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 »

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 »