Learn about Supported Decision-Making in Wisconsin

 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 Supported Decision-Making Agreement form here. Read our press release about the […]

The Arc Wisconsin Webinar Series – False Confessions: An Update on the WI Making a Murderer Case and People with I/DD in the Criminal Justice System

Many people in Wisconsin and across the country are familiar with the popular Netflix series, Making a Murderer, but don’t know how this Wisconsin criminal case is generating important discussion around how people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) experience the criminal justice system. Recently The Arc recognized Steve Drizin the lawyer who represented Brendan […]

National Survey Demonstrates the Strain on Wisconsin Families Supporting Loved Ones with Disabilities

Print our press release. Wisconsin families with a loved one with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) are feeling the pressures of caregiving now more than ever according to a new national survey released this week by The Arc. Nearly 100 Wisconsin families responded to the national Family & Individual Needs for Disability Supports or FINDS […]

We want to Hear from People with I/DD: Survey Opportunity

The Arc’s Center for Future Planning is collaborating with Boston University and Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) to work on a project focused on people with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) who also identify as having a mental health challenge. Up to 40 percent of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) experience co-occurring mental illness. In The […]

Act on an Opportunity to Improve Special Education Supports

  The State Legislature’s Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding will convene an important meeting with an opportunity for public testimony in Madison on June 4. Parents statewide are reporting significant erosion of special education supports for students with disabilities. Families and school districts attribute this to lack of funding. Specifically, the Wisconsin legislature has […]

Employment First Materials and Data in Wisconsin

2018 Employment First Conference – State Legislative Update  UW-Whitewater Survey of Sub-Minimum Wage Workers – 2017 Wisconsin National Core Indicators Survey Results Summary Complete National Core Indicators Survey Results Post-School Outcomes for youth with intellectual disabilities Post-School Outcomes for youth with autism Wisconsin Department of Health Services Memo on Pre-Vocational Services  DHS Non-Residential Settings Survey […]

The Arc Wisconsin Supports Advocates in Washington, D.C.

In April 2018 a group of Wisconsin Disability advocates traveled to Washington, D.C. to visit with each of Wisconsin’s Congressional members as part of the national Disability Policy Seminar.   Wisconsin advocates shared the following policy recommendations: Improving Education for Wisconsin Students with Disabilities Concerns about Public Benefit Proposals Wisconsin’s Caregiver Crisis Outcomes from Wisconsin’s […]

New Employer Survey on Caregiving Now Open

The Wisconsin Women’s Council (appointed by the Governor and the State Legislature) in partnership with the Wisconsin Family and Caregiver Support Alliance is looking for employers of all sizes to participate in a first annual survey on caregiving. We seek to better understand the challenges employers experience as they address the needs of employees with […]

The Arc Wisconsin Webinar Series: Wisconsin’s New Supported Decision-Making Law

The Arc Wisconsin along with the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities, Disability Rights Wisconsin and the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources are coordinating informational sessions and trainings on Wisconsin’s new Supported Decision-Making law. *NEW: See Answers to Questions from the May 21 webinar here. See slides from our May 21 webinar training […]

Learn about Resources for Family Caregivers

The Arc Wisconsin will be offering free educational sessions on Future Planning at upcoming events throughout Wisconsin. Look for our sessions at: Self-Determination Conference, October 29-31 in Wisconsin Dells See a full listing of caregiver events supported by The Arc Wisconsin here. The Arc Wisconsin and The Wisconsin Family and Caregiver Support Alliance is assisting […]