The Arc of Illinois Update: Correction and Federal Update

Reminders Wednesday Webinar Series Continues: Self Advocacy At Home During Covid! May 20, 10-11 am Register Here Hear from Leanne Mull, Blue Tower Solutions, Richard Hollenbeck and Becca Burrowabout how we can all engage in advocacy especially people with intellectual and developmental disabilities even though we are stuck at home. Weekly Wow Meetings! Blue Tower... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Federal Update

Federal Advocacy $2T Third Relief Package Signed into Law Thank you for advocating to include people with disabilities in this bill. Here are some of the positive things in the bill: The exemption of non-profits who receive Medicaid has been removed. Including non-profitorganizations that receive Medicaid funds is a big win and important for our... 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 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 – Going Home Rally

Today, more than 250 self advocates, families and community organizations are rallying in the rotunda of the State Capitol to advocate for increased funding for community living (including increased pay for staff and rates), an end to waiting lists for services, increased informed choice for people in SODCs and a shift in funding prioritizaiton from... Read more »

Below is from the Arc of the United States about federal advocacy: Medicaid/LTSS: President Signs MFP Extension On April 18, President Trump signed the Medicaid Services Investment and Accountability Act of 2019 (H.R.1839) into law. This bill adds an additional $20 million for the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program through September 30, 2019. MFP... 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 »

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 »

Celebrate the Olmstead Supreme Court Decision by Acting Today!

On June 22, The Arc of Illinois along with disability advocates across the country celebrate the 19th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision, which has forced states to offer opportunities to people with disabilities to live in the least restricted settings. On this day, we ask you to make TWO ACTIONS: 1) Join the... Read more »

The Arc Federal Update

Happy Friday!  Although we have been focused this week on Springfield, the federal government continues to make disability policy.  Check out this update from the Arc of the United States: for the week of May 29, 2018 Action Alert Did Your Representatives Vote to Protect SNAP? Major Recent Events Budget & Appropriations – Appropriations... Read more »