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Learn about Supported Decision-Making in Wisconsin

Supported Decision-Making is now the Law in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Department of Health Services Supported Decision-Making Agreement Form *New Supported Decision-Making Tool – A letter for my doctors. In 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 […]

Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin, The Arc Wisconsin, and Wisconsin Upside Down Recognize Alzheimer’s Month; Partner on New Aging Initiatives

President Ronald Reagan declared the first National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in November 1983 and today The Arc Wisconsin recognizes the need to increase awareness of this disease in the I/DD community.  To raise awareness of and educate about Alzheimer’s disease, the Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin (DSAW), The Arc Wisconsin, and Wisconsin Upside Down […]

People with I/DD and Institutions: A Look Back and Moving Forward

Wisconsin has come a long way in moving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) out of institutions, but the state still has three state-run institutions where more than 300 people live. Other states have worked to completely close their institutions and carefully design supports to relocate people, even those with the greatest medical and […]

The Arc Wisconsin Celebrates Family Caregiver Month, Requests Attention to Crisis

Read the Governor’s Proclamation of Family Caregiver Month here.  The Arc Wisconsin celebrates family caregivers during November’s National Family Caregiver Month while also recognizing that caregivers are in crisis. A recent Wisconsin survey outlines both the significant contributions and stress on caregivers. The June survey of more than 500 caregivers was conducted by the Wisconsin […]

Researchers Talk about the Impact of Brendan Dassey’s Disability in his Murder Conviction

  Brendan Dassey was a 16-year-old special education student when he was charged with murder. Experts who have studied his confession question the impact of his disability on his ability to understand and participate in the process. Nationally, people with intellectual disabilities make up just 1.5 percent of the general population, but comprise up to […]

The Arc Wisconsin Supports Employers Trying to Diversify their Workforce

The Arc Wisconsin was pleased to join employers from across the state on October 1 in Milwaukee for Disability:IN‘s 2019 Wisconsin Ability Summit. Disability:IN Wisconsin is an employer-to-employer network striving to increase workforce diversity through the recruitment and hiring of qualified workers with disabilities. The Disability:IN WI network educates employers and provides resources and best […]

New Resources on Dementia and I/DD

It is important to understand how dementia or Alzheimer’s uniquely impacts people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) – particularly people with Down syndrome. Thanks to a great collaboration with the Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Upside Down, we have new resources to share that are informed directly by self-advocates and their families. […]

Join us at Tech Fest in October! Learn about Technologies that can Improve Your Life!

The Arc Wisconsin is a proud partner with Night Owl Support Systems and will participate in their exciting Tech Fest event this fall in Wisconsin Dells – you should join us! Monday, October 14 9-3 pm Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells (before the Self-Determination Conference) Registration required ($27/self-advocate family): Go here to register Enabling technologies have […]

Act Now to Ensure Medicaid Provider Rates are High Enough to Ensure Quality

Many people with disabilities in Wisconsin are not receiving the quality supports they need. Often this is because Medicaid provider rates are too low to ensure access. The Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) that makes rules about programs like your ForwardHealth card is canceling a rule that makes states set provider rates high […]