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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


PARTNERS IN POLICYMAKING® - APPLICATION IS OPEN 

We are thrilled to continue with our Partners in Policymaking program, which is an investment of the Illinois Council on 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. 

Partners in Policymaking® is a leadership training program designed for parents of school age children with developmental disabilities and adults with 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 necessary to develop positive partnerships with elected officials and other policymakers who make decisions about the services that you and/or your family use. Partners is accessible, informative and empowering. The graduates of Partners often become members of boards, councils, task forces and advisory committees; some run for elected office.

Partners is about systems change – creating, working towards, and achieving a vision of shared values about people with disabilities. It is based on the belief that the most effective and enduring public policy decisions are made by the people who need and use services in partnership with elected officials and other policymakers. It is about becoming confident in oneself, competent in the knowledge and information received, and comfortable in sharing life experiences and expertise one brings to the program. 

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.  

We are excited about your interest in being part of this experience and cannot wait to review your application.

Partners Resources:
CLICK HERE to apply online!


 What's New

NEW FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT

We are excited to announce that The Council has voted to fund 4 projects for the Southern Illinois Transition Project Call for Investment (CFI).  There was considerable interest in this CFI.  Fifteen Concept Briefs were submitted and nine agencies were invited to submit a full proposal.  The entities selected for an investment are:

- CTF Illinois 
- Lewis & Clark Community College  
- Coleman Tri-County Services  
- Human Support Services

The purpose of the Southern IL Transition Project is to provide resources to southern IL to increase the likelihood that transition age individuals with I/DD disabilities experience successful post-secondary transition from high school to adult life. This will be accomplished through a multi-faceted approach that includes targeted interventions for the following:

  • Self-determination training for Transition age individuals with I/DD

  • Person centered planning processes implemented for each individual with I/DD targeted to ensure post-secondary plans are in accordance with the individual’s vision of their future

  • Advocacy training for families/caregivers of transition age individuals with I/DD

  • Transition best-practice training for teachers and school personnel of transition age individuals with I/DD

  • Creating access to Post-secondary training options

  • Creating access to Post-secondary employment options

  • Including financial literacy education for families and transition age individuals with I/DD

  • Creating or increasing access to local transportation options for transition age individuals with I/DD


ENVISION UNLIMTED EXTENSION ANNOUNCEMENT

Envision Unlimited was awarded funds to extend the Proud & Included project a second year. The project has a firm foundation laid in the LGBTQ community to include people of Cook County with intellectual and developmental disabilities who also identify as LGBTQ. In the coming year, these partnerships will be strengthened with 10 leaders from the group embedded within organizations and entities in the LGBTQ community.  

Visit the Envision Proud and Included website for more information!

 Additional Resources

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 and recommendations is now available.  FINAL EEOPD Recommendations Report.pdf

ILLINOIS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY RESOURCE

Illinois Emergency Management Agency Offers Emergency Preparedness Tips for People with Functional and Access Needs.

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: HCBS-ACT project in Illinois.