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Webinar Archive

After each monthly webinar, a copy of the presentation as well as any additional resources will be posted here.  Please note that the information presented was accurate and up to date at the time it was presented. We have archived past webinars for informational purposes but cannot guarantee accuracy of webinar information after the presentation date.

Please take a moment to complete the very brief follow up survey under each webinar if you participated or listened to the recorded webinar. Thank you!

June 11th, 2019 – How the Human Rights Authority Assists in Maintaining Rights, presented by Gene Seaman, Human Rights Authority

Presented by Gene Seaman. Gene is the managing administrator for the southern regions of the Human Rights Authority, a division of the Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission. In addition to managing, Gene works on community outreach and marketing for the division. The Human Rights Authority serves as the investigatory body of the agency and serves people with disabilities throughout the state of Illinois. Prior to managing, Gene worked as the Human Rights Authority Coordinator for the Peoria region for over 8 years.

Participants can expect to learn –
• Examples of rights that HRA would investigate
• Short description of the Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission and the Human Rights Authorities role in the agency
• How the HRA investigates complaints
• Actual HRA investigations and results
• Contact information for Human Rights Authority

Please click here for webinar recording:  How the HRA Assists in Maintaining Rights
Click here for webinar presentation: How the HRA Assists in Maintaining Rights
Please click here to complete follow up survey:  HRA Webinar Survey
Please click here for information on Programs of The Arc of IL:  Programs of The Arc of IL

May 14th, 2019 – The Role of the Independent Service Coordination Agency (ISC) and Its Many Functions: PUNS and Transition to Community Based Waiver Services, presented by Juan Aponte from Community Alternatives Unlimited.

This webinar covered:
• History of CAU, service area and population
• How to find your ISC agency
• The role of an ISC
• Eligibility criteria for DHS-DD services and the Pre Admission Screening (PAS) process in the State of IL
• What is PUNS and What should a parent/guardian do while waiting for PUNS selection
• What types of services are available under PUNs or Crisis criteria

Presented by Juan Aponte, M.S., QIDP – Juan is a Director of Services with Community Alternatives Unlimited, an Independent Service Coordination (ISC) providing case management services to families of individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities in Lake County, Northwest Cook County and Northside of Chicago, IL. During his 29 year tenure at CAU, Juan has worked very closely and diligently with many service providers and families of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Juan has also received extensive training in autism in the states of Indiana and Illinois. Juan continues to work closely with the Illinois Department of Human Services – Division of Developmental Disabilities (IDHS-DDD), Illinois Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) and several local school districts, residential and vocational providers in the Chicago/Metro area for the purpose of advocating and securing necessary supports and services for families and individuals with special needs. His areas of expertise include advocacy, crisis case management and transition planning for families and individuals with autism and behavioral challenges transitioning from special education into adult services. Other special projects of interest include CAU Presentations, PUNS Outreach, working with Hispanic families and Networking with school districts and adult service providers.

Click here for webinar recording: The Role of the ISC and PUNS
Click here for webinar follow up survey:  ISC and PUNS Webinar Survey

If you need to find your Independent Service Coordination Agency (ISC), you can use the following link to the DHS Office Locator. Choose “Developmental Disability Services” as the Office Type, your county, and zip code in Cook County. .

You may also give the Illinois Life Span Program a call at 1-800-588-7002 during regular business hours. Thank you!

April 9th, 2019 – Early Intervention & Speech-Language Pathology: A Training for Family and Collaborative Professionals 

This webinar covers information regarding Early Intervention (EI) services, EI services specific to speech-language therapy, programs/services within The Arc, and advocacy tools. The webinar begins with defining EI and continues with an overview in how individuals and families can acquire services for children ages birth-3 years old. Additionally, a discussion of how speech language pathologists are involved in EI both in evaluations and interventions. The webinar concludes with information regarding The Arc and advocacy tools for families.

Presented by:  Anna Hastings, B.S., Graduate Student & LEND Trainee, Speech-Language Pathology, Rush University and Mary Kate Connelly, B.S., Graduate Student & LEND Trainee, Speech-Language Pathology, Rush University

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March 12th, 2019 – Let’s Learn About ABLE Accounts!

JJ Hanley, presenter for this webinar, is Director of Illinois ABLE for the Illinois State Treasurer’s office, which leads 16–state, bi-partisan alliance that offers “A Better Life Experience” ABLE accounts to people with disabilities in Illinois and across the country. Her career evolved from financial securities trader to disability parent advocate and professional, focused on building enterprises that foster economic independence, community participation and employment of people with disabilities.

Participants can expect to learn:

  • What ABLE stands for
  • How to qualify for ABLE
  • Types of funds that can be
  • What are the ABLE account Options
  • What ABLE Funds can be used for
  • Tax Benefits with ABLE
  • How to Enroll in ABLE

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February 12th, 2019 – Partner, Help, Connect: How DSCC Supports Youth with Special Health Care Needs and Their Families

The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) is a statewide program that serves children and youth with special healthcare needs and their families.

Presenters for this webinar included:

  • Thomas Jerkovitz, Executive Director, has led DSCC since 2009. He has a distinguished career in healthcare administration within the state of Illinois and in the private healthcare industry.
  • Molly Hofmann, APRN, MSN, PCNS-BC, Associate Director of Care Coordination oversees the administration for the development and implementation of all Care Coordination operations, policies, and procedures for the Core and Home Care Programs.
  • Darcy Contri, RN, BSN, MPH, Title V Program Transition Specialist provides support for transition age youth and their families since 1998.

The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) is a statewide program that serves children and youth with special healthcare needs and their families. DSCC staff help families find the specialty care and resources they need for their child to reach their full potential.

Click here for webinar recording:  DSCC Webinar, February 2019

Click here for webinar presentation: DSCC Arc Webinar Presentation Feb. 2019

Click here to complete follow-up survey: DSCC Webinar Follow Up Survey

Click here for Programs of The Arc of IL handout: Programs of The of IL


January 8th, 2019 – Living in My New House! Presented by Samantha, Brian, and Missy Kichline

Samantha (Sam) Kichline is a young 28 year old woman who was selected from the PUNS waiting list in 2012. She moved from her parents’ home into her “new” home in 2015. And she loves her new home.

Samantha lives in Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA) Host Family – Shared Living model of support in the St. Louis Metro-East area.

Moving from the family home to a new home is a unique journey for each individual and family. In this webinar, Sam and her parents, Brian and Missy, will share their personal experiences; how they prepared, what worked, what was learned, how life is now and what is hoped for the future.

Click here for webinar recording:  Living in My New House! – Sam, Missy, and Brian Kichline

Click here for webinar presentation: January 2019 Living in My New House! Lunchtime webinar

Click here to complete follow-up survey: Living in My New House Follow-Up Survey

Handout: Programs of The Arc of IL