Reminder – Wednesday Webinars!

Wednesday Webinar – April 29, 10 am

Please register for Weekly Webinar – Advocating for Your Children in Uncertain Times, presented by Lynn Betts, Family Trainer for the Family Resource Center on Disabilities on Apr 29, 2020 10:00 AM CDT at:

Join us to learn about Effective Parent Communication and Record Keeping during this challenging time.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Wednesday Webinar – May 6, 10 am

Please register for Weekly Webinar – Discussion on the Economic Impact Payment and Other Recent Tax Relief Provisions for Individuals on May 6, 2020 10:00 AM CDT at:

The presenter for this webinar is Sergio Guzman, Senior Tax Consultant for the IRS.

Follow up from this week’s webinar.  Thanks to William Richard from IATP.  Here is his document.

People With Disabilities, Families, and Direct Support Professionals: #WeAreEssential

We are fighting every day to make sure the critical needs of people with disabilities, their families, and the direct support professional (DSP) workforce are included in the next coronavirus relief bill. 

And we need your help!

From home and community based services to minimize the risk of people with disabilities being forced into institutions, paid leave for all caregivers, personal protective equipment for the vital DSP workforce, and stimulus payments for all – our essential needs must be included.

What matters most to you and why? Share YOUR story with The Arc and send a personalized message to your Members of Congress by answering 3 short questions! 

Then, help spread the word: send this email to three friends and ask them to share their story too.

For the latest information about the disability community and the coronavirus pandemic, visit

Thank you for your advocacy!

SSI – Stimulus’ Checks- May 5 Deadline!

By Tuesday, May 5, 2020, people receiving SSI benefits who did not file 2018 or 2019 taxes, and have qualifying children under age 17, need to immediately go to the IRS’s webpage at

By taking this proactive step to enter information on the IRS website, SSI recipients and their qualifying children under the age of 17 will also receive the $500 per dependent child payment in addition to their $1,200 individual payment. If people in this group do not provide their information to the IRS by May 5, 2020, their payment at this time will be $1,200 only. They would then be required to file a tax year 2020 tax return to obtain the additional $500 per eligible child.

Visitation Rights Resources

We invite you to join the advocacy campaign of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) regarding hospital visitation policy for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). In addition to formally adding your organizational support, we have also created a national petition for which anyone can add their name and organization to support this just cause. Check out resources here: visitation-rights coronavirus-center.  

Great News: Betsy DeVos tells Congress to keep intact law on educating students with disabilities

School districts will have to continue complying with the federal law requiring them to serve students with disabilities, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Monday.  Congress had asked DeVos if she wanted the power to waive the law’s requirements during the coronavirus crisis, given how hard it is for schools to serve these students. On Monday, she said no.  Full article here. 

IEP Resources

With so many COVID-19 restrictions, children are most likely home with limited or generalized interactions. Many parents of children who have IEPs are stressed, struggling to work with their children on school assignments, activities, and related services while balancing household and work-related demands. This resource has been formulated to help parents support IEP goals without feeling unnecessarily burdened. English Fact Sheet, Spanish Fact Sheet

Special Education

ISBE has posted an updated FAQ focused on special education during remote learning. It’s an in-depth document in which we have tried to address most of the concerns that have been brought to ISBE. You can find it at

Pritzker Administration Releases WI-FI Hotspot Map to Support Illinois Students during COVID-19 Pandemic

Illinois state agencies released a wi-fi hotspot map today to help students across the state who lack internet access in their homes. The effort was spearheaded by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) along with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), the Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT), the Office of the Secretary of State Illinois State Library, and the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB). Wi-fi hotspots are available at multiple locations around the state including local colleges and libraries. To find a hotspot near you, click here.  Pritzker Administration Releases WI-FI Hotspot Map