After each monthly webinar, a copy of the presentation as well as any additional resources will be posted here.  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!

 

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

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June 12, 2018 – Universal Design – It’s More Than Large Print and Accessible Restrooms

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.

Universal Design is an intentional foundation. It works to ensure environments and products can be used and understood by virtually everyone, regardless of their ability. From meeting space to presentations, activities, and handouts, you’ll learn that Universal Design isn’t just for a few people, it’s for everyone!

Click here for webinar recording:  Universal Design Webinar Recording
Click here for webinar presentation:  Universal Design Webinar – The Arc of Illinois Lunch Webinar – 6.12.18 (002)
Click here for follow up survey for this webinar:  Follow Up Survey – Universal Design
Handouts:
Universal Design Top Ten Tips
Meeting Guidelines – updated 4.3.17

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May 8, 2018 – Guardianship: Rights, Responsibilities, Limitations, and Alternatives

Presented by Lesley Arizmendi, Staff Attorney at Equip for Equality. Participants learned about:
-rights of individuals under guardianship and during the guardianship process;
-limits of guardianship—what a guardians can and cannot do;
-responsibilities guardians have to observe the rights of their wards; and
-alternatives to guardianships, including supported decision-making, powers of attorney, and mental health advanced directives.
Lesley Arizmendi has been a Staff Attorney at Equip for Equality for the past eight years. She provides legal advocacy to people with disabilities, focusing in the areas of guardianship, abuse, neglect, financial exploitation, mental health, and fundamental rights in institutional and community settings. Lesley earned her JD from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles and her BA in Linguistics from Scripps College in Claremont, California.

Click here for webinar recording:  Guardianship Webinar Recording
Click here for webinar presentation:  Guardianship Power Point – LA
To complete a follow up survey for this event:  Follow-up Survey – Guardianship
Handout:   2017 Arc Programs

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April 17, 2018 – Supporting Siblings Throughout Life

Siblings of people with disabilities are often overlooked and sometimes even forgotten. This presentation shares the experience and perspective of siblings of people with disabilities throughout their lives. Resources and information were shared for parents to support their children at various life stages from younger kids to older adults. Presented by Katie Arnold and Amy Halm. Katie Arnold is the Executive Director of the Sibling Leadership Network (SLN), a national nonprofit with state chapters that provides information and support to siblings of people with disabilities throughout the lifespan. Katie also works at the Institute on Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) as the Director of Community Education and plays a leadership role in UIC’s Family Support Research and Training Center. Katie has been involved in the SLN since the organization’s inception in 2007 and a leader of the Supporting Illinois Brothers and Sisters (SIBS) chapter. Her sibling experience has shaped her worldview in many ways.  Amy Halm is the Project Manager for the Sibling Leadership Network (SLN) and serves on the Board of Directors of Supporting Illinois Brothers and Sisters (S.I.B.S.) Amy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and graduate of Illinois LEND at UIC. Amy admires her younger sister, Emily, who is a great self-advocate.

Click here for webinar recording:  Supporting Siblings Webinar Recording
Click here for webinar presentation:  Supporting Siblings Throughout Life Webinar
To complete a follow up survey for this event:  Follow up Survey – Supporting Siblings Webinar
Handouts:
What Siblings Want Parents and Service Providers to Know
SLN Sibling Needs Across the LifeCourse

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March 13, 2018 – IEP Facilitation: How Facilitated IEP Meetings Can Guide the Process

This presentation features Sherry Colegrove, IEP Facilitation Coordinator for the Illinois State Board of Education, along with IEP Facilitators Kathryn Cox, Susan Harding, and Michael McElherne. 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.  The Illinois State Board of Education’s Special Education Division has created an optional and free resource to assist IEP teams in ensuring everyone’s voice is heard. IEP facilitation is a process that helps foster effective communication between parents and districts as they develop a mutually acceptable IEP document.

Click here for webinar presentation slides: ISBEHowFacilitatedIEPCanGuidetheProcess
Click here for webinar recording:  IEP Facilitation: How Facilitated IEP Meetings Can Guide the Process
To complete a follow up survey for this event:  Webinar Follow Up Survey

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February 13th, 2018 – Special Recreation and Special Olympics Programs in Illinois

This presentation features Sandy Gbur, Executive Director for the Western DuPage Special Recreation Association and Teresa Crudele-Seidel, Digital Marketing Director for Special Olympics Illinois.

