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.
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
ICDD provides grant funding for the Consumer Involvement Fund to the Arc of Illinois. For more information Login and, click here.
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 Offers Emergency Preparedness Tips for People with Functional and Access Needs. Click here for additional information.
The Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities announces a new funding opportunity with the release of the “New Approaches to Break Down Barriers” Call for Investment. The Council is seeking multiple projects which will address or solve identified barriers in one or more of these areas: early intervention, education, child care, employment. The Council recognizes that this is a time of change. This Call for Investment is intended to allow schools, providers, or other entities the opportunity to act on something they have identified as a need to ultimately improve life outcomes for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. See the full Call for Investment at www.ddsuite.org. Project proposals are due July 19, 2017 and an informational workshop will be held on June 16, 2017 at 10 a.m.
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