The Messenger
A Newsletter From The Arc Dane County
Supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for over 65 years

May 23, 2018 
The biggest risk of not including a child with disabilities
is that we limit everyone's potential as human beings.

Nicole Eredics 
What's Happening at The Arc Dane County
Celebrating 40 Years of Building Community - First 40 - Next 40 Celebration
The Developmental Disabilities Network has great reason to celebrate!  For 40 years, people with disabilities, families, guardians, direct support workers, and many allies have joined together to increase opportunities for the expression of citizenship and to strengthen community based supports to be the best they could be in Dane County.  The Arc Dane County is a proud community sponsor of this event!
Come join the DD Network to celebrate!
Wednesday, June 20th
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  
Capital Brewery, 7734 Terrace Avenue
Middleton, WI

We'll have a party with FREE food, cash bar, great music by Natty Nation, and plenty of friendship. Event will be rain or shine!  
Madison Metro DOES serve the Capital Brewery area.  Click here for transportation information.
Please RSVP in advance: Send your name and the number in your party by June 16 to
MSCR Summer Fun!
We all know what a great place Wisconsin is during summer months.  Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) does a great job of organizing adaptive activities.   These activiteis are filling up quickly.  Don't hesitate to register.

Accessibility in the summer is a favorite thing to see! 

Click on the links below for fliers:

MSCR is also very excited to present their Adaptive Camping Sessions.  These camping trips will take place in various State Parks in Wisconsin and will be packed with activities for all.  Camping trips are designed to include families and guardians that wish to participate.  A truly unique summer experience.
Adaptive Overnight Camping Trips:
  • Lake Kegonsa, June 30 - July 1
  • Devil's Lake, July 14 - July 15
  • Blue Mounds, August 18 - August 19
You can find out more information and register at: or search additional activities at:
Training for Families Who Have Children
with Disabilities or Special Health Care Needs
Presented by Family Voices of Wisconsin, "Did You Know? Now You Know!" explains resources and services for children with disabilities and special health care needs from birth through young adulthood. Learn about health insurance and how to best use your benefits, Medicaid and long-term supports. The training is free. A light dinner and a resource binder will be provided.
Tuesday, May 29th 6:00 - 8:00pm
Middleton Fire Department
7600 University Ave, Middleton, WI 53562
In This Issue
Upcoming  Events
The Arc National Events
2018 Everybody's Golf Tourney Registration is OPEN
The Arc Dane County and our volunteer planning committee are busy planning this year's golf outing.  This is an important fundraiser for our organization to continue providing education, networking and advocacy.  Won't you join us?  Online registration is now open.

The 2018 Everybody's Golf Tourney
Friday, September 14th
The Meadows of Sixmile Creek, Waunakee

If you are interested in supporting this event by providing a door prize or raffle item, please send an email to Anne Stevens at
Future Planning: One Step at a Time
Taking the first step towards future planning is important.  And it's not quite as scary as you may think. 

The first step is to gather some basic information.  After you have completed the About Me worksheet, it's time to fill in the Where I Live worksheet.  In the Where I Live section, you will gather information about your current living situation (I rent, I own, etc) and contact information.  This two page section should be easy.
You can go through the process online in an interactive and user friendly format.  Or, you can start by printing a paper copy.
Click here to get started online
You can find more information on Future Planning by clicking here and visiting our website.

Please share your questions with us!  Email Anne at and we will work to find answers and share information. 

If are interested in a Future Planning Overview presentation for your group, email Nicole at 
A Unified Swim Team opportunity.
In partnership with Special Olympics Wisconsin, local swim clubs are encouraging individuals with ID to become a member of their club and swim team for the summer season. From training, to meets, to All-City, every swimmer will experience an inclusive team experience. Select individual events at local meets and unified swim exhibition relays will be offered at meets ending with All-City swim competition.  
Swim club registration is open!  For more information or to register your athlete contact one of the participating swim clubs listed below:
Chance to Win a $25 Gift Card
The Arc's Center for Future Planning is collaborating with Boston University and Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) to work on a project focused on people with I/DD who also identify as having a mental health challenge. We are working to gather information from individuals who identify as having a mental health challenge and I/DD so that we can use this information to learn more about areas of need for that population.
We are gathering information through a short survey  as well has hosting virtual "town halls" which participants can dial-in to attend using a phone. We encourage and invite any person with I/DD between the ages of 18-30 to complete the survey as well as register to attend one of the virtual "town halls" and share their experiences.  
All survey and town hall participants will entered into a raffle for $25 gift cards. If a participant completes a survey and also participants in a town hall they will be entered to the raffle twice!
Broken Promises: Family Care Rollout Leaves Many Families Anxious

'Drawn to Art', A Chazen Museum Exhibit, features a unique partnership
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