Stipend Program for Illinois Families to Attend Conferences

The Arc  logoDid you know that the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities has a stipend program that pays for Illinois families to attend conferences?

The Consumer Stipend Program funded by the ICDD and managed by The Arc of Illinois helps individuals and their family members attend educational conferences that discuss topics focused on intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The program can assist financially with the many expenses involved with attending a conference, including but not limited to: registration, gas, hotel, childcare and meals.

This goal of this program is to make sure self-advocates and family members have the availability to information so that they are able to make positive changes in their lives and be the best advocates they can.

We would appreciate if you could share this information with individuals with developmental/intellectual disabilities and their families.

Below are some examples of types of conferences that we have provided funding for:


Cerebral Palsy

Down Syndrome


Fragile X Syndrome

Rett Syndrome

Williams Syndrome

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

DUP15q Conference

Batten Disease

Transition Conference …and many more!

Click here to for more details about applying for the
Consumer Involvement Program

Please contact Lee Ann at 815-464-1832 or with any questions.
This is a great opportunity for self-advocates and family members to attend conferences or trainings that they would not otherwise be able to attend.


Planning for the Future for Children & Adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Arc LogoPlanning for the Future for Children & Adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Presented by the Arc of Illinois

FEBRUARY 24 @ 9:00AM — 12:30PM
Ray Graham Association
801 Warrenville Rd. Lower Level Conference Room Lisle, IL 60532


  • What You Need to Know about Special Needs Estate & Future Planning and Government Benefits
  • Government benefits & programs in Illinois for children & adults with special needs… and how to navigate the “maze”
  • Appropriate special needs estate planning, necessary to qualify for, and in order not to lose, government benefits
  • Guardianship and alternatives
  • Guidance on preparing instructions & thoughts for future care providers


The Arc of Illinois Living with Autism Conference

The Arch logoThe Arc of Illinois
Living with Autism Conference

October 6, 2016
Hilton Hotel, Lisle, IL
8:30 – 10:30 a.m. “Great Minds Don’t Always Think Alike” Steve Silberman
-This presentation will take a deep look at the hidden history of autism and the promise of a future in which everyone is given the support they need to reach their maximum potential.

10:45 – 12:15 p.m. “Living a Good Life and Power of Community” Emily Colson
-Join Emily as she shares her inspirational journey with her son Max, who is 25 years old and diagnosed with autism. Come and be inspired by the creative ways she has engaged both Max and the greater community.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Luncheon (included in registration) & Networking

1:30 – 4:00 p.m. “ABA and Autism: The Who, What, Where and Why” Jennifer Klapatch, Ph.D., BCBA-D
-Learn a brief overview of the history of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as a treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and specifically what ABA as a treatment for individuals with ASD looks like (and what it doesn’t look like!)

-6 CEU’s available for professionals

-6 CPDU’s available for teachers
-There is an additional cost of $10 per person

For more information or to register for the conference click here
To view the full brochure click here

There is financial assistance available for self-advocates and families.

If you have any questions please call our office at (815) 464-1832.

Illinois Health Care Coverage Options and Benefits Information for People with Disabilities

The Arch logoThe Arc of Illinois Family to Family Health Information Center and Family Voices Presents

Illinois Health Care Coverage Options and Benefits Information for People with Disabilities
September 20, 2016
Doubletree Hotel
5000 W. 127th St.
Alsip, IL 60803


8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Registration

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. – Welcome and Introductions:
– Tony Paulauski, Executive Director, The Arc of Illinois
– Faye Manaster, Project Director, Family-to-Family Health
Information Center/Family Voices of Illinois

8:45 – 10:15 a.m. – “Update on Illinois Medicaid for Children and Adults”
presented by Stephanie Altman, Assistant Director of Health Care Justice, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and Erin Weir, Manager of Health Care Access at AgeOptions

10:15 – 10:45 a.m. – “Illinois Medicaid Redetermination Project”
presented by John Spears, Bureau Chief, Bureau of Eligibility Integrity, IL Department of Healthcare & Family Services

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. – Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – “Understanding SSI, SSDI and Medicare”
presented by Sherri Schneider, Family Benefit Solutions, Inc.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch – If you need a vegetarian meal or have any other special needs for lunch, please indicate on your registration form.

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. – “Your Healthcare Rights”
presented by Andrés Gallegos, Attorney, Robbins, Salomon and Patt, LTD

1:45 – 2:00 p.m. – Break

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. – “Making Health Coverage Decisions”
presented by Kristin Hartsaw, Director of Training and Technical Assistance and Kathryn Nelson, Program Director for Public Benefits Access, DuPage Federation on Human Services Reform

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. – “Healthcare Advocacy and You”
presented by Tony Paulauski, Executive Director, The Arc of Illinois
Questions, Discussion and Evaluation

3:30 p.m. – Adjourn

Click Here for our full brochure or if you want to register online Click Here.

* There are 5 CEUs available for professionals
**Financial Assistance if available for those who need it

If you have any questions please call our office at (815) 464-1832.