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

April 11, 2018 
Never underestimate the importance of having a person
in your life who can always make you smile.

~ Zig Ziglar 
What's Happening at The Arc Dane County
All you Need to Know about Opening an ABLE Account or Special Needs Trust in Wisconsin
On March 28th The Arc Wisconsin hosted an on-line presentation on Special Needs Financial Planning to discuss both ABLE accounts and special needs trusts (SNTs), and how these planning tools interact with one another.  The Arc Dane County is proud to co-sponsor this educational event.  Click here to view the presentation and other materials from the webinar.
The Arc Dane County 2018 Awards Banquet
Ticket Sales Extended to April 19th

Thursday, April 26, 2018
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club

Join The Arc Dane County as we recognize those individuals and agencies who do great work and provide support to our communities with disabilities.  We are proud to honor those who are making the biggest impact!  Click here for the full list of awardees.

Leah Linscheid of WISC will host the event and Richardo Meguel Vasquez, The Mirimba Man, will provide the evening's festive entertainment.

Siblings Day 2018
Last Chance to Register - Space is Limited

Saturday, April 21, 2018
8:45am - 3:00pm
Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish
401 S Owen Drive, Madison
The Arc Dane County is proud to co-sponsor Siblings Day 2018.  This is a special day created for the siblings of our loved ones with disabilities.  This event is geared towards children in grades kindergarten through middle school and is only for the siblings with no disability.  Siblings Day is designed to focus on a sibling's special place in their family and community.  P re-registration is REQUIRED.  Click here for more information.
Family Care/IRIS Transition
Family Care & IRIS Ombudsman Program

Through a contract with the Department of Health Services (DHS), Disability Rights Wisconsin serves as an independent ombudsman for people who are enrolled or in the process of enrolling in Family Care or IRIS. 'Ombudsman' is a Swedish word for someone who is an advocate.

The Family Care and IRIS Ombudsman services are available to people who are experiencing problems with these long-term care programs. Ombudsman services are free and confidential.  Learn More

In This Issue
Upcoming  Events
Concourse Hotel
Deadline for Tix is April 3
The Arc National Events
Traveling With Your Special Needs Child
Wings for All® is an airport "rehearsal" specially designed for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. The programs are designed to alleviate the stress that families who have a child with autism or intellectual/developmental disabilities experience when flying. Read more.

The Arc Dane County, The Arc Green County, and The Arc Richland County, with assistance from The Arc national office, is planning a Wings for All event at the Dane County Airport, possibly sometime this fall.  Watch The Messenger for future announcements.  If you are not yet a member of one of these chapters, please join your chapter right away!
While we are busy planning this one of a kind event, click here for some great tips on traveling with your autistic child.  Ron Giordan, local blogger and co-founder of the respite care facility Gio's Garden, shares his firsthand experience.  Ron's tips were shared nationally by Blue Trunk Foundation.

Ron and his wife, Charlotte, live in Madison, Wisconsin with their two boys, Giovanni and Benicio.  Ron and Charlotte started the respite care home Gio's Garden to help special needs families get respite care.  Please visit for more information.
Wisconsin News
Bill to Increase Mainstream Employment Signed Into Law

Proposed work requirements could add uncertainties to Wisconsin's Medicaid system

Laptop of a Wisconsin TMG IRIS Consultant Was Stolen

Waisman Center Welcomes a Center Leader to Director Position

Qiang Chang, a longstanding member of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Waisman Center's leadership team, has been named the new director of the center following a nationwide search.  Chang will assume the position as director on July 1 and report to the UW-Madison vice chancellor for research and graduate education.

"The Waisman Center has a long and rich history as a multidisciplinary center devoted to the study of human development, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases throughout the lifespan," says Chang, who will be the center's sixth director.  "It's truly an honor to be able to lead such a dedicated and world-class cohort of faculty and affiliates that are working together in basic and translational research to understand developmental disabilities and develop effective treatments for some of the most challenging disorders. I also look forward to fostering the center's strong partnerships on campus and in the community."  Click here for full article. 

Collin's Law Signed by Governor Walker
Two years ago, Buffi Mitchell started advocating for change after her son Collin experienced a routine traffic stop that went poorly due to the officer not being aware of an invisible disability that impacted how Collin communicates. 

Collin's Law creates an optional registry with the Department of Motor Vehicles that alerts officers to an invisible disability. When applying for a driver's license, individuals will be able to fill out a brief form identifying their invisible disability and include additional information they want law enforcement officers to have access to. This registry is electronically linked to a driver's license or vehicle registry. When an officer runs a license plate during a traffic stop, the notification identifying the invisible disability and possible symptoms pops up to alert officers to the driver's status. This is an optional registry that gives individuals flexibility in advocating for themselves and easing interactions during stressful times. Both mental health groups and law enforcement participated in developing this law that ensures privacy while still giving law enforcement helpful notice of how to approach situations differently.

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