State Budget Signed: What Does It Mean for Wisconsinites With Disabilities?
The Wisconsin state budget is signed with many helpful investments for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) this time around, including new funds for direct care workers and increases for respite care and the children’s long-term support program. One big disappointment was the continued neglect of students with disabilities, despite a small funding increase. Read The Arc Wisconsin’s budget statement and analysis.
While the Governor’s Task Force on Caregiving (announced in February) is yet to start its work, The Arc Wisconsin anticipates this group to be named very soon. The charge of the Task Force should continue to advance solutions to the state’s caregiver and direct care workforce crisis.
Helping People With I/DD Take Charge of Their Health
When 14-year-old Mac Austin of Verona, Wisconsin, goes to the doctor, sometimes the doctor doesn't even shake his hand or ask him questions. That's because Mac has Down syndrome and medical professionals often make assumptions about what people with I/DD can understand. The Arc is working to change this by creating new tools like this Letter to My Doctors, which helps people with I/DD work with their doctors and take charge of their health.
Mac has also found the power of a friend in his doctor visits. Recently, he and best friend Delaney spoke to a group of 300 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, including medical students, physician’s assistant students, nursing students, social work students, genetic counseling students, professors, and doctors. Read Mac's and Delaney's statements here.
August Is a Key Time to Talk Disability
Our friends in Washington (otherwise known as our elected officials in Congress) will be home on Congressional recess this August. This is a great time to schedule a visit to talk about community living, competitive integrated employment, or special education policies and funding.
Sign up earlyfor our October 3 webinar to hear from experts from the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia. Limited spots are available!
Help Us Advocate for Wisconsinites With I/DD and Their Families!
The Arc Wisconsin needs your support to continue to advocate for the types of communities we all want. Welcoming, inclusive places that support people with I/DD and their families to live their best life. Help us help people find their voice! Donate now.