ICDD RELEASES NEW CALL FOR INVESTMENT (CFI)
The Council recently released a new Call for Investment (CFI) Life Like Any Other. Proposals are due March 11, 2015. An informational conference call will be held on February 11, 2015. To view and/or apply for the CFI, click here.
The Council does not provide any funding to individuals for services. The funds for this CFI will only be used to fund initiatives that help the Council meet the two performance targets listed in the CFI.
The Council uses a web based system called DD Suite. For information on how to create an account on DD
Suite, click here.
For information on how to apply for this funding opportunity through DD Suite, click here.
COUNCIL RELEASES 2013 PROGRESS REPORT
Click here for a copy of the report.
Click here for the report in Spanish.
A recommendation of the Employment and Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities Task Force (established by legislation in 2009) is for Illinois to become an Employment First state. Employment First simply means employment in the community would be the first and preferred option for individuals with disabilities receiving publicly funded services in Illinois. To enact that recommendation, the Task Force held an invitation-only Summit on January 31, 2012 with ICDD support. The summit included a cross-section of individuals with disabilities, family members, policymakers, disability professionals, and educators.
The Employment First Summit Report summarizes the findings from the summit, and lays out a series of recommendations for turning the vision of Employment First discusses at the summit into reality. The Executive Summary contains a summary of the recommendations developed as a result of the summit. The Full Report contains much greater detail on these recommendations, along with extensive documentation of the proceedings, links to a wide variety of resources within the text, and an extensive series of resources in the appendix.
A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities is an initiative of the National Governor’s Association and Illinois’ Governor’s Office has committed to the Taskforce to keep it and Illinois informed as this national initiative unfolds. Change on many fronts will be needed to make Illinois an Employment First state. Interest in seeing people with disabilities employed by our Governor is a welcome validation of what the Task Force envisions for Illinois.
Illinois Emergency Management Agency Offers Emergency Preparedness Tips for People with Functional and Access Needs. Click here for a copy of the press release with additional information.