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

February 28, 2018
The need for connection and community is primal,
as fundamental as the need for air, water, and food.

~Dean Ornish 
What's Happening at The Arc Dane County
2018 Awards Banquet Nominations Are Open!
Nominate Someone Making a Difference
Deadline Extended to March 7!
The upcoming 68th Annual Meeting and Community Awards Banquet is coming up on April 26th, 2017 at the Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club.  This is an incredible opportunity to recognize those individuals and agencies who do great work and provide support to our communities with disabilities.

As our support network continues to find innovative and caring ways to support our community with intellectual and developmental disabilities, let's honor those who are making the biggest impact!
Categories include:
  • Adult Family Home Sponsor
  • Community Support
  • Corporate Support
  • Direct Care Giver
  • Educator
  • Elected Official
  • Employer
  • Landlord
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Media
  • Parent Advocate
  • Self-Advocate
  • Volunteer
The nomination process is an EASY ONE PAGE FORM - CLICK HERE.  Please help us recognize these wonderful people and organizations.
Annual Meeting Notice
The 2018 Arc Dane County Annual Meeting
will be held on Tuesday March 13th at 7:30pm
The meeting will be take place at The Arc Dane County offices, 6602 Grand Teton Plaza, Madison.

Click here for more information.
NEW PROGRAM: Exploring Transportation Provider Options in Dane County
Tuesday, March 6, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
122 E. Olin Avenue, Suite 100, Madison

Doug Hunt (Dane County Human Services staff) and Dawn Wians (parent leader), two experts on transportation options for people with disabilities in Dane County, will be the featured presenters at a learning event on transportation. The new "Quick Reference: Transportation Provider Options in Dane County for People with Developmental and other Disabilities" (options in addition to Madison Metro Paratransit) will be provided and explained to attendees.
There will also be:
  • a review of how the transition to Family Care and IRIS has changed the way transportation is coordinated and funded in Dane County
  • an update on Madison Metro changes in their enhanced services for people with disabilities
  • a walk-through of a new "Personal Transportation Worksheet" to organize your transportation planning
Registration is required and limited to 40. 

In This Issue
Upcoming  Events
The Arc National Events
Community Training and Consultation at Waisman Center
greyscale-dr-advice.jpg Training and Consultation 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.

Training and Consultation collaborates with state and local agencies to provide high quality, relevant training on best practices in supporting individuals with disabilities living in the community. Community Outreach Wisconsin and Waisman Center staff who have extensive experience and knowledge in supporting people with disabilities develop and provide trainings coordinated by T&C to agencies, teams, families, and individuals.
Family Care/IRIS Transition - WIN Services

If you have chosen IRIS and have a loved one who is non-verbal, you may want to build the WIN Services program into your budget.  Click here for A Quick Guide to Including WIN Services in your IRIS Plan/Budget.

Disability Advocacy Day is March 20th
Make certain your voice is heard! Disability Advocacy Day is designed to connect you with your legislators so you can talk about issues that matter to you. You are the expert in sharing how legislative policies affect people with disabilities in their everyday lives.
Registration is due by March 9, 2018 - 5:00 pm CST

Volunteers are still needed to help make this day a success.
Please email Fil Clissa at for questions.
Spring Ball Tickets are Now Available!
Get your dancing shoes ready for this year's Spring Ball.  We will be dancing the afternoon away:
Sunday April 15th
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club 

We hope you can join us for a fun afternoon of dancing, friends and celebrating the spring season. 

Tickets are available on a first come first serve basis.  Don't wait to get yours, they sell out fast!  Ticket Request Forms are due on or before April 3rd.  Please remember to submit your emergency contact information along with your request for tickets.

We are looking for volunteers to help at this year's event.  If you are interested in a fun afternoon of volunteering, please email Anne at
Future Planning - The Arc Dane County Can Help
Do you have concerns and questions about caring for an individual with an intellectual and developmental disability?  Are you an aging caregiver or do you know one?  Do you have a plan in place for continued care?

The Arc's Center for Future Planning and The Arc Dane County are here to help with a new program that addresses Future Planning. Contact The Arc Dane County for information or to set up a meeting with our trained staff. or 608-833-1199

Budget & Appropriations - President's FY 2019 Budget Proposes Drastic Cuts for Disability-related Programs

President Trump Signs RAISE Family Caregivers Act

House Passes Bill Weakening Enforcement of the ADA
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The Arc Dane County | (608) 833-1199
6602 Grand Teton Plaza | Madison, WI 53719