This session provides information on two important programs that provide recreational, social, and athletic participation opportunities for Illinois citizens with disabilities.

Click here for webinar presentation slides from Sandy Gbur on Special Recreation in Illinois: Spec Rec Webinar Presentation
Click here for webinar presentation slides from Teresa Crudele-Seidel from Special Olympics Illinois:  Special Olympics Illinois Arc of Illinois Presentation
Click here for webinar recording:  Webinar Recording:  Special Recreation and Special Olympics in Illinois
To complete a follow up survey for this event:  Webinar Follow Up Survey

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January 9th, 2018 – Person-Centered Planning in Illinois

This presentation features Andrea Medley, Life Choices Statewide Coordinator and Kit O’Brien Cota, Life Choices Program Manager at Illinois DHS.

This presentation was designed specifically for families, focusing on how the person-centered process is affecting the individuals served by Illinois DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities.

Click here for webinar presentation slides:  Person Centered Planning in Illinois
Click here for webinar presentation links in Word: Links – Person-Centered Planning Presentation
Click here for webinar recording:  Webinar Recording – Person-Centered Planning in Illinois
Click here for information about Programs of The Arc of Illinois:  2017 Arc Programs
To complete a follow up survey for this event: Webinar Follow Up Survey

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December 12th, 2017 –  The Positive Impacts of Working While Receiving Public Benefits

This presentation features Marsie Frawley, Senior Consultant from Griffin-Hammis Associates.

This session touches on some of the most likely used, but little known, work incentives of the Social Security Administration and Medicaid!

Click here for webinar presentation slides:  Arc of Illinois Lunchtime Webinar SSA Work Incentives
Click here for webinar recording:  Webinar Recording – Positive Impacts of Working While Receiving Public Benefits
To complete a follow up survey for this event:  December 12 2017 Webinar Follow Up Survey

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November 14th, 2017 – Social Capital and Customized Employment – What is Social Capital and Why is it Important for Customized Employment? 

This presentation features Marsie Frawley from Griffin-Hammis Associates and Cindi Swanson, The Arc of Illinois.

Employment First and Customized Employment are the first and preferred options for going to work!  Discovering the Personal GeniusTM of an individual is the first step towards Customized Employment.  Through this process, we learn about the skills, interests, and abilities of the individual, as well as, learning who are their connections to the community and social capital.

Click here for webinar presentation slides:  Social Capital and Customized Employment
Click here for webinar recording: Webinar Recording – Social Capital and Customized Employment
To complete a follow up survey for this event: Webinar Follow Up Survey

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October 10th,  2017 – ABLE in Illinois: Five Questions You Need to Get Answered About ABLE with JJ Hanley, Office of the Illinois Treasurer

JJ Hanley, Director for ABLE Illinois, a program of the Illinois Treasurer’s Office, shared information on ABLE in Illinois. JJ Hanley is a parent-advocate and professional who has dedicated much of her career to creating innovative programs that foster economic participation by people with disabilities. Many know JJ as the creative force behind JJsList.com.  Participants learned the basics of the program, who qualifies for an ABLE account, when an ABLE account is a good idea, how this account interacts with SSI/SSDI/Medicaid, and where to go to open an account.

Click here for webinar presentation slides:  ABLE in Illinois Webinar Presentation
Click here for webinar recording:  Regretfully, no recording is available for this webinar.

Additional Resources
Illinois ABLE
Illinois ALBE – From the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Memo on ABLE and Medicaid

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September 12th, 2017 – Community Supportive Housing with Julie Nelson, Corporation for Supportive Housing

Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) works to expand supportive housing as an option for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  CSH advances solutions that use housing as a platform for services to improve the lives of the most vulnerable people, maximize public resources and build healthy communities.  In this webinar, CSH shared information about supportive housing, a housing option that is affordable, independent housing in the community with individualized supports.  What supportive housing is, how to access it, and where to learn more were covered in this presentation.

Click here for webinar presentation slides:  Supportive Housing with CSH Presentation
Click here for webinar recording:  2017-09-12 12.14 The Arc of Illinois Lunch Webinar – Supportive Housing with CSH

Additional Resources
Housing and People with Disabilities Myths and Truth
Public Housing Authority Contact Information IL Portrait