Housing Resources

housing Action Illinois logoHousing Action Illinois bring together 150+ member organizations, united in their vision of expanding affordable housing and ending homelessness. Their members include housing counseling agencies, homeless service providers, developers of affordable housing, and policymakers. Over the years, Housing Action Illinois had many successes. Today, they work to protect these accomplishments and build upon them.

Learn more about available housing resources.  https://housingactionil.org/get-help/resources-homeless/

NAMI HelpLine 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)

NAMIDuring this difficult time, the NAMI HelpLine is here for you. HelpLine volunteers are working to answer questions, offer support and provide practical next steps. The resources on this page provide information to address many needs and concerns.

Let’s stay connected, chat, call or email the NAMI HelpLine today.

The  can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., ET.
1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or info@nami.org  https://www.nami.org/help

Inclusive Education Family Series: Least Restrictive Environment and Inclusive Practices

Family Matters LogoInclusive Education Family Series: Least Restrictive Environment and Inclusive Practices
Thursday, December 16, 2021
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
The series includes topics that explore key ideas about inclusion in early childhood education for children ages birth through five years of age. Topics range from defining inclusion to understanding the benefits of inclusion. Each session will include a topic guide, guest speakers, and resources for attendees.
Amy Bain

¡Únete al seminario web por zoom para obtener más información sobre el proyecto de autoempleo para jóvenes con discapacidades!

Picture Spanish Webinar Flyer_Consuelo_Maria_logo proyecto de autoempleo para jóvenes con discapacidades Dic 09,21 a 6pm¡Únete al seminario web por zoom para obtener más información sobre el 

proyecto de autoempleo para jóvenes con discapacidades!

¡Aprende sobre cómo crear una empresa propia y sobre el autoempleo como una opción para su hijo con discapacidad!

Presentado por: Dr. Fabricio Balcázar, Consuelo Puente, María D. Castillo

Fecha:  jueves 09 de diciembre 2021

Hora: 6:00 – 8:00pm

Registrarse aquí: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMud–pqz4jE9C8sQAfjz26WjKosmOwod8b

Al registrarse recibirá automáticamente el enlace para el webinar

Una breve descripción del proyecto de autoempleo para jóvenes con discapacidad

Meta: la meta principal de este proyecto es desarrollar y evaluar un modelo escolar, que incluya un plan de estudios y capacitación destinados a promover autoempleo entre los jóvenes con discapacidades en edad de transición. 


Esta intervención de autoempleo es un plan de estudios que se enfoca en el desarrollo de habilidades para crear negocios propios, que incluye cómo preparar un plan de negocios y una propuesta, crear un mapa de apoyo y, si la propuesta tiene éxito, obtener hasta $ 500 en equipos y/o suministros para iniciar el negocio. Los ganadores también recibirán asistencia técnica y apoyo. El entrenamiento es autoguiado y en Ingles, pero animamos a los padres a apoyar el proceso. 

RESULTADOS: Nuestro proyecto identificará las mejores prácticas, apoyos, habilidades y barreras que afectan el espíritu empresarial. Colaboramos con centros de asistencia técnica y difusión pertinentes para compartir el modelo final de la intervención con las escuelas, los consejeros de RV, las organizaciones y los consumidores interesados. 

POR FAVOR CONTACTAR loquepuedevenir@gmail.com

o llamar o enviar texto o WhatsApp al 708 477 9519



Seeking information about possible services for your child with a disability?

F2F 2021 DRS Persons with Disabilities Waiver -Director Patrick nov 17Family to Family Health Information Center 2021 Monthly Healthcare Webinar Series

Seeking information about possible services for your child with a disability?

Join Arc of Illinois on Wednesday, November 17th: 12:00-1:00pm


Rahnee Patrick Director DHS-Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) DRS Home Services Program (HSP)

• Eligibility –must be enrolled in Medicaid to apply for DRS waiver

• Services available in the Home Services Program

• Parents of children under age 18 can be paid personal assistants only during the Pandemic Health Emergency

• Waiver services via Medicaid Managed Care

Register in advance for this webinar: You’ll be sent a Zoom link to join https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zrf1Y6QGSlqTI3FgOtS8tQ

Captioning in English and Spanish available. Questions? Contact Mary Dixon at 815-464-1832 x1017; mary@thearcofil.org

Reimaginar la defensoría: promover una auténtica transición a la vida adulta

Alinear las actividades de defensoría con un panorama de transición que está en cambio permanente puede ser un desafío para los profesionales que capacitan a familias. Brindar apoyos efectivos a las familias requiere alejarse de las estrategias tradicionales basadas en el cumplimiento y avanzar hacia un enfoque que trate la transición como una actividad muy humana que dura toda la vida. Este seminario web destacará varias formas en que los profesionales de la defensoría de padres pueden ajustar y mejorar sus apoyos de transición para las familias, incluido la revisión de las dificultades de la corriente de pensamiento basado en sistemas, el tejido de la transición en un continuo de servicios de defensoría y el uso de un enfoque de vida útil para ayudar a las familias a adoptar la transición lo antes posible.
Fecha: lunes 15 de noviembre
Hora: 2pm ET

