As an office of The Arc of the United States, The Arc Wisconsin advocates for and with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families to improve their quality of life; expand opportunities; and to increase their full inclusion in all aspects of community throughout their lifetimes. The Arc Wisconsin strives to promote awareness and respect for the value, contributions and rights of all people with I/DD. Since 1960, The Arc Wisconsin has served individuals and their families through our locally affiliated chapters across the state. The Arc Wisconsin works to develop programs and advocate for public policy giving people with I/DD the opportunity to learn, live, and work inclusively in their communities.
Meet the State Director of The Arc Wisconsin
Lisa Pugh has worked for the disability community for years and has been Director of The Arc Wisconsin since December 2016. Previously she served as Public Policy Director for Disability Rights Wisconsin. She was appointed by President Obama to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. In 2009 Lisa was chosen for the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation Fellowship, working in the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor and the US Department of Education as a disability policy adviser. Earlier in her career she worked as an Outreach specialist and trainer with the University of Wisconsin’s Waisman Center. She was a Founding Member of Madison Partners for Inclusive Education and also has served as a volunteer on a number of other advisory committees and councils.
Learn More about The Arc Wisconsin by Watching this Short Video
You’re Invited to This Summer’s One Voice Wisconsin for Disability Rights!
Have plans for July 23 – 25? Join us for a statewide event in support of our disability community! One Voice Wisconsin for Disability Rights will bring together community members with and without disabilities from across the state to run, walk, bike, roll, and move together in support of disability rights. You can participate from wherever you want, and proceeds will go directly to local chapters and The Arc Wisconsin to assist and advocate for people with disabilities and their families who continue to experience impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how to participate here.