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

January 16, 2019
You were born to be real, not to be perfect. 
You are here to be you, not to live someone else's life.  
~Ralph Marston
What's Happening at The Arc Dane County
2019 Community Awards Banquet
Nominate Someone Making a Difference Today!
The upcoming 69th Annual Meeting and Community Awards Banquet is coming soon!
April 25th, 2018
5:00pm - 8:30pm
Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club

This is your opportunity to recognize those individuals and agencies who do great work providing support to our communities of people with disabilities.  As our support network continues to find innovative and caring ways to support people 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.  Please help us recognize these wonderful people and organizations.

2019 Fruit Sale - Happening Now!
Once again The Arc-Dane County is offering boxes of oranges and grapefruit, as well as, mixed fruit (half and half). Sweet California Navel Oranges and fresh Florida Indian River Red Grapefruit will be something to sink your teeth into and also receive the best tasting, healthiest fruit you'll find anywhere!
Orders will be accepted until January 31, 2019 .
Pick up date is Saturday, March 9, 2019.
Information about boxes and pick up locations on the order page. 

2019 Winter Ball Tickets Available
The date has been set for the 2019 Winter Ball!  Are you ready to dance the afternoon away, dressed in your winter best?  There will be plenty of dancing, hors d'ouevres, and time with friends.  Tickets are available now.
Sunday, February 10th
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Madison Concourse Hotel
Tickets must be pre-ordered by Wednesday January 30th. This event sells out quickly- get your ticket orders in before the deadline!
COST:  $5.00 for Arc-Dane County Members $10.00 for Non-members
In This Issue
Upcoming  Events


The Arc Dane County's 2019 Community Awards Banquet
April 25, 2019
Concourse Hotel
Nominate someone making a difference!

The Arc National Events
The Arc Dane County is on the Move!
Our office has often been a place for members to stop by, meetings to take place, and staff to do the important work of The Arc Dane County.  We are very excited to announce that we are moving to a "new to us" location that will be even easier to access! 

As of February 1, 2019, our new address will be:
402 Gammon Place, Suite 360
Madison, WI  53719

We will be located in the US Bank Building on the corner of Mineral Point & Gammon.  We can't wait to see you in our new space!
Wisconsin Food and Nutrition Programs Will Continue Despite Federal Government Shutdown
FoodShare members will receive their February benefits this month.  The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today that funding for February benefits will be available for current FoodShare members, those participating in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), despite the federal government shutdown. 

"During this time of uncertainty, Wisconsin residents should be assured that FoodShare, WIC, and other federally funded food assistance programs will continue uninterrupted through February," said DHS Secretary-Designee Andrea Palm. "Our top priority is to ensure the needs of Wisconsin residents are met and to share information with members, partners, and stakeholders as the situation evolves."

View the entire   news release.
Get to Know us
Sarah Barnes, The Arc Dane County Board President
Sarah Barnes has been involved with The Arc Dane County since 2017, and has been acting President since 2018. She became interested in disability issues after years working in private practice as an attorney handling estate planning, guardianship and social security disability claims. She now serves as a trust officer with Bank of Sun Prairie, helping individuals and planning professionals with all manner of estate planning and administration needs. She is a long time resident of Madison, a graduate of Edgewood College, and received her J.D. from Marquette University Law School. Besides her work with The Arc Dane County, Sarah is involved in a number of civic activities. She is a member of the Junior League of Madison, volunteers helping low income residents with estate planning through the Dane County Basic Estate Planning Clinic and is an active supporter of The Beacon Homeless Day Resource Center.

Survival Coalition's Budget Recommendations to
Governor Evers
The Arc Dane County is part of a larger, statewide coalition that seeks to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities.  The Survival Coalition brings organizations together to collaborate for the greater good of people with disabilities.  This group recently sent a document with 5 pages of recommendations for Governor Evers to strongly consider for the Biennial Budget.  Many of the asks contained in this paper are of particular interest to The Arc Dane County families, including these summarized points:
  • Create a Governor's task force on caregiving to improve state policy for recruitment, training, ongoing support, and retention of caregivers.
  • Improve Medicaid prior authorization for children.
  • Medicaid Purchase Plan (MAPP) changes were approved last budget but nothing happened.  Current income spend down limits established in 1986 are dated and inadequate.
  • Audit special education quality and outcomes.
  • Analyze regional and racial inequities in the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR).
  • Expand transportation funding to help low income people commute to work and increase specialized public transportation.
  • Increase direct care worker wages to $15 per hour.
  • Enhance benefit package for caregivers by creating a Medicaid Buy In Program.
  • Develop a tiered rating system across all long-term care systems and include transportation costs across a person's individual employment support needs.
  • Provide funds for supported employment for people with mental illness.
  • Direct DHS to develop greater capacity to serve deaf, blind, those with mental illness, those with substance use disorders.
  • Fully fund 1388 newly eligible medicaid services.
  • DHS fund 12 Family Support and Disability Resource Centers (FSDRC) located with ADRC's.
  • Pursue medicaid waiver to allow billing medicaid for supportive services related to housing.
  • Increase dental reimbursement rates if they treat people with disabilities.
  • Fund mental health needs of children in DPI budget.
Your voices will be needed.  The Arc Dane County will keep you informed of progress.  Click here to read the entire paper.
Community Activities

VSA Spring Art Classes!
Registration is open for VSA Wisconsin's SPRING Art Center classes!!  
REGISTER today for best selections!  
The following classes run January 28 - April 4, 2019 (Saturday Drumming is 6 weeks).
Mon. Music:  Feel the Spring Beat, 4:30-5:30 pm 
Mon. Music:  Feel the Spring Beat, 6-7 pm
Mon. Art:       Spring Sculpture, 6-7 pm
Tues. Music: Swing into Spring, 6-7 pm
Tues. Art:      String Art & Yarn Things, 6-7 pm
Wed. Music:  Spring Drum Circle, 6-7 pm
Wed. Art:       Fantastical Creatures, 6-7 pm
Thur. Music:  Moving & Grooving, 6-7 pm
Thur. Art:       Color my World, 6-7 pm
Sat. Music:  *Saturday Drumming, 10:30-11:30 am
*Saturday Drumming runs Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, & Mar. 2, 9, 2019  (6 weeks)
Please click on the  REGISTRATION  link below and scroll down to bottom for a more detailed class list and fees. 


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