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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 […]

Is an ABLE Account Right for You?

Guest Article by Kathleen Oberneder, ChSNC®, Financial Advisor – Chartered Special Needs Consultant® Wisconsin residents with disabilities and their families have been able to benefit from ABLE savings accounts since 2016, still very few people know about this valuable tool and the number of people opening accounts is much lower than expected.  As of 1st Quarter 2018 […]

Join our November Challenge: You Might be a Caregiver if…

The Arc Wisconsin is joining members of the Wisconsin Family and Caregiver Support Alliance in planning for November Family Caregiver Awareness month. In Wisconsin 60% of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (of an estimated of 55,000) live with their family. A recent national survey that included Wisconsin families indicated ninety-five percent of all caregivers  were […]

What We Do

Wisconsin’s Leading Advocate Since 1960, The Arc Wisconsin has been on the front lines in making change happen for people diagnosed with Autism, Down syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and a range of diagnoses across the spectrum of intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc Wisconsin is the state’s leading advocate for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families […]

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 […]