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

July 16, 2019

If you desire to make a difference in the world,
you must be different from the world.
~Elaine S. Dalton
What's Happening at The Arc
Governor Evers Proclaims July 15-19 is
National Disability Voter Registration Week
Throughout Wisconsin
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers proclaimed this week, July 15 - 19, National Disability Voter Registration Week. Thank you, Governor Evers, for supporting the disability community!  Read the Proclamation here.

Join the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition for this great event:
Wednesday, July 17
8:30am - 1:45pm
Dane County Farmers Market
Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
The Arc-Dane County Members Win Gold
The Southern State Golf Tournament was held on Sunday July 14 at Kestrel Ridge Golf Club in Columbus.  Athletes from all over the state competed in this golf tournament. Arc-Dane County members Tim and Josh Wing won their 2nd Special Olympics State Championship representing the Oregon team.   Congratulations on winning the gold Tim and Josh!
Join us at Disability Pride Festival 2019!

The Arc-Dane County will be joining The Arc Wisconsin as an exhibitor at this year's Disability Pride Festival. 

Saturday, July 27, 2019
NOON - 5pm
Tenney Park, 1500 N Sherman Ave

In This Issue
Upcoming  Events
Turn Out the Disability Vote! Madison
July 17, 2019
Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

2019 Disability Pride Festival
July 27, 2019
Tenney Park

Wings for All
October 19, 2019
Dane County Regional Airport
More info coming soon!

Save the Date: 2019 Halloween Dance
October 27, 2019
Registration coming soon!
The Arc National Events
July 22 - 24, 2019
Charleston, SC

October 11 - 14, 2019
Washington, DC

March 23 - 25, 2020
Washington, DC 

SAVE THE DATE for Wings for All®
After last year's great success, Wings for All® will be coming back to the Dane County Regional Airport on October 19, 2019
Mark your calendars.

Wings for All® is an airport "rehearsal" specially designed for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and people with other intellectual/developmental disabilities, their families and aviation professionals.  The programs provides families with the opportunity to practice entering the airport, obtaining boarding passes, going through security and boarding a plane. Wings for All® also gives airport, airline, Transportation Security Administration professionals and other personnel the opportunity to observe, interact and deliver their services in a structured, learning environment. This experience is equally useful for families that have a member with other intellectual or developmental disabilities that are concerned about the ability of their family member to travel.

More information and the announcement of our partners will be coming soon!
Please email any questions to Anne Stevens at
Learn More About ABLE Accounts
ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC) Provides Support and Information to Navigate the ABLE System
The ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC) is a collaborative that brings together the investment, support and resources of some of the country's largest and most influential national disability organizations in an effort to accelerate the design and availability of ABLE accounts to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities and their families.

ANRC Webinars
August #ABLEtoSave Webinar Series will run throughout the month of August 2019. The series provides information about Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) accounts. Weekly webinars will be held each Thursday in August from 1:00- 2:00 p.m. CST and will include information for people with disabilities, family members and those who support them. Each webinar will feature the stories of ABLE account owners and/or family members and how an ABLE account enhances the health, independence and quality of life for people with disabilities.
  • Kick off: August 1: Welcome to #ABLEtoSave Month: An Orientation on What You Need to Know About ABLE (REGISTER)
  • Week 1: August 8: Opening an ABLE Account: Key Decisions for Success (REGISTER)
  • Week 2: August 15: ABLE Best Practices and Action Steps for Family Members and Supporters (Circle of Support) (REGISTER)
  • Week 3: August 22: ABLE Best Practices for Working-Age Adults (REGISTER)
  • Week 4: August 29: Celebrating All the Ways You Are ABLE: Announcing Winners from the #ABLEtoSave Video Contest and Next Steps! (REGISTER)
A recording of June's webinar, "ABLE Myths vs. Facts," is now available. 
Click here for the webinar archive.

ABLE Advocacy Ratchets Up on Capitol Hill
As currently written, the existing ABLE Act prevents otherwise-eligible individuals with disabilities from realizing the benefits of ABLE accounts. By passing the ABLE Age Adjustment Act, more than 14 million people with disabilities would be allowed to open ABLE accounts, nearly doubling the current eligible population.  Learn more and advocate for the ABLE Age Adjustment Act.

Spreading the News About ABLE Accounts in the Disability Community
Read the blog post from the Social Security Administration
Arc-Dane County Updates
The Arc-Dane County 2019 Membership Drive
Membership Looks Good on You!

Our 2019 Membership Drive is underway! Your membership in The Arc-Dane County provides financial support for our work promoting advocacy, social & educational events, and information sharing.

You also receive these wonderful benefits:
  • Access to our national organization, The Arc, focusing on policy issues that affect those with disabilities from the halls of Congress, Department of Health Services all the way to our own communities
  • Inclusive social events
  • Discounted ticket prices to dances
  • Ongoing educational programs
  • Exclusive educational materials and worksheets
  • The Messenger (our e-newsletter) and
  • Quick access to current information & relevant to services in Dane County, Wisconsin and Nationwide-The Arc-Dane County curates information & news to help you find topics relevant to you
  • Collaboration with other organizations and the slightly different roles they play in advocating for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Dane County
Membership postcards will be in your mailbox soon.  Or you can activate and renew membership online by clicking here.  We hope you will join us!
Save the Date: The Arc-Dane County Halloween Dance

Start planning your costume! The Arc-Dane County will be hosting our 2019 Halloween Dance on October 27 at Pooley's.  We can't wait to see your costumes and dance moves at this can't miss event of the year.  Registration/ticket forms will be available soon.  
In The News
Inclusive playgrounds: How play helps all children learn
Inclusive playgrounds in Madison:
Elvehjem Elementary School - 5106 Academy Drive  
Elver Park - 1250 McKenna Blvd. 
Maryland sues provider of services to disabled students
Do You Have a Program Idea? Are You Hosting or Attending an Event We Should Share With Our Members?
The Arc-Dane County members are always participating in great events and educational opportunities.  Let us know if there is programming you would like to see.  Tell us about an event we should share. Send us a link, send us a flyer, send us the information and we'll help you get the word out to others who could benefit. Email Anne at
Are You a Member Yet?
Your membership in The Arc-Dane County helps us continue to offer up to date advocacy, education, and social activities.

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