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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.

November 10, 2020 – Self-Care: Holiday Edition

Presented by Susie Ortega, LCSW. Ms Ortega is a bilingual, Spanish-speaking, therapist and licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with a Masters in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. She has extensive experience working with individuals, couples, families and groups. 

 This webinar . . .

  • will explore impact of fatigue on families, review tips for self-care and ways to manage stress during the holiday season
  • will include and practice breathing exercises that everyone can use
  • will review body’s response under stress and highlight importance of a mind-body connection.

Click here for webinar recording: Self-Care Holiday Edition
Click here for webinar presentation slides: Self-Care Presentation
Click here to complete Follow Up Survey: Follow Up Survey


October 20, 2020 – Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Special Education Updates

Presented by Barbara Moore, Director of Department of Special Education for ISBE. Participants will receive an overview of ISBE’s Department of Special Education’s responsibilities for the general supervision of local educational agencies in their implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  Key projects and services of the Department will be highlighted.  Participants will learn about resources available to parents, including those associated with the recent COVID19 pandemic.

Click here for webinar recording: ISBE Special Education Update Webinar
Click here for presentation slides: ISBE Update Webinar Slides
Click here to complete Follow Up Survey: Survey Link


October 13, 2020 – The HCBS Final Rule: Countdown to Implementation Webinar

Our presenters for this webinar are Leanne Mull, Blue Tower Solutions, Inc. and Tavarus Wesley, Arc Board member ICDD member, Alliance Board Chair. Tavarus and Leanne will provide an overview of the HCBS setting rule and give examples of how families, people receiving services, ISC’s and provider agencies can work together to implement the new rule. There will also be an update on the Illinois Transition Plan.

Click here for webinar recording: HCBS Rule Final Countdown to Implementation Recording
Click here for presentation slides: HCBS Final Rule – Countdown to Implementation Presentation
Click here for Follow-Up Survey: Oct. 13 Webinar Survey


September 15, 2020 – The Role & Mission of the Great Lakes ADA Center In Spanish

Seminario ofrecido en español por medio social del Internet sobre el Papel y la Misión del Centro ADA Great Lakes con Claudia Díaz, directora asociada del esta agencia.  

Este seminario proporcionará a los participantes información sobre los servicios y recursos disponibles del Centro ADA Great Lakes, miembro de la Red Nacional ADA. Después de la sesión, los participantes:

• Comprenderán la misión del Centro ADA Great Lakes
• Conocerán los servicios principales provistos por el Centro ADA
• Tendrán una comprensión básica sobre la Ley Estadounidense de Personas con Discapacidades (ADA) que se inició hace 30 años

Click here for webinar recording: Spanish – Role & Mission of the Great Lakes ADA Center
Click here for webinar presentation: Presentation in Spanish


September 8, 2020 – The Role & Mission of the Great Lakes ADA Center

Presented by Claudia Diaz, Associate Director, Great Lakes ADA Center and Peter Berg, Project Coordinator of Technical Assistance, Great Lakes ADA Center

This session will provide participants with information about the services and resources available from the Great Lakes ADA Center, a member of the ADA National Network. Following the session participants will:

Understand the mission of the Great Lakes Center

Know the core services provided by the ADA Center

Gain a basic understanding of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Click here for webinar recording: The Role & Mission of the Great Lakes ADA Center Webinar
Click here for Presentation: The Role & Mission of the Great Lakes ADA Center Presentation
Click here for Follow-Up Survey: September 8 Webinar Survey


August 11, 2020 – Successful Collaboration Between Disability Advocates and Police in Western Suburbs

Speakers include Jennifer Hillgoth of the Aurora Police Department, Special Needs Aurora Police Program (SNAPP) and Jim Pacetti of the Naperville Police Department Caring Hands Emergency Response Program.

Officers Hillgoth and Pacetti will describe the programs created at both suburban police departments aimed at helping keep people with disabilities safe, and enlightening police officers.
-How the idea for SNAPP and Caring Hands came to the police departments
-The goals of SNAPP and Caring Hands
-How the programs work
-The responsibility of the consumer
-The geographical limits, department sharing, and more!

Click here for Presentation Handout: Contact Information


July 21, 2020 – La Administración del Seguro Social – Entendiendo sus Beneficios

Presentado por: La Srta Josephine Mueller Especialista en Asuntos Públicos con La Administracion del Seguridad Social (SSA).

Los programas del Seguro Social como parte de su camino de la vida. Esta presentación proporcionará información sobre los beneficios y programas del Seguro Social que incluyen:

• ¿Qué significa FICA?

• ¿Qué es el programa de incapacidad – SSDI?

• ¿Qué es el programa de incapacidad – SSI? • Qué hay de nuevo en 2020

Click here for webinar presentation slides: July 2020 SSA Webinar


July 14, 2020 – Social Security – Understanding the Benefits, Presented by Josephine Mueller, Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security Administration.

Social Security is with you through life’s journey. This presentation will provide information on Social Security benefits and programs including:
What is FICA
What is SSDI
What is SSI
What’s New in 2020

Josephine Mueller is a Spanish Bilingual Public Affairs Specialist for the Social Security Administration (SSA) in the Chicagoland area. Josephine has embraced her critical role for informing the public about Social Security programs and benefits. Her passion for sharing information has provided her a platform on Chicago Access Live Television Network for several years and you can find her on you tube. This platform has given her the opportunity to promote Social Security Programs throughout Chicagoland and Nationwide.

Her many interests include community engagement, education, and motivating younger generations to exceed in their educational and professional careers. She has a passion for diversity and public speaking. Josephine Mueller earned a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in International Business from Governors State University. She has a passion for diversity and public speaking.


Click here for presentation slides: July 14 Presentation
Click here for additional resources: Additional Resources


June 9, 2020 – Let’s Learn About The Alliance and Self-Advocacy! Presented by Adam Cooper and Krescene Beck, IL Self Advocacy Alliance, Inc.

The Illinois Self-Advocacy Alliance, Inc. (The Alliance) is a statewide network of self-advocates and self-advocacy groups who work together to make life better in our communities and work to make services better for people with disabilities in our state.

Let’s learn together about

  • The Alliance as a resource
  • What Self-Advocacy is and why it matters
  • The pieces of the Self-Advocacy puzzle
  • Advocacy at school or at an agency, at home, and in the community

Presenters for this webinar are Adam Cooper and Krescene Beck.  Adam is a long-time self-advocate from Edwardsville, Illinois.  He is a graduate of The Alliance’s Ambassador Leadership Training Program as well as the Illinois Partners in Policymaking program.  Adam has served in many leadership capacities including Alliance Board of Directors, ICDD Board of Directors, and the Edwardsville Community Unit #7 School District Equity Task Force.

Krescene Beck is an ally from Glen Carbon, Illinois, and a co-director with Blue Tower Solutions, Inc. She has supported self-advocates for more than 30 years. As the Organizational Director for The Alliance as well as working on two statewide grants focused on supporting people with disabilities and Deaf people who experience violence, Krescene enjoys learning from self-advocates and creating opportunities for them to speak up and speak out.

Click here for webinar recording:  The Alliance and Self-Advocacy
Click here for webinar presentation slides:  Let’s Learn About The Alliance and Self-Advocacy – 6.9.2020 – Final (3)
Click here for handouts:
Pieces of the Self-Advocacy Puzzle
Culture of Self-Advocacy – An Illinois Voices Environmental Checklist – January 2020


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