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

July 18, 2018 
There needs to be a lot more emphasis on what  
a child can do instead of what he cannot do.
~ Dr. Temple Grandin 
What's Happening at The Arc Dane County
Transportation Survey
The Survival Coalition needs your help!  They are in need of as many people with disabilities and their families to tell us how transportation (or a lack of transportation) effects your life.  
  • Can you get where you need or want to go on your schedule?
  • Do you rely on family members, public transportation, or other options to get to your job and other places in the community?
Answers to these and other questions will help the Survival Coalition inform policy makers and work on ways to improve transportation for people with disabilities, older adults, and their families.  
The deadline to take the survey is July 30th, 2018. 
Please take the survey, and ask with your family, friends, and others who are interested in improving transportation for older adults and people with disabilities to take the survey:
IRIS Advisory Committee Meeting - Open to the Public
DHS has developed an IRIS Advisory Committee.  The purpose of this committee is to advise DHS with respect to any contemplated rule making.  If you have questions or concerns about IRIS and how it is impacting you or your loved ones, there is an opportunity for public comment at these meetings.  Anyone interested in speaking will be limited to 5 minutes. The next meeting is scheduled for:

Tuesday, July 24 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Public comments will take place
from 11:35am-12:35pm
Le Pine Room, Lussier Family Heritage Center

Join by computer:
Join by phone: (608) 316-9000, Conference ID: 612472

The purpose of this meeting is to conduct the governmental business outlined in the above agenda. The IRIS Advisory Committee is created by DHS to advise on matters that directly concern the IRIS Program. The Committee is expected to be a provide input, guidance, and community feedback to DHS to enable them to administer the IRIS Program within the allowances of the waiver and to ensure that it is a cost-effective and sustainable Long Term Care program. The establishment of the committee is referenced in the Wisconsin 1915 (c) Home and Community-Based Services Waiver WI.0484.R02 as authorized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services More information about the Committee is available at

2018 Everybody's Golf Tourney - Register Today!
The Arc Dane County and our volunteer planning committee are busy planning this year's golf outing.  This is an important fundraiser for our organization to continue providing education, networking and advocacy.  Won't you join us?  Online registration is now open.

The 2018 Everybody's Golf Tourney
Friday, September 14th
The Meadows of Sixmile Creek, Waunakee

Prices increase on August 15th

If you are interested in supporting this event by providing a door prize or raffle item, please send an email to Anne Stevens at
In This Issue
Upcoming  Events

IRIS Advisory Committee
July 24, 2018
Open for Public Comments at NOON
Lussier Family Heritage Center
3101 Lake Farm Rd

The Arc National Events
It's National Disability Voter Registration Week
Can't make it to the polls? Vote absentee:
The Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition is a project of Disability Rights Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities.
MSCR Adaptive End of Summer Celebration
MSCR Adaptive recreation is hosting an End of Summer trip to watch the Madison Mallards take on the Lakeshore Chinooks.  
Thursday August 2, 2018 
Game starts at 7 pm 
Ticket Cost - $20.00 
Tickets include bus transportation, a ticket within the TDS Triple Play Club (including all you can eat food and drink), and a Mallards Bobblehead.
Transportation: MSCR will have two meet up locations Memorial High School at 5:00 pm (Mineral Point Rd entrance) and MSCR East at 5:30 pm (Cottage Grove Rd). Or participants can meet at Warner park at 6pm.
TDS Triple Play Club ticket : All-You-Can-Eat Ball Park Food including burgers, brats, hotdogs, chicken breast, potato salad, coleslaw, and chips. Bottomless Soda and Water.

Register soon. Limited number of tickets available.
Register online at
Questions? Contact Lorrie at (608)204-3000
Future Planning: One Step at a Time
Taking the first steps toward future planning is important.  And we are here to help.

Over the last number of weeks, we have led you through six key worksheets to help you gather basic information to ease you into the future planning process.  These six worksheets cover the six key areas of future planning.  If you have run into questions along the way, now is the time to review your work. 

Take some time to learn more about the six areas of future planning.  Clicking on each of the links will lead you to videos and content to consider while gathering information and starting your plan.
You can go through the Future Planning process online using The Arc's interactive and user friendly format.  Click here to get started online.

You can find more information on Future Planning by clicking here and visiting our website.

Please share your questions with us!  Email Anne at and we will work to find answers and share information. 

If are interested in a Future Planning Overview presentation for your group, email Nicole at 
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