News / Announcements 

Illinois Department of Public Health – This is the IL organization charged with leading the COVID-19 response and reporting of information. 

Information from Governor Pritzker’s Office – Official news/information from State of Illinois.

Illinois Housing Developmental Authority Rental and Mortgage Assistance Programs

The Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities (ICDD) COVID-19 DD Relief Fund –Funding opportunities from ICDD in partnership with The Arc of Illinois ouncil-on-developmental-disabilities-icdd-funding-opportunities/

The Arc of the US COVID-19 Resources –
Scroll down to “Advocate to Congress” to find updates including:
Recovery Rebates Fact Sheet (April 16, 2020)
Estímulo por el Coronavirus: Reembolso de Rescate y Ayuda (16 de abril del 2020)
COVID-19, Unemployment Insurance, and People with Disabilities (April 16, 2020)

Illinois Developmental Disabilities Services and Supports Information

Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) COVID-19 Information – This is the page on which DHS is posting official memos and information for services/providers.

Illinois DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities COVID-19 Information – The page on which DDD is posting official information.

General Information on COVID-19 

Illinois Department of Public Health Information on COVID-19 – The Illinois agency charged with protecting public health and sharing information on health-related concerns.

Illinois Department of Public Health Information – About COVID-19

COVID-19 Resources from Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – The CDC is charged with protecting national health in the United States.

CDC – What To Do If You Are Sick

COVID-19 Advice for the Public from the World Health Organization (WHO) – WHO’s primary role is to direct international health within the United Nations’ system and to lead partners in global health responses.

COVID-19 Resources for Individuals and Families from Shriver Center for Poverty Law

Illinois DHS Division of Mental Health – COVID-19 Resources

Illinois DHS – Talk to Someone Options

Information for People with Disabilities and Families

These resources cover a variety of meaningful resources for assistance for an individual/family during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Social Security Administration Update on Economic Impact Payments for SSI Recipients – Social Security Administration

Guidance Relating to Non-Discrimination in Medical Treatment for Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) – Illinois Office of the Governor, IDPH, IDHS, IL Department of Human Rights, IDOA

Healthcare Advocacy: Inpatient Care and Family/Support Professional Participation During COVID-19 – The Arc of Illinois

Frequently Asked Questions by Guardians about the COVID-19 Pandemic – The National Guardianship Association, American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging and the National Center for State Courts.

SSA Press Release: Supplemental Security Income Recipients Will Receive Automatic COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments
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Equip for Equality – COVID-19 in the Workplace

Information from the IRS – Coronavirus Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments

COVID-19 and Unemployment – Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES)

Illinois Department of Labor – FAQs Regarding COVID-19

US Department of Labor – Employee Rights – Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act – Information Poster

UIC Division of Specialized Care for Children – COVID-19 Resources and Supports for Families of Children with Special Needs

Illinois DHS Division of Rehabilitation Services – Home Services Program Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Illinois DHS Division of Rehabilitation Services – COVID-19 Toll-Free Number

Illinois State Board of Education COVID-19 Resources – The ISBE is Illinois’ lead education agency.

Coronavirus Information and Resources from Family Voices – Family Voices is a national organization for families of children with special health care needs.

Preparing Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities for Medical Treatment at Hospitals – from Ballan, M. & Perri, C. (2020). COVID-19 Disability Form. Stony Brook, NY: NY.  If you have questions, please contact Michelle Ballan, PhD at Or go to Dr. Ballan’s Faculty Profile

My Health Passport: Perkins, E.A. (2011). My Health Passport for Hospital/Clinic Visits. Florida Center for Inclusive Communities, Form_Typeable_English.pdf.

Access Living COVID-19 Resources for the Disability Community – Chicago’s Center for Independent Living has gathered a lengthy list of resources for assistance for people with disabilities.

National Down Syndrome Society Fact Sheet on Down Syndrome and COVID-19 – Information specific to individuals with Down syndrome. 

Autism Society of America and COVID-19 – Information specific to Autism. 

Information on COVID-19 designed for individuals with i/dd from Green Mountain Self-Advocacy Group – A visual guide designed for, and by, people with i/dd.

Program Closure Activity Boards – from Illinois Parents of Adults with Developmental Disabilities Unite (IPADD) – IPADD is an online group for parents of adults with dd in Illinois.

Resilience Materials for COVID-19 – from the Ohio Division of Developmental Disabilities

Managing Stress and Coping – COVID 19, from CDC

Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse Family Resources 

National Association of School Psychologists – “Talking to Children About COVID-19: A Parent Resource”

Weekly Webinars from The Arc of IL on COVID-19 Issues/Services

Webinar in Spanish – La Srta Susie Ortega, LCSW (trabajadora social) de Nurture Therapy LLC hablará sobre el impacto de la fatiga moral en las familias, consejos de revisión para el autocuidado y las formas de controlar el estrés en estos tiempos difíciles – June 29, 2020
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Webinar on Maintaining Mental Health in the Time of COVID with Susan Kahan, UIC Developmental Disabilities Family Clinic – June 24, 2020
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Webinar on Manejando el Presupuesto Familiar y satisfacer las necesidades del Hogar, Presentadora Janet Martinez MSW, Ortega Family Agency – June 22, 2020
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Webinar – Jointly Offered with IL ABLE and ICDD – Economic Impact Payments & IL ABLE Accounts – June 10, 2020
Webinar Recording Link

Webinar in Spanish on Family First Coronavirus Act with Fidel Arroyo, US Department of Labor -La Ley de Familias Primera Respuesta al Coronavirus del Depto de Trabajo Federal – US Department of Labor – June 11, 2020
Webinar Recording Link

Webinar Update on State and Federal Legislation with Phil Milsk, The Arc of IL – June 3, 2020
Webinar Recording Link

Webinar on Family First Coronavirus Act with Fidel Arroyo from US Department of Labor – May 27, 2020
Webinar Recording Link

Webinar in Spanish on Behavior Management Strategies – Estrategias para El Comportamiento, The Place for Children with Autism – May 26, 2020
Webinar Recording Link – AM
Webinar Recording Link – PM

Webinar on Self-Advocacy at Home with Leanne Mull, Becca Burrow and Richard Hollenbeck – May 20, 2020
Webinar Recording Link

La Administración de Seguro Social, La Srta Mueller explicará los programas ofrecidos por la Administracion del Seguro Social (SSA) – May 19, 2020 (AM & PM)
Webinar Recording Link – AM
Webinar Recording Link – PM

Webinar with Director Rahnee Patrick, IL DHS Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) – May 13, 2020
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Webinar on Discussion on the Economic Impact Payment and Other Recent Tax Relief Provisions for Individuals (IRS) – May 6, 2020
Webinar Recording Link

Webinar on Advocating for Your Children in Uncertain Times  Lynn Betts and Zoubida Pasha from Family Resource Center on Disabilities (FRCD) – April 29, 2020
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Webinar on Keeping in Touch with Family and Friends Using Audio and Visual Technology – William Richard, IATP – April 22, 2020
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Webinar on Resources for Working on Transition During the Time of Covid-19 – Laura Fine, NSSEO – April 15, 2020
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Webinar on Stimulus Payments and Unemployment for People with Disabilities – Bethany Lily, The Arc of the United States – April 8, 2020
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Webinar on Health Care Access and Federal Policy – Molly Burgdorf, The Arc of the United States – April 1, 2020
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