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Sheila T. Romano, Ed.D.The Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities (ICDD) is dedicated to leading change in Illinois so that all people with developmental disabilities are able to exercise their rights to freedom and equal opportunity. The Council's work is carried out across the state through a network of advocates that educates the public on systems issues while encouraging change. ICDD continues to listen to the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families by investing in new programs to improve the delivery of services and supports they deserve.

The Council focuses on a wide range of programs to help improve the opportunities people with developmental disabilities in our state are afforded, including education, employment, transportation, community living, and health care. Just as importantly, ICDD works to build the capabilities of individuals, families and communities, enabling each to become more self-sufficient through the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (the DD Act).

ICDD programs are developed in direct response to the concerns and ideas voiced by consumers, families, service providers, policy-makers and other professionals. By listening to these collective voices, the Council is taking the critical steps toward a dialogue for change in how Illinois regards and addresses its citizens with developmental disabilities.

Sheila T. Romano, Ed.D. Director



Spotlight

COMMUNITY INTEGRATION MAKES SENSE

Click the link below to learn more about how community integration for people with intellectual & developmental disabilities makes sense.

 

Click for a  tipping point PowerPoint presentation about the the report.

CONSUMER INVOLVEMENT FUND

ICDD provides grant funding for the Consumer Involvement Fund to the Arc of Illinois. For more information Login and, click here.

EMPLOYMENT FIRST

Illinois became an Employment First State when legislation was signed in July of 2013. To comply with that law and a following Executive Order in June 2014, state agencies prepared an initial Strategic Plan for how policies and procedures will need to change. The full strategic plan is in development by 5 workgroups of state agencies, people with disabilities, and advocates.

The Employment First Summit Report summarizes the findings from a 2012 summit ICDD sponsored and lays out a series of recommendations for turning the vision of Employment First discusses at the summit into reality. See page of Investment Initiatives.

ILLINOIS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY RESOURCE

Illinois Emergency Management Agency Offers Emergency Preparedness Tips for People with Functional and Access Needs.
Click here for additional information.

What's New

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU.

The Council wants your input on its Goals and Objectives for the next five years. Please complete a short survey to tell us your thoughts about what we’re planning. Survey

RESOURCES TO HELP YOU FIND YOUR WAY THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES SYSTEM.

Through a Council investment called the Life Choices Initiative, easy to follow materials were developed to help you navigate what may seem like a very complex system. Please take a look and see what you think.

Guide to Developmental Disabilities System