Hi Folks,

Survey Request!  The Arc of Illinois wants to hear from you about the experience people and families are having during this unprecedented times.  This is a very brief survey but it will help us in our advocacy going forward.

Speak Up and Speak Out Webinar with Director Stark

May 8 from 2-3 pm

Register Here

Submit a question here.

As we move towards a new phase of this pandemic, we wanted to provide be an opportunity for self advocates and families to share their experiences and concerns with DD Director Allison Stark.  We want people to be able to share the opportunities, the barriers, the current needs and the concerns you have for the future as services and supports begin to open up.  Pleases note, anyone can join this call – however Director Stark is interested in hearing specifically from self advocates and families.

Register for Wednesday Webinars!

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:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2751063161557399051

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.

Wednesday Webinar – May 13, 2:30 pm (please note the time change)

Webinar with DRS Director Rahnee Patrick – Hear from Director Patrick about the steps DRS has taken to support people during this time.  Submit your questions in advance here.

WOW Webinars for People with Disabilities – This week’s topic: You Talk, We Listen

Blue Tower Solutions is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Weekly Wow Meetings!

Time: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 1:30 and 3:00 (in the afternoon!)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81069446373

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EEOC Updates Guidance on Testing Employees On April 23, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued additional answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about how employers should comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) during the coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic. This Legal Update video explains further. View the video from Carriage Trade Insurance Agency, Inc. below.
EEOC Updates Guidance on Testing Employees – Video
Secretary DeVos Forgoes Waiving Disability Law Amid School Closures U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will not recommend that Congress waive the main requirements of three federal education laws, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, known as IDEA. The federal law ensures that children with disabilities have a right to a free, appropriate public education whenever and wherever schools are operating. More from NPR

Stimulus Payments May Be Extended To Dependents With Disabilities

Many people with disabilities will miss out on economic stimulus payments because they are counted as someone else’s dependent, but that could change under a proposal in Congress.

The government is currently sending cash payments to millions of Americans as part of a large package of relief efforts approved in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. More from Disability Scoop

Disability Advocates Say Billions Needed For Community-Based Services

As federal lawmakers weigh another coronavirus relief bill, disability advocates say nothing could be more important than increasing funding for home- and community-based services.

A coalition of advocacy groups is pressing Congress to rubber-stamp emergency grant funding to support people with developmental disabilities living in their own homes or small group homes in the community.

The request comes as lawmakers craft their next major relief bill in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which is expected to be considered in May. More from Disability Scoop

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 https://www.freefilefillableforms.com/#/fd/EconomicImpactPayment. 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.