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Our Mission

Our Mission

We help lead change in Illinois so all people with developmental disabilities exercise their right to equal opportunity and freedom.

Five Year Plan

Our investments and initiatives are based on the five-year plan, established by the Council, to ensure that people with developmental disabilities and their families have a part in the design of and access to culturally competent services, supports and other assistance and opportunities that promote independence, productivity and integration and inclusion into the community.

Below is the Council's current Five Year State Plan.

 

 

Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities
Five Year State Plan
2017-2021

Systems Change Goal

Support systems are optimized so that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Illinois live and thrive in the broader community.

Objectives

  • By September 30, 2021, the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities will assist/facilitate a minimum of 3 state systems to provide coordinated, individualized, flexible, and/or responsive services and supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • By September 30, 2021, the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities will help 10 communities develop local resources and adapt to provide full access to municipal, civic, social, spiritual, and all other aspects of community life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • By September 30, 2021, the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities initiates and/or collaborates to impact a minimum of 3 identified issues for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • By September 30, 2021, through collaboration, the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities; Equip For Equality; the Institute on Disability and Human Development (Illinois UCEDD), University of Illinois at Chicago; and the Alliance, will develop a structure/process to support leadership of The Alliance to achieve issues of importance to their members using the expertise of legal, research, training, and policy experts of the Developmental Disabilities Network.

 

Individual & Family Advocacy Goal

Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families knowledgeably advocate and take part in decision that affect their lives, the lives of others, and/or systems.

Objectives

  • By September 30, 2021 the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities will strengthen a program for the direct funding of a State self-advocacy organization led by individuals with developmental disabilities; will support opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities who are considered leaders to provide leadership training to individuals with developmental disabilities who may become leaders; and will support and expand participation of individuals with developmental disabilities in cross-disability and culturally diverse leadership coalitions.
  • By September 30, 2021 individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, and other stakeholders increase their knowledge and opportunity to advocate for their priorities among accessible, quality, efficient, effective service systems.
  • By September 30, 2021 individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, and other stakeholders will have access to coordinated, streamlined information about services, supports and other assistance.
  • By September 30, 2021 through outreach and training, youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities of transition and young adult age (14-30) in southern Illinois will expand their life choices through personalized support systems.