RