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Current Investments

Investment Index

    • Advocacy

      • Project: Better Communication Better Health Care Campaign

        Summary: ​The Better Communication Better Health Care Campaign will arm individuals with developmental and other types of intellectual disabilities and their caregivers/ families with durable, portable and adaptable tools to better self-advocate for the healthcare that they are entitled to receive across the health care system. The Healthcare providers will be educated in treating individuals with IDD across the many different types of faculties that provide treatment. The Health Resume is the tool to facilitate communication between the patent and provider. It is to be used throughout all phases of treatment and included in every person with IDD’s electronic medical record.


      • Project: Going Home Coalition

        Summary: ​ICDD has worked with the Going Home Coalition for several years to build capacity in home and community-based services by advocating for rebalancing of institutional funding and the engagement of people with disabilities and families waiting for and receiving community-based services. The Arc of Illinois will reinvigorate the Going Home Coalition to increase community capacity and decrease investment in institutions. People with disabilities, families, Policymakers, and allies will be engaged in educational opportunities, rallies, and advocacy demonstrations to make Illinois an Inclusion First state. The Going Home Coalition's vision for Illinois is to be truly person-centered with responsive programs and systems that ensure people with disabilities have lives that are full and lived in the broader community.


      • Project: Illinois Statewide Self-Advocacy Organization

        Summary: The Alliance will consist of a network of self-advocacy groups and self-advocates that, through local action, will improve their lives, change local service practices, or make contributions to their communities. In addition, self-advocates, by working together, will promote statewide needed changes in disability policy and practices.


      • Project: Medical Advocacy: Understanding Rights and Interactions with People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

        Summary: ​This project educates people and healthcare providers in the Peoria region to assure people with IDD have the best possible health. People with disabilities and families are equipped to recognize health concerns and preventative care needs and access care in an array of settings using the Health Risk Screening Tool. Healthcare providers at area nursing schools and clinics, and hospitals are trained on rights, respect, and health of people with IDD.


      • Project: Partners in Policymaking

        Summary: Partners in Policymaking is an innovative, competency-based leadership training program for adults with disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities. The purpose of this program is two-fold: to teach best practices and to teach the competencies needed to influence public policy. Over the course of the next 3 years, this project will “graduate” at least 72 Illinois citizens who will be equipped to be community leaders serving on policymaking committees, commissions, and boards at local, state, and national levels.


      • Project: Speak Up and Speak Out

        Summary: ​This initiative will execute a statewide Summit in the Fall of 2017- 2021. The summit provides an opportunity for self-advocates to come together from throughout the state and share activities and training designed to help each achieve the highest level of independence and self-direction in their life as possible. Self-advocates will learn to speak up about what is important to them and how to work on making changes in their lives. Self-advocates will have the opportunity in this type of setting to feel comfortable enough to speak what they feel which helps staff and families understand better and also helps each self-advocate learn more about what they themselves want. The project follows up with attendees to document how self-advocates are using their advocacy skills and to connect them to local advocacy groups if they desire.


    • Child Care

      • Project: Building a Better Future for All Children

        Summary: Project will develop capacity for child care providers in south suburban Cook and Champaign Counties to serve all children and avoid expulsions. Training on serving children with special needs will be developed and presented through in-person and then web-based webinars. Cadres of child care staff receive more intensive training to write and implement intervention plans which is paired with on-site technical assistance by an appropriate therapist to ensure successful implementation.


      • Project: Training System to Support AoE in Inclusion of Children with Special Needs

        Summary: This grant project supported activities to implement the new Award for Excellence in Inclusion of Children with Special Needs which was part of a new quality rating system for early childhood programs in child care, public school, and Head Start based on a systematic assessment of standards. The project expanded its focus to support Illinoi stakeholders in following recommendations of a U.S. Dept. of Education and Health and Human service Policy Statement on Inclusion in Early Childhood Programs. An Early Childhood Inclusi9on Summit educated all stakeholders involved in work with young children and provided recommendations for coordinated work. Through existing committees and agencies, identified actions are taken on and reconvenes of the Summit attendees tracks progress.


    • Education and Early Intervention

    • Employment

      • Project: Community Hubs

        Summary: Envision will shift from its traditional day training model to smaller community hubs. The process and culture shift to close its 7 day training programs and have all activity revolve around hubs of no more than 50 individuals is underway. 520 more individuals will receive services through community hubs by the end of the project. Lessons on making a major shift within a large organization will be captured and shared.


      • Project: New Approaches to Break Down Barriers—Growing Solutions Farm

        Summary: Through an agricultural vocational training program, transition youth from Chicago Public High Schools will gain vocational experience guided by a person-centered career plan, leading to community employment.


    • Formal/Informal Community Supports

      • Project: CARES - 377 Referenda

        Summary: ​CARES will develop a toolkit and replicable, tiered training protocol to educate and empower communities to establish 377 Boards to provide sustainable, reliable, local funding to protect and expand services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabili5ties who are waiting for Medicaid funded services in the state. Lead trainers in regions of the state will coordinate at least 38 trainings to community advocates interested in implementing a 377 referenda.


