The Arc Wisconsin Academy

The Arc Wisconsin Academy is an exciting online learning opportunity that can help people with disabilities increase their leadership skills, improve their well-being, and learn to speak up for themselves and others. Built upon the principle of self-determination, courses are designed by experts in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and delivered right alongside self-advocate trainers. Content has been specifically designed for effective online learning for self-advocates in Wisconsin.

The Arc Wisconsin is an approved provider of Participant Education in the adult long-term care system (IRIS and Family Care). Make sure to contact your care manager or IRIS consultant about how to include this course in your plan.

The next course starts October 1, 2021. See below or share this Course Outline.

Here is a flyer about the course opportunity to share with self-advocates. Course calendar located here..

Classes starting in Fall 2021

Self-Advocacy Leadership in Action

This series will help you learn how to make good choices, stand up for yourself, and be more independent.

  • Lesson 1: Understanding Disability History and Learning Self-Advocacy Skills
  • Lesson 2: Knowing What You Want For Your Future
  • Lesson 3: Learning to Take Safe Risks
  • Lesson 4: Accepting Help From Other People
  • Lesson 5: Speaking Up For Yourself
  • Lesson 6: Being Proud of Who You Are and Teaching Others
  • Lesson 7: Knowing Your Policymakers

Tuition: $240
Tuition payment is due by October 1, 2021

The Arc Academy classes is an education for everyone because there is always something new to learn on how to advocate!
— Nathaniel Lentz, self-advocate student

Classes starting in April 2022


Adults with disabilities are three times more likely than people without disabilities to experience heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and cancer. HealthMatters™ is an evidence-based class for people with disabilities that will help you increase get control over your health and learn to make healthier choices.

  • Lesson 1: What Does It Mean to Be Healthy?
  • Lesson 2: Step Into Exercise
  • Lesson 3: The Fab Five
  • Lesson 4: How Much Food Is Too Much?
  • Lesson 5: Benefits Healthy Eating Has on Our Bodies
  • Lesson 6: Healthy Lifestyle Review

Tuition: $240
Tuition payment is due by April 1, 2022


Leah calls us up after every class bubbling up with what you talked about and how pumped she is. Bill and I think she is taking more initiative and a little more pride in herself. She’s been watching her eating. But it is a little bigger than that…about goals. It makes us feel so good to hear her clarity.
— Mary Curran Rhodes, parent of self-advocate student


Tuition is only $475 if registering for both classes. Tuition is  $240 for one class.

To start the registration process, please indicate your planned payment method:

My Family Care Plan

My IRIS Plan

I will pay on my own (private pay)

Register a Group of Students


This project was supported, in part by grant number 2001WISCDD-00, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.