The Arc of Illinois is in the beginning planning stages for the 2017 Annual Convention to be held on April 26-27, 2017, at the Hilton Hotel in Lisle, IL. We are looking for individuals or panels of individuals interested in sharing their experiences, expertise and goals in their important work in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc of Illinois is committed to empowering persons with disabilities to reach their highest potential in education, employment and community living.

This year’s theme, “Living With Purpose, Passion and Possibilities”, will provide attendees with the latest information on many issues, including early childhood, transition from high school, employment, housing and improving the quality of life in the community. We will focus on how we can rise above the many challenges we are faced with today and empowering individuals to live a passionate life with purpose and possibilities. In the field of Human Services, we have the opportunity to empower so many people, with supports, to live a full life with purpose and passion and help people achieve their own possibilities! This convention will be inspirational as well as very informative with the latest information on many topics relevant to a person’s life. Please submit a proposal to be a part of this exciting event! Participants will be a mixture of self-advocates, families, direct care staff, educators, managers and other professionals in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Therefore, proposals on any topic of interest to any of the groups represented are welcome, particularly a new approach or idea. Topics of special interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
Aging, Choice and Inclusion, Community Integration, Diversity, Dual Diagnosis, Early Childhood, Employment First, Management Best Practices, Self Determination and Individual Advocacy, Siblings, Supported Living, Team Building, Training for Direct Care, and Transitions from High School to Community

Please submit your proposal to Janet Donahue at The Arc of Illinois, 20901 S. LaGrange Rd., Suite #209, Frankfort, IL 60423, no later than October 28, 2016. Call Janet or Sarah at 815-464-1832 if you have any questions at all on the proposal process, convention topics or the deadline.

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Tony Paulauski
Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois
20901 S. LaGrange Rd. Suite 209
Frankfort, IL 60423
815-464-1832 (OFFICE)
815-464-1832 (CELL)