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Janet Donahue or

Becca Schroeder

The Arc of Illinois 



Funded by The Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities

Organized by The Arc of Illinois


Monday, October 28, 2019


Early Registration (dinner is on your own)


Welcome and Snack Reception 

3:30 PM

Capitol Tour

Contact Becca Schroeder if you would like to join

Tuesday, October 29, 2019


Keynote Speaker

Rebecca Cokley: "Advocacy Challenges and opportunities in 2019"


Breakout Sessions (Choose one)

  • Let's Start a Self-Advocacy Group

  • Legislative Advocacy: How Your Story Can Impact Change

  • It's About RESPECT

  • All You Need to Know About CILs

  • Self-Advocates and Sexuality: We Have Rights!

  • Be the Leader of Your Healthcare Team


LUNCH (included in registration)

"How a Bill Becomes a Law" and Legislators Invited


Breakout Sessions (Choose one)

  • Step Aside: I've Got This 

  • Telling Your Story to the Media

  • Community Play: Building Inclusion Through Theatre

  • How Our Choices Work for Us in the Home-Based Support Waiver

  • The Power of Self-Advocacy

  • The Future of Employment in Illinois: A Worker's Perspective


Fun Time!

3:30 - 4:30PM Dancing Class

4:30 - 5:30PM KCCDD Cruisers Band


Dinner (included in registration)

During lunch there will be an Open Mic Session and Self-Advocacy Alliance Presentation​Costumes are Welcome! 



Dance: DJ, Wii Game System & Cash Bar

(Costumes Encouraged!)




Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Keynote Speaker​

Kayla McKeon: "Self-Advocacy: How I Became the First Registered Lobbyist with Down Syndrome"

Keynote Speaker​

Rob Snow: "Improvaneers: Using Improvisation to Conquer the World!"


Panel Presentation

Director Allison Stark, DDD & Director Rahnee Patrick, DRS

Questions and Answers 


Breakout Sessions (Choose one)

  • Speak Up and ROAR! 

  • How to Be a SUPERSTAR: The Basics of Effective Communication

  • How to be Successful in College with a Disability

  • HCBS Final Rule

  • Arc Mentors an the Going Home Coalition: The Road Home and the Road Ahead

  • Assistive Technology for Independence


12:00 - 1:00PM:



Lunch and Recap of the Summit

Click Here for Registration &
Stipend Forms

Rebecca Cokley

"Advocacy Challenges and Opportunities in 2019"

Kayla McKeon

"Self-Advocacy: How I Became the First Registered Lobbyist with Down Syndrome"

Rob Snow

"Improvaneers: Using Improvisation to Conquer the World!"

Director Allison Stark, DDD & Director Rahnee Patrick, DRS

Panel Discussion and Questions and Answers

By Car:

  • Use or google maps for directions or call 815-464-1382 for assistance.

  • If your vehicle will not fit in the Wyndham Hotel parking garage, please reserve a permit by calling The Arc of Illinois at 815-464-1832.

By Train:

  • The Amtrak Station is 5 blocks from the Wyndham Hotel. Take Washington 4 blocks, then right on 7th St. for 1 block. To make a train reservation call Amtrak at 1-800-872-7245.

  • If you need accessible transportation from the Amtrak Station to the Wyndham, call ACCESS SPRINGFIELD at 217-522-8594. Be sure to call and make a reservation in advance.


(Formally Hilton Hotel)

700 East Adams Street

Springfield, IL 62701