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 Weekly Wrap Up

Job Opportunities: Join The Arc of Illinois to help support individuals and families and work with advocates to strengthen the system for people living in the community.  We have three positions available that offer a flexible location and potential work from home opportunities! Latino Outreach Coordinator – Life Span Ligas Family Advocate – 2 North... Read more »

Exciting New Education and Training Opportunities

Please join us for some or all of the following events, trainings and educational opportunities: Feb 9 – Register now to join the Disability Forum with the Attorney General Candidates on Feb 9 at 3 pm at Access Living in Chicago.  You can also join online through streaming. The Arc’s Life Span Luncheon Webinars are... Read more »

The Arc State Advocacy Update – Updated Link

Lawmakers return this week to Springfield for the legislative session, but the general sense is that because of the primary on March 20, the opportunities to pass legislation will be very concentrated to April and May following the spring break recess.  The Arc continues to focus on bills that will improve the lives of people... 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 »

The Arc of Illinois Update – Jan 19, 2018

The Arc of Illinois Update Huge thanks to all those who attended and watched the Gubernatorial Candidates’ Forum this week.  We co-sponsored with more than 30 disability organizations.  Five of the candidates attended and more than 700 people watched in person, via a live stream or following the event from around the state.  If you... Read more »

Executive Forum Update

Hope everyone is having a good Thursday.  I wanted to share a couple of updates: 1) Yesterday, a number of Arc leaders participated in the CMS Region V meeting.  A shout out to IARF for leading the planning of the day.  The two topics were the HCBS rule implementation and the workforce crisis.  In addition... Read more »

Don’t Miss Joining Partners in Policymaking!  Deadline to Jan 19

ILLINOIS PARTNERS IN POLICYMAKING APPLICATION DEADLINE COMING SOON – SPREAD THE WORD PARTNERS IN POLICYMAKING® (also known as PARTNERS) is a leadership training program designed for parents of school age children with developmental disabilities and adults with disabilities. PARTNERS teaches leadership skills, and the process of developing positive partnerships with elected officials and other policymakers who... Read more »

Arc of Illinois Update – Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  As we enter 2018, we appreciate our accomplishments from 2017 and look forward to working with you to advocate more/stronger/louder at the state and federal level, train more people throughout the state, and connect individuals, parents and families with services, supports and each other. INTERESTED IN SUPPORTING FAMILIES? There is still time... 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 »