The Arc of Illinois Toolkit for Election 2016

If you are a person with a disability or you have a loved one with a disability, national and state public policy impacts your life literally. Our elected representatives determine and make decisions that influences the quality of your life. Your health care, education, housing and employment are all impacted by your elected representatives, good... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Family to Family Health Information Center and Family Voices Presents Illinois Health Care Coverage Options and Benefits Information for People with Disabilities AGENDA 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Registration 8:30 – 8:45 a.m. – Welcome and Introductions: – Tony Paulauski, Executive Director, The Arc of Illinois – Faye Manaster, Project Director, Family-to-Family... Read more »

Arc Capitol Insider

Capitol Insider Major Events Last Week Income Support – House Holds Hearing on Reducing Poverty Last week, the House Committee on Ways and Means held a hearing on “Moving America’s Families Forward: Setting Priorities for Reducing Poverty and Expanding Opportunity”. Witnesses were former Governor John Engler, President of Business Roundtable; Karin VanZant, Executive Director of... Read more »

Arc Responds to New Autism Report

The Arc Reacts to Newly Released CDC Autism Report Showing No Increase in Prevalence in Two Years Washington, DC – Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data showing the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) remains unchanged;   1 in 68 children have been identified as having a diagnosis on the autism... Read more »

Arc and ABLE Account?

Looks like the time for the webinar with the Ligas attorneys may change. I will keep you posted. In the meantime, please fill out the financial information survey. I had quite a day on advocacy issues in Chicago on Tuesday. It started with a meeting with the Ligas attorneys with a frank discussion on the... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois QIDP Conference

Join us for the 14th Annual QIDP Leadership Conference, on January 26, 2016 at the Doubletree Hotel in Alsip, IL. Keynote Presentations 8:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.- “Ordinary or Outstanding? A Motivational Journey for Human Service Professionals” -Krescene Beck 10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.- “Standing at the Crossroads”  -Shirley Paceley Breakout Presentations (choose one presentation to... Read more »

Arc Capitol Insider 

Getting ready for the first day of Speak UP & Speak OUT! Tony Capitol Insider for the week of November 2nd, 2015 Action AlertParents of Children with Disabilities Should Have Paid Sick Leave Major Events Ahead Social Security – Joint Economic Committee to Hold Hearing on Social Security Disability Insurance On Wednesday,... Read more »

Arc Action Alert

I believe August is going to be an important month in our advocacy for a responsible state budget with new revenue. I believe that we need to become more active, vocal and forceful with our State Senators and Representatives. We need them to support community services and new revenue. As Phil and I have... Read more »

Arc Update

This morning providers should have received their contracts indicating that they have been funded for Fiscal Year 2016 or their programs are on hold. It is likely that the grant programs will be on hold until a final budget agreement is reached between the Governor and the Legislative Leaders. Make sure you sign the... Read more »

Arc and Directors Bulletin

Name the Communication Bulletin As I wrap up this busy week, I want to once again ask for your suggestions and input on a name for our Communication Bulletin. This is the time to put your creativity talents to the test! The Division will be accepting suggestions via the following email address- dhs.dddcomments@illinois.gov. Start submitting your entries... Read more »