Today’s update includes a new position paper on DSP’s, a Faculty Position at UIC and a Vice President of Finance Position.


From the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities new position paper on the DSP Workforce Crisis.

Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Workforce

Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) have long sought lives where they can be fully contributing and valued members of their communities. Federal regulations including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and more recently the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Settings Rule and the US Department of Labor Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) have set forth standards aimed at making inclusion and employment a reality. The availability of a qualified, competent, and stable Direct Support Workforce plays an important role in supporting people to accomplish these goals. To be successful, it is critical that Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) have the competence, confidence, and ethical decision-making skills with the guidance necessary to provide quality support, receive compensation that is commensurate with job responsibilities, and have access to a career path aligned with ongoing professional development.


Faculty Position and UCEDD Associate Director
University of Illinois at Chicago
College of Applied Health Sciences

The Department of Disability and Human Development (DHD), College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago is seeking applications for an Associate Director of the Institute on Disability and Human Development (IDHD).  The IDHD is the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) for the state of Illinois.

This position is available for the Academic Year 2016-17.  The search will remain open until the position is filled.  Interested applicants should submit a description of past experience and future plans, curriculum vitae, and the names of three potential references. For fullest consideration, apply online by June 30, 2016 at:


The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Oak-Leyden Developmental Services
Vice President of Finance

Major responsibilities include knowledge and oversight of all financial operations of the organization, including payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger, financial reporting, budgeting and client statistics. Supervises the Accounting Staff.


  • Degree in Accounting
  • Five years applicable accounting & supervisory experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to use various Accounting software.

Scope of Responsibility:  Manages financial operations for the organization, having $6 million budget, over 20 cost centers, 120 employees and client statistical data for over 400 clients.

EOE. Submit resume and salary requirements to:

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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)