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2014 Annual Meeting


January 29, 2015




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

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

NEW! 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

"State shortfall could be $928 million over the next 2 1/2 years", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 24, 2015

"Walker budget to bar drug users from food stamps, Medicaid", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 23, 2015

"City tickets promoters, venues of kickboxing bouts, including fatal one", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 21, 2015

"More callers hanging up before reaching medical rides provider MTM", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 19, 2015

"In 'state of the state' speech, Scott Walker unveils roadmap", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 14, 2015

"A better bottom line:  Governor Scott Walker eliminates waiting list for job seekers with significant disabilities", Office of the Governor Press Release, January 13, 2015

"Voter ID law opponents ask U.S. Supreme Court to hear case", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 8, 2015

"Walker, Legislature focusing on budget problem in 2015", Wisconsin State Journal, January 5, 2015

"Budget deficit, roads and tax cuts on tap for new Legislature", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 4, 2015 

"Doctors face big cut in Medicaid pay", USA Today, January 4, 2015 (the expected decrease for primary care physicians in Wisconsin for 2015 is 45.8%)

"An Oasis of Care for People with Intellectual Disabilities", The New York Times, December 30, 2014

"Gov. Walker discusses taxes, right to work, presidential run", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, December 30, 2014

"Petri says goodbye to Congress", Fond du Lac Reporter, December 29, 2014

"GOP renews push to limit 'junk food' purchase with food stamps", Wisconsin State Journal, December 28, 2014

"State's fault lines grow deeper, wider", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, December 28, 2014


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




Given the negative tone and confusion related to the discussion of new federal inclusion requirements for services provided to people with long term care needs, The Arc-Wisconsin takes the opportunity to remind people of our core public policy principles.  They are:

  • increase efficiency and accountability of publicly-funded long-term care programs;
  • develop more resources outside of government systems;
  • ensure availability of appropriate early intervention services and programs such as Birth to 3;
  • ensure equitable access to appropriate services based on needs throughout a persons lifespan;
  • increase full inclusion opportunities for people with disabilities in the areas of employment, housing, transportation, and training;
  • provide all appropriate educational experiences and services for people with I/DD.

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



AAIDD Wisconsin Chapter Conference - Inspiring Excellence: Proactive Approaches in Guiding Life Choices, February 12-13, 2015, Wisconsin Dells. New this year: approved Continuing Education units! Please visit the AAIDD Wisconsin Chapter website for more information, including secure registration and payment options.

NEW! 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.