Add Your Voice

posted Jun 2, 2016, 10:22 AM by Tamara Biddle

Would you like to be part of planning events and supporting families of children and youth with special health care needs, including students utilizing special education in their school district?

Please contact Mary Weinheimer at to be welcomed into the event planning process.

Hire Exceptional Employees

posted Feb 3, 2016, 10:12 AM by Tamara Biddle   [ updated Jun 2, 2016, 10:25 AM ]

Did you know that your business could be missing out on some powerful benefits of employing workers with disabilities?  Statistics show that turnover is 8% compared to 45% for workers without disabilities and that 87% of customers in a nationwide survey reported that they prefer to shop and do business with employers who employ people with disabilities.  Consider that 1 in 5 Americans are navigating a disability-- when you factor in their family and friends, you are looking at a lot of spending power and potential community support for your business and/or product.  Meanwhile, your business gains a motivated, dedicated, gifted employee.

NEWS! Activities for Children 2-4 Added to February Workshop

posted Feb 3, 2016, 10:11 AM by Tamara Biddle

NOW OFFERING ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN AGES 2-4 YEARS-- led by an early childhood professional.  Monica Kirkland, from Green Valley Enterprise's Birth-to-Three Program is bringing her enthusiasm and creativity to lead the Preschool program just added to the 
Free Family Workshop hosted by KIDS Wisconsin 
at the Columbus High School 
on February 27th, 
from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  
Lunch and all materials will be provided to attendees.*  Children will enjoy age-appropriate activities, led by caring professionals, while parents will join together to explore and strengthen their family bonds and self-care skills. Parents and caregivers can register for the workshop by going to the form at this link.


Event highlights include, Daniel Parker, Family Engagement Consultant for the WI Department of Public Instruction will be keynote speaker for the event.  Will Meissner, Program Director for Assist Wisconsin will share past events and invite families to utilize an innovative network of volunteers who promise to turn obstacles into opportunities for families to share in recreation and adventure.  Kathryn Grieves of LiveFor... will share Color-Me Yoga for kids and Ann-Marie Olsen of Mental Health Solutions will share Advocating and Empowering your Child.  Jahlieh Henderson, of Special Olympics’ Project Unify, will bring together the youth ages 13 - 21 for activities that celebrate individuality while building teamwork. Katie Buonincontro, will lead children ages 5-12 in fun activities and Monica Kirkland will lead activities for children ages 2-4 years.

WI Dells Employer Event a great discussion

posted Dec 17, 2015, 7:01 AM by Tamara Biddle   [ updated Dec 17, 2015, 7:05 AM ]

On November 5, 2015, KIDS WI organized an Employer Education Event for store managers at the Outlets at the Dells as part of the group's work as an Employment First Partner.  The event was held in the Crystal Room at Buffalo Phil's and was attended by a group of 19 employers.  
Ann Sievert of the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities provided information regarding the benefits of integrated employment.  Including statistics that show workers diagnosed with a disability hold their jobs 45% longer than their non-disabled counterparts and that 87% of respondents to a national survey regarding integrated employment reported that they are MORE likely to offer repeat patronage to a business that visibly employs workers with disabilities.
Elena Rulseh, Business Services Consultant for the region surrounding the Dells provided information related to the incentives available to employers when considering a candidate for employment who will require job carving, additional training, or on-the-job supports in order to assist employers in finding and providing those items.
The group was excited to begin the process of actively recruiting employees for positions in their stores.  If you or someone you know, is seeking employment and the Outlets at the Dells (formerly Tanger Mall) is one of the locations you are considering, please contact Tammi Biddle at for more information about making contact with employers interested in integrated employment.

KIDS Wisconsin is an Employment First Partner

posted Oct 3, 2015, 9:20 AM by Tamara Biddle   [ updated Dec 17, 2015, 7:02 AM ]

KIDS Wisconsin will be working with community organizers to put on employer events, designed to share the benefits of employing workers with disabilities.  

The Wisconsin Dells event will be an area employment fair to which job seekers of all ages will be invited to meet with employers, and will be held in conjunction with the Outlets at the Dells.  Stay tuned for final planning details coming in October.

The Dodge County event will be held in conjunction with area schools and employers to promote in the form of an employer luncheon.  Stay tuned for final planning details coming in January.

If you would like to be added to the planning group or have questions or suggestions, please contact Tammi Biddle, EF Partnership Event Organizer at KIDS Wisconsin via email or by calling (920) 326-5288.

Registration for November Workshop is Open!

posted Sep 13, 2015, 7:47 PM by Tamara Biddle

Plans are well under way for the Family Workshop being held on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Columbus Middle School.  Visit the links below to see the flyer or to register for the event.

Flyer for November Workshop

Registration for Nov Workshop

KIDS Wisconsin receives Family Voices Grant

posted Aug 30, 2015, 11:17 PM by Tamara Biddle   [ updated Sep 13, 2015, 7:43 PM ]

It is with great excitement that we announce that KIDS has received a Family Voices IMPACT Grant.  With this funding, KIDS will be providing two one-day workshops to families of children and youth with special health care needs.  The first workshop will be held November 14, 2015 from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Columbus Middle School.  Activities for the day will be provided in part by Wisconsibs, a Sibshop provider.  See their website at for more details about their fun offerings geared toward helping school-aged siblings to understand, embrace, and celebrate the specialness that comes from growing up with a brother or sister with special health care needs.  Registration for the event will open soon.

It's All About the Kids becomes KIDS Wisconsin

posted Aug 28, 2015, 12:54 PM by Tamara Biddle

Group leadership came together over the summer of 2015 to discuss the ways in which It's All About the Kids can best serve the needs of parents in the Dodge/Columbia County areas.  As part of those discussions, funding was sought to provide day events at which the whole family can come together to build stronger bonds and gain greater insight into serving individuals with disabilities in our area.  

These discussions also included updating the group's name in order to better reflect the work of the group, as a support for families of individuals of all ages with special health care needs.  Hence, the acronym KIDS Keeping -- Individuals with -- Disabilities -- Served and the inclusion of the designation KIDS Wisconsin.  Along with the change in the group's name, a new website has been set up as a place to seek out information about group activities and workshops, along with links to resources important to families that include a child, youth or adult with special health care needs.

We invite you to visit and take a look at our new website.

No meeting in September 2015

posted Oct 29, 2014, 1:13 PM by Tamara Biddle   [ updated Aug 28, 2015, 12:59 PM by Mary Weinheimer ]

Due to the new format of opportunities for family engagement, there will be no meeting in September 2015.

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