WIUSD Kickin Off Summer Fun Newsletter
It's that time of year! The kids are heading home from school, the pools are opening and a summer of opportunities is on hand for members of Wisconsin Upside Down!  We have a busy June schedule for you starting with our annual rummage this week. Today we'll give you some not to miss events and dates to save. So, make sure you pull out your calendar to enjoy some truly fun times this summer. 

We also have some great opportunities to volunteer this summer. We hope you'll consider donating your talents to our organization. We promise you'll love it! More details below.

Want to keep up with the latest and greatest news from Wisconsin Upside Down? Make sure to check us out on Facebook! It's the best place to follow what we do! 
Advocacy In Action

Advocates on Capitol Hill for the Buddy Walk on Washington
Self Advocates prepare for the walk
Wisconsin Upside Down has been hard at work advocating for people with Down syndrome nationally and in our home state. 

WIUSD recently joined advocates from all over the country at the Buddy Walk on Washington to encourage our Congressmen and women to support bills that help better the lives of people with Down syndome. We discussed how changes to Medicaid that affect individuals with Down syndrome and we encouraged them to join the Congressional Task Force on Down syndrome.
Jennifer and Joe Brydges of MADSS.ORG, WIUSD members, Sara Soldovieri, Kelly and Robbin Lyons meet with Senator Tammy Baldwin in DC.
The WIDSAC group also met with Paul Ryan's office to discuss issues important to the Down syndrome community.

Here in Wisconsin we attended Disability Day at the State Capitol, where Medicaid changes were a big part of the discussion. We also talked about the new budget and special education. Members of ourt advocacy committee have also attended multiple town hall meetings and in person meetings with our state legislators and congressman.

Self Advocate Kelly Lyons and Robbin Lyons (WIUSD President) speak up at Congressman Sensenbrenner's town hall meeting in Hartland.
  If you are interested in learning more about our advocacy efforts and WIDSAC, the Wisconsin Down Synsrome Advocacy Coalition ( comprised of members from DSAW, MADSS and WIUSD ) contact us at [email protected] or call 262-443-8690. You can also follow us on the WIUSD Facebook page and  Wisconsin Down Syndrome Legislation and Advocacy Forum

A group called "Power Gals of the 5th District" had a private meeting with Congressman Sensenbrenner. Members of WIUSD and DSAW working together.

Want to learn more about how changes to Medicaid may affect you? 
Join The Arc of Wisconsin for an Urgent Conversation: Medicaid is in Crisis

On-Line Training - May 31, 6PM

Don't Miss A Day With The Badgers

The Wisconsin Badgers Football Team and Wisconsin Upside Down invite students with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities in middle & high school to join them at Camp Randall for an afternoon with the Badgers! Your Badgers experience will include being paired with a student-athlete, touring the facility, rushing into the stadium like the players do, fun centers, a cook-out and free T-shirt!

Family members can watch from the stands and join the student-athletes and attendees for the cook-out at the end. Attendees must be no younger than middle school for this event. We have limited availability, so register soon! Registration closes June 5th. You may share this invite with your friends!

                                                                 Register Now! 

Volunteer Spotlight
Wisconsin Upside Down is always in need of more volunteers! 

This summer we have an opportunity for office helpers at the WIUSD offices at 155 East Capitol Drive Suite 1. This is a great job for teens and young adults with Down syndrome too! we meet from 12:30-2 PM on Tuesdays. Jobs include stuffing and mailing envelops, data entry, light cleaning, assembling new baby packages, filing and even some craft projects. We always have fun! Come join us! 

Rummage volunteers are needed this week, June 1-3. Thursday & Friday 8:30 am - 7 pm, Saturday 8 am - 4 pm. You can work partial days. This is a big sale and we need at least 3 volunteers at all times. Teens welcome!

The Buddy Walk is October 8th and we need volunteers to help plan the fun! We are looking for help planning entertainment, planning resource area, raffle and auction, kids area, teams, t-shirts and much more! Please consider helping us make this event great!

Picnic Volunteers for July 8th Picnic with DSAW and Gigis's Playhouse. Volunteers will run games and help with craft projects. 

The Annual Shelter from The Storm Golf Outing for Wisconsin Upside Down is Sunday August 27th. We need help collecting donations for the raffle and auction. We also need help at the event setting up and tearing down. We need several people to help at the self advocate hole and to run events for hole in one contests (must be 21). Looking for a photographer for this event.

Call 262-443-8690 or email [email protected] if you are interested in volunteering! 
Special Needs Saturday at The Milwaukee Public Mueum

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.
Important issues to be discussed :
-        Government Benefit Eligibility               
-        Guardianship & Guardian Ad Litem  
-        ABLE Act of 2014
-        Special Needs Trust & Letter of Intent

EVENT DATE : Saturday, June 10, 2017
RSVP LINE : (414) 203-1938 by Monday, June 5, 2017
TIME : Choice of two sessions: 10am-11:30am OR 1:30pm-3pm (Seating is limited)                                 
ADDRESS : 800 W. Wells St., Milwaukee 53233 (Garden Gallery, Main Floor) Parking at MacArthur Square Parking Lot
CHAPERON RATIO : One Adult (18+) Per Three Kiddos (K4+)
If you cannot attend, but want to schedule a free, private consultation, we suggest that you contact Bob Johnston, Special Needs Planning, LLC, at (414) 203-1932.
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 (your organization) and Special Needs Planning, LLC

Ladies Night With Wisconsin Upside Down!

Join your friends at ID   415 Genesee Street #1, Delafield, WI 53018
Thursday, June 15th from 7-9.

Come hang with the gals at this fun new hotspot! Enjoy exceptional small plates and perfectly prepared cocktails. Once you visit you'll want to come back again and again! 

We'll meet from 7-9. Please RSVP for this event 262-443-8690 or [email protected], so we make sure to reserve enough space for everyone. Come kick off the summer with your friends from Wisconsin Upside Down. 

Annual Rummage Sale

Thursday and Friday, June 1-2  9am-7pm
Saturday, June 3  8 am-3pm

N41W29213 Prairie Wind Circle South
just off North Shore and Imperial (follow the signs!)  


Don't miss our immense sale!  Hundreds of items and everything benefits the work of Wisconsin Upside Down!  New items arrive daily! Designer jeans, bags, clothing! Lularoe, Tommy H, Miche, Britannia, Anne Kevin, Jones, Ann Taylor, Ava, Summer and Sage and many, many more. Sizes 0-3x. Men's suits and casual. Kids clothes and toys for boys and girls. Baby items. Shoes, shoes, shoes!

Everything for the home! Furniture, electronics, tools, dishes, appliances, serving ware, mirrors, framed art, lamps, bedding, beds, collectible items. Wedgewood, Disney, China, Porcelains, holiday items.

Sporting goods, collectible, books for all ages, craft supplies, tools!

Save The Date!

We have some upcoming events that you won't want to miss! More details are coming soon, but make sure to carve out these dates now!

July 8 Picnic
August 3 Ashley DeRemus Fashion Show
August 27 Annual Golf Outing
October 8 The Buddy Walk
October 22 Changing The Face of Beauty