) organizations. Your vote will determine the winners!

Below are details about Variety that will help you complete the ballot.

Official Charity Name: Variety The Childrens Charity of Wisconsin Inc

Charity Address: 12425 Knoll Road, Suite 110, Elm Grove, WI 53122.

Voting ends May 12th . You can vote once daily. Please help us win by voting every day!

Special Needs Saturday
at the Milwaukee Public Museum

Saturday, June 10th
RSVP line: 414-203-1938 by Monday, June 5th
Choice of two sessions: 10:00-11:30 a.m. OR 1:30-3:00 p.m.

What will happen to your child when you are no longer around to take care of them? How does the ABLE Act of 2014 impact their future? This session will help families plan for the financial future of their child(ren), or other dependents, with special needs. Learn how to maintain eligibility for government benefits while meeting the needs for a lifetime of care and quality of life issues. This presentation will cover estate planning, guardianship, wills and trusts, and letters on intent.

While the parent(s) are attending the session, the rest of the family (the other parent or caregiver) will receive complimentary admission. (Complimentary admission limited to first 150 people.) Light refreshments will be served.

Compliments of:
Variety - the Children's Charity of Wisconsin and Special Needs Planning, LLC

My Big Fat Dinner & Chick Flick

Ladies, grab your girlfriends, put on your best Greek attire and join the Ladies of Variety for a fun-filled night!

Enjoy the movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" on the big screen while dancing and singing in the aisles. 

There will be a raffle, silent auction, cocktail party with $6 drink specials, Greek-inspired dinner, and more!

Save the Date for Upcoming Future Program Events
Variety Family Picnic at Blue Lotus

Saturday, August 12th

Halloween Costume Dance
Saturday, October 21st

Stay tuned for details!
Support Variety With Your
Mother's Day Online Shopping

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 14. Shop at and Amazon will donate to Variety - the Children's Charity of Wisconsin. Amazon has a large variety of gifts that are perfect for Mother's Day including electronics, jewelry, clothing, and more.

The following are not sponsored by Variety 
but are provided for your information:
Team Up! For Fun Day Camp

Looking for a day camp for your child? Check out the Team Up for Fun! Day Camp, a day camp designed for children with physical challenges ages 4 to 17, and their siblings! This special camp is offered by Team Up! with Families. Learn more at

  Miracle League of Milwaukee

The Miracle League of Milwaukee is an organized baseball league for children, ages 4-19, with cognitive and/or physical disabilities. Special-needs kids dress in uniforms, make plays in the field and round the bases, just like their peers in standard little leagues.

  BeSpoke Voices - VocaliD

There are tens of millions worldwide who are unable to speak due to cerebral palsy, autism, Rett syndrome, ALS, head/neck cancer and many other conditions. To communicate, they rely on alternative augmentative communication (AAC) devices to speak on their behalf but the devices all come with the same handful of voices. This means that several AAC users can be in the same space, speaking with the same voice.  It is even possible for a child to be given the voice of an adult. We wouldn't dream of fitting a little girl with the prosthetic limb of a grown man so why then the same prosthetic voice?  

At VocaliD we believe that every voice deserves to be heard as someone's unique voice and have made it our mission to personalize the voice inside any machine that speaks.

Access Mobility Vans
Access Mobility offers:
  • Mobility Vans and Vehicle Modifications
  • A wide selection of wheelchair vans
  • Custom ordering to your needs and specifications
  • New and pre-owned vans
  • BRUNO lifts
  • Vehicle mobility modifications
  • Turning automotive seating
  • Lowered floor mini vans
  • More!

For more information, call toll-free 844-945-4387.

UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation

Does your child qualify for up to $10,000 in medical grants?

The UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation is a charitable organization that provides medical grants to help children gain access to health-related services not covered, or not fully covered, by their family's commercial health insurance plan. Families may receive up to $5,000 annually per child and do not need to have insurance through UnitedHealthcare to be eligible.

The funds help pay for medical treatment, services or equipment such as surgeries, counseling, prescription medications, wheelchairs, orthotics, eyeglasses, hearing aids and physical, occupational and speech therapies.

To apply or learn more, visit

Summer Fun Days at Zachariah's Acres
Your family is invited to experience Summer at Zachariah's Acres. This free event is exclusively for children with special needs and their families.
  • Summer Fun Picnic
  • Summer Fun in the Berry Patch
  • Summer Fun on the Water
  • Summer Fun in the Garden 

  Feeding Wisconsin
Can your family benefit from FoodShare, a federal program that provides assistance with purchasing groceries? Applying for FoodShare is easy. Call the toll-free confidential FoodShare helpline at 1-877-366-3635.

  Kids Bowl Free for the Summer

This program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer.

Children 18 years and younger receive a voucher for  2 free games a day, all summer long!

Sign up at!

  Blue Lotus Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Day
Wednesday, June 14th        
Saturday, July 8th        
Wednesday, August 16th

10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Blue Lotus is offering a special day just for your child with special needs and you. Enjoy time away from life's daily challenges.
Besides a great day in the country, this day will help establish a new
level of communication and bonding through outdoor activities.
Katy's Kloset

Are you in need of medical equipment? Consider checking out Katy's Kloset!

Katy's Kloset is a nonprofit lending library that accepts donations of good, used durable medical equipment for children and adults. This equipment can then be borrowed at no charge by those in need. Recipients may keep this equipment for as long as needed, and are asked to return it promptly when no longer needed, so it can be recycled again and put to good use.

Katy's Kloset also accepts donation of medical supplies such as unexpired formula, feeding bags and extensions, incontinence supplies, Chux, wound care items, gauze, tape, etc. Those visiting Katy's Kloset may take these supplies if they have a need for them.

Other items that may be found at Katy's Kloset include nebulizers, blood pressure machines, diabetic supplies, compression stockings, Ace bandages, Cpap machines and much more. The supply available is dependent on donations of these items.

Facebook Parent Support Groups to Check Out

Warrior Parents of Wisconsin
"A support group for parents with special needs kids (young and g ... rown) in Wisconsin. A forum to discuss therapies, diets, school,homeschool, IEP's, waivers, social activities, health matters, programs, guardianships or whatever else goes along with it- venting too!!"


Highlights include:
Free Tax Preparation Assistance
Summer Sailing
New Dental Clinic Makes Care Accessible
And more!

B roadscope Respite & Recreation Clubs

Respite and Recreation Club (R&R club) is a drop-off evening of fun for any child with a disability birth to 21 and their siblings. This is a chance for parents to enjoy an evening out. The kids participate in arts & crafts, games, and other activities. The R&R clubs are run by Broadscope staff and volunteers from the community. Any family living in the 6 counties Broadscope serves can attend: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington, Ozaukee, Kenosha, and Racine. 


Milwaukee County has TONS of fun, free, family-friendly events. Check them out!
Milwaukee Recreation-Therapeutic Recreation For Individuals with Disabilities

Milwaukee Recreation offers LOTS of activities for children and adults with disabilities. Get out there and have some fun!
"Like" Variety's Page

Be sure to "Like" Variety at to stay up to date with all the latest happenings and events at Variety!

Sometimes we receive a limited number of tickets to events such as festivals and sporting events. We post these opportunities on our Facebook page.

Want to connect with another parent who has a child with a physical disability? How about lots parents! Join the "Variety of Wisconsin Parents Group" on Facebook. This is a closed group, just for Variety parents!

Examples of topics that may be discussed include where to find a doctor, dealing with IEPs, community resources, and more. Parents may also use this group to set up play dates and other get togethers.

Variety's mission is "providing life-enriching assistance to Wisconsin children challenged by physical disabilities."
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