Last year, after Governor Quinn introduced his rebalancing initiative, The Arc, the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities and our many partners began the Going Home campaign.
The objective of the Going Home campaign continues to be to educate policy makers and the general public about benefits of closing state institutions and gain their support by demonstrating that people with disabilities can live full and meaningful lives in the community. The Arc of Illinois and its partner organizations have long been advocates of closing state institutions so mobilizing these stakeholders to create a grassroots groundswell of support is key. A combination of media, legislative and community outreach, in addition to engaging self advocates that have successfully transitioned to be spokespersons, contributed to launching this important mission.
Joe Bishop, former JDC resident telling his story to the media.
The Going Home Campaign was funded by an investment from the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities.
We are now in the process of evaluating that campaign and expanding a statewide coalition around Going Home.
Disability Advocate Paula Vanier and Governor Quinn.
Go to this link Going Home to find a collection of materials created for the Going Home campaign and an extensive media report from February 1 – May 31, 2012.
Tony Paulauski Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois
20901 S. LaGrange Rd. Suite 209
Frankfort, IL 60423