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

November 29, 2017 

  Don't compare yourself with anyone in this world...
if you do so, you are insulting yourself.

~Bill Gates
What's Happening at The Arc Dane County
Your New Reality-2018 and Beyond: Protecting People With Disabilities in Family Care & IRIS
We understand the Family Care/IRIS transition is a challenge and we are working to continue our series, bringing you the best and most helpful information.  We are busily developing content and will have updates, a flier, and registration shortly for meetings taking place in January.  These meetings will take place regionally to better support you.

In the meantime, please save these tentative dates:
  • Thursday, January 11 - Sun Prairie School District Offices (6-7:30pm)
  • Wednesday, January 17 - Cross Plains Public Library
  • Thursday, January 18 - Stoughton Public Library (tentative)
We will share updates as soon as they are available.
2018 Winter Ball
Sunday, January 7, 2018
Concourse Hotel

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

The deadline for purchasing tickets is December 27.
We need your help!  We are seeking volunteers to enjoy the party, dance with the attendees and keep things moving smoothly.  If you are interested in volunteer opportunities at the Winter Ball, please contact Mark Lederer by email at
In This Issue
Upcoming  Events

The Arc National Events
IRIS/Family Care Learning Circle
The Dane County Arc and LOV-Dane invite all individuals, families and their friends to participate in an IRIS/Family Care Learning Circle. The Circle will meet monthly, will be led by families, and will include Lynn Breedlove and Dennis Harkins among it's friends.
The IRIS/Family Care Learning Circle will not be a training event. It will instead offer a place and a process within which people can learn together, using and sharing their own ideas and experiences. From these gatherings we believe people who choose to receive support and services through IRIS or Family Care will learn from one another, will create or strengthen connections with one another, will engage in problem-solving, and will continue the tradition of grassroots innovation which has long characterized our work together within Dane County.
December 11, 2017
5:30pm - 7:00pm
LOV Dane Offices
122 E Olin Ave Suite 100, Madison 


Because of Your Generosity
You made the difference, helping people with disabilities have equal opportunities in 2017.

  • Because of you, over 250 families had questions answered by the experts regarding the Family Care/IRIS transition.  
  • Because of you, over 300 people with disabilities danced the afternoon away, sharing time with friends.  
  • Because of you, parents of school-aged children with developmental disabilities throughout Dane County are receiving information and presentations about transitioning out of the school system.  With over 5 district presentations to date you have helped us reach almost 100 parents.
  • 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 keep working 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.
You can send a check to:
The Arc Dane County
6602 Grand Teton Plaza
Madison, WI 53719 
Did you know, you can 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. 
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Thank You For Your Support
Your membership in The Arc Dane County helps us continue to offer up to date advocacy, education, and social activities.

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