Here is some excellent information to share with other advocates. Please make sure you “like” our Going Home Facebook page today! We have posted photos of the Going Home Legislative Coffee on the Going Home facebook page:!/GoingHomeLifeintheCommunity
Please like Going Home facebook page and share it with other advocates. Thanks! Zena Naiditch, CEO at Equip for Equality wrote an excellent letter to the editor in the State Journal Register in Springfield. Letters to the editor are an excellent to get our message about community living and inclusion. You should share your positive stories about community living with your local paper. See Zena’s letter below.

Move toward community care 

The state of Illinois is at a crossroads. Either it can honor its commitment — and legal duty — to provide services for people with disabilities in the most integrated setting or it can bow to special interests and continue to provide services in large, outmoded and inefficient institutions. The latter choice will not only deepen the state’s financial crisis, it will invite further legal action to enforce the civil rights of people with disabilities.   Read more…

The Sibs movement is growing here in Illinois. Are you connected?


Sibs in the City 2012 - July 20-21


First United Methodist Church
77 West Washington St
Chicago, IL

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Saturday July 21, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM CDT
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Food for Thought Seminar (includes breakfast)
First United Methodist Church
77 West Washington St
Chicago, IL
Tamar HellerTamar Heller to lead our discussion – When Siblings Take Over
After the seminar we’ll cheer on the Disability Pride Paradeand join the celebration!
Saturday July 21, 2012  9:00 AM


Siblings from WI travel together to Chicago

Sibs in the City 2011 at dinnerWe will leave from Appleton on Friday, July 20 at 8:30 am and meet the train in Milwaukee at 11 am for a relaxing ride to Chicago. Click “Get more information” or contact Harriet.


We’re pleased to announce the second annual Sibs in the City for adults who have siblings with disabilities.
This unique event is organized for siblings and their guests from Illinois and Wisconsin by SIBS (Supporting Illinois Brothers and Sisters) and FVSSN (Fox Valley Sibling Support Network). We’re excited that siblings from Michigan will be joining us this year.
Click here if you just can’t wait to get complete details.  

Siblings who participated in the first Sibs in the City last year found it to be lots of fun and a wonderful opportunity to network with other siblings who share their unique issues. 
OnSaturday morning, July 21, you’ll join other siblings for our Food for Thought Seminaron the topic of what happens when siblings take over once parents are no longer in the picture.  Tamar Heller, sibling and one of the co-founders of the Sibling Leadership Network will lead the discussion. (A $10 donation will be collected at the event to help cover breakfast.)
Then off to see the parade…the Disability Pride Parade, that is. More than 40 floats and groups march in the parade ending with a big celebration at the Daley Plaza for music, performances, exhibits and fun.
Siblings coming from Wisconsin may travel as a groupon July 20, enjoy nightlife in Chicago and stay in the beautiful Holiday Inn Mart Plaza hotel.  Click GET MORE INFORMATION below for details.

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You can sign up by registering online by clicking on the above REGISTER NOW button.  Or contact one of us.  We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you in Chicago.
Harriet Redman
Fox Valley Sibling Support Network
920 968-1742Katie Arnold
S.I.B.S. and Sibling Leadership Network
312 996-1002

Here is the national employment report!

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New StateData National Report Available Now  
“StateData: the National Report on Employment Services and Outcomes 2011” is now available at This publication provides detailed national and state-level data on trends in employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Its emphasis is on individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
Key Findings

  • In the IDD system, the percentage of individuals receiving integrated employment services declined to 20.1 percent in FY2010, and the growth seen in supported employment between the mid-1980s and mid-1990s has subsided. Community-based non-work services continue to expand for states reporting this as a service.
  • In the VR system, the rehabilitation rate declined; more days were needed by VR clients to gain employment; and few gained post-secondary education experiences.
  • American Community Survey data continue to show that people with disabilities are much less likely to work than their counterparts who do not have disabilities. People with a cognitive disability saw a greater drop in their employment rate than people without disabilities between 2009 and 2010, and people with a cognitive disability who are receiving SSI have the lowest employment rate and are most likely to live in a household below the poverty level.
  • Enrollment in post-secondary education appears to have a positive effect on employment for individuals with any disability and for those with cognitive disabilities.  
  •  Data from the Social Security Administration shows work incentive programs for SSI recipients with disabilities remain underused. SSI recipients with IDD work more than their counterparts with other types of disabilities, but participate in work incentive programs less frequently. On the whole, SSI recipients have poor employment outcomes, though these outcomes vary from state to state.

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)