Well it is another wrap for the 2013 SPEAK UP & SPEAK OUT Summit! What a pleasure it is to
work with the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities to put on this remarkable event. The
Council and Director Romano’s commitment to the Summit is admirable.
Once again, the Summit was sold out with about 520 mostly individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities attending. The Summit is all about leadership and finding your own voice.
We have major keynote presentations, a time for self-advocates to Speak OUT, breakouts, exhibits,
meals and lodging and oh yes, the dance! This year’s dance theme was SUPER HEROES and it was
a sight to behold. I don’t think there is anything like the Summit anywhere. More photo’s will be posted
to our Facebook Page.
Here are some photos from the Summit:
Starting session: Anthony & Nicholas Billups – Special
.People Speaking UP
Secretary Saddler & Assist Sec Smyster-De Leon
Questions for the Director
Governor Quinn at the Summit!!!
Director Romano, ICDD Chair Bill Bogdan & the Governor