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

June 6, 2018 
A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
~ Christopher Reeve 
What's Happening at The Arc Dane County
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!
Self-Defense Workshop

Ellen Merker, Owner of HEART Consulting, LLC, is partnering with the Rape Crisis Center's Chimera program to offer a free self-defense class to women, 18 and older, who have developmental disabilities. The workshop will focus on empowerment, assertiveness skills, and basic self-defense strategies.

When: Monday, July 9 
Where: Neighborhood House 
29 S Mills St, Madison

 Click here for the event flyer.
 Click here to register online.
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

29th Annual
Children Come First Conference
November 12 & 13, 2018
Glacier Canyon Lodge  
Wisconsin Dells
The Children Come First Conference is for those caring for, working with, or interested in the well-being of children and youth with social, emotional or behavioral challenges.
Conference Highlights: 
  • Theme:  "Collaboration"
  • Keynote Speakers:  Dr. Tina Goldstein & Ross Greene
  • Special screening of "The Kids We Lose" documentary followed by Q & A with the the creative force behind the film, Ross Greene
  • 45 Workshops - complete descriptions available soon on the CCF website
  • A Youth Track will also be offered
Visit for all the details!
  • $215 for adults
  • $130 student rate for full time students at an accredited college or university
  • Youth (ages 12-26 who identify as having a mental health or substance use challenge) $100
Presented by Wisconsin Family Ties
Our new website is available!  -
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.  You have now completed the About Me and Where I Live worksheets.  It's time to take a look at Daily Activities and Social Connections.  In the Daily Activities and Social Connections section, you will gather information about your likes and dislikes, daily and seasonal activities, as well as information about what you can do on your own and where you may need support.  This worksheet will help you keep important information in one place.
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 
Community Training Available through   Waisman Center
Community Outreach Wisconsin (COW) offers learning opportunities for caregivers, direct support providers, support brokers/case managers, individuals with disabilities, families, program administrators/supervisors, and anyone interested in learning more about related topics in the field of Developmental Disabilities.

COW collaborates with state and local agencies to provide high quality, relevant training on best practices in supporting individuals with disabilities living in the community. We collaborate with a variety of disability advocacy groups, state centers, healthcare cooperatives, schools, colleges and the university among others. Community Outreach Wisconsin and Waisman Center staff who have extensive experience and knowledge in supporting people with disabilities develop and provide training to agencies, teams, families, and individuals.

Click here to see all the training sessions offered.
Commentary: An attack on the disabled

Americans with Disabilities Act Legacy Tour, June 25, 11am-3pm

Baymont and The Arc Reimagine Breakfast Furthering Opportunities for People with Disabilities
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Your membership in The Arc Dane County helps us continue to offer up to date advocacy, education, and social activities.

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