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

November 15, 2017 

  Everybody is a genius. 
But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree,
it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.

~Albert Einstein
What's Happening at The Arc Dane County
Making a Critical Choice: Your Biggest Questions Answered About The Family Care/IRIS Transition
For those of you who attended our October 19th educational seminar on the Family Care/IRIS transition, or those of you who were not able to attend but are looking for as many resources as possible, we have answers.  We collected your questions and worked with experts to respond to you.  Click here to see the list of questions and answers.

We would like to thank our presenters and expert partners: ADRC of Dane County, Developmental Disabilities Coalition of Dane County, Disability Rights  Wisconsin, LOV Dane

2018 Winter Ball
The date has been set!
Sunday, January 7, 2018
Concourse Hotel

Are you ready to dance the afternoon away, dressed in your winter best?  There will be plenty of dancing, hors d'ouevres, and time with friends.  Tickets are available now

The deadline for purchasing tickets is December 27.
We need your help!  We are seeking volunteers to enjoy the party, dance with the attendees and keep things moving smoothly.  If you are interested in volunteer opportunities at the Winter Ball, please contact Mark Lederer by email at
In This Issue
Upcoming  Events
The Arc National Events
Because of Your Generosity
You made the difference, helping people with disabilities have equal opportunities in 2017.

  • Because of you, over 250 families had questions answered by the experts regarding the Family Care/IRIS transition.  
  • Because of you, over 300 people with disabilities danced the afternoon away, sharing time with friends.  
  • Because of you, parents of school-aged children with developmental disabilities throughout Dane County are receiving information and presentations about transitioning out of the school system.  With over 5 district presentations to date you have helped us reach almost 100 parents.
  • Because of you, advocacy information is at the fingertips of hundreds of families throughout Dane County.
  • Because of you, families, guardians and people with disabilities are connecting and finding support.
Your gift to The Arc Dane County makes all of this, and more, possible.  Let's keep working together so that even more children and adults with developmental disabilities have the same opportunities, choices, rights, and respect due all people in our community.
You can send a check to:
The Arc Dane County
6602 Grand Teton Plaza
Madison, WI 53719 
Did you know, you can make your year end gift to The Arc Dane County, through the United Way.  By using code #1104 your gift will be designated to The Arc Dane County. 
Coming Soon!
In our next newsletter, we will be announcing a series of regionally located seminars addressing the Family Care/IRIS transition.  This is a continuation of our seminars held in October and November.  Much more information is coming soon.  Be assured, we are listening to your questions and putting together programing that will be educational and helpful.
Wisconsin Advocacy
Employment First Bill:
The Arc Wisconsin has led a coalition of groups that are working to improve employment policies for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This month Representative James Edming (R); Jimmy Anderson (D) and Senator Tom Tiffany (R) introduced a bi-partisan employment bill with 43 legislator co-sponsors. This bill also has the support of disability advocacy organizations and employment service providers (sheltered workshops). Tell your legislator to support the Employment First bill! Find more information here.
Supported Decision-Making Bill:
The Arc Wisconsin is working closely with BPDD, DRW, and GWAAR (aging groups) to create an alternative to guardianship in Wisconsin that lets older adults and people with disabilities retain control over major decisions in their life, while also asking for support when necessary. This is an exciting development! Go here to learn more and ask your own legislator to support this bill!
Thank You For Your Support
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
6602 Grand Teton Plaza | Madison, WI 53719