Addition! Arc of Illinois Update

Convention Thank you to all who participated in the 68th Annual Arc Convention this week.  We have more than 300 people attending and additional vendors, speakers and sponsors.  It was two great days of laughs, networking and learning.  Here are some photos to provide it!  Congratulations to all the award winners! May 3 – Don’t... Read more »

Arc Springfield Update and Call to Action Today!

The crazy Committee Deadline week continues. TODAY – Please support the following bills by submitting witness slips.  For those family members, individuals and advocates not affiliated with an organization, you can either describe yourself (self-advocate, concerned parent, advocate etc). HB5163 – Community Care for Persons with Disabilities Act –  CLICK HERE to submit a witness slip in support... Read more »

Action Needed – Witness Slips & Follow Up from Executive Forum

Thanks to all those who joined last week’s Executive Forum!  Sorry about the late issues with the phone line. SAVE THE DATE – June 6 Executive Forum (Medicaid Managed Care) Following up from the Executive Forum: 1) Please send me a contact who might want to participate in a short term employment/subminimum wage discussion.  We... Read more »

Arc Action Alert!  Protect Access to SNAP Benefits

Disability Activist Alert Tell the USDA: Don’t Cut Off Our Food Assistance! Action needed by Monday, April 9, 2018 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is collecting comments on whether it should make changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that will lead to people losing food and nutrition assistance. Roughly 1 in 4... Read more »

The Arc Federal Update

Action Alert Money Follows the Person Days of Actions Planned this Week Call Congress now to continue the Money Follows the Person Program The Arc and other disability organizations are hosting a national call-in day and social media day this week to push for passage of the EMPOWER Care Act (S. 2227). This legislation reauthorizes... Read more »

Arc Update – New Tribune Article, Huge Medicaid Issues

Up first: Michael Berens released another article today in the Chicago Tribune “Reforms Promised but group homes still suffering from problems“.  The Arc of Illinois plans to respond with a letter to the editor about this article as we see it as incredibly bias and advocating for a return to state institutions.  It also completely... Read more »

Action Alert:  Protect the ADA!

Call Today! A vote in the House of Representatives on HR 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act, is expected this week.  Call your legislator to vote NO on HR 620. Why does this matter to people with disabilities? This bill would remove any consequence for businesses with architectural barriers that violate the ADA, a... Read more »

Arc Federal Advocacy Update

We have enough updates this week that I have split things into at least two weeks.  First the federal level updates: Trump Signs Family Caregivers Act A new law will require the federal government to develop a national strategy to address the needs of family caregivers, including those supporting people with developmental disabilities. Read More > TRUMP’S... Read more »

Executive Forum Follow Up & News

FOLLOW UP FROM EXEC FORUM Thanks to those who joined the Jan 3 Executive Forum webinar.  Here is the link to the recording if you would like to listen.  Here is the power point as well. The next in-person Executive Forum meeting will be March 3 (location tba). LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE Don’t forget to register for... Read more »