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

February 22, 2017 

No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn't trying.

~Tony Robbins
What's Happening at The Arc Dane County
Community Award Nominations are Due
With just 15 minutes of your time, help us HONOR THOSE MAKING A BIG IMPACT! Nominate that special someone for The Arc of Dane County Community Awards - DEADLINE IS FEB 22nd.  

The 67th Annual Meeting and Community Awards Banquet is April 20th, 2017 at the Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club. This is an incredible opportunity to recognize those individuals and agencies who do great work and provide support to our communities with disabilities.

As our support network continues to find innovative and caring ways to support our community with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and nominating someone for an award is a great way to let people know they MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Categories include:
* Adult Family Home Sponsor
* Community Support
* Corporate Support
* Direct Care Giver
* Educator
* Elected Official
* Employer
* Landlord
* Lifetime Achievement
* Media
* Parent Advocate
* Self-Advocate
* Volunteer

The nomination process is an EASY ONE PAGE FORM. Please help us recognize these wonderful people and organizations.

The event will take place on April 20th, 2017 at the Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club.
Nomination Forms are here:
The Arc 2017 Spring Ball
Get your dancing shoes ready for this year's Spring Ball.  We will be dancing the afternoon away at the Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club on Sunday April 30th from 2pm - 5pm.  We hope you can join us for a fun  afternoon of dancing, friends and celebrating the spring season. 

Tickets are available on a first come first serve basis.  Don't wait to get yours, they sell out fast!  Ticket Request Forms are due on or before April 10th. 
Fruit Sort Volunteers Needed
Your support of our largest annual fundraiser is so important to The Arc Dane County.  We hope you will consider joining us for the annual fruit sort.  It's a great time to mingle among friends and support our fundraising goals. 

This year the fruit sort is scheduled for:
Thursday, March 2 at 5pm
Second Harvest Food Bank
2802 Dairy Drive, Madison, WI, 53718

As a thank you for your hard work, we will feed all of our volunteers when we are finished.

To sign up, please call Bob Kortkamp at 608-444-6839.
In This Issue
Upcoming  Events
The Arc National Events
State Budget Trainings
Want to learn about what's in the Wisconsin State Budget?  Concerned about whether supports people with disabilities need will continue to be funded? Attend a State Budget Training in your area.

The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities, The Arc Wisconsin and Disability Rights Wisconsin are partnering to bring budget trainings about disability issues to as many communities as possible during the months of February and March.

The Dane County session is brought to you by The Arc Dane Counting and Living our Visions:
March 22, 6 - 8 PM
Orchard Ridge Church of Christ
1501 Gilbert Rd., Madison

Governor Walker's Budget puts $86.9 million Toward Medicaid Management Information System
Governor Scott Walker's budget puts $86.9 million toward a new contract for the Medicaid management information system, the majority of which comes through federal matching dollars.
The state would spend $10.4 million in general purpose revenue on the system, with the other $76.5 million coming from the federal government, over the next two years. 
The system will allow support claims processing as well as enrollment and customer service for members and providers, she said. It will also help with federal and state reporting, program integrity requirements and data analytics.

We have no idea right now how this will affect services, timeliness or quality for our Dane County population.
Disability Rights Wisconsin Listening Session
Your participation can help shape DRW's advocacy plans for the future.  Come and speak or just listen to what others in our community have to say.  The session will begin with an introduction to Disability Rights Wisconsin, presented by DRW Executive Director Dan Idzikowski. Click here for the event flyer.

Friday, March 3, 2017 from 4:00 to 6:30 PM
Informational Session: 4:00-4:30
Presented by DRW Executive Director Dan Idzikowski
Board Listening Session: 4:30 - 6:30
Warner Park Community Recreation Center
1625 Northport Dr., Madison, WI
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