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!

July 9th, 2019 – The ABC’s of Self-Directing Services, presented by Eileen Morrissey, Director of Family Support Services, from Envision Unlimited, Tasha Whiteside, Director of Illinois Operations, ACES$, and Shirley Perez, Director, Ligas Family Advocate Program and Family Support Network

This webinar provided an overview of the HBS program and key components and examples of how HBS resources can be used. An introduction to the Illinois Fiscal Agent, ACES$, and the services they provide, as well as Self-Directed Assistance (SDA) and the role and responsibilities of a Self-Directed Assistant were discussed.

Participants in this webinar learned about:

  • The key components of the Home and Community-Based Medicaid Waiver
  • The differences between Home-Based and CILA Services
  • The responsibilities of those directing Home-Based Services
  • The roles and responsibilities of Developmental Disability Service Providers, Independent Service Coordination Agencies, Self-Direction Assistants, Employers of Record, and the role of the Illinois Fiscal Agent, ACES$
  • How to explore strategies to maximize the available benefits of the Home-Based Services Program
  • How to identify resources and programs that can provide guidance and assistance

Click here for webinar recording:  ABC’s of Self-Directed Services Webinar
Click here for webinar presentation slides: The ABC’s of Self Directed Services 7 8 2019 COMPLETE
Click here to complete webinar follow up survey:  ABC’s of Self Directed Services Webinar Follow-Up Survey
Click here for Electronic Visit Verification Info: EVV Info

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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 of IL

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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.  http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?module=12 .

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

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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

Click here for webinar recording:  EI & Speech Language Pathology
Click here for webinar presentation: LEND Webinar Presentation Slides
Click here to complete follow up survey:  EI LEND Webinar Follow Up Survey
Handouts:
LEND Webinar Resource Sheet
Programs of The of IL

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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

Click here for webinar recording: Let’s Learn About IL ABLE
Click here for webinar presentation: LEARN ABOUT IL ABLE_11-28-18
Click here to complete follow up survey:  ABLE Follow Up Survey
Handouts:
Able-General-enrollment-Brochure-IL
ABLE Frequently Asked Questions

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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

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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

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December 11, 2018 – Living Independently at Home – A New Way to Live, Presented by Matt Koupal

Matt Koupal, Luke’s Dad, shares their unique residential planning story. Please view this webinar to learn about their family plan to make it possible for Luke to live independently in the family home.

Click here for webinar recording: Living Independently at Home – Matt Koupal
Click here for webinar presentation: Independent Living at Home 10-18
Click here to complete follow up survey:  Living Independently at Home Webinar Survey
Handout: Programs of The Arc Single Page Double Sided

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November 6, 2018Living a Real Life in the Community:  Annie’s Story!

Annie Niswander is a woman with Down Syndrome who lives in her own home, works, volunteers and has friends and relationships in her community. Vicki Niswander is Annie’s mom, and is the Executive Director of the Illinois Association of Microboards and Cooperatives.

Information that will be covered:
• What does life in the community look like for Annie?
• How did it happen, and how can you make it happen?
• What are the challenges?
• What do we hope for her future?

Click here for webinar recording: Living a Real Life in the Community: Annie’s Story!
Click here for webinar presentation:  Annie’s Story PPT
Click here to complete follow up survey:  Annie’s Story Follow Up Survey
Handout: Programs of The Arc Single Page Double Sided

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October 9, 2018 – Empowering People with Disabilities – Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services

The Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services provides funding for a variety of services to qualified individuals with disabilities statewide. Participants in this webinar learned about all of the major services Illinois DRS provides, including:
*Vocation Rehabilitation/Employment Services
*Home Services
*Services for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Blind/Visually Impaired
*Education Services
*Eligibility information for all programs
*Who to call for additional information

This webinar was presented by Erik Hanson. Erik is currently the Manager of the DRS Independent Living Unit. This Unit works to support the 22 Centers for Independent Living throughout the state of Illinois. Prior to that, Erik worked for DRS as a Home Services Counselor, a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, and the Supervisor of the Springfield DRS Field Office. He has a Masters in Counseling, and is a licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.

