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Chatter Matters

UW-Whitewater Chatter Matters

We are working on seeing if this event can be offered Summer 2021.  Due to the pandemic we are looking at our options and will post once we have a solid plan.  Check back soon for MORE details!


Variety

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. 

What makes Chatter Matters unique is that it’s just like a traditional summer camp, but the activities are fully adapted for AAC users ages 5 - 15. 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 ages 5-15 who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication and their families.

Date: Thursday, June 17 - Sunday, June 20, 2021

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

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Camper Application Form closed

Applications accepted via email until noon TBA. We do NOT accept walk up registrations.

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.

For Variety - the Children’s Charity of Wisconsin families:  

  • AAC user and up to two family members: Free
  • Additional family members, including siblings up to age 16: $225* per person

*The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an approved provider for Children’s Long-Term Support Program (CLTS) grants through the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and those funds may be used accordingly. Contact your case workers if interested.

To become a Variety - the Children’s Charity of Wisconsin family, please contact Dua Vang-Ramirez at Dua@VarietyWi.org or 262 777-2090. Ext 108.

For families from outside of Wisconsin:

  • AAC user and up to five family members : $400 per person

Out-of-state families are encouraged to reach to their case workers to determine if additional funding options exist.

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 for $225.00 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 $225 will be applied to the fee associated with additional family members’ attendance or it will be reimbursed at the conclusion of camp if no payment is required. Families will be notified to submit deposit to confirm their enrollment and will have two weeks to submit payment. If we do not receive the deposit payment in two weeks, we will contact the next registrant on the waitlist and the family will be removed from the accepted attendees list. If families need more time to pay or have questions email cesevents@uww.edu​​.

Cancellation is required in writing by emailing cesevents@uww.edu on or before May 1st after which the deposit is nonrefundable.  If final payment is not received by May 1st, registrants with outstanding balances after May 1st are subject to being removed from the event roster without refund.

Additional Parent and Sibling Scholarship

Variety - the Children’s Charity of Wisconsin may have "need-based" scholarships available for Variety families.  Please contact by email at contact@varietywi.org or call (262) 777-2090, ext. 108.

To become a Variety - the Children’s Charity of Wisconsin family, please contact Dua Vang-Ramirez at Dua@VarietyWi.org or 262 777-2090, ext. 108.

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.

Registration

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 April 17, 2020.

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 registration has been completed.  Contact cesevents@uww.edu if you do not receive this confirmation email by April 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 cesevents@uww.edu.

Info Packet Available 3 weeks prior to event

Check in and Orientation

Campers must check in at the location mentioned in the Information 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 camp volunteers will be available to help campers and family members get settled in their rooms and encourage campers and families to begin getting to know one another in an informal setting.

Arrival/Departure Outside the Event Scheduled Time

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

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.

Questions?

Please contact the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at 262-472-1301 or email chattermatters@uww.edu with any questions.

Insurance

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.