The Arc of Illinois 72nd Annual Convention will be presented in an online format! Join us April 13 - 14 virtually for 4 Keynote Presentations and 21 Breakout Sessions.
Due to the new format and scheduling, you have your choice of 3 breakout sessions at each time slot and as a registered participant, you will have access to hear all the sessions on a recording after the convention so you will not miss any presentations! We will have a dedicated site on our website for additional information, including our virtual Silent Auction, Art Exhibit and Exhibitor Hall - click here!
Wednesday, April 13, 2022 - 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. Presented by Secretary Grace Hou, Department of Human Services, and Director Allison Stark, Division of Developmental Disabilities
Secretary Hou and Director Stark will share updates from the Division of Developmental Disabilities.
Wednesday, April 13, 2022 - 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
"Supported Storytelling: A Powerful Tool for Advocacy and Change" Presented by Emily Ladau, followed by conversation with Erica Stearns
Even informed advocates and allies can still fall into the trap of speaking either for or over disabled people rather than centering their authentic stories and experiences. But as the popular mantra of the disability community goes, “nothing about us, without us.” Emily will begin with a presentation that will empower both people with disabilities and people who work with the disability community to effectively communicate their stories to push for progress and change. She’ll be joined by Erica Stearns, creator, and host of the Atypical Truth podcast, for a conversation on embracing the power of storytelling. Attendees are invited to take part in continuing the conversation during an afternoon breakout session.
Thursday, April 14, 2022 - 11:30 - 12:30 p.m.
"Resiliency, Advocacy and The Fine Art of Parenting” Presented by Adiba Nelson
Being a parent is one thing. Being the parent of fiercely independent sassafras who just happens to also be disabled is something else altogether! In this talk I'll be discussing the higher and "highers" of learning to be the fierce advocate my child needed, which in turn led to me advocating within my community, and then globally. I'll be discussing the importance of inclusion and accessibility as well as one of the drawbacks of inclusion that I could have never seen coming, but spoke LOUDLY to the importance of being part of a community.
Thursday, April 14, 2022 -1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
"How Learning and Teaching About Relationships and Sexual Self-Advocacy Increase Healthy, Satisfying Relationships and Helps Reduce Sexual Abuse” Presented by Katherine McLaughlin - Elevatus Training with Tia Nelis
Self-advocates are telling us that they want and need sexuality education because those topics are important to live a full life and they didn't receive this education in school or their programs. We also know the rate of sexual abuse among people with I/DD is 7 times higher than the general population. One way to help prevent abuse, and support healthy, satisfying relationships, is with teaching relationships and sexuality education. This keynote will explore the latest statistics on the negative consequences of this lack of education includeing abuse and learn useful tips and tools for helping people to stay and have full, positive lives. Discussion topics include what is sexual self-advocacy, myths about people with I/DD and relationships, and self-advocate voices about why they want and need relationships and sexually education.
Wednesday, April 13, 2022
9:00 - 9:10 a.m.
PRESIDENT'S WELCOME: Leanne Mull, Board President, The Arc of Illinois
9:10 - 9:15 a.m.
The Autism Program of Illinois
The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP) is a statewide network in the country dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families, TAP provides a variety of resources and services. As a collaboration of agencies, TAP is able to offer services that respond to unique needs of different communities across Illinois.
9:15 - 10:15 a.m. - Breakout Sessions (choose one)
10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION Presented by Secretary Grace Hou, Department of Human Services, and Director Allison Stark, Division of Developmental Disabilities
12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION Presented by Emily Ladau "Supported Storytelling: A Powerful Tool for Advocacy and Change"
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. - Breakout Sessions (choose one)
2:45 - 3:45 p.m. - Breakout Sessions (choose one)
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Breakout Sessions (choose one)
Thursday, April 14, 2022
8:00 - 8:45 a.m.
The Arc of Illinois Annual Membership Meeting
8:45 - 9:00 a.m.
WELCOME: Amie Lulinski, Executive Director, The Arc of Illinois
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Breakout Sessions (choose one)
10:15 - 11:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions (choose one)
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION Presented by Adiba Nelson "Have Disabilities - Can and WILL Do the Damn Thing: Inclusion & Accessibility in Schools, Organizations and the Workplace"
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
2:15 - 3:15 p.m. - Breakout Sessions (choose one)
We hope you enjoy the 72nd Annual Convention. Visit the Convention website for more information!
Browse and enjoy all the marvelous artwork in our 21st Annual Art Exhibit. Cast your vote on your favorite work of art! - Coming Soon!
Place your bids in our online Silent Auction! - Coming Soon!
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If you have any special needs, please contact Becca Schroeder at . Notice of any special accommodations are required TWO WEEKS prior to the event. Please indicate on the registration form if you need a special accommodation.