The Messenger
April 20, 2021
"The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding."
~Leonardo da Vinci

New legal guidance and resources are available.

"As part of a shared commitment to President Biden’s National Strategy and Executive Order to ensure an equitable COVID-19 response, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the Administration for Community Living (ACL), and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have published several new resources to help states, vaccination providers, and others leading COVID-19 response activities improve access to vaccines for people with disabilities and older adults." 

“Vaccination is critical for people with disabilities and older adults, but many face significant barriers to getting vaccinated,” said Alison Barkoff, Acting Administrator of ACL. “It is crucial that states and local health authorities take affirmative steps to ensure equitable vaccine access to older adults and people with disabilities, particularly those who may face additional barriers due to race, ethnicity, income, language, or other factors. The organizations in the aging and disability network can be invaluable partners in these efforts.”
DHS COVID-19 Updates

After vaccinating nearly 110,000 staff and residents in long term care facilities, the last round of COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be completed next week. Though the partnership with Walgreen and CVS is ending, facilities will still continue to have access to vaccinations for new staff and residents.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announces the pause on administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will continue until a federal recommendation is made to lift it.

If you have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine recently, you should monitor for the following symptoms for up to three weeks after their vaccination: severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath. If you develop any of these symptoms, contact your health care provider.

"A reminder that the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are available and extremely safe and effective at preventing COVID-19. DHS encourages everyone to continue with their Pfizer and Moderna vaccination appointments, especially as disease activity continues to be at high levels in many parts of the state and variant strains continue to be reported."

If you are hesitant to be vaccinated, concerned about the safety of the vaccine, or need more information, please contact your care provider or visit COVID-19: Vaccine Safety and Efficacy
Disability Policy News
from AUCD

Access to COVID-19 Vaccines for People with Disabilities
Plain language:
  • The Administration is working to make sure people with disabilities can get COVID-19 vaccines.
What it means to you:
  • State and local groups have official guidance they can use to make sure people have access to vaccines.
Action steps:

Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine
People who have received the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine within the past three weeks who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath should seek medical care right away.
Health care providers are asked to report adverse events to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System at
Plain language:
  • Johnson & Johnson is not currently an option for vaccination. You can continue to get vaccinated using other options.
What it means to you:
  • You can still get your COVID-19 vaccine. You will need two shots.
COVID-19 Vaccine Assistance Hotline Now Available
Call 1-844-684-1064 for vaccine related assistance
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has announced that in addition to the numerous resources available on the DHS COVID-19 vaccine page, residents of Wisconsin can now call (844) 684-1064 (toll-free) for personal assistance with their vaccine-related questions.

COVID-19: Am I Eligible for the Vaccine?
  • All individuals 16 and older---only Pfizer vaccine is authorized for use in people age 16 and older
Homebound COVID-19 Vaccine Assistance Available
Are you a homebound Dane County resident and want to get the COVID-19 Vaccine? Do you know someone who is and could use support?
Call (608) 240-7400 or click on the agency logos to go to their web pages.
Get Registered for the Waunakee Trail Run
--and then stop by to see us!!!!

This event will offer a 2-mile course, a 1-mile course, and a 1/2-mile course. Participants will start individually, or as a family unit, to allow for social distancing.

Stop by The Arc-Dane County table and say hi to us! We can't wait to see you all.

More information available here.
Save The Date!
The Arc-Dane County Annual Community Awards Night will take place on July 28th this year at Quivey's Grove. We will honor our 2020 and our 2021 award winners. Keep an eye out for more details or contact us at 608-833-1199 or
Ever wonder what Board Member Bob Ross does when he's not volunteering his time at The Arc-Dane County? It's some pretty cool stuff!

Updates from The Arc

President Releases FY 2022 "Skinny" Budget
On April 9, President Biden's Administration released a short version of his Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget. It proposes major investments in programs that support people with disabilities. Particularly, it proposes an additional $551 million for home and community-based services, doubling Lifespan Respite Care funding and increasing Individuals with Disabilities Education Act funding by $2.6 billion.

Senate Committee Holds Hearing on CMS Administrator Nominee
On April 15, the Senate Committee on Finance held a hearing on the nomination of Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS oversees both Medicare and Medicaid. Medicare is the national health insurance program available to people age 65 or older and younger people with disabilities. Visit the Committee website for more information or to view video of the hearing.
Registration opens soon--Everybody's Golf Tournament is September 17th.

We are in search of great golfers and great sponsors!

Our fun-filled event to raise funds for The Arc-Dane County will take place at The Meadows of Sixmile Creek in Waunakee.

You can support The Arc-Dane County by:
  • sponsoring this event
  • making a donation to the silent auction
  • joining the planning committee
  • and getting your team together

Those of you interested in becoming one of our great supporters can contact Heather at or use this form.

Your support is necessary to make these events successful.
Together with your support, we can accomplish great things.
Thank you to these 2021 Golf Sponsors!

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