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 »

The Arc of Illinois Federal Update

Good News About Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) The bill to delay EVV implementation passed the Senate.  This would positively impact families and individuals participating in the home based program where thie was going to have to be implemented asap.   “Passed H.R.6042: to delay the reduction in Federal medical assistance percentage for Medicaid personal care services furnished... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

Call to Families on Homebased who use Self-Directed Assistance (SDA).  The Division of Developmental Disabilities has made significant changes to the services formally known as service facilitation.  With the updated Adult Services Waiver and the implemenation of conflict-free case management, service facilitation officially went away and in its place came self-directed assistance (SDA).  The Arc... Read more »

Join us for the June 12th Lunchtime Webinar on Universal Design!

The Arc of Illinois Lunchtime Webinar – Universal Design: It’s More Than Large Print and Accessible Restrooms June 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm On Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, The Illinois Life Span Program of The Arc of Illinois will host a free webinar, Universal Design: It’s More Than Large Print and Accessible Restrooms. Please... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Monday Update

Hope everyone had a great weekend celebrating June and the passage of a new state budget. Today the Governor is expected to sign the $38.5 billion dollar budget into law.  We are thankful that much has been included in the new budget – restoration of funding for DD grants, restoration of preventative dental care under... Read more »

The Arc Budget Update

ACTION ALERT Call Your Legislators especially if you are in one of the districts below. Ask them to include the following in the budget: Wage increase for DSPs beyond the 50 cents included by the Governor Fully fund DD grants: Arc Life Span, The Autism Program, Epilepsy, Best Buddies and Respite  Fund dental coverage for people with... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

Budget Action! The Budgeteers are meeting right now to determine if there will be a budget agreement this year.  Please call or send a message to every member of the budget group right now. Ask them to pass a state budget before the end of May! AND support in budget negotiations the inclusion of: Wage... Read more »

The Arc Update – Action Alert and State and Federal Updates

Tell Congress to Keep Its Hands Off SNAP Access to nutritious food for millions of people in the U.S. is at risk Last week the U.S. House of Representatives defeated H.R. 2 (the Agriculture & Nutrition Act of 2018, or “Farm Bill”) that would have cut off or reduced basic food assistance under the Supplemental Nutrition... Read more »