17th Annual QIDP Conference

The Arc logo17th Annual QIDP Conference

January 29, 2019 @ 8:30AM  4:30PM


Doubletree Hotel

5000 West 127th St.  Alsip, IL 60803



8:30 – 10:15 a.m. – “Building Community Through Social Capital “

Presented by Al Condeluci, Ph.D.

All individuals with disabilities and their family members (as well as professionals who are involved with the family) are interested in seeing themselves or their son/daughter/relative be successful in life. In fact, one of the biggest fear individuals and families have is that their loved one might be lonely or at serious risk when they are gone. Although none of us can predict the future, we can look at ways and means to better prepare for the future by understanding the impact of friendships in our lives. Sociologists call this “social capital” and it is amazing what our relationships do for us. This session will help you think about how friendships can be better developed over time, and, in turn, build a more inclusive community.


¨ Participants will understand the historical development related to difference, disability, aging and other devaluing aspects.

¨ Folks will be introduced to an Interdependent paradigm.

¨ Major elements of social capital will be overviewed.

¨ 4 key steps to developing more friendships will be explored.

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. – BREAK

10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – “Building Community Through Social Capital” continued”

12:30 – 1:45 p.m. – Lunch

BREAKOUT SESSIONS: 1:45 – 3:00 p.m. & 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

You can see two out of the four different sessions. The 1:45 presentations will be repeated at 3:15 p.m.

“Cops, Safety and the Dignity of Risk”

Presented by Bruce Handler and Nora Fox Handler

Living in the community involves the dignity of risk. This session will include information on Crisis Intervention Team Training for police, how to advocate for that training in your community and safety tips for self-advocates and family members.

“Government Benefits – What’s New, What’s True: Q to Q”

Presented by Sherri Schneider

This interactive informative session will address the who, what, where, when, and how of benefits with a strong emphasis on Medicaid (which is needed like oxygen for waiver programs). Ending in a round of Benefit Bingo, you will be surprised how much you have learned!

“OUR RIGHTS RIGHT NOW! Empowering Survivors with Disabilities via the IL Imagines Project”

Presented by Tara Ahern

This session will raise participants’ awareness of the intersection between disability and sexual violence to help build capacity to better support survivors of sexual violence with disabilities. Session spotlights IL Imagines, a statewide initiative that works to improve access to trauma-informed services and resources for survivors of sexual violence with disabilities. Participants will gain awareness of sexual violence and how to support survivors as well as leave with resources on how their agencies can become trauma informed.

“Self-Advocacy Matters”

Presented by Krescene Beck

Learn what self-advocacy is, why it matters, and how to make little changes that lead to big results in the lives of people with disabilities at your agency/organization including the power of power, shifting the power, opportunities for people power and creating a culture of advocacy.