Here is the latest newsletter from Illinois Voices, the statewide self-advocacy initiative. This issue is especially good because its the first since their funding was restored (through December, at least) and because there are submissions featured by three different Streator authors! Illinois Voices Listserve – October 2009
Executive Director John Mallaney was featured in the Spotlight profile in The Times today.
We’re hosting a Business Luncheon from noon to 1:00 at Bruce Township on Wednesday, September 30. Beth Keeton, consultant for our Customized Employment project will speak on the hiring of people with disabilities. We’ll have subs from Grant Street for lunch. There is no charge to attend. Beth is a knowledgable and interesting presenter, and does consultation work across the county.
Please give a little thought to this question on your drive or walk to the training: what would you do for your business if you had $10,000?
The new Illinois Valley Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group Newsletter is out. You can learn more about the group at their website.
It’s National Direct Support Professional Recognition this week. This copy of the US Senate Resolution says it all. The relationships built between our employees who provide direct services and the people we serve is the whole reason SU is here. We are incredibly lucky that so many good people are dedicated to our mission. It is high time that direct support services be funded at a level commensurate with this awesome responsibility.
Here’s a 28-minute program from ADAPT-TV in Chicago. It describes the general budget climate for developmental disabilites services in Illinois and shows the impact on one family and the agency which supports them.
Here’s a link to an article about one young man’s perception of the Illinois developmental disabilities service system: take a look here.
DHS notified us that our grants are restored through December. This is great news, though whether that funding will continue is in question. We have made a budget that will keep SU financially stable without any further cuts/adjustments through the end of June. We won’t be able to plan too much for after June until we get a better idea of the state’s financial picture.
Thank you to everyone for your support as we all work our way through these economic challenges.
The article linked below is about next year’s state budget for Illinois. Our state facing a huge budget gap. What will that mean in terms of funding for human services? How important will services for adults with developmental disabilities seem in contrast with other priorities for the state? Are these services important to you? How do you let people know that?
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