Waiting List. Seventeen hundred adults are about to leave the PUNS Waiting List because of the Ligas Consent Decree. 750 will receive CILA and 750 will receive Home-Based Services. The other 200 individuals will receive CILA because their caregiver is 75 or older. Earlier this year, 1,400 people moved off the waiting list.
While we are discussing Ligas, I met yesterday with Tony Records, the Ligas Court Monitor. The Dept of Human Services has issued a request for proposal to do outreach to individuals in ICFDD’s to present to them their choice to move to a small community living option or to remain in the ICFDD they now live in. Even without the formal outreach, over 700 class members have stated that they want to move to a community living option. In addition, two large ICFDD’s are working with the Dept of Human Services to close their facilities. These two organizations serve about 300 individuals, so Ligas is moving forward.
Here is a link to the Ligas Outreach RFP: http://www.purchase.state.il.us/ipb/IllinoisBID.nsf/frmBidDocFrameset?ReadForm&RefNum=22028606&DocID=3E362BC6D5AEBBF186257A78006B86B5&view=viewSolicitationsOpenByAgency
JDC Success Stories. Seguin Services has posted an excellent video about the ten individuals who have transitioned out of Jacksonville. Take a look, this is really good: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UelXp3jFyZ4&feature=plcp
Living with Autism. Tomorrow I will be joining about 700 of my best friends at the Living with Autism Conference at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Tinley Park. If you are coming to this fantastic event, make sure you get there early. This event is almost sold out. Look for our Tweets and Facebook posting throughout the day.
Presidential Candidates Forum on Disability Issues at UIC. The Institute on Disability and Human Development (IDHD), the national Sibling Leadership Network and Supporting Illinois Brothers and Sisters are pleased to host a watch party of the National Forum on Disability Issues.
What:          Presidential candidates’ positions on disability issues!
When:         Sept. 28th 11:30-2:30pm CST
Where:        IDHD at UIC 1640 West Roosevelt Road, Rm 448, Chicago, IL 60608
Join us at IDHD to watch the National Forum on Disability Issues which will be live streamed from Columbus, Ohio.  President Obama and Governor Romney’s representatives will share their vision for disability policy over the next four years.  Come hear the Presidential candidates’ positions on disability issues at this historic nonpartisan event, which is the only national event to focus specifically on disability issues. 
The live webcast will carry Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) to the national viewing audience.  Reservations are not required; however, to request additional accommodations, contact Kate Arnold at katie.arnold@siblingleadership.org

 Refreshments will be provided & an opportunity to register to vote/look up your polling place will be available.

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)