Mission: The agency serves the greater Oshkosh area, including Winneconne and Omro, and provides an "arc" of support for people with developmental and related disabilities, so they can lead safe, personally satisfying lives in the community.
Programs: Youth & Family Program: (1) educational and planning services for teens with disabilities transitioning to adulthood; (2) parent support through information and groups; (3) community education on disability issues; (4) advocacy [indiv. problem-solving and resource linkage, and government advocacy for preservation or creation of funding and services for people with disabilities.Adult Advocacy/Self-Advocacy Program: (1) People First self-advocacy group promotes independence, dignity and self-determination; (2) Educational classes on life skills, social skills, relationship-building, & art; (3) Support Groups for specific issues, such as Traumatic Brain Injury; (4) Social Events; (5) Advocacy [individual problem-solving and broader community issues; (6) System Change [System Response Team works with criminal justice and social service systems to address issues when people with developmental disabilities become involved in the criminal justice system; Home Sweet Home program seeks mobilize housing resources and encourages and assists families with planning for future housing needs]; (7) Community Education [work toward full inclusion by providing educational opportunities for community members].Funding: Arc - Winnebago County Disability Association is a member of the Oshkosh Area United Way, and receives funds from the Winneconne Area United Fund. The agency receives no regular governmental funding and raises all operating funds through donations, project grants and fundraisers.
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As volunteer at a few events and other organizational activities this past year I see how great a job this organizations does not only for the people they directly help with but with the community at large.
As a volunteer, client served, and board member, I can say that this is an organization with staff who go above and beyond for the people they serve. They truly care for and speak for people developmental and related disabilities, which is not found elsewhere in Oshkosh area.
Family Care/IRIS has been challenging for a number of people, my son included. The Arc-Winn. Co. Disability Association has provided invaluable information and support throughout the process.
My son has participated in various activities including Project Art, Game Day, Movie of the Month, and especially enjoys the Halloween and Valentine Parties.
This agency does great work. They have a caring staff who provide services for their clients in many ways. They spend numerous hours advocating for clients and their families. With Wisconsin currently undergoing a drastic change in long term care funding for people with disabilities, the agency has helped to advocate for positive change and as the rules changed they held informative workshops featuring speakers from across the state to help individuals and families make informed choices. They provide planned social experiences for clients and they are available for walk-in crisis counseling. They provide great services on a very small budget.