The Arc of Illinois Update

New: Supported Employment Webinar– Speak Up to Get the Job You Want Sept 6 at 11 am This will be a modified webinar version of a presentation we have been doing with DDD and DRS staff around the state. The goal of the training is to engage people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update – DD Director Announced

This week, I am at the HCBS Conference in Baltimore this week, hearing from federal officials about systems change related to home and community based services, waivers, settings rules, EVV and much more. More to follow on updates! New DD Director! The Arc of Illinois was so excited see that Allison Stark will be joining... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

Registration for Living with Autism 2019 Conference, Health Care Seminar, SEAT trainings – two dates left, The Alliance Fall 2019 Regional Training, and other upcoming events:https://www.thearcofil.org/events/ Arc Leaders Meet with Sec Hou On Friday Arc leaders, Sue O’Conner, John Porter, Lore Baker, Linda Tortorelli, Meg Cooch, Katherine Hamann, and Nafia Khan met with Sec Hou and... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

Happy August! This is a great opportunity to connect with your federal and state elected officials. Check https://townhallproject.com/ to find town halls and other public events where you might be able to see your Representative or one of your Senators. 3.5% rate increase update A group of They Deserve More members met on Wednesday with... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Federal Update

Happy Birthday Medicaid and Medicare!  Remind Friends, Family and Policy Makers Why These Programs are Critical For People with Disabilities! Here is a great info graphic from Little Lobbyists: From the Arc of the United States: Autism: House Approves Autism CARES Act Reauthorization On July 24, the House of Representatives approved the Autism Collaboration, Accountability,... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

Rate Increase Delay – Due to Paperwork Friday afternoon,DHS released a letter that indicated that the 3.5% rate increase for service providers of I/DD is expected to be delayed because of the wait for federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approval of the rate increase. Obviously this two month delay at least is... Read more »

Happy Anniversary to the Americans With Disabilities Act

Happy Anniversary to the Americans With Disabilities Act! The Arc of Illinois joins our national sister organizations, The Arc of the United States, along with our member advocates and partners to celebrate and re-commit to the fulfillment of the promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act in Illinois! Twenty-nine years ago, the Americans with Disabilities... Read more »

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 »