The Arc of Illinois Update

Don’t Miss Supported Employment Trainings in Rockford, Quincy, Peoria and Carbondale. Check them and all the other Arc events out here. DDD Comments Due Today! Don’t forget to comment by close of business today to the Divisions draft bulletin on the implementation of the rate! Here is the They Deserve More letter that focuses on... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

Check out our upcoming trainings! 1) Supported employment trainings through SEAT with Divisions of DD and Rehabilitation Services – flier here, register online. 2) Self Advocacy and Legislative Advocacy trainings (registration coming soon) 3) Healthcare Conference – Sept 12 – registration online 4) Autism Conference – Oct 3 (registration coming soon) State Legislative Update IL... Read more »

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Supreme Court Olmstead Decision

Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Olmstead Supreme Court Decision! Tomorrow, June 22 is the 20th anniversary of the Olmstead Supreme Court Decision, the decision that said that people with disabilities have the right to live in the least restrictive setting possible. We are still working in Illinois to fulfill the promise of the Olmstead... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

Have You Thanked Your Legislators? This year we have a nuanced message – thank you for your support but Illinois’ work is not done – there remains a staffing crisis, funding needs to be more flexible so that people can receive services where and how they want and we need more competitive integrated employment! Check... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

For advocates and families, don’t forget to register for our first Supported Employment Action Team training with DRS/DDD around accessing employment services, June 25 in Alsip, south of Chicago. Register here. Please note all are welcome to attend, but we are not offering CEUs at this training. Check out the five trainings we are doing... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 3, 2019 CONTACT: The Arc of Illinois Meg Cooch, Executive Director meg@thearcofil.org / 815.464.1832 The Arc of Illinois Thanks the Legislature and Governor for Supporting People with Disabilities in the Illinois Budget SPRINGFIELD, IL – With the passage of the Illinois Budget this weekend, disability self-advocates, families and community organizations from... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Federal Update

Just out – June 25 “Supported Employment Action Team: Speak Up to Get the Job You Want” training for advocates, families and community organizations. Here is the flier. This training is the first of 5 trainings featuring representatives from DDD and DRS to talk about navigating the supported employment system. Register here. Federal Issues The... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

Last Day of Session! The budget is going to be debated today. We are analyzing it now and will have more information once it has passed. The BIMP bill which contains much of the direction about rates has not been reviewed yet. Good news – Legislation Going to the Governor for His SignatureSB1321 -The... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

We just got back from meeting with Deputy Governor Sol Flores and her staff regarding many of the priorities listed below and DD Services transformation efforts such as the HCBS settings rule and rebalancing. ACTION ALERTS! This week is the last week for the Legislature to pass the state budget. They are also actively negotiating... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

Quick Update/Clarification: Medicaid Re-D and ISCs One of the missions of The Arc of Illinois is to provide correct and current information that is vital to the community serving individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The Arc of IL hosts many trainings throughout the year and holds it’s large convention every April. This April, a... Read more »