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

October 4, 2017 

I am only one, but I am one. 
I cannot do everything, but I can do something.
And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do. 
What's Happening at The Arc Dane County
Message From The Board President
With all that is going on in Dane County, it is important to keep in mind the many resources our National Arc office has for us. Weekly we are asked about work for our loved ones with disabilities, are there plans for helping when caregivers get older, what about school questions, how can we help get our loved ones included in the community? Check out the 2016 Arc National Report and see what is available. Our new State Arc Executive Director, Lisa Pugh, is bringing some of these programs to Wisconsin.  
Ken Hobbs, Board President
The Arc Dane County
Everybody's Golf Tourney - Success!

In This Issue
Upcoming  Events
The Arc National Events
The Arc Dane County Presents:
Making a Critical Choice:
What You Need to Know About The Family Care/IRIS Enrollment Process
October 19

The Arc Dane County has teamed up with multiple agencies who serve our community of people with disabilities to answer questions about the transition to Family Care/IRIS. 
You will learn about:
  • The role of the ADRC
  • A real family's experience
  • How Options Counseling works
  • Being an effective advocate in the new system
  • Your rights in FC/IRIS
Mark your Calendars
Thursday, October 19th
Choose the time that works best for you
10:30am - NOON or 6:30pm - 8:00pm

If you are affected by the change to Family Care/IRIS, we hope to see you at this very special seminar.
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month
The Arc understands that employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities remains a critical issue, as they face hardships over wages, training and support. People with disabilities deserve to be active participants in the workforce.

In early 2017 The Arc Dane County awarded Hy-Vee for their work creating employment opportunities for people with disabilities.  Hy-Vee understands the value of diversity and has been a leader in creating reasonable accommodations for their employees

"Americans of all abilities must have access to good, safe jobs," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. "Smart employers know that including different perspectives in problem-solving situations leads to better solutions. Hiring employees with diverse abilities strengthens their business, increases competition, and drives innovation."  Every October, NDEAM celebrates individuals with disabilities and their contributions and achievements to the American workforce.

We know stories like this happen all too often: Walmart Sued For Denying Reasonable Accommodations

While we exceed national and state averages for employment here in Dane County, we know we can always do more. Click here to read about employment training and service systems enhancements including adoption of Employment First. 

You can read The Arc's position statement on employment here.

Health Care Bill Pulled - Thank you!
Thanks to the hard work of activists across the country, the Senate pulled the health care bill last week. You called, you rallied, you shared your story - and once again, you showed the power of the disability community.

The Arc is proud to be with you in the challenges ahead.
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
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