      • Project: CTF Illinois Southern IL Transition Project

        Summary: ​Community employment opportunities will be provided to transition-age people. Self-Determination Training for transition-age people and PATHWAYS planning for the person-centered planning process. Trainings will be provided to families on guardianship, special needs trusts, ABLE accounts, and Social Security disability benefits. Trainers will provide personal care planning facilitator trainings to self-advocates, family members, and professionals. Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope (PATH) curriculum will also be provided. Self-advocates will receive additional training and will be instrumental in being paid mentors in this project and demonstrating the strength of self-advocacy.


      • Project: CTS Creative Transitions

        Summary: ​A whole life, person centered approach for transition age youth will be implemented by providing training, advocacy, and opportunities to allow for increased life choices. Travel training and community-based instruction will be provided in collaboration with RIDES Mass Transit. A discovery process that is comprehensive and tailored to individual needs will be provided. A finished product will identify strengths, preferences, needs, supports, barriers, risk factors/safety, relationships/social skills, financial literacy, transportation, current and secondary training/education, career and income, soft skills, health and well-being, communication, assistive technology, and choice/decision making for youth transition-age and family.


      • Project: Financial Wellness for Persons with Developmental Disabilities

        Summary: NDI will bring resources to Illinois that have been shown to be effective in addressing the unique needs of the developmental disability community in achieving financial wellness. 90 Financial Wellness Trainers will be equipped to provide extensive training statewide to 2000 people with I/DD and 500 family members. NDI will update the “Upward to Financial Stability Train the Trainer Curriculum” to be specific for Illinois and retitle the curriculum to “Financial Wellness for Persons with Disabilities Trainer Curriculum.”. Partners in Policymaking members, Vocational Rehabilitation counselors, Med-waiver providers, disability organizations and self-advocates will be trained to offer the curriculum within their organizations. A three-part webinar series will be offered to the community at large during each year of the project. A Trainer Support Network (TSN) will be established after the initial trainings are completed.


      • Project: Independent Service Coordination System Redesign

        Summary: In late 2012, the Council initiated three major projects to improve the design and delivery of services in the developmental disabilities system. The goals of these projects included improve Individual Service Planning, Implementation and Monitoring and Evaluate the Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS); build and strengthen the capacity of the 18 Independent Service Coordination (ISC) agencies to plan for individuals living in private Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (ICF/DD) agencies; and strengthen quality of the system through data management.


      • Project: Pre-Service Training for Healthcare Professionals to Understand Rights and Interaction with People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

        Summary: ​This project will provide pre-service training to 500 medical and health professional students to facilitate better healthcare access and health outcomes for people with IDD. The project will develop and embed training sessions in the curriculums of five university programs. The project will create a network of university programs and a depository of instructional resources.


      • Project: Southern IL Transition Project

        Summary: ​Person-centered planning will be provided to advise transition-age people on educational and career choices, replication of the College for Life Program at a new site and developing and implementing training in best practices in transition and family financial literacy. Financial literacy education will take place through the Madison County Transition Planning Committee partnership with a co-sponsored event and a publication developed with grant funding made available for IEP meetings as part of the student’s transition plan. Transition-age people will have the opportunity to participate in a certificate program. This new approach to supporting post-secondary employment options offers an opportunity to complete a program and an opportunity to continue to attend if desired.


      • Project: Transforming Employment and Post-Secondary Education Services to Transition Age Youth in Monroe County

        Summary: This project serves Clark, Clay, Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Jasper, Moultrie, Richland, and Shelby counties. Community employment opportunities will be provided to transition-age people. Self-Determination Training will be provided for transition-age people and PATHWAYS planning for the person-centered planning process. Trainings will be provided to families on guardianship, special needs trusts, ABLE accounts, and Social Security disability benefits. Trainers will also provide personal care planning facilitator trainings to self-advocates, family members, and professionals. CTS uses Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope (PATH) curriculum with students and families. Self-advocates will receive additional training and will be instrumental in being paid mentors in this project and demonstrating the strength of self-advocacy.


      • Project: Transforming Employment and Post-Secondary Education Services to Transition Age Youth in Monroe County

        Summary: ​The person-centered planning process will be implemented through the use of a Personal Outcome Measure Assessment. All teachers, school personnel and HSS staff will complete training in Secondary Transition: Student-Centered Transition Planning, developed by The Iris Center at Vanderbilt University. Coaches/mentors will be responsible for assisting the apprentices' with implementing their personal plan, implementing any necessary accommodations, breaking down tasks on a job, and learning to navigate/access public transportation. Building Futures will also utilize the Microcredential Learning Management System, a resource through the ROE, which would provide an online certification in specific fields, increasing marketability of the apprentice. Transportation training will be provided through the Local Transportation Monroe Randolph Transit.


    • Quality Assurance

      • Project: Consumer Stipend Program

        Summary: This project provides stipends for people with disabilities and their families to attend conferences on disability-related issues.