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The Arc of Illinois

Advocating with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities

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Family Support Network of Illinois

Family Support Network of Illinois

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We work to uncover the resources, funding, and services needed to help people with developmental disabilities live fulfilling lives in their own homes. Find the support and information needed to make smart choices for your family.

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Assistive Technology Fund

Assistive Technology Fund

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We aim to bring technology into the hands of persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities for enhanced quality of life. Our program helps improve education and employment opportunities, while increasing independence and community living.

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Family to Family Health Information Center

Family to Family Health Information Center

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We work with families and professionals to assist with questions and concerns related to the health of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) under the age of 22. Stay on top of changing health care coverage options with help from our resources.

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Consumer Stipend Program

Consumer Stipend Program

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We help people with developmental disabilities and their family members to attend conferences that are directly related to developmental disability issues. Families can receive aid for child care, transportation and more to gain valuable information.

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Ligas Family Advocate Program

Ligas Family Advocate Program

Get Prepared

We provide broad outreach to adults and families throughout Illinois who are selected from the PUNS or notified in advance of a future PUNS selection. Meet other families going through your same experience and prepare for situations ahead.

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Illinois Life Span

Illinois Life Span

Get Empowered

We are a statewide advocacy organization committed to empowering persons with disabilities to achieve full participation in community life through informed choices. Our advocacy efforts empower families with the support and services for lifelong success.

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Family Transition Project

Family Transition Project

Family Transition Project

The Family Transition Project supports individuals and families who want to explore the possibilities of community life, for those currently living in large institutions.

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Training Department

Training Department

Training and Education

The Arc of Illinois offers trainings and events throughout the year. Register today for The Arc of Illinois Living with Autism 2020 Virtual Conference on October 1st.

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Family Support Network of Illinois
Family Support Network of Illinois
Assistive Technology Fund
Assistive Technology Fund
Family to Family Health Information Center
Family to Family Health Information Center
Consumer Stipend Program
Consumer Stipend Program
Ligas Family Advocate Program
Ligas Family Advocate Program
Illinois Life Span
Illinois Life Span
Family Transition Project
Family Transition Project
Training Department
Training Department

We Are All People First

For over 70 years, The Arc of Illinois has been advocating with people with disabilities, families, and community organizations to make Illinois a place where people with disabilities can live, work, learn, play, and love in communities across the state.

We believe people with disabilities should be full participants in community life, and we offer families and individuals the information, resources, family support, and training needed to reach their goals.

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About Us

291,840

Illinoisans with I/DD

102

Counties

6500+

Advocates

25k

People informed, supported and trained

We advocate, inform, support, train, and connect people with disabilities, families, and others so that people with disabilities can have the lives of their choosing.

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Educate

We offer a wide range of programs and trainings to improve care and inspire better tomorrows.

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Advocate

We fight for disability rights and equality, raising awareness on life-changing legislation and policies.

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Connect

We connect families, self advocates, and care professionals to build an expansive support network.

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Upcoming Events and Trainings

Know your options and expand your understanding on important issues within the disability community.

Our Resources

As the largest statewide advocacy organization of people with disabilities, The Arc of Illinois makes finding the information you need easy and straightforward. We can help you with:

We can help you with:

  • Resource Toolbox
  • Fact Sheets from The Arc of IL in English and Spanish
  • Assistive Technology Funding
  • Financial Assistance to Attend Trainings/Conferences
  • And much more

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Action

Take Action

The Arc is on the front lines of disability advocacy, and we invite you to side with our efforts to shift existing systems and offer more benefits for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Our Supporters

With help from generous people like you, The Arc continues to grow and improve the lives of persons with disabilities throughout Illinois. Through volunteer work and financial support, your contributions make a real, lasting difference.

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Testimonials

“Our family would truly like to thank Arc for this incredibly generous gift and the wonderful opportunity that it has given our daughter. It has broken her repetitive obsession with TV shows, greatly reduced the amount of scripting behavior that she previously engaged in as well as decreased her transition/social anxiety and has helped her start to engage people on her own. We look forward to seeing the benefit that it will continue to provide for her in the future.”

- Family Support Network

Testimonials

“Thank you, LFA so very much for taking time to share a wealth of information with me. I am just so happy that this process looks so very positive. I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to know that there are individuals such as yourself that are very tenacious and have seen this project come to fruition. I am excited and am so looking forward to this opportunity opening up for my son.”

- Ligas Family Advocates

Testimonials

“THANK YOU for all of your work – A. is on Medicaid - AABD with no spenddown. Card arrived on Friday. Coverage is backdated to 1-1-18. Thank you and please thank all of your contacts who helped. It only took 14 months. I owe all of you.!!!”

- Family to Family Health Information Center

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