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2014 Annual Meeting


February 24, 2015




NEW! "Lawmakers have yet to scratch surface on Scott Walker budget changes", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, February 24, 2015

NEW! "Rowheels: Reinventing the wheel(chair)", Wisconsin State Journal, February 22, 2015

Detailed Analysis of Governor Walker's Budget Proposal from the Survival Coalition

Governor Walker's budget proposal requires all counties to participate in Family Care by January 1, 2017, or upon federal government approval.

  • requires all counties to participate in Family Care by January 1, 2017, or upon federal government approval;
  • requires all Family Care managed care organizations (MCOs) to offer primary and acute care services to members (in addition to long-term care services), including self-directed care (the IRIS program would be eliminated);
  • provides Family Care members with a choice of MCOs in order to determine which best meets their needs;
  • regulates MCOs as insurance companies under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance.

2015 Senate Bill 21 (Budget Proposal) Summary of Changes to Medicaid Long-Term Care Programs

"Medicaid patients struggle to get dental care", USA Today, February 15, 2015

"Mount Horeb boy, 10, doesn't let cerebral palsy limit him in the woods", Wisconsin State Journal, February 15, 2015

"Scott Walker budget plans hit some road blocks", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, February 5, 2015

"Republicans eyeing changes to Gov. Scott Walker's budget proposal", Wisconsin State Journal, February 5, 2015

"Walker's budget expands school vouchers, holds line on taxes", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, February 4, 2015

"Gov. Scott Walker unveils budget plan amid talk of a presidential run", Wisconsin State Journal, February 4, 2015

"Dane County executive poised to sue Scott Walker over drug-testing", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, February 3, 2015

Bob Ross, Board Member of The Arc-Dane County, receives prestigious Felix Ponder Award of Excellence

"Democrats call for a budget repair bill to address looming $283 million shortfall", Wisconsin State Journal, January 27, 2015

Last week, The Arc-Wisconsin was featured on a national radio program. Jim Hoegemeier discussed the spiritual needs of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

"Hold times, hang-up rates both cross limits for MTM medical rides center", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 27, 2015

"Shelley Peterman Schwarz:  Treat people with disabilities, chronic illnesses as you would anyone else", Wisconsin State Journal, January 25, 2015


The State of the States in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Emerging from the Great Recession, January, 2015


Future Planning: It's Possible and Necessary


Future planning is important for all families. Thinking about the future can be challenging and emotional. However, experience shows that adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) make a better transition from the family home when the family has planned for the future.


The Arc has created the Center for Future Planning to support and encourage adults with I/DD and their families to plan for the future. The Center's website (futureplanning.thearc.org) is the first step in achieving that goal.


The website provides reliable information and assistance to families and individuals with I/DD on areas such as person-centered planning, decision-making, housing options, financial planning, employment and daily activities, and making social connections. In addition, the website provides information to family members, friends, and professionals that support individuals with I/DD. The website also features stories of people and families who have created future plans or who are in the planning process.


Planning ahead can be difficult, but it's possible and necessary. You can learn more about the resources the Center for Future Planning provides at futureplanning.thearc.org. Please contact The Arc-Wisconsin or The Arc's national office at (202) 202-617-3268 for more help.


Informational Paper #42: Medical Assistance and Related Program, Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau, January 2015


Department of Health Services 2015-17 Budget Request, September 15, 2014



Advocacy for Change:  A Family Leadership Institute, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, Madison, sponsored by Family Voices of Wisconsin.  Click here for more information.

Disability Advocacy Day 2015, Tuesday, March 17, 2015, Madison, coordinated by the Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations.  Click here for more information.

The Arc-Dane County Spring Ball, Sunday, May 29, 2015, Madison, -registrations are due by March 16, 2015. Click here for registration information.