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



Questions? Give Us a Call!

Janet Donahue or

Becca Schroeder

The Arc of Illinois 



Funded by The Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities

Organized by The Arc of Illinois