Time to Act in August!

Each August, Members of Congress go home to their states or districts. Wisconsin members of the House are expected to be home July 29 (this could change) with U.S. Senators returning August 5. All members return to Washington, D.C. September 9. This is an important opportunity to engage our elected officials and remind them about […]

How do you Finance the Future for your Loved One with I/DD?

There are many financial planning tools out there, but what works best for families with a loved one with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) can be hard to figure out. When you factor in complicated public benefit programs and income limits, try to determine who can work outside the home and how much they can […]

The September 19 Policy Insiders: Threats to Food Assistance in WI and New Advocacy Tools for You!

As threats to food assistance eligibility for Wisconsinites loom large, join The Arc Wisconsin as we delve into what this means for the disability community and what you can do to stop it. 692,000 Wisconsin residents (or 12% of the total population) are SNAP (FoodShare) recipients—a recently proposed rule would change current eligibility rules and […]

The Value of a Friend: Inclusion Creates Allies for People with I/DD

When 14-year-old Mac Austin of Verona, Wisconsin goes to the doctor sometimes the doctor doesn’t even shake his hand…or ask him questions. That’s because Mac has Down syndrome and medical professionals often make assumptions about what people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) can understand. The Arc is working to change this by creating new  […]

The Arc Wisconsin Reacts to Signing of the State Budget: Outlines Impacts on People with Disabilities

July 3, 2019 – People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families across Wisconsin have a lot to celebrate with today’s signing of the state budget into law but will continue to fight for critical issues that were not addressed. “Investments in personal care and Family Care workers were badly needed,” says Lisa […]

Tell the US Department of Labor People with Disabilities want Community Jobs!

The U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is hosting a national Listening Session on 14(c) sub-minimum wage employment of people with disabilities. 14(c) certificates are issued under federal law; people with disabilities are the only population currently allowed to be paid less than minimum wage. An estimated 6,321 Wisconsin workers with […]

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 […]