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UW-Whitewater Chatter Matters

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Through our partnership with Variety the Children's Charity of Wisconsin, graduate speech pathology students and other student volunteers and instructors host this overnight camp for children with special needs who use assistive communication devices and their immediate family members. This life-changing experience is made possible thanks to caring people just like YOU – our donors, partners and special sponsors!

What makes Chatter Matters unique is that it’s just like a traditional summer camp, but the activities are fully adapted for AAC users of all ages and abilities. Through activities like arts & crafts, adaptive sports, games, campfires and music, children learn to improve their communication device use. By allowing parents and siblings to attend, families have fun, create lasting family memories and bond with other families of children with special needs.

This camp is available to children who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication and their families.

Date: Thursday, June TBA - Sunday, June TBA, 2020

The enrollment in the camp is  limited to 25 families in order to maximize opportunities for individualized attention. 


Camper Application Form Opens Soon!

Registrations accepted online until noon TBA. We do NOT accept walk up registrations.

One child and one parent: Free

Additional parent or sibling (age 16 and younger):  2019 - $200 each ; 2020 TBA

Other Attendees

At least one parent/guardian must attend the full camp with the child. Unless the child and one parent/guardian are able to attend the full camp your application will not be considered. The same parent/guardian must attend the entire camp. A second parent/guardian and siblings may also attend. There will be a $200 charge for additional family members. A maximum of six (6) people per family unit may attend (camper plus designated parent/guardian and up to 4 additional family members). 

Fees Include

The camp fee covers lodging, meals, instruction, a camp t-shirt* for the ACC user and insurance.  

Camp Deposit, Refunds and Final Payments

If selected to attend Chatter Matters! Communication Camp, a deposit check for $200.00 DATED JUNE TBA will need to be mailed to UW-Whitewater, Continuing Education Services, Roseman 2005, 800 W Main Street, Whitewater, WI 53190 and made out to UW-Whitewater in order to hold a family’s place for camp. The $200 will be applied to the fee associated with additional family members’ attendance or it will be destroyed on the first day of camp if no payment is required (i.e., as in the case where only the AAC user and one designated adult attend the camp).  Families will be notified to submit deposit to confirm their enrollment and will have two weeks to submit check payment. If we do not receive the deposit payment in two weeks, we will contact the next registrant on the wait list and the family will be removed from camp. If families need more time to pay or make a decision email​​ with how long you will need, and we will hold your spot a little longer.

Cancellation is required in writing by emailing on or before May 20th; the deposit is nonrefundable after May 20th.  The deposit is also nonrefundable if a family leaves camp early for any reason. 

Final payments for families bringing additional members are due May TBA.

Variety Additional Parent and Sibling Scholarship

Variety The Children’s Charity of Wisconsin may have "need-based" scholarships available.  Please contact by email at, call (262) 777-2090, ext. 107 or visit their website for more information.

CLTS Waiver

Children who are on  the CLTS  waiver may be able to have their second parent's fee paid for under the Parent Education program.   Families should reach out to their case worker for additional information.

Received an Award, Sponsorship or Discount?

For those participants who will be receiving a sponsorship to attend this event: Register and use the promo code your sponsor gave you. The sponsorship will be deducted from your invoice.  Any remaining balance remains the participant's responsibility. Any cancellations will result in the sponsorship funds being returned to the supporting organization.

Any qualifying discounts given by the event will not be applied after you have paid in full. Be sure to use the promo code at check out to receive your discount. You will be charged if you do not qualify for requested discount at the start of event.

A processing fee will be assessed if a refund is issued due to overpayment on your account.

Questions, received an award/scholarship without a promo code or want to use two promo codes? Please call Continuing Education Services at 262-472-3165 or email

Want to Sponsor a Registrant?

You can sponsor a registrant and cover all or partial fees. We have received requests in the past from schools, companies, organizations, friends and family members that would like to send their chosen registrant to a specific event. If you would like to sponsor a registrant, you can request a promo code that you may give to your chosen registrant. Click here for more details.


You will need to complete Camper Application Form, using the link above.  We will review applications periodically and notify those who are accepted via email before or by May TBA.  

Confirmation Emails

Once your application has been accepted, you will automatically be registered to attend camp.  A confirmation email will be sent to you with any addtional instructions once your registratoin has been completed.  Contact if you do not receive this confirmation email by May 17th.

Info Packet

Pre camp information will be available on this website three weeks prior to the start of camp. Pre camp information includes medication requirements (complete only if taking meds at this event), parking details, check-in and out times with locations, confirmed daily schedule, mailing address for camper mail, what to bring and other important information you will need to know before attending camp. If any medical information changes, it is your responsibility to notify Continuing Education Services at

Info Packet Available 3 weeks prior to event

Check in and Orientation

Resident and commuter campers must check in at the location mentioned in the Info Packet. Parents/guardians are invited to visit with staff members and ask any last minute questions. Please note that there are no structured activities during the check-in period, but residential staff will be in the residence hall to help campers get settled in their rooms and encourage campers to begin getting to know one another in an informal setting. Commuter campers can socialize at the dorms and go with the group to first session.

Arrival/Departure Outside the Event Scheduled Time

If your schedule results in you arriving after the designated check-in or before check-out time, please indicate in your registration the time you will arrive/depart in the “Special Need/Comments” field or email, if changes happened after you registered. On the day of arrival to campus, check the schedule in the Info Packet to see where the group will be at the time of your arrival. Please call the staff number listed in the Info Packet if you have any questions the day you arrive. If there are questions prior to camp, please contact

Summer Camp Rules

UW-Whitewater will hold all campers responsible for their conduct. Serious misconduct or disruption will lead to immediate dismissal from camp. Campers dismissed from the camp will not receive a refund. Review Summer Camp Rules for more details.

Driving Directions

The event will be taking place at Wesley Woods Conference Center in Lake Geneva; 250 Stam St, Williams Bay, WI 53191.  Click here for driving directions.

Registration Terms & Conditions

By registering for an event, you agree to our Registration Terms and Conditions. Please review the Registration Terms and Conditions for more details.


Please contact Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at 262-472-1301 or email with any questions.


Registrants are encouraged to have their own health insurance as accident insurance provided by the University is limited. Each registrant will be covered by a limited accident insurance policy. The insurance includes primary coverage up to $10,000. Insurance does not cover pre-existing injuries and is for accidents only. The cost of insurance is included in the registration fee.

Special Notice

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to equal opportunity in its educational programs, activities and employment policies, for all persons, regardless of race, color, gender, creed, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, parental status and pregnancy.

If you have any disabling condition that requires special accommodations or attention, please advise us well in advance. We will make every effort to accommodate your special needs.

By registering for this event you understand that the University may take photographs and or videos of event participants and activities. You will be required to agree at the time of registration that the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater shall be the owner of and may use such photographs and or videos relating to the promotion of future events.  You will relinquish all rights that you may claim in relation to use of said photographs and/or videos.  Any media shared with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on social media or use of its hashtags grants the University use to media for any purpose.