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

October 24, 2018 
My great concern is not whether you have failed,
but whether you are content with your failure.

~Abraham Lincoln
What's Happening at The Arc Dane County
Transportation to the Polls -  Vote November 6!
Finding transportation to the polls on election days can be a huge barrier for people with disabilities wanting to exercise their right to vote. Click here for some ideas to help you overcome this obstacle. 
Dane County's First Wings for All® Event - Success
Saturday, October 20, 2018

Click here to see the story that aired on WKOW.

Special thank you to our partners for working alongside us to create a wonderful experience.
  • Dane County Regional Airport
  • TSA
  • Delta Air Lines
  • The Arc, national office
  • The Arc Green County
  • The Arc Richland County 
Thank you to our Sponsors!
  • First Class Platinum Sponsor Magellan Health
  • Wheels Up Sponsor My Choice Family Care
  • Cruising Altitude Sponsor Care Wisconsin
  • Pepsi, Inc.
Photos and many more thanks are coming soon! 
NOTICE: FoodShare Reporting Requirements to be Provided Verbally during FoodShare Interviews
As a result of recent guidance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service, effective October 29, 2018, income maintenance (IM) agencies will now verbally provide FoodShare reporting requirements during FoodShare interviews at application and renewal.
During the FoodShare interview, applicants and members will be referred to their notices for specific reporting requirements for other programs they are enrolled in.
The information applicants and members are currently required to provide or report is not changing. Program-specific reporting requirements will still be included in notices, ACCESS Report My Changes, and the Enrollment and Benefits Handbook.
Go With Your Gut: Healthy Living = Healthy Bowel
Tuesday, November 13
9:00am - 12:00pm 
New Location: MARC South
901 Post Rd, Madison, WI 

The Course Includes:
  • Eating well on a budget
  • Simple ways to plan, shop, and cook healthy meals
  • Exercise and movement ideas for anyone
  • Constipation prevention
  • Alternatives to laxatives
  • Constipation dangers: impaction, obstruction, death
  • Ways to document bowel concerns
In This Issue
Upcoming  Events
The Arc National Events
Downtown Madison Accessibility Survey 
Downtown Madison, Inc (DMI) is beginning to embark on a new effort to ensure ALL people with disabilities are able to live, work, play, and visit the central city. DMI has formed a new committee, Beyond Compliance, that is leading the effort. DMI is committed to ensuring that people with disabilities guide this process, and that starts with this survey. This survey will take about 15 minutes to complete.

This survey includes seven sections:
1. Demographics
2. Mobility
3. Transportation
4. Private Businesses
5. Community Events
6. Parks and Open Spaces
7. Public Spaces and Semi-public Spaces

Click here to take the survey
**This survey is looking for responses from people with disabilities or people who support, assist, facilitate, or know someone with a disability.**
FC/IRIS Learning Circles
LOV-Dane and the Arc Dane County invite individuals and their families to participate in a Family Care/IRIS (FC/IRIS) Learning Circle. The Circle meets monthly, is led by families, and will sometimes include advocates among its friends.
The FC/IRIS Learning Circle is not a training event. It is a gathering within which people can learn together, using and sharing their own ideas and experiences, creating and strengthening connections with one another, engaging in problem-solving, and continuing the tradition of grassroots innovations which has long characterized our work together within Dane County.

Madison Learning Circle
When: Monday, October 29, 6-7:30pm
Where: Arboretum Cohousing, 1137 Erin St
Register: Click here to register through Eventbrite.

Stoughton Learning Circle
When: Wednesday, October 24, 5:30-7pm
Where: Elven Sted Community Room, 631 8th St
Register: Click here to register through Eventbrite.

Disclaimer: We created the FC/IRIS Learning Circles for families to come together and share their experiences and support during and after their transitions into Family Care and IRIS. The information and opinions shared in the group are personal and do not represent the opinions or positions of LOV-Dane.


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