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

January 3, 2018

Let our New Year's resolution be this:  
we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity,  
in the finest sense of the word.  
~Goran Persson 
What's Happening at The Arc Dane County
Annual Fruit Sale Going On Now!
The Arc Dane County has been selling healthy, fresh fruit for the past 33 years.  It is our largest fundraiser of the year and helps us prepare financially for the year's programming, events, and advocacy activities. 

In the cold days of winter, we are all craving that beautiful citrus fruit that reminds us summer is just around the corner.  Don't miss your chance for Sweet California Navel Oranges and fresh Florida Indian River Red Grapefruit. Plus, you'll support these very worthwhile causes:
  • The Arc-Dane County - to help us continue our support of people with disabilities and their families.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank - to benefit families in need to nutritious food.  (Second Harvest receives donations of food from many sources, but very little fresh fruit.  As a result of your past contributions, we have given over 22 tons of fresh fruit to food banks)
You have until January 26, 2018 to place your order.   
Order pick-up will be February 24, 2018 (pick up locations and pricing listed under "More Information"). 

Are You a Member Yet?
Your membership provides financial support for our work promoting advocacy, social & educational events and information sharing. You also receive these wonderful benefits:
  • Part of national Arc focusing on policy issues that affect the disabled from the halls of Congress, Department of Health Services all the way to our own communities
  • Inclusive social events, ongoing educational programs
  • 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 disabled people in Dane County

In This Issue
Upcoming  Events
The Arc National Events
Space is Still Available. Don't Forget to Register!
Our New Reality: Making Sense of Family Care & IRIS in the Transition Period and Beyond
The Arc Dane County, LOV Dane, Third Place Group, and the Long Term Care Coalition are teaming up to support as many families as possible through the Family Care/IRIS transition.  These upcoming, regionally based sessions are designed to inform, provide guidance, and help you connect with other families working through the transition.

We will share clear, factual information about Family Care and IRIS. Share information on how we can work together to preserve, and advocate for outcomes and services we care about during the transition and moving forward.  In addition, we will learn from other families and individuals on hand who will share their experiences with IRIS and managed care and their decision making processes.
Programming is geared towards , guardians, self-advocates & families of adults (18yrs & over) with developmental disabilities.  Mark your calendars now!  Pre-registration is required.
  • Thursday, January 11 - Sun Prairie School District Offices, 6-7:30pm
  • Wednesday, January 17 - Rosemary Garfoot Public Library in Cross Plains, 6-7:30pm
  • Thursday, January 18 - Stoughton Public Library, 6-7:30pm
The Arc Dane County | (608) 833-1199
6602 Grand Teton Plaza | Madison, WI 53719