Please join us for some or all of the following events, trainings and educational opportunities:

Feb 9 – Register now to join the Disability Forum with the Attorney General Candidates on Feb 9 at 3 pm at Access Living in Chicago.  You can also join online through streaming.

The Arc’s Life Span Luncheon Webinars are scheduled for:
Feb 13, 12 pm – Special Recreation and Special Olympics Programs in Illinois

Please join us for our February Lunchtime Webinar on February 13th from Noon to 1:00 PM. The topic to be covered in this webinar is “Special Recreation and Special Olympics Programs in Illinois”.  Learn more about the populations served, programs available, how to find out more about local programs, and how to get involved. Our presenters are Sandy Gbur, the Executive Director for Western DuPage Special Recreation Association, and Teresa Crudele-Seidel, representing Special Olympics Illinois.

March 13, 12 pm –  IEP Facilitation: How Facilitated IEP Meetings Can Guide the Process, with Sherry Colegrove, of the Illinois State Board of Education(ISBE) and three IEP facilitators.

Parents and school personnel sometimes find themselves facing the challenges of needing to communicate and collaborate with others whose opinions and perspectives differ significantly from theirs, especially during Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings.  In this webinar, the presenters will provide an overview of the purpose, components, and benefits of IEP facilitation.  They will also share a few “real life” facilitation experiences and briefly describe some of the strategies used during IEP meetings to promote successful whole team collaboration and communication. As a result of the webinar, participants will increase their knowledge and understanding of IEP facilitation as a process that supports teams in reaching and maintaining agreements during any IEP meeting.

The information and recordings from previous Lunchtime Webinars are posted to The Arc’s website at  Please take a moment to complete the follow up survey if you attended to let us know what you learned and about topics you’d like to see addressed in future webinars! Thank you!

March 22 – Adult Services Informational Session offered by the Arc’s Family Support Network and Ligas Family Advocates
Registration is now open.  Please note this is a FREE event for families and self-advocates but REGISTRATION is required!  Families you may register by sending an email to  or calling 708-331-7370! Please include your name, telephone number and number attending. Please speak slowly so that your information may be recorded correctly.  Professionals and Vendors please see attached registration form with fee. You may register by CLICKING Here! Please contact with questions! Continental breakfast and lunch are included in registration.

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Meg Cooch
Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois
20901 S. LaGrange Rd. Suite 209
Frankfort, IL 60423
815-464-1832 (OFFICE)