The Alliance is a Resource!Through The Alliance website and Facebook page, self-advocates and allies can find a variety of learning and advocacy opportunities including:
Supported Decision-Making Fact Sheet
“Everyone has the right to make decisions about their own lives.”Supported Decision-Making is a way for a person with a disability (PWD) to get the help they need with thinking about options, making choices, and letting others know what decisions they made. Click here to view/download the Supported Decision-Making Fact Sheet.
Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Sex Education ImplementationThe Alliance has been part of the Illinois Department of Human Services’ Division of Developmental Disabilities Sex Education Implementation Oversight Committee as well as subcommittees. In addition, self-advocates and The Alliance have participated in the following:
- Self-advocates advocated for sex education and wanted to play a role in how this was provided to them.
- Self-advocates through The Alliance testified in stakeholder meetings, submitted witness slips and testified before the legislature.
- Self-advocates and The Alliance have been active members of the Sex Ed Workgroup and the work of its subcommittees.
- The Alliance conducted focus groups to make sure the voices of self-advocates were central to the implementation of the new law.
Want to learn more?
- View The Alliance’s What Self-Advocates Want You to Know video here
- Read the full text of HB3299 here.
- Review the key points of the HB3299 here.
- HB3299 What Self-Advocates Want You To Know.
- HB3299 What Self-Advocates Want You To Know – June 2020 – Spanish
- HB3299 What Self-Advocates Want You To Know – June 2020 – Simplified Chinese
- HB3299 What Self-Advocates Want You To Know – June 2020 – Polish
- Visit the Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy (IGA) Commission website here
- Check out the the Guardian Fact Sheet
- Sexual Rights Statement
- Sexual Rights Statement – Easier to Read – April 2020
- Sexual Rights Statement – Easier to Read – Spanish
- Sexual Rights Statement – Easier to Read – Chinese
- Sexual Rights Statement – Easier to Read – Polish
- FAQ Sex Ed For Self-Advocates – March 2021
- FAQ Sex Ed For Self-Advocates – March 2021 – Spanish
- FAQ Sex Ed For Self-Advocates – March 2021 – Simplified Chinese
- FAQ Sex Ed For Self-Advocates – March 2021 – Polish
Illinois Self-Advocacy Alliance, Inc. stands with #BlackLivesMatterOn June 26, 2020, The Alliance released Statement on Racial Justice . We at the Illinois Self Advocacy Alliance hereby reaffirm our commitment, energy and intent to work in collaboration with our Alliance partners and those we serve to actively fight against racism and oppression. We commit to actively support, empower and include diverse people of color voices in our work to advocate for a more inclusive society.
COVID-19 Resources for Marginalized Communities in IllinoisApril 2020 – Chicagoland DPOCC (Disabled People of Color Coalition) and the Illinois Self-Advocacy Alliance, Inc. are excited to share the following resource available in both English and Spanish: COVID-19 Resources for Marginalized Communities in Illinois. This centralized list of resources is for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in marginalized communities; these marginalized communities include people of color, people in the LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgendered, Questioning/Queer, Intersexed, Asexual) community, and immigrants.
Legislative Advocacy:February 2020 – The Alliance, in partnership with the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities, recently released several resources about legislative advocacy of filing Witness Slips. The resources include
- “Speaking Up and Speaking Out by Filing a Witness Slip” recorded presentation
- Speaking Up and Speaking Out by Filing a Witness Slip PowerPoint
- Advocacy Through Witness Slips Picture resource
- Advocacy Through Witness Slips Written resource
On June 9, 2020 Division of Developmental Disabilities Director Allison Stark announced that Community Day Services (CDS) programs may reopen September 1, 2020 if Illinois continues to meet identified goals in the Restore Illinois Phase process.
Many self-advocates have shared that they are not receiving information about the reopening of their CDS programs, and they would like to advocate for themselves to learn more. This resource serves as a guide to help self-advocates “speak up and speak out” to ask the questions and get the information that is important to them. Advocacy Resource – Re-Opening of CDS – July 2020
Many self-advocates have been wondering what the process for returning is and what CDS will look like when they return. Whether self-advocates return to CDS on September 1 or beyond, this is important information to “Know Before You Go”. Advocacy Resource – Know Before You Go – July 2020
Sexual & Domestic Violence Prevention & Support:
Employment:What is #EmployUsIllinois? Employment for persons with disabilities is essential to keeping your community connected. Having a paid job gives them a sense of purpose and meaning, a way to support themselves, and like anyone — the opportunity to pursue dreams. This campaign and the contents of this social media toolkit are designed to bring more attention to the importance of meaningful employment for persons with disabilities in Illinois. Many employers have embraced and changed hiring practices. This campaign is meant to also highlight those companies who have taken the chance and made a change, regardless of the important laws and legislation. They are finding a seat at the table for individuals with disabilities and have recognized the positive impact it has on employee morale and business itself. #EmployUsIllinois Social Media Toolkit 6-22-2019
Support for Advisors & Allies:For Advisors Only Webinars Are you an advisor? Do you support a self-advocacy group? Check out the these recorded webinars: For Advisors Only: Monthly Meet Up – Planning for 2022 recorded live on 12.27.2021. View the recording here and the PowerPoint slides here. For Advisors Only: Monthly Meet Up – Got Time? Advocating for An Issue/Concern recorded live on 10.25.2021. View the PowerPoint slides here and the Action Plan resource here. For Advisors Only: Monthly Meet Up – Meeting Ideas Swap recorded live on 9.27.2021 For Advisors Only: Monthly Meet Up – Action Planning record live on April 26, 2021. For Advisors Only: Monthly Meet-Up – Self-Care recorded live on 3.22.2021. The work of helping requires professionals to open their hearts and minds to those they support – unfortunately, this very process of empathy is what makes helpers vulnerable to being profoundly affected by their work. We are at a pivotal moment in prioritizing mental health and self-care. While the world is becoming more open about sharing mental health struggles, many people do not know how to navigate it at work. Professional self-care is self-care that is related to your work life. That includes practicing self-care while at work and adopting self-care practices that lead to a healthy work-life balance. This webinar was facilitated by Mary Ratliff, Program Director for the Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council (IFVCC) and the Safe From the Start Program at the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.
Other Resources:Contact your local legislators and tell them you think is important for people with disabilities. Find your elected officials at: www.elections.state.il.us/districtlocator/districtofficialsearchbyaddress.aspx
Illinois Voices Resources:
- Illinois Voices is citizens coming together and speaking out as one for social justice.
- Illinois Voices is making changes in agencies that serve people with developmental disabilities, to make them more inclusive and supportive of the people they serve.
- Illinois Voices is fighting for progressive changes to the service system.
- Illinois Voices is working to get something new in your life if you have a developmental disability.
Even though all people are created equal, all people also have equal power to make changes.Even though the Illinois Voices grant ended in 2011, the resources and tools continue to provide support in self-advocacy skills.