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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.

What's New

NEW FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT

We are thrilled to be bringing Partners in Policymaking® (also known as Partners) to Illinois as a program of the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities, financed in part by a grant from the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, financed in part by a grant from the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, under provisions of P.L. 106-402 to HIGH Impact Mission Based Consulting & Training, lead by Allan I. Bergman, President & CEO. 
 
Partners Program Overview
 

Partners is an innovative, competency-based leadership training program for adults with disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities. The Partners program was created by the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities more than 30 years ago, and has since been offered nationally and internationally. Partners teaches leadership skills, and the process of developing positive partnerships with elected officials and other policymakers who make decisions about the services that you and your family use. Partners is accessible, informative and empowering. The graduates of Partners will be equipped to be community leaders serving on policymaking committees, commissions, and boards at local, state, and national levels. The purpose of this program is two-fold: to teach best practices and to teach the competencies needed to influence public policy.

Are you interested in applying?

Participation in Partners requires a commitment to attend all eight weekend sessions. You must have an interest in learning and practicing new skills in a comfortable and safe environment. You must have a desire to build and strengthen a network of people from diverse cultural backgrounds and life experiences and must have a willingness to learn from national and state experts who share our vision and values. 
   
 
 

Inquiries about the IL Partners program should be directed to Allan I. Bergman at aibergman@comcast.net.

 

 

Additional Resources

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.
 
 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.