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

September 12, 2018 
No one can whistle a symphony.  
It takes a whole orchestra to play it.
~Halford E. Luccock
What's Happening at The Arc Dane County
VSA & The Arc Dane County are Teaming Up!
VSA Wisconsin is working to provide art and music classes to members of The Arc Dane County.  To develop the best possible class options, we need your input by Tuesday, September 25th.    
VSA is gathering information through a short survey.  The survey shouldn't take longer than 1 minute to complete.  You are not required to provide your name.  We will share the top results in a new class schedule in the coming months.
In the meantime, check out this special music class for children 0-5 years old.  
Music Together classes
Where: VSA Wisconsin at 1709 Aberg Ave 
When: Wednesdays at 10:00am starting September 26
Why: Come make music with your child, try new instruments, clap, sing, and have fun!
Register by calling or emailing our partner, Odyssey Dance Studio at 608-333-4171
Wings for All®  
Registration is OPEN!

We hope you will join us! Saturday, October 20
11:15am - 3:00pm
Dane County Regional Airport

Wings for All® is an airport rehearsal program for individuals with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD) who have either never flown before or who have had difficulties with a flight experience. 

This event is free for all participants; however online registration is required and done on a first-signed up, first-served basis until full. Parking vouchers will be provided.  Participants must arrange their own transportation to and from the airport.  We know there will be more demand for this event than the plane can accommodate.

Registration must be completed before October 1.

  Special thank you to our partners: Dane County Regional Airport, TSA, Delta Air Lines, the national office of The Arc, and three chapters of The Arc Wisconsin:  The Arc Dane County, The Arc Green County and The Arc Richland County. 
Webinar TONIGHT: Do you have $ for the Future?
Join The Arc Wisconsin for Some Free Advice on Planning for your Loved One's Financial Future 
Have you been trying to plan for the financial future for your loved one with disabilities but don't know where to start? Do you think you don't have enough money or savings to plan?
If you answered "yes" - The Arc Wisconsin's September 12 training is for you!
Hear from two of the state's leading special needs financial planners and attorneys on what options are available. Learn why you might consider a special needs or pooled trust. Find out how much money you really need to start planning and what steps you can take today for a secure future. We will leave time for questions. You don't want to miss this valuable training!
When: Wednesday, September 12 at 6:30 PM
Where: On-line at your computer or phone
Go here for the registration link and for more information on the attorney speakers for this training session.
In This Issue
Upcoming  Events
The Arc National Events
The Arc's Board of Director's is pleased to announce scholarships to attend the 2018 National Convention
The Arc's Board of Director's is pleased to announce scholarships to attend the 2018 National Convention in Nashville, TN!
Families are at the heart of the work and history of The Arc, and ensuring their voices are a part of all we do is critical to our success. The Arc's National Board is sponsoring 25 scholar ships for families. The scholarship will cover the registration fee for The National Convention (a $375 value). Embodying The Arc's core value on diversity, the board is looking to ensure that attendance at convention reflects the diversity of the communities in which we work. Applications will be accepted up to September 21, 2018. Recipients will be notified by September 28. Do you know someone who may be interested?   Pass along the opportunity!
LOV Dane Learning Event Series
Supported Living: Agency vs. Participant Hired Worker

LOV Dane is hosting a series of learning events in the months to come. This particular event will be focused on supported living options. This session will be helpful for families who are planning a move for their loved one or looking for a change in their current housing situation. You can expect to hear from families whose loved ones have moved out using a variety of support services - some families using agencies and others hiring their own staff, directly.
Tuesday, October 2nd 
Orchard Ridge Church, 1501 Gilbert Rd, Madison
RSVP required

The 2018 Data Digest
MediSked and The Arc are pleased to announce the publication of the 2018 Disability Data Digest , a compilation of the latest statistics from the disability field, displayed in an easy to read infographic format. This new resource provides a snapshot of today's disability community and includes a fillable fact sheet with links to resources and databases with state-specific data to support local-level advocacy campaigns.   
The report includes a fillable State and Local Advocacy Data Toolkit and detailed statistics about the following topic areas:
  • Socio-Economic Profile
  • Employment
  • Health
  • Independence and Decision-Making
  • Living in the Community
  • Long Term Supports and Services
  • Direct Support Professional Crisis
  • Family Caregiving and Natural Supports
  • Disability and the Justice System
Click here to download the data digest.

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