The Arc of Illinois Update

This is a busy week in Springfield! CALLS TO ACTION: Support Sexual Health, Sexual Safety Education Call your legislators to support HB 3299, which requires access to sexual health, sexual education and sexual safety training for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in CILAs, ICFDDs and SODCs.Here is a fact sheet from theIllinois Guardianship... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

State Updates Homebased Service Agreement – Thanks to those who offered insight to the draft service agreement for those in homebased.  Based on the concerns raised through the stakeholder input process, the Division of Developmental Disabilities is placing the Draft Information Bulletin revising the HBS Service Agreement process on hold indefinitely. ISC NOFO Legislation/Resolution As you might... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

We have been in Springfield this week talking about the many bills that could impact the lives of people with disabilities.  Next week is committee deadlines for the House (this week was the Senate) so I would expect it to be a busy week since it is a make or break time for many bills... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

This is a huge week to raise your voice as people with disabilities, families and community organizations in Springfield.  We have two more weeks until the committee deadline where bills will have to be voted out of committee in order to move forward this legislative session.  As advocates, we need to make calls to legislators... Read more »

Action Alert

Call Your Legislators and Submit Witness Slips Today We are deep into the first part off the legislative session where there are a lot of bills to support and potentially oppose.  As a reminder, as an advocate, there are a number of opportunities to lend your experiences and voices to educate and move your legislators.... Read more »

Action Alert

Act Now: Tell Your Members of Congress: Fund the Money Follows the Person Program The future of the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program that has helped more than 88,000 seniors and individuals with disabilities move out of nursing homes and institutions is in jeopardy! Background: MFP significantly improves the lives of older adults and people... Read more »

Action Alert!  Support Expansion of ABLE Act

PASS THE ABLE AGE ADJUSTMENT ACT IN THIS CONGRESS! ABLE accounts are helping people with disabilities across the country save money without jeopardizing their benefits, but there are more than 6 million people with disabilities who are not eligible to take advantage of this important savings tool because they acquired a disability after age 25.... Read more »

Arc Update: Call for Advocates to Participate in DDD Committees/Meetings

Leadership Needed by Self Advocates and Families! The Division of Developmental Disabilities has a number of committees and meetings coming up where they are looking for direct feedback and participation from people with disabilities and families.  I have listed below some opportunities for you to lift up your voices to help to improve the system... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

STATE  Speak Up and Speak Out Registration Out! Last year Speak Up  and Speak Out sold out faster than ever before!  Don’t miss it – register now!  Here is the registration brochure.  Call the Arc office with any questions.  This year there is an even stronger focus on speaking up for our rights! Connect to... Read more »

Happy Anniversary of the ADA: A Call to Action

July 26 – Today is the 28th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Unfortunately this year, the rights of people with disabilities feel more under attack than ever before. I ask you, during the rest of the summer, to take time to stop by, call, email or ping on social media your representatives to... Read more »