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Mission

The mission of the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities (the Council) is to help lead change in Illinois so all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities exercise their right to equal opportunity and freedom.

Spotlight

NEW RESOURCE

The Council is pleased to share a new document created through one of the “Life Like Any Other” projects. What began with the question “how can we support more people to be in valued social roles outside the boundaries of disability services” evolved into this valuable resource.

Possibility of People Guide

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

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

The Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities has a funding opportunity available for review, Partners in Policymaking. The Call for Investment may be read at www.ddsuite.org. We are seeking one project which will educate participants on how to be active partners with those who make policy. As a result of training, people 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. Project proposals are submitted electronically through DD Suite. For detail on setting up an account or joining an organization that already has an account, click help and look under Accounts and Organizations.

Proposals are due Monday, October 2, 2017 by 4:00 p.m. An informational workshop will be held on Monday, August 28, 2017 at 11 a.m. See the Call for Investment for how to RSVP.

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

 TRAINING ON HOME AND
COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES (HCBS) RULE

The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) HCBS: Advocates Creating Transformation project offers web and on-site training and on-line resources related to Medicaid waiver funded services: https://www.c-q-l.org/HCBS-ACT.

1ST ANNUAL ICDD LIVE A LIFE LIKE ANY OTHER CONFERENCE

On behalf of the Council, please join us September 14, 2017, for the 1st Annual Live a Life Like Any Other Conference. Make sure to SAVE THE DATE!

This event is geared towards interested service providers, local funding entities, individuals with disabilities and their family members. Participants will learn how the Council's investments are making Illinois communities more inclusive, learn how to replicate a successful project in their service area, learn about project sustainability, and network with statewide community agencies. Click here to register via Eventbrite. We hope to see you there! The deadline to register is August 21, 2017.