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

August 15, 2018 
It is vital that when educating our children's brains  
that we do not neglect to educate their hearts.
~ Dalai Lama 
What's Happening at The Arc Dane County
Wings for All®  
is Coming to Dane County!
Learn how you can participate in this life-changing event 

Mark Your Calendar
Saturday, October 20
The Arc Dane County is excited to announce that we have a Wings for All® event scheduled at the Dane County Regional Airport on Saturday, October 20. The Wings for All®/Wings for Autism® program involves a partnership among The Arc (national office), a local chapter of The Arc, an airport and an airline. Many airports around the country now hold Wings events.  Here, the partnership is among the 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. 
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.  If flying has been a challenge for your family member with I/DD or anyone else you know, you or other families should make sure to sign up for membership in The Arc Dane County, with paid 2018-19 membership fee received at the office of The Arc no later than noon on August 24, in order to have the best chance of being able to participate. 
This event is free for all participants; however online registration is required and done on a first-signed up, first-served basis until full. We know there will be more demand for this event than the plane can accommodate. 
Members of The Arc Dane County will have a priority sign-up period the week before Labor Day, before registration is opened to the general public after Labor Day.  Shortly before August 27, current members of The Arc Dane County will receive an email or other notification with the link to access the priority on-line registration. Participants with I/DD are allowed to have one family member or other companion accompany them to the event where they will thoroughly rehearse all aspects of a real flight experience including: check-in, TSA security, waiting at the gate, and boarding the plane (which will stay on the ground). After de-boarding, families will complete an event survey, receive a gift bag, and enjoy a short reception. 
Airport personnel, TSA agents and Delta Air Lines personnel are all volunteering their time (and also the Delta Air Lines plane!) for this event, and we have many excited people - the volunteers, the planning committee, and members of The Arc Dane County.  Even if you don't think your family member would need this experience, you may know other families who have someone with an intellectual or developmental disability who might benefit from this free rehearsal experience and who should be sure their membership in The Arc Dane County is current.
In This Issue
Upcoming  Events
The Arc National Events
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. 

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
home_keys_planning.jpg Future Planning: One Step at a Time
You've gone through the worksheets and possibly contacted a legal professional.  But, have you decided who fills each of the roles on your future planning team?

Ask the person with I/DD who he or she would like to invite as part of the team, which can include the person with I/DD, parents, siblings, other family members, friends, legal and financial professionals, and other important people in the person's life. Some of these people may live out-of-state but should be included if they play a large role in the person's life. This team works together to identify and take steps to create the supports the person will need.

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 
Join The Fun - Join the Education
Join the Support - Join The Arc
2018 Membership Drive 
It is time for The Arc Dane County's annual membership drive!  Our membership cycle is from July 1 to June 30 of each year.   
Your membership provides financial support for our work promoting advocacy, social & educational events, and information sharing.

You also receive these wonderful benefits:
  • Part of national Arc focusing on policy issues that affect the disabled from the halls of Congress, Department of Health Services all the way to our own communities
  • Inclusive social events
  • Discounted ticket prices to dances
  • Ongoing educational programs
  • Exclusive educational materials and worksheets
  • The Messenger (our e-newsletter) and
  • Quick access to current information & relevant to services in Dane County, Wisconsin and Nationwide-The Arc Dane County curates information & news to help you find topics relevant to you
  • Collaboration with other organizations and the slightly different roles they play in advocating for people with disabilities in Dane County
It's August Recess - Time to Advocate!  Watch, Share, and Take Action
The House and Senate are both on recess - the Senate for the first two weeks of August and the House all month. This means Members of Congress are home, and they need to hear about the issues important to you.  Watch this video and
What Do You Advocate For?
What Do You Advocate For?
Are You a Member Yet?
Your membership in The Arc Dane County helps us continue to offer up to date advocacy, education, and social activities.

The Arc Dane County | (608) 833-1199
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