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

June 20, 2018 
Always remember that you are absolutely unique.  
Just like everyone else. 
~ Margaret Mead 
What's Happening at The Arc Dane County
Special Needs / Sensory Friendly Monthly Jump Time at Rockin' Jump 
Rockin' Jump Madison - The Ultimate Trampoline Park hosts a special, sensory friendly jump time exclusively for special needs children and adults.  
Occurs every first Monday of each month from 4pm - 6pm. $10 for special needs jumper and one caregiver.  
Rockin' Jump Madison is located at 2700 Novation Pkwy, Madison, WI 53713.
laptop-glasses-girl.jpg Take this Short Self-determination Survey!
If you are 18 years and older, experience any disabilities (learning, physical, intellectual), and are curious about your self-determination status, take this short survey from the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities! It only takes about 10 minutes to complete, and every participant who completes the survey will receive a $5 gift card for their time.

Take the survey at  
If you are interested or have questions, contact Mayumi Hagiwara at
MSCR Adaptive End of Summer Celebration
MSCR Adaptive recreation is hosting an End of Summer trip to watch the Madison Mallards take on the Lakeshore Chinooks.  
Thursday August 2, 2018 
Game starts at 7 pm 
Ticket Cost - $20.00 
Tickets include bus transportation, a ticket within the TDS Triple Play Club (including all you can eat food and drink), and a Mallards Bobblehead.
Transportation: MSCR will have two meet up locations Memorial High School at 5:00 pm (Mineral Point Rd entrance) and MSCR East at 5:30 pm (Cottage Grove Rd). Or participants can meet at Warner park at 6pm.
TDS Triple Play Club ticket : All-You-Can-Eat Ball Park Food including burgers, brats, hotdogs, chicken breast, potato salad, coleslaw, and chips. Bottomless Soda and Water.

Register soon. Limited number of tickets available.
Register online at
Questions? Contact Lorrie at (608)204-3000
2018 Everybody's Golf Tourney - Register Today!
The Arc Dane County and our volunteer planning committee are busy planning this year's golf outing.  This is an important fundraiser for our organization to continue providing education, networking and advocacy.  Won't you join us?  Online registration is now open.

The 2018 Everybody's Golf Tourney
Friday, September 14th
The Meadows of Sixmile Creek, Waunakee

If you are interested in supporting this event by providing a door prize or raffle item, please send an email to Anne Stevens at
2018 Sales Tax Holiday
A sales tax holiday is a temporary exemption period where sales of certain items are exempt from Wisconsin sales and use tax.  Wisconsin's first sales tax holiday will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, and continue through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 5, 2018.


During the sales tax holiday, the following items are exempt (not taxable):

  • Clothing, if the sales price of any single item is $75 or less
  • A computer purchased for the purchaser's personal use, if the sales price of the computer is $750 or less
  • School computer supplies purchased for the purchaser's personal use, if the sales price of any single item is $250 or less
  • School supplies, if the sales price of any single item is $75 or less
During the sales tax holiday, the following items continue to be taxable:
  • Clothing accessories or equipment
  • Protective equipment
  • School art supplies
  • School instructional materials
In This Issue
Upcoming  Events

The Arc National Events
July 2 is the Deadline for Wisconsin's Child Tax Rebate
Wisconsin's Child Tax Rebate is a $100 rebate for Wisconsin sales and use tax paid on purchases made for raising a qualified child in 2017.

A person may claim the rebate if they have a qualified child. Only one person may claim the rebate for that child. A person may claim a $100 rebate for each qualified child. A rebate may not be claimed on behalf of a deceased person.

A qualified child must be:
  • Under the age of 18 on December 31, 2017
  • The claimant's dependent for tax year 2017, as defined under sec. 152 of the Internal Revenue Code. A dependent is defined as a qualifying child or a qualifying relative. For more information, and for definitions of a qualifying child and qualifying relative, see federal Publication 501, Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information.
  • A United States citizen, and A resident of Wisconsin on December 31, 2017.
Future Planning: One Step at a Time
Taking the first step towards future planning is important.  And it's not quite as scary as you may think. 

The first step is to gather some basic information.  You have now completed the About Me, Where I Live, and Daily Activities and Social Connections worksheets.  It's time to take a look at Daily and Major Life Changes.  In the Daily and Major Life Changes section, you will gather information about your legal arrangements pertaining to a guardian or power of attorney.  This 2-page worksheet will help you keep important information in one place.
You can go through the process online in an interactive and user friendly format.  Or, you can start by printing a paper copy.
Click here to get started online
You can find more information on Future Planning by clicking here and visiting our website.

Please share your questions with us!  Email Anne at and we will work to find answers and share information. 

If are interested in a Future Planning Overview presentation for your group, email Nicole at 
hotdog_picnic.jpg LOV's Annual Summer Picnic
Join LOV Dane on June 24th for their annual LOV Picnic.  They will have all of the usual summer picnic fun, PLUS a Rock Paper Scissors Tournament!!
Sunday, June 24, 2018 
Demetral Park Shelter 
601 N 6th St, Madison

RSVPs are strongly encouraged!  Click here to RSVP

As in year's past, the picnic will be a potluck. LOV Dane will have lemonade, water, and soda available, but you are welcome to bring your own drink of choice.

If your last name starts with...
A-M, bring a main dish.
N-S, bring a side dish or salad.
T-Z, bring a dessert.

What is the Rock Paper Scissors Tournament?
The Rock Paper Scissors (RPS) Tournament will happen during the picnic. RPS is a simple game that anyone can play. The tournament will be free to participate in, there will be awesome prizes, and a trophy for the first place winner.

*Please, consider bringing lawn games for your family and others to enjoy. These might include kites, hula hoops, chalk, bean bag toss, parachute, etc.
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