Mon - Thurs: 9:00am - 5:00pm | Fri: 9:00am - 4:00pm

12th Annual Informational Seminar Handouts

Recording video link

CEU Request Form

Handouts and PowerPoints

“Welcome and Overview” Presented by Shirley Perez, Program Director; Ruth Aguilar, Senior Ligas Family Advocate, Annie Bruno, Ligas Family Advocates and Shakari Asbury, Ligas Family Advocate

“As you are planning for the future – What You Need to Know about Guardianship, Alternatives to Guardianship, POA, and an overview of ABLE” Presented by Brian Rubin, Rubin Law

“Pooled Special Needs Trust and the benefits they offer individuals with disabilities and their families” Presented by Scott Nixon, Life’s Plan, Inc.

“Ligas Consent Decree Update – What’s Next?” Presented by Ronnie Cohn, Ligas Court Monitor and Laura Miller, Equip for Equality

“Update on What’s Happening at DHS/DDD, Updated Policies and Accomplishments, Moving Forward, and Paid Leave Act” Presented by Tonya Piephoff, Director, Division of Developmental Disabilities

“The Arc of Illinois Update” presented by Kimberly Johnson, Board President, The Arc of Illinois

“A Family’s Perspective Regarding Navigating the Developmental Disability System – Pros and Cons of the DDD Waiver versus DRS Waiver” Presented by Ruth Aguilar, Parent and Senior LFA and Anita Barraza

Parents perspective regarding DDD versus DRS waiver services!

Anita speaking at legislation signing

Gov. Pritzker signs legislation helping special needs students

“Meet your Fiscal Agency, ACES$” Presented by Tasha Whiteside, Illinois Program Director, ACES$

About our Sponsor, Vendor, and Participants

Additional Resources


Register for Autism Acceptance Month – Advocacy Day:

Register for the Spring Fling Disability Resource Fair:

Join The Answer, Inc. at the upcoming Walk-a-thon!