Heading to Chicago today to meet with Director Romano.

Tuesday finds Phil and I in Rockford to meet with Representative Wallace and our good
friend Amy Newell Executive Director of The Arc of Winnebago, Boone & Olge Counties.
Rep Wallace is Vice Chairperson of the House Human Services Committee.

Rep Litesa Wallace



Siblings Can Play an Important Role in Supported Decision-

The Sibling Leadership Network is a proud partner of the National Resource Center for
Supported Decision-Making (NRC-SDM), an initiative focused on the Right to Make
Choices. As the NRC-SDM website explains, “Supported Decision-Making is just a
fancy way of describing how we all make choices. We all need help making decisions
, every single day.”

People with disabilities have the same rights as everyone else, and Supported
Decision-Making is a way to ensure that they have the assistance to make decisions
that impact their lives. According to Jonathan G. Martinis, “Supported Decision-Making
[is] an alternative to guardianship where people make their own decisions, without a
guardian, while receiving the help they need and want to do so.” Siblings of people
with disabilities can provide this help to our brothers and sisters.

To learn more, you can visit the National Resource Center for Supported Decision-
 for a wealth of information on Supported Decision-Making.

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)