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

September 26, 2018 
Great things are brought about and
burdens are lightened through the efforts of many hands
"anxiously engaged in a good cause."

~ M. Russell Ballard
What's Happening at The Arc Dane County
Family Care Waiver Renewal Solicitation for Ideas
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is preparing applications to renew the Family Care waivers. The Family Care program is administered through concurrent 1915(b) and 1915(c) federal Medicaid waivers which will expire on December 31, 2019.  DHS is requesting your input about what to include in the renewals. If you have ideas you would like us to consider including in the waiver renewals, read the
What specific challenges or unmet needs have you had in the conversion to Family Care?  What would you like to see changed?  Be as specific as you can be.  We want to hear from YOU.  Please email your feedback to our Director of Advocacy, Alice O'Connor at
Submit your ideas by October 10, 2018 to or by mail to:
Family Care Waiver Renewal Comments
DHS/DMS/BAPP - Room 518
PO Box 309
Madison, WI 53701-0309  
Wings for All®
We hope you will join us!
Saturday, October 20,11:15am - 3:00pm
Dane County Regional Airport

Registration must be received by October 1st to guarantee your t-shirt size - Limited spaces are available.  Secure your space now. 

For those who are registered, keep your eyes on your email for a special message with information to help you prepare for the event. 

Wings for All® is an airport rehearsal program for individuals with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD) who have either never flown before or who have had difficulties with a flight experience. 

This event is free for all participants; however online registration is required and done on a first-signed up, first-served basis until full. Parking vouchers will be provided.  Participants must arrange their own transportation to and from the airport.  We know there will be more demand for this event than the plane can accommodate.

Registration must be completed before October 1.
Special thank you to our partners: Dane County Regional Airport, TSA, Delta Air Lines, the national office of The Arc, and three chapters of The Arc Wisconsin:  The Arc Dane County, The Arc Green County and The Arc Richland County. 
Tickets are Available for The Arc Dane County's Annual Halloween Dance!
Sunday, October 28, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Pooley's--5441 High Crossing Blvd, Madison

$5.00 for The Arc-Dane County Members $10.00 for Non-members
  • Tickets must be preordered by October 19th
  • The ticket includes admission, dancing, snacks, a drink, pizza, & participation in the costume contest.
It's time to put on our favorite costumes and dance the afternoon away!

In This Issue
Upcoming  Events


Order Tickets by Oct 19
The Arc National Events

VSA Drumming Class
There are still spaces available!  Register today.

Saturday Drumming at
VSA Wisconsin
1709 Aberg Ave, Madison
10:30am - 11:30am
5 weeks beginning September 29, 2018
to register Call 608-241-2131 or email
Take Charge of Your Own Health Care Presented by The Waisman Center  
October 11, 2018, 10am - 12pm
2865 N Sherman Ave
Madison, WI 53704 United States
COST: $20 
This session will cover how to use the Self-Directed Health Care Kit . This kit is designed to help individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities (I/DD) advocate for their own health care and support clear communication between the individual and their health care practitioners. The kit includes a set of forms for tracking health care concerns and interventions. It has also been designed to help the person in a supportive role to help advocate for the individual and enhance the interaction between the individual and the health care practitioner.
UW-Whitewater LIFE Program
UW-Whitewater LIFE (Learning is for Everyone) will provide a complete college experience for young adults between the ages of 18-25 who have an intellectual disability. With ample supports, specialized instruction, residential living, and community integration, the program will serve a critical need in our region and community. The program will have two components, which includes a Basic Program (2 years) and an Advanced Program (2 years), that are designed to facilitate independent living and employment success for persons with significant cognitive limitations.
You can find complete program information on our webpage.  
UW-Whitewater LIFE will have an Open House on Thursday, September 27 from 9am to 3pm where families can visit campus, learn more about the program, and meet our staff. Register by clicking here. 
For further information, please contact Program Coordinator Ashlea Roselle at or 262-472-1905.
Survival Coalition of Statewide Disability Organizations Responds to State Agency Budget Requests
State agencies submitted their budget requests to Governor Walker last week. The Arc Dane County is a part of several Statewide advocacy groups, including The Survival Coalition, who pay close attention to the potential policies that trickle down and impact families at the local level.  The Survival Coalition of Disability Organizations of Wisconsin recognizes key funding initiatives intended to support people with disabilities in state agency budget requests shared this week, but also notes critical areas that continue to be ignored. Not surprisingly, the number one concern is lack of adequate transportation for people with disabilities.  In the months ahead it may be necessary to call upon you to contact your legislators or be a part of advocacy day efforts at the State Capitol. 
Take the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition Survey
The Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition has 230 completed surveys to date - help us reach 500!  We want to hear about your voting experiences in Wisconsin during the August 14, 2018 primary election. We are interested in accessibility and disability voter access at the polls. The results of this survey will help us to have a clearer picture of what the accessibility issues are for Wisconsin voters with disabilities and how they feel about their voting experiences. Please share your experiences by taking our survey! Your voice counts!
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