Learn about Supported Decision-Making in Wisconsin

 *NEW – Wisconsin Department of Health Services Supported Decision-Making Agreement Form On April 16, 2018 Governor Walker signed Supported Decision-Making into Law in Wisconsin, giving individuals with disabilities, older adults and families an alternative to more restrictive guardianship. Wisconsin among the first states to enact this type of legislation. Read the law here. Find the […]

The Arc Wisconsin 2019-2021 Biennial Budget Testimony

The Arc Wisconsin testified before the state legislature’s Joint Finance Committee on April 15 in River Falls, outlining priorities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Read The Arc Wisconsin’s testimony here. See the full list of The Arc Wisconsin’s biennial budget requests here.

Protect and Improve Special Education in the State Budget

Families across Wisconsin are reporting concerns about the quality of special education for their children with disabilities. There is finally a chance to make things better in the next state budget. The state now only covers one-quarter of all special education costs. Governor Evers is proposing an increased state reimbursement for special education costs, up […]

State Budget Materials Helpful for Self-Advocates

The Arc Wisconsin’s partnership with People First Wisconsin means we work together to develop policy materials that are easy for self-advocates to use. Please share these 2019-2021 Biennial Budget resources for self-advocates widely: People First Wisconsin 2019-2021 Budget Overview Presentation People First Wisconsin 2019-2021 Governor’s Budget Summary Find The Arc Wisconsin’s complete budget recommendations here.  […]

Read The Arc Wisconsin’s 2019-2021 Biennial Budget Recommendations

The 2019-2021 Biennial Budget will fund programs and supports for people with disabilities and their families over the next two years. Disability advocates must take steps to ensure the issues they care about are prioritized in the state budget. Read The Arc Wisconsin’s recommendations for the budget here. Read about individual issues you are interested […]

Expanding Access to ABLE Accounts in Wisconsin

What is an ABLE Account? ABLE accounts allow eligible[1] Wisconsin residents with disabilities to save money (or allow parents to save for their children) without changing eligibility for Medicaid (including programs like Family Care, IRIS, Katie Beckett) and SSI, or without reducing their monthly SSI payments. ABLE Accounts encourage people with disabilities to work and earn […]

Transition Saturday: The Arc and Innovative Support Services Join Forces to Provide Vital Supports to Youth with Disabilities

Innovative Support Services (ISS), a Racine-based disability services agency, and The Arc Wisconsin are joining forces with the Racine Unified School District and other community partners to celebrate Transition Day Saturday March 23, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Gateway Technical College. Transition Day is an education event for parents and students with […]

The Arc Wisconsin supports Bill to Remove R-Word for State Rules

The Arc Wisconsin supports efforts by the State Legislature to remove the offensive R-Word from state administrative rules. Assembly Bill 20 would change the R-word term to “intellectual disability” in rules  promulgated by the Department of Health Services, the Department of Children and Families, the Public Service Commission, the Department of Safety and Professional Services, and […]

Review of the Governor’s 2019-2021 Budget

People with disabilities and their families are gearing up to advocate for things they want  funded and changed in the next state budget. The Governor unveiled his budget in an address February 28. Read The Arc Wisconsin’s reaction to the budget here. The Arc Wisconsin hosted a March 7 webinar along with the Wisconsin Board […]

The Arc Wisconsin Reacts to Governor’s Budget: Will Work for Bi-Partisan Support

Tens of thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families across Wisconsin have a lot to celebrate and advocate for in Governor Evers’ budget in coming months. On Thursday evening Governor Evers announced his support and proposed funding for various critical initiatives that disability advocates have been hoping for. “The recognition […]