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April 25, 2013 | North America: Wisconsin

Family Health Forum Brings Communities Together

By Christina M. Harris

Matt Fitzgibbons and family (left); Becky Walley and family (right)

On April 17, Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) families and community members gathered to broaden their knowledge of health and wellness and learn more about the support SOWI provides to people with intellectual disabilities (ID) at a Family Health Forum in Sparta. For Matthew Fitzgibbons, a Army/Reserve, Master Sergeant, and Equal Opportunity Advisor, and Sexual Assault Response Coordinator for the Fort McCoy Garrison, the Family Health Forum was a great educational opportunity for his whole family. “The main reason [I went to] the Family Health Forum was to educate and open my kids eyes to those with intellectual disabilities and also to have us, as a family, volunteer,” he said. SOWI offered a variety of activities and learning opportunities, including a session about Sensory Processing Disorder led by Niki Froelke, COTA/L and owner of Sensory Lovin’ Momma in La Crosse. Youth and individuals with ID in attendance also discussed the Spread the Word to End the Word™ campaign.

About Christina M. Harris: Director of Communications for SOWI.

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