I will be in the Capitol most of this week meeting with legislators and reporters about our Family Transition Program. Wednesday there will be another COGFA hearing on the closure of Jacksonville Developmental Center in Jacksonville. The Arc and other advocates will testify to support the closure.This morning the State Journal Register ran our Letter to the Editor on JDC.
The Arc and other advocates have been calling for the rebalancing of the disability system for many years. We are committed to working with families at the Jacksonville Developmental Center and other state institutions to ensure a safe and meaningful transition into community living.
There is no question that this is a frightening and emotional time for families. We want those living in JDC and their families to know that they are not alone. The Arc is committed to being their partner and offering resources to make this transition comfortable and productive.
We have helped people with the most severe disabilities successfully transition into a community setting and they are eager to share their experiences and offer support. Yes, a safe transition for individuals who require 24-hour care has already been done in Illinois and The Arc and its partners are committed to helping more people with disabilities live life in their communities with independence, equality and opportunity.
— Tony Paulauski, executive director, The Arc of Illinois
Tony Paulauski Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois
20901 S. LaGrange Rd. Suite 209
Frankfort, IL 60423