Speak Up and Speak Out
Thank you to our Sponsors and Exhibitors!
ACES$ is a community based non-profit organization that provides accessible financial management services to individuals with disabilities receiving community based funding to live independently.
ACES$ is a sponsor of SUSO.
IL ABLE is a Tax-free account that people with disabilities can own to save and invest money for expenses related to living with a disability. A vehicle that protects federal benefits such as SSI, SSDI, and Medicaid. A tool in disability financial planning that can stand alone or complement a special needs trust. 866-609-8683
IL ABLE is an SUSO Inclusion Sponsor.
Aktion Club is the only service club for adults with disabilities, with more than 12,000 members worldwide. Aktion Clubs draw members from various organizations that support individuals with disabilities, as well as other community programs. Aktion clubs can also be established at churches, libraries, YMCAs, lodges or similar facilities. A Kiwanis club, composed of like-minded, service-oriented people from the community, serves as the club’s sponsor. Aktion Club is supported at the district level and by the Kiwanis International Office in Indianapolis, Indiana, which provides programs, literature and opportunities to relate to individuals with disabilities from countries worldwide.
Going Home Coalition, funded by The Coleman Foundation, is a diverse statewide network of self-advocates, families, community service providers, and allies. We purposefully advocate to create systems change, transition away from institutional living through increasing community capacity, and empower fair and equal choices and opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Going Home Coalition’s vision for people with disabilities in Illinois is to live in a truly individualized person-centered system with the supports and services they choose. Everyone, no matter what challenges they may face, has the right to live a full life in the community. Community is strengthened by diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.
SUSO participant s will have an opportunity to learn who ar e their legislators and send a digital letter to them and Governor Pritzker, meet Going Home Coalition participants, hear more about Going Home Coalition meetings, and put their names on the mailing list for upcoming meetings.
For More Information Contact:
Going Home Coalition Manager
Illinois Epilepsy Supports and Resources provides information, referrals, and support for people with epilepsy.
Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission is an agency that advocates for the rights of individuals with disabilities, including investigation of rights violations committed against individuals with disabilities, possible legal services and special education advocacy services. 866-274-8023
Illinois Self-Advocacy Alliance (The Alliance)
The Alliance is a statewide network of self advocates, advocacy groups and allies in Illinois. Our focus is to empower people to speak up and speak out about what they want/need, don’t want/don’t need, action plan their goals and participate in advocacy at the personal, community, and statewide levels.
We do this through education, trainings, and individualized mentoring.
We want advocates and allies from around the state to speak together with one loud voice. We can do more when we all work together!
Peer to Peer Bridging the Gap through Self-Advocacy is a curriculum that teaches self-advocates to be peer supporters. A peer supporter is not a mandated reporter that provides support and helps victims of sexual assault or domestic violence victim with whatever the victim asks them to from reporting, going to the hospital accessing services, to court and then to heal. The curriculum is to be taught by self-advocates.
REV UP = Register, Educate, Vote, and Use Your Power!
Registering to vote is a right and a responsibility!
There are over 38 million people with disabilities who are eligible to vote, but access barriers keep many disabled voters from accessing their right to vote. Voting is a way for your voice to be heard so that those in a position can consider your needs to create change. REV UP is about protecting the rights of people with disabilities to participate fully in our democracy.
SUSO Participants will have an opportunity to participate in a virtual social media event. They can register online to vote if they bring their State ID card! Also, they can check if they are already registered to vote, register to vote by mail, check their polling place, or make a follow-up appointment to register to vote.
For More Information Contact:
Advocacy Program Specialist
The Arc of Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties is a non-for profit that has been serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1966, when local parents with children with Down Syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and other intellectual and developmental disabilities banded together to start a local chapter of the national advocacy organization, The Arc.
Vax for All is helping break down barriers and share inclusive resources to help those with autism and other disabilities access vaccines. Funded through the IL Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Administration for Community Living, the Vax for All initiative offers free vaccine clinics, in-home vaccinations, and other helpful health and wellness resources. Have a question about flu shots or COVID-19 boosters? Come ask us! Or visit www.vaxforall.com for more info!
UIC - Institute on Disability and Human Development
The Institute on Disability and Human Development (IDHD) is the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service (UCEDD) for the State of Illinois. Our mission is to promote the independence, productivity and inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of society.
We conduct research and disseminate information about disability to academicians, policymakers, businesses, government agencies, service providers and the general public. We also provide clinical and community services and offer interdisciplinary pre-service training.