Dr. Al Condeluci Presenting at QIDP Conference

This month, on January 29, the ARC of Illinois is hosting their 17th annual QIDP Conference for service professionals and self-advocates. Held at the ARC of Illinois office in Frankfort, Illinois, the conference begins at 8:30 am and ends at 4:30 pm. Don’t miss out on this chance to learn about how to build community and teach self-advocacy, plus four unique breakout sessions in the afternoon!

Al Condeluci: Building Community Through Social Capital

Dr. Al Condelucci, who will be presenting at the QIDP ConferenceThe ARC’s keynote speaker this year is Al Condeluci, an advocate and leader in the field of disability study. Dr. Condeluci’s work focuses on using social capital and interdependency within communities.

In his keynote presentation, Dr. Condeluci will discuss how to build community using the social capital that exists around you. Throughout his presentation, attendees will learn major elements of social capital, 4 key steps to developing new friendships, and how interdependent paradigms interact.

Al Condeluci is no stranger to Illinois. In fact, he was also the keynote speaker at the first Center for Independent Futures housing symposium! If you missed his presentation on social inclusion 3 years ago, view the video here.

Breakout Sessions: From Self-Advocacy to Government Benefits

Each attendee at the QIDP Conference will attend two out of four breakout sessions. Bruce Handler & Nora Fox will present on the safety and the dignity of risk, while Tara Ahern will be speaking about empowering survivors of sexual assault.

ARC Illinois logo, ARC Conference Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from Sherri Schneider about government benefits and what has or hasn’t changed. Last but not least, the final option for breakout sessions will be Krescene Beck on why self-advocacy matters.

How to Register for Annual QIDP Conference

Are you interested in attending the QIDP Conference? Check out the brochure for this event and fill out the registration information! Several of Center for Independent Futures’ direct service staff will be there – go ahead and say hello!

Creating Inclusive Communities for All

Last month, the ARC of Illinois hosted their 68th annual ARC Conference. From April 25-26, service professionals, educators, and many others came together to discuss how we can “Unite, Empower, Act” to create an inclusive society with all opportunities available to individuals with disabilities. Coming together united, attendees were able to share new tools, new ideas, and best practices for supporting individuals.

Additionally, the conference offers individuals with disabilities the opportunity to share their stories, complete with struggles, successes, and dreams.

Center for Independent Futures staff pose after attending and presenting at ARC ConferenceCenter for Independent Futures staff made two presentations at this year’s conference. The first panel, titled “Creating Housing Solutions Through Community Partnerships,”shared information about our New Futures Initiative™ training. This program highlights our current work with family groups supported by a grant from the Coleman Foundation. The panel presentation featured families, service providers, developers, and supportive technology providers who shared how this collaborative approach can help families create new community housing solutions.

The second panel, led by Change Champions Project Director Kathy Lyons, focused on creating inclusive communities. Members of four diverse communities shared how they are creating inclusive communities for all, including individuals with disabilities. The Change Champions project, funded by a grant from the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities, illustrates what happens when we make inclusion a priority.

We would like to thank the ARC of Illinois for the opportunity to present our innovative solutions to problems facing the disability community today at the ARC Conference. If you would like more information about housing training or the Change Champions project, call us at (847) 328-2044.

Attend 68th ARC Conference

The Arc of Illinois is hosting its 68TH Annual Convention on April 25-26 at the Hilton Hotel, 3003 Corporate West Drive, in Lisle, IL. This ARC Conference is a special one at Center for Independent Futures – continue reading to find out why!

Keynote speakers at ARC Conference, Emily Colson & Matt Cohen. Keynote presentations at this year’s convention include “Lessons from the Lion’s Den” presented by Matt Cohen, J.D. and “Living a Big Life, and the Power of Community” presented by Emily Colson, Author of Dancing with Max.

Matt Cohen combines over 30 years of experience advocating for children and adults with disabilities and parenting. Matt will share insights into transition planning, services, and the real world challenges of parenting a young adult with a disability.

Emily Colson, popular speaker and author of the award-winning book Dancing with Max, will share her journey with her son Max, who is 25 years old and diagnosed with autism. After years of isolation, held hostage by autism, Emily made a decision that would change the direction of Max’s life, her own life, and those in the community. Be inspired by the creative ways Emily has engaged both Max, and the greater community.

Additional presentations at the ARC Conference will feature the Division of Developmental Disabilities Director, Greg Fenton, and benefits experts Sherri Schneider and Kristin Hartwaw. There are several breakout sessions scheduled over the two days that focus on a variety of topics including Self-Advocacy, Self-Determination, Community Inclusion, Customized Employment, Housing, Government Benefits, ABLE Accounts, Guardianship, Transition Planning, and Person-centered Planning.

Center for Independent Futures staff will host two breakout sessions on Thursday focused on our New Futures Initiative to create community-based housing and the Change Champions Project to foster true community inclusion. We hope to see you at the convention!

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