Arc of Illinois Update

On behalf of The Arc of Illinois, we wish you a very happy holiday and new year.  We will start back up the weekly update in the new year as The Arc will be closed next week until January 2. Supportive Housing Know Your Options Events Hope to see many of you later today at... Read more »

QIDP Training Opportunity

17TH ANNUAL QIDP LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE JANUARY 29, 2019 DoubleTree Hotel, Alsip, IL  8:30 – 10:15 a.m. – “Building Community Through Social Capital”  Presented by Al Condeluci, Ph.D. All individuals with disabilities and their family members (as well as professionals who are involved with the family) are interested in seeing themselves or their son/daughter/relative be successful in... Read more »

Arc of Illinois Update

Money Follows the Person Passed the House – Continue the Advocacy! Last night, the short term funding of MFP in the IMPROVE Act (which also includes extending the spousal impoverishment protections to Medicaid HCBS participants) just passed the House, with only 11 nay votes!! Now we turn to the Senate and hope for a vote this week.  Senator... Read more »

Individual and Family Survey & New State of the State Illinois Summary

Two more things! Consumers and Families: Share with the Arc of Illinois about your experience with adult services over the past year.  Fill out this three question survey now! Thanks to the almost 80 people who have shared what is working and what is missing around adult services in the community.  We want to hear... 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 »

The Arc of Illinois Update – SDA & National Action Alert

The Division on Friday released new guidance and  FAQs about self directed assistance.  This is important for families with home based services who use SDAs to help support individuals.  Providers will hopefully see further clarity and flexibility around the SDA parameters.  The Arc has advocated for the division to remain broad in their interpretation so... 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 »

Announcing the Arc Transition Mentors!

Meet The Arc’s New Transition Mentors The Arc of Illinois is proud to announce its new Family Transition Project Transition Mentor Program, with the goal of ensuring that families, decision makers and others have the opportunity to hear directly from leaders with disabilities who have lived in institutions and now live in the community.  Mentors... 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 »