SERVICES SBWIS PROVIDES
To be eligible for SBWIS services, adult/child/infant must have spina bifida, and reside within Wisconsin.
TODDLERS ON THE MOVE PROGRAM
SBWIS recognizes the importance of exploration for a child's growth and development. SBWIS loans qualifying Wisconsin toddlers a zipzac mobility device for up to 3 years. Allowing a child independence and mobility improves their quality of life.
This guide was developed mainly by parents of our youngest members with SB. The intent of the guide is a tool to use when customizing a guide about your own child to provide caregivers. The instructions can be downloaded and viewed by clicking HERE.
Download and open the guide to customize for your own child by clicking HERE.
ADAPTIVE RECREATION FUND
The Adaptive Recreation Fund is established to enhance well-being and promote healthy lifestyles. For example: funding to participate in any community based recreation program (for example YMCA membership, wheelchair basketball program, City Park and Recreation program) or towards the purchase of recreational adaptive equipment (for example sport wheelchair, outrigger poles for snow skiing, specialized bicycle, magnifier for reading). Requests can be made for up to $250.00, and are granted to families and adults with Spina Bifida once per calendar year. NEW in 2019: Recipients of this fund will receive an email from SBWIS requesting a photo and brief answers to our questions. Both will be used to thank our donors and as featured Member of the Month on our website and Facebook pages.
MATCH AND MEET
SBWIS members can opt in to this program when they sign up. You are giving permission for SBWIS to share your first name and email with other SB families to help you connect with others in your age group and/or geographical location. This program encourages the peer support that is vital when you or a family member has SB. When SBWIS has identified a MATCH, an email will be sent to both of you with ideas of where to MEET in your area. Next, you get together, share your story AND share a photo with SBWIS. To demonstrate the importance of peer support, upon request, SBWIS will pay for a meal/activity/ticket for each of you, after MATCH AND MEET friends send us a photo (up to $15.00). NEW in 2019: Recipients of this fund will receive an email from SBWIS requesting a photo and brief answers to our questions. Both will be used to thank our donors and as featured Member of the Month on our website and Facebook pages.
The Family Fund is established to help families with any unexpected and/or burdensome expenses. For example: legal fees, home or vehicle modifications, or medical expenses. Requests can be made for up to $100.00, and are granted to families and adults with Spina Bifida once per calendar year.
The Campership Fund is established to promote activities that provide independence and socialization, and is available for those with Spina Bifida, ages 7 and older, wanting to attend day or overnight camp. Each individual may receive up to $700 Campership funds once per calendar year and are due MAY 1. Direct payment to camp is required, unless other arrangements are approved. NEW in 2019: Recipients of this fund are required to identify a goal, and submit photos and testimony. These will be used to thank our donors and for the featured Member of the Month on our website and Facebook pages. Thank you to the Stackner Family Foundation for 2019 Campership Funding.
SCHOLARSHIP FOR HIGHER EDUCATION FUND
The Scholarship for Higher Education Fund is in memory of Mary Ann Potts, Ph.D. and was established in 1996. Applicants are striving to reach their full potential through the pursuit of higher education including college, graduate school or trade school. The scholarship offers assistance for such necessities as tuition, books, fees, room and board, transportation and specialized equipment needs. Applicants must have Spina Bifida, reside in Wisconsin, and meet the criteria if the application. Each individual may receive funding once per calendar year. Application is due via post mail by May 1. Direct payment to the school is required. NEW in 2019: Recipients of this fund will receive an email from SBWIS requesting a photo and brief answers to our questions. Both will be used to thank our donors and as featured Member of the Month on our website and Facebook pages.
MEMBER OF THE MONTH
We invite families and adults with spina bifida to be a featured Member of the Month on the SBWIS Facebook page and website. Your participation shows donors how you benefit from SBWIS’s programs and services, and you help others understand the unique needs and abilities of people with spina bifida. SBWIS prints your first name, last initial, city, age and your answers to our questions. Thank you for being involved in our organization as a Member of the Month.
NEW in 2019: Recipients of SBWIS services will be sent an email including a link to complete an on-line form to be considered a future Member of the Month.
We send emails with resources and events to keep you informed. When you request a service, attend an event, or complete the contact us form, you are automatically included in our email blasts. If you are a GMAIL user, these may arrive in your “promotions” box instead of your “primary inbox” and you may miss important information. You can prevent this by following the steps shown HERE.
RESOURCE LIST OF WEBSITES
DOWNLOAD list for Advocacy, Adaptive Clothing and Assistive Technology.
DOWNLOAD list for General SB Info, Housing, Independent Living and Legal Info.
DOWNLOAD list for Children, Camps, Recreation and Education.
DOWNLOAD list for Driving, Disability, Employment and Financial.
DOWNLOAD list for Teens, Life Transitions and Sexuality