The Arc Wisconsin Publishes Commentary in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Inclusion in the Community

Lisa Pugh, Executive Director of The Arc Wisconsin, recently published a commentary in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on behalf of The Arc Wisconsin as well as other statewide disability organizations in response to a prior commentary promoting institutionalization as a means of keeping people with disabilities safer. Pugh wrote: “Rather than hunkering down for another decade in secluded settings that are perceived to be safer, our organizations espouse the belief that the antidote to ignorance is exposure. People with disabilities in the classroom with their peers, in houses of faith, in our neighborhoods and in our community workplaces, results in real relationships that make people safer. Wisconsin has a history of overreliance on facility-based settings, and it is time to shift our system to provide some balance of options for people who want a fuller life in the community.”