Illinois is once again near the bottom of the annual Case for Inclusion Rankings. Disability Scoop has a short article. You can get the full report and a lot of state-by-state detail at the main site. Illinois can do better in supporting people with developmental disabilities!!!
The Foundation’s Annual Chicken Dinner fundraiser is Sunday, May 4, from 3-6:00 PM at Cheapseats. Most recently, the Foundation sponsored the great pizza/bingo party this week at St. Paul’s. It funds some great social and community opportunities that otherwise would not be available to the people we serve.
For some of us, these are tasks of drudgery. For others of us, it’s incredibly satisfying to be able to get the basic maintaining of things accomplished. We’ve had to put so many things like that off with all the state funding headaches over recent years that it’s just lovely to be able to get some gravel on our lumpy and pitted parking lot (what a long winter it was!); do some spring cleaning (OK, 7 springs’ worth of cleaning) and keep on working.
Happy National Sibs Day! There is a SIBS Group here in Illinois you can check out at the link. It’s quite an experience growing up as brother or sister to a child with a developmental disability. It’s a whole other level of experience with age, as the support of aging parents which almost all of us goes through combines with the guardianship, financial and legal needs of the sibling. Give some thought today to the siblings of the people with developmental disabilities whom you know. If you don’t know any, your life is less rich than you might think, so call us to volunteer or for your workplace to hire someone!