Reimagining Advocacy: Promoting an Authentic Transition to Adult Life

Aligning advocacy activities with an often-changing transition landscape can be a challenge for parent training professionals. Providing effective supports to families requires moving away from traditional compliance-based strategies and moving towards an approach that treats transition as a very human, lifespan activity. This webinar will highlight various ways parent advocacy professionals can adjust and improve their transition supports to families, including examining the pitfalls of systems-based thinking, weaving transition into a continuum of advocacy services, and using a lifespan approach to help families embrace transition sooner.
Date: Monday, Nov. 15
Time: 2pm ET

Statewide Family and Community Engagement Gathering is Oct. 2

Isbe Family Engagement
The Illinois State Board of Education invites you to the our Statewide Family and Community Engagement Gathering from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2 via Zoom. The Statewide Family and Community Engagement Gathering is an opportunity for parents and students to talk to state agency, school district, parent, and student advocacy group leaders about high-quality and equitable local resources that could help ensure better educational outcomes for all Illinois students during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The maximum capacity is 200 guests for this event. Registration will close on Monday, Sept. 27, or once we have reached the maximum capacity.


You will receive a link to the event once your registration is received.

If you have any questions, please contact Sergio Hernandez, Jr., Director of the Illinois State Board of Education Department of Family & Community Engagement at shernand@isbe.net.

New Law Mandates Dramatic Reductions In Use of Seclusion and Physical Restraint in Illinois Schools

equip for equalityGovernor Pritzker Signed HB 219 Into Law Today, After Two-Years of Media Exposés, Advocacy, and Legislative Deliberations

Springfield – Earlier today, Governor Pritzker signed a new law that will protect Illinois students in schools by barring dangerous forms of isolation and physical restraint unless there is “imminent danger of serious physical harm” while schools work towards reduction and total elimination of these practices over time.

“We commend the Governor for signing this major reform legislation that establishes strong statutory protections for students and rights for parents for the first time in Illinois,” said Zena Naiditch, President and CEO of Equip for Equality, a non-profit group designated as the federally mandated state Protection & Advocacy agency for Illinois.

In the new law, prone (face down) physical restraint, one of the most dangerous and potentially deadly forms of restraint, is only allowed in narrow circumstances for one more school year (2021-2022), then it is banned.

“We spent much of the last two-years working closely with the bill’s sponsors as they negotiated with state school associations opposed to various restrictions and seeking delays in implementation. It’s wonderful to finally see this historic bill pass. We now need to shift our focus to ensuring effective enforcement by the Illinois State Board of Education [ISBE]—a provision we worked to make sure was included,” said Naiditch.

Equip for Equality drafted several key provisions in the bill, including a new mandate that ISBE establish goals and benchmarks for schools over a three-year period. Schools are required to develop and implement plans to meet those goals and benchmarks. Regular progress reports must be submitted to ISBE. If schools fail to do so, ISBE is now legally required to sanction those schools.

The law establishes a higher standard for use of all forms of seclusion and physical restraint with a very narrow exception for seclusion. It immediately prohibits the use of mechanical and chemical restraints.

“While prone restraint is particularly dangerous due to the high risk of asphyxiation and aspiration, the reality is all of these practices are inherently dangerous to students and can result in significant and long-lasting emotional trauma, serious physical injury and even death,” said Naiditch. “These practices can also be dangerous and traumatic to staff. Restraint and seclusion take a tense situation and make it even more physically volatile.”

To ensure schools comply with the new documentation and reporting requirements regarding these practices, ISBE will review, audit and monitor their usage and establish progressive sanctions for schools that fail to comply.

Another proposal from Equip for Equality that was incorporated into the law requires timely notification to parents and guardians of all incidents involving restraint and seclusion. Parents must also be given the option to meet with school personnel to discuss the events and how the student may be better supported in the future to further the goal of using less restrictive, intrusive and traumatic interventions.

“It is important to empower parents of students with disabilities so that they have a voice in deciding how their student will be supported at school,” said Naiditch.

Legislators began to meet on an earlier version of the bill over two years ago following an investigative series by the Chicago Tribune and ProPublica Illinois. The first story in the long-running series focused on misusing isolation in schools. Hours after it went to print, Governor Pritzker issued a statement calling for a ban on the dangerous practices.

The following exposés detailed alarmingly widespread misuse and abuse of these practices in Illinois schools and the failure of many schools to comply with already existing laws.

Representative Jonathan Carroll, who had experienced seclusion first-hand as a student in special education, sponsored the bill along with Senator Ann Gillespie.

Equip for Equality’s Director of Public Policy, Cheryl Jansen, said, “We are grateful for the leadership of Representative Jonathan Carroll and Senator Ann Gillespie on this critical issue and their perseverance and commitment to achieving significant protections for Illinois students against the dangers of restraint and seclusion in schools.”

The Chicago Lighthouse’s Preschool for All has spots available for the 2021-2022 school year.


Preschool_For_All_Information_FlyerAre you looking for an inclusive preschool? Spots are now open at The Chicago Lighthouse’s blended Preschool for All for the 2021-2022 school year. Located in the Illinois Medical District, this unique, full-day program offers a nurturing environment where children with and without vision impairments or other disabilities learn and grow together. This Preschool has a 100% kindergarten readiness rate as our leadership and teachers have experience at the city’s most prestigious schools and hold advanced degrees in early childhood education and special education. FREE if you qualify. Learn more and apply at chicagolighthouse.org/program/preschool or call Gail Patterson at (312) 997-3695 with any questions.
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