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Date(s) - 09/26/2018
9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Hilton Hotel


SEPTEMBER 26, 2018 @ 9:00AM — 1:30PM

The Goal of the Summit is to engage and organize individuals with disabilities and their allies to target key policy areas to improve access to supported employment.

Summit Participants Will

  • Learn about the SEAT Project
  • Discuss the findings from the SEAT listening sessions and surveys
  • Listen to the Directors of the Divisions of Developmental Disabilities and Rehabilitation Services
  • Strategize about policy change priorities
  • Respond to a call to action


9:00 A.M.- Registration and Coffee

10:00 A.M.- Welcome and Introductions about SEAT

10:15 A.M.- Findings from Employment Surveys and Listening Sessions

10:45 A.M.- Discussion with Directors

  • Director Melissa Wright, Division of Developmental Disabilities, DHS
  • Director Quinetta Wade, Division of Rehabilitation Services, DHS
  • Director Heather Calomese, Executive Director of Special Education Services, ISBE
11:30 A.M.- Strategy Session for Policy Change with Action Teams
  • Participants meet in small action teams to identify strategic action steps to make change
12:15 P.M.- Working Lunch
12:45 P.M.- Report Out and Call to Action
1:30 P.M.- Conclude
For those unable to travel to Lisle, there will be two other locations with webcasts and facilitated discussions at Illinois Assistive Technology Program in Springfield, IL | IMPACT Alton, IL
Consumer and family travel stipends are available.For more information, contact Meg Cooch
at meg@thearcofil.org or773.558.5136.
The SEAT Project is funded by the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities.