Happy New Year!  As we enter 2018, we appreciate our accomplishments from 2017 and look forward to working with you to advocate more/stronger/louder at the state and federal level, train more people throughout the state, and connect individuals, parents and families with services, supports and each other.


There is still time to apply for one of two job opportunities through the Arc of Illinois’s Life Span program:
1) Part time Latino Outreach Coordinator
2) Part time downstate Outreach Coordinator 

With flexible hours, these positions are well suited to individuals and family members.


Along with our friends at Access Living and other supporting organizations for the non-partisan Disability Candidates Forums, we are pleased to announce that public registration for the January 18 Forum for the Illinois Governor’s Race is now OPEN!  Go to this link for free online registration. You may register up to two spots; space is very limited so be sure to register ASAP.  Please note there is very little room in person so please consider attending a watch party and/or plan a watch party and let meg@thearcofil.org know!

YOU can help submit questions to ask the candidates at the forums! Since the Governor’s race forum is the soonest, we are accepting suggested questions at this link. Questions need to be submitted no later than Monday, January 8 at 5 pm. A small committee from the host organization will select 8 to 10 questions that will be asked at the forum. Because time will be limited, if there are extra questions, we MAY ask the campaigns to answer the extra questions in writing, and the responses will be posted online.

Save Feb 9 at 3 pm for the Attorney General Candidates’ Forum – Registration and information to follow.


**Please note that recordings are posted following the webinar at https://www.thearcofil.org/monthly-webinars/.  Also, we are not providing CEUs for these webinars.

Please register for Arc of Illinois Lunchtime Webinar – Person Centered Planning in Illinois on Jan 9, 2018 12:00 PM CST at:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8359430061978424835

The title of The Arc of Illinois Lunchtime webinar scheduled for January 9th, 2018  is Person Centered Planning in Illinois. Andrea Medley, Life Choices Statewide Coordinator and Kit O’Brien Cota, Life Choices Program Manager at Illinois DHS will be presenting. This presentation is designed specifically for families and the focus of this presentation will be on how the person-centered process is affecting the individuals served by Illinois DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities. There will be time for questions at the end of this presentation.

Family members/caregivers interested in participating are asked to please watch the following presentations online prior to January 9th to get the most benefit from the information that will be presented.
• An Overview of Life Choices, Life Choices System Transformation 4-24-17 (21 minutes)
• Person Centered Planning Process Discovery, Personal Plan, Implementation Strategies (18 minutes)

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


PARTNERS IN POLICYMAKING® (also known as PARTNERS) is a leadership training program designed for parents of school age children with developmental disabilities and adults with disabilities. PARTNERS teaches leadership skills, and the process of developing positive partnerships with elected officials and other policymakers who make decisions about the services that individuals and their family’s use. PARTNERS is accessible, informative and empowering. The graduates of PARTNERS often become members of boards, councils, task forces and advisory committees; some run for elected office. PARTNERS is about systems change – creating, working towards, and achieving a vision of shared values about people with disabilities.

IL-PCP Brochure
IL-PCP Application


If you have questions or would like to discuss the types of applicants that you can help find, please contact Allan Bergman at aibergman@comcast.net.

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