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The Arc of Illinois 68th Annual Convention


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"Unite, Empower, Act!"

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

8:30 - 10:00 a.m. - Choice of 6 Breakout Sessions. Please see link below for details on full brochure.

10:00 - 10:30 a.m. - Break

10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Welcome: Terri Devine, The Arc of Illinois Board President

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - "Lessons from the Lion's Den"

Presented by Matt Cohen, J.D.

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

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. - Luncheon and Guest Speaker Rob Johnson, CBS 2 Chicago News Anchor

1:30 - 2:40 p.m.

"Person Centered Planning and Systems Transformation"

Director Greg Fenton, DHS and Person Centered Planning Panel

Director Fenton will share the Division of Developmental Disabilities' continued vision for person centered planning. A panel consisting of an advocate, family member, service provider and an independent service coordination agency will share their experiences and efforts to work together to fulfill the potential of the person centered planning process. We will hear from the individual and family perspective how person centered planning can help deliver the services people want and need. Q and A to follow.

2:40 - 3:40 p.m.

"State Medicaid Changes Impacting People with Disabilities"

Kristin Hartsaw and Sherri Schneider

Recently there have been a lot of changes to Medicaid processes happening at the state level, which are affecting how individuals with disabilities and families are dealing with benefits. Listen to two experts, Sherri Schneider, Family Benefits Solutions, and Kristin Hartsaw, DuPage Federation, discuss some of the changes to Medicaid including redetermination processes, online portals, AABD vs ACA Medicaid categories, Medicaid Managed Care and more. Learn how losing your child's Medicaid could lose waiver services!

3:40 - 4:00 p.m. - Break

4:00 - 5:30 p.m. - Choice of 6 Breakout Sessions. Please see link below for details on full brochure.

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. - Hors D'oeuvres Reception and Entertainment – "The Naturals"

7:15 - 8:00 p.m. - Kelly's Hollywood Movie Viewing

Thursday, April 26, 2018

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. - The Arc of Illinois Annual Meeting

9:00 - 10:15 a.m. - Choice of 6 Breakout Sessions. Please see link below for details on full brochure.

10:15 - 10:45 a.m. - Break

10:45 - 11:00 a.m. Welcome: Meg Cooch, The Arc of Illinois Executive Director

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - "Living a Big Life, and the Power of Community"

Presented by Emily Colson, Author of "Dancing with Max"

What happens when we choose to live a big life, even in the midst of significant disability? Join Emily Colson, popular speaker and author of the award winning book Dancing with Max, as she shares 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. Come and be inspired by the creative ways Emily has engaged both Max, and the greater community. Emily is sure to make you laugh, let you cry, and ultimately help us all live a big life!

12:30 - 2:00 - Luncheon and "The Many Faces of Self-Advocacy"

2:15 - 3:30 p.m. - Choice of 6 Breakout Sessions. Please see link below for details on full brochure.

Click Here for Full Brochure! - http://www.thearcofil.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/2018-Convention-Brochure.pdf