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Check out our April 2013 Newsletter

In this issue you’ll: Meet our newest member group, Freedom Riders Learn About Employment First Learn about some upcoming workshops and valuable resources Get some information about the Going Home Rally in the capital You’ll also learn about the Alliance’s 2013 summer gathering coming up this June 13th. We’re still working on the plans, but

Picture Perfect

Hey guys!! So our own resident photographer, Miss Tara Wickey took some excellent photos during our Employment Works Rally, and we thought you might like to see them.  Click here to check them out!

July Update

Hi Everybody! So it’s been a couple months since we last checked in with you.  Here is an updates on what’s going on both in the State Action and Local Group levels… State Action: Hey everyone, its time for the monthly update for state action! As you all know, we just had our yearly Rally

Announcing Alliance’s Summer Rally: Employment Works 2012!

Some of you may know that we on the Alliance have decided to devote this year to matters related to employment.  We are so dedicated, in fact, that we have decided to host a rally all about it.  I sense that you may have some questions.  Well, lucky for you, we have some answers.  Here’s a

Alliance Monthly Updates: April 2012

Hey Everyone!  Here is our amazing monthly update for April.  Happy reading! Local Groups Happy April, Self-Advocates! I hope you all enjoyed our early spring so far, and that you had a fantastic March. I know we at the Alliance are very happy with the way our Employment Works Rally is shaping up, and I’m

Leadership Training

The Alliance is proud to offer our first ever Leadership Training! We will be holding two training sessions. One in Springfield on September 14 and one in Joliet on September 21. Both sessions will be from 10-2:30.   Registration is limited to 4 self-advocates and one advisor per group. The goal is to keep the

August 2011

Local Group Update – Megan Norlin I have been hard at work planning some leadership training for self-advocates and advisors, which will take place this fall.  We plan to have two sessions.  I’ll get more information out to you as soon as we finalize a venue.  We had a great board meeting on the 14th

April 2011

Hello everyone!  Thank you so much for taking the time to read Alliance’s first monthly update! State Action Update by Terah Green The Self-Direction team has been meeting with Lilia Teninty and Reta Hoskins (who will be the interim Director when Lilia leaves) from the Division on Developmental Disabilities about including self-direction in the updated

January 2011

Happy new Year Everyone!!!!!!!!!!! Wow a new year is here, I cannot believe it.  This month’s news comes from Eric Forest, the Ottawa Friendship house Representative.  He is also the  president of Strike For A Better Change. Our Principles We deserve to run our own lives We deserve to be  respected We have our own

December 2010

The Family Support Network is hosting seminars on home based services. Click Here for more information.

November 2010

The Speak Up and Speak Out summit of 2010 celebrated its fifth birthday last week!!   It had the most people there ever. The 3day event kicked off on Wednesday evening with registration, drumbing, and snacks.  Thursday was filled with excellent speakers and break out sessions.  Of Course there was a dance on Thursday night and

September 2010

From the LifeMyWay blog… Advocates triumph at “It’s My LIFE Rally” By Jen Knapp, LifeMyWay Contributor and Lead Organizer of The Alliance More than 300 self-advocates gathered in Bloomington, Illinois for the “It’s My LIFE” rally on August 31! Sponsored by the Illinois Self-Advocacy Alliance (“The Alliance”) the event drew self-advocates from all over Illinois