Click here for webinar recording:  DRS Programs and Services
Click here for webinar presentation: IDHS DRS Empowering People with Disabilities
Community-Partnership-Initiative-Show
Click here to complete follow up survey:  DRS Info Follow Up Survey
Handouts: Programs of The Arc Single Page Double Sided

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September 11, 2018  – Community & Residential Services Authority – How They Can Help

Due to the complexity of Illinois’ human service system restrictions, children with severe emotional disabilities are often at risk of being under-served or ignored. The Community and Residential Services Authority (CRSA) helps Illinois families and agencies when their youth with mental health needs are denied access to a recommended plan of care. CRSA is dedicated to aiding the best possible outcomes for at-risk children while at the same time assisting the Illinois legislature in creating responsible legislation to address gaps in the children’s social services systems.

Illinois is the only state in the nation whose legislature had the foresight to create an agency like CRSA. For nearly 31 years, CRSA has helped thousands of Illinois families with children who have emotional and behavioral issues successfully address the complex service challenges facing them. Learn more about this important resource!

Presenter – Debbi Smith. Debbi is the Executive Director of the Community and Residential Services Authority. She has 30 years of experience working with children and adults that have mental illnesses. She holds a Master of Science in Education and Counseling. She is also a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.

Click here for webinar recording:  CRSA Webinar Recording
Click here for webinar presentation:  CRSA Powerpoint Presentation
Click here to complete follow up survey: CRSA Webinar Follow Up Survey
Handouts: CRSA BROCHURE (2018)

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August 21, 2018 – Illinois Imagines: Our Rights, Right Now!

Learn about Illinois Imagines, a project directed by self-advocates, disability service agencies, rape crisis centers, and the Illinois Department of Human Services. Celebrating 10+ years, Illinois Imagines focuses on changing Illinois systems on the statewide and local level to better serve people with disabilities who experience sexual violence.

This webinar was presented by Mary Hettel and Krescene Beck. Mary Hettel is a self-advocate and member of both the Illinois Imagines and the Envision Illinois Statewide teams for many years. Mary is passionate about creating systems and developing resources to better support people with disabilities who have experienced sexual and domestic violence.

Krescene Beck is a disability advocate and co-director of Blue Tower Solutions, Inc. She is passionate about the projects she is involved with: The Illinois Self-Advocacy Alliance, Envision Illinois, and Illinois Imagines.

Click here for webinar recording: Illinois Imagines Webinar Recording
Click here for webinar presentation:  Illinois Imagines Our Rights Right Now – Arc of Illinois Lunchtime Webinar – 8.21.18
Click here to complete follow up survey: Illinois Imagines Follow Up Survey
Handouts:  Illinois Imagines Our Rights Right Now – Arc of Illinois Lunchtime Webinar – Resources – 8.21.18

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July 10, 2018 –  Supportive Housing with CSH

Presented by Curtis Harris and Julie Nelson. Curtis and Julie shared information about supportive housing, a housing option that is affordable, independent housing in the community with individualized supports. They talked about what supportive housing is, how to access it, and where to learn more. Curtis shared his perspective on self-advocates choosing the housing option that is right for them!

Curtis Harris is an activist, organizer, leader, and self-advocate working towards disability rights and autism acceptance. In January 1984, Curtis was the first student to enroll in the newly created autism program in Chicago Public Schools. He is a board member with Chicagoland Autism Connection and has worked with organizations including Access Living, ADAPT, Refuse Fascism, and numerous other working towards civil rights and health care for all.

At CSH, Julie Nelson works to expand supportive housing as an option for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She also works on initiatives focused on using housing as an intervention to improve health.

Click here for webinar recording:  Supportive Housing with CSH
Click here for webinar presentation:  CSH Presentation 2018
Click here for follow up survey for this webinar:  Follow Up Survey
Handouts:
Public Housing Authority Contact Information
How to Access Supportive Housing May 2018
What to Know Supportive Housing for People with IDD May 2018
2017 Arc Programs