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

December 19, 2018 
May your coming year be filled with
magic and dreams and good madness.
I hope you read some fine books and
kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful,
and don't forget to make some art -- write or
draw or build or sing or live as only you can.
And I hope, somewhere in the next year,
you surprise yourself.

  ~ Neil Gaiman

What's Happening at The Arc Dane County
People With Disabilities Have a Voice at the Governor-Elect's Table Governor-elect Tony Evers and Lt. Governor-elect Mandela Barnes announced their Next Generation Workforce and Economic Development Policy Advisory Council bringing experienced economic development stakeholders from across Wisconsin to work with the transition team on creating an economy that works for everyone.  Executive Director of The Arc Wisconsin, Lisa Pugh, has been named to this Advisory Council.

"More than 800,000 families in Wisconsin can't afford basic necessities. Investing in an economy that creates good-paying, family-supporting jobs for the people of Wisconsin is a top priority for our administration," said Evers.  Click here for the full release.
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
Your Year End Gift Will Make an Impact
You made the difference, helping people with disabilities have memorable experiences in 2018.

  • Because of you, hundreds of people with disabilities danced the afternoon away, sharing time with friends at our Winter Ball, Spring Ball, and Halloween Dance
  • Because of you, over 50 people with disabilities were able to practice getting on an airplane at Dane County Regional Airport in the Wings for All® program.  They are better prepared to experience the joy of travel! 
  • Because of you, hundreds of families received information and assistance with Future Planning.
  • Because of you, advocacy information is at the fingertips of hundreds of families throughout Dane County.
  • Because of you, families, guardians and people with disabilities are connecting and finding support.

Your gift to The Arc Dane County makes all of this, and more, possible.  Let's work together so that even more children and adults with developmental disabilities have the same opportunities, choices, rights, and respect due all people in our community.

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 You can send a check to:
The Arc Dane County
6602 Grand Teton Plaza
Madison, WI 53719 
You can also make your year end gift to The Arc Dane County, through the United Way.  By using code #1104 your gift will be designated to The Arc Dane County.
In This Issue
Upcoming  Events
The Arc Dane County's Annual Fruit Sale
January 1 - January 31
One of our biggest fundraisers of the year, offering the freshest CA and FL citrus fruits.  Order forms coming soon!

The Arc Dane County's 2019 Community Awards Banquet
April 25, 2019
Concourse Hotel
Award Nomination Forms coming soon!

The Arc National Events
For more event information click HERE, for online entry form click HERE 
For more event information click HERE, for online entry form click HERE
Youth Leadership Forum - 2019 Applications Available.
The Wisconsin Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) is a week-long leadership training and career awareness program for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors with disabilities.  This forum is a project of the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities.
WHERE: Edgewood College, Madison,WI
WHEN: June 16 - 21, 2019
*  There is NO CHARGE to attend the YLF. General program expenses are paid for by the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (WI-BPDD) and other sponsors.
Youth Leadership Forum is for:
  • Students who show leadership potential by being active in their school and community
  • Students who have a disability (physical, learning, cognitive, emotional, sensory, etc.)
  • Wisconsin residents
  • Students who are currently sophomores, juniors or seniors in high school
Why Attend the Youth Leadership Forum?
  • To give you a place to meet other students your age who are experiencing similar issues and concerns
  • To help you increase your leadership skills so you can further your future goals and reach them
  • To assist you in becoming a leader in your school and community.
Applications are due March 27, 2019.  Click here for more information and to start the application process.

Survival Coalition Statement on Governor's Signing of Extraordinary Session Bills


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The Arc Dane County | (608) 833-1199
6602 Grand Teton Plaza | Madison, WI 53719