IRIS – Include, Respect, I Self-Direct – is Wisconsin's Self-Directed Supports Program for older people and adults with disabilities.
In IRIS you determine the combination of supports and services you need, including who will provide the services and when and how they will be provided. The IRIS team is available at every step to help you build the life you want with the support you need!
This month is a time when Americans recall the value of people living with intellectual/developmental disabilities and how they make our communities better places to live. Since 1987, National Developmental Disabilities Month highlights the strides people are taking on the road to living a more self-directed life. Today, there are over 4 million Americans that have an intellectual/developmental disability. Let’s celebrate the choices they are making to more fully engage society, including having a home of their own, engaging in employment, and expanding their social lives.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 is the deadline for filing 2013 tax returns. If you need help with your taxes, you can check out the following links:
VITA: The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program provides income tax help to persons with low-income, those who have a disability, and elders. Volunteers are trained by the Internal Revenue Service and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue to prepare basic income tax returns for free. Most VITA sites offer free electronic filing.
Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs (TCE) offer free tax help for people who qualify. The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) participates in this program. To find the nearest AARP site go to www.aarp.org/money/taxaide/ or call 1‑888‑OUR‑AARP or 1‑888‑687‑2277.
An appointment is usually required for these programs. Please remember to bring all necessary documents, including your photo ID, social security card and bank account information. To locate the nearest program site, call the Internal Revenue Service toll-free at 1-800-TAX-1040 or 1‑800‑829‑1040.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) also has a helpful list of Tax Tips on their website as well as information on free tax help. If you have questions, call the toll-free phone number for IRS customer service at 1-800-829-1040 (TTY 1-800-829-4059).
Pease remember that IRIS program funds cannot pay for tax preparation assistance and IRIS staff does not offer tax advice or provide tax preparation services.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is working toward redesigning the system of dementia care in Wisconsin in order to provide appropriate, safe, and cost-effective care for individuals throughout the course of the disease.
In an effort to make Wisconsin more “dementia-capable,” the Department has developed a plan to address gaps in the current care delivery infrastructure and expand community and crisis services for people with dementia. A draft of this plan is available for your review.
Your cooperation is an important part of developing a more dementia-capable system of care in our state. Thank you for your continued partnership in this important initiative.
WIHousingSearch.org is now available to help you find available homes in your area. This website site provides basic and advanced accessible searches to locate housing that meets individual needs. Visitors can search by proximity, which allows them to find properties within a selected distance from desired locations such as work, school, public transit, or a family member’s house. Other helpful resources such as a rent calculator and links to other housing resources are also available. All searches are free and anonymous.
WIHousingSearch.org is supported by a bilingual call center available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (CST). Contact the call center, toll-free at 1-877-428-8844.
This new tool is made possible with funding from the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and the Wisconsin Division of Housing.