NEW FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENTS
Financial Wellness for Persons with Disabilities
We are excited to announce that The Council has voted to fund the National Disability Institute (NDI) for three years to lead the Financial Wellness for Persons with Disabilities Project. NDI is a national non-profit organization with a mission to drive social impact to build a better economic future for people with disabilities and their families. NDI is the first national organization committed exclusively to championing economic empowerment, financial education, asset development and financial stability for all persons with disabilities. Furthermore, NDI funded and successfully implemented programs supported by Developmental Disability Councils in Washington, D.C., Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Missouri to improve the financial stability of persons with developmental disabilities.
Financial Wellness for Persons with Disabilities Project Overview:
• 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.
• A max number of 30 trainees will be trained each year; with a total of 90 Financial Wellness Trainers equipped to provide extensive training statewide.
• Over three years, a total of 2000 people with I/DD and 500 family members will receive the curriculum.
• Under the proposed plan, NDI will update the “Upward to Financial Stability Train the Trainer Curriculum” (that was previously developed for the North Carolina DD Council in 2014) to be specific for Illinois. NDI will update and create a total of 11 modules.
• NDI will outreach and hopes to train IL Partners in Policymaking members/graduates, Vocational Rehabilitation professionals, Med-waiver providers, disability organizations and self-advocates on how to offer the curriculum within their organization, enhancing the financial future for the clients they serve.
• A three-part webinar series will be offered during each year of the project. The webinar series will be open to the community at large to participate and gain information.
Going Home Coalition
We are also excited to announce that The Council has voted to fund The Arc of Illinois for three years to lead the Going Home Coalition. The Council 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. A prior project supporting the Going Home Coalition brought voices of advocacy organizations and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to legislators and policy makers. A yearly rally at the Capitol was a major activity. The partner organizations jointly engaged in strategic planning to map a course for future activity in support of rebalancing and increased community living. The Arc of Illinois will lead the reinvigorated coalition to organize activities and unify the message of the coalition.
Going Home Coalition Focus Areas:
- Membership recruitment (especially of those on the PUNS waiting list) and efficient coalition structure
- Statewide participation
- Educating legislators and other entities involved in legislation
- Focus on community living
- Yearly rally and 5-10 legislative coffees yearly