UPDATE! The Arc of Illinois 70th Annual Convention will be presented in an online format! Join us June 11th – 12th virtually for 3 Keynote Presentations, 2 Plenary Sessions, and 24 Breakout Sessions. Due to the new format and scheduling, you will now have access to hear more than two breakout sessions per day. We will have a dedicated site on our website for additional information, including our virtual Silent Auction, Art Exhibit and Exhibitor Hall - click here!
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
"Moving off the PUNS List: Phase 2 of the Ligas Consent Decree"
presented by Ronnie Cohn and Barry Taylor
The Ligas Consent Decree is providing opportunities for people with I/DD to receive community services. Phase 1 of the Decree (2011-2017) gave all ICF-DD residents the opportunity to move into the community and 3,000 people living at home on the PUNS (Prioritization for Urgency of Need for Services) list to receive services. In this session, Ligas Court Monitor Ronnie Cohn and Ligas lead counsel Barry Taylor of Equip for Equality will discuss Phase 2 of the Ligas Decree, with a major focus on people moving off the PUNS list, the reasonable pace aspect of the Decree, and how people currently receiving some services (such as home-based) will be able to get different/additional community services (such as CILA). Additionally, Ms. Cohn will review the findings of her recent survey of services provided to Ligas class members.
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.
"The Richest Man in Town"
presented by VJ Smith
This is the true story on how a letter of praise changed two lives - for both the receiver and the sender. One held a high position at a mid-sized university; the other was an older cashier at a local big box store. Given their positions in life, one might imagine that the university official taught lessons to the cashier. The exact opposite happened. The older cashier schooled the "college boy" on relationships, being a good listener, taking extra steps to demonstrate care, and being grateful. All you give you get back and more. Audience members will go on an emotional roller coaster ride … guaranteed.
Friday, June 12, 2020 - 9:15 - 10:30 a.m.
"The Hats We Wear"
presented by Darcy Chamberlin, Nora Fox Handler, Leanne Mull, Melissa Regan, Brian Rubin and Sherri Schneider
Every person wears many hats. Learn about the roles and rules people have in the world of Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities!
Thursday, June 11, 2020
9:00 - 9:15 a.m.
WELCOME: Sherri Schneider, Board President, The Arc of Illinois
9:15 - 9:30 a.m.
9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
KEYNOTE: "Ligas Update and More" presented by Ronnie Cohn and Barry Taylor, J.D.
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
PLENARY SESSION: Allison Stark, Director, Division of Developmental Disabilities, DHS
3:00 - 4:00 p.m
KEYNOTE: "The Richest Man in Town" presented by VJ Smith
Friday, June 12, 2020
8:45 - 9:00 a.m.
WELCOME: Meg Cooch, Executive Director, The Arc of Illinois
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
KEYNOTE: "The Hats We Wear" presented by Darcy Chamberlin, Nora Fox Handler, Leanne Mull, Brian Rubin and Sherri Schneider
10:45 - 11:15 a.m.
PLENARY SESSION: How to Develop a Micro Business presented by Scott Nixon, Consuelo Puente and Matt Koupal
We hope you enjoy the 70th Annual Convention. Visit the Convention website for more https://www.thearcofil.org/70th-annual-convention/information!
Browse and enjoy all the marvelous artwork in our 19th Annual Art Exhibit. Cast your vote on your favorite work of art!
Place your bids in our online Silent Auction!
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