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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 […]

Employers Feeling the Impact of Working Caregivers

Eighty-eight percent of employers identify caregiving as an increasingly important issue in the next five years. The Arc Wisconsin along with the Wisconsin Family and Caregiver Support Alliance has issued this paper on the impact of caregiving on Wisconsin employers.  The Wisconsin Family and Caregiving Support Alliance has been focusing on this issue. See our […]

The Arc Wisconsin and Member Chapters Weigh in on the DHS Budget

The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee votes on funding for the Department of Health Services (DHS) budget on Tuesday, June 4. The DHS budget includes funding for all Medicaid programs  that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families rely on, including Family Care, IRIS and the Children’s Long-Term Support program. The proposed budget […]

The Arc Wisconsin will Continue to Advocate for Increased Funding for Students with Disabilities

Families of students with disabilities across Wisconsin are reporting significant concerns about the eroding quality of special education supports and inclusion in their schools. The Arc Wisconsin is disappointed that the majority members of the Joint Finance (budget) Committee did not hear these concerns and instead proposed a significantly smaller increase in funding than what […]

Join The Arc Wisconsin Policy Insiders!

When you join The Arc Wisconsin Policy Insiders you get the latest information straight from Washington, DC. Your exclusive, all-access Insiders pass will grant you access to: Live webinars from Washington, DC Exclusive materials A direct line to The Arc’s public policy experts, who are a daily presence in the halls of Congress – meeting […]

The Arc Wisconsin Shares new Dementia Resource Directory

Researchers in the field of intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) believe there are at least 180,000 older adults with I/DD in the US. Of these people, 11,000 will be affected by dementia. Most people with I/DD in general are as likely as older adults without disabilities to have dementia. However, people with Down syndrome are more likely […]

The Arc Wisconsin is Increasing Awareness about the Risk of Alzheimer’s for People with Down syndrome

Researchers in the field of intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) believe there are at least 180,000 older adults with I/DD in the US. Of these people, 11,000 will be affected by dementia. Most people with I/DD in general are as likely as older adults without disabilities to have dementia. However, people with Down syndrome are more likely […]

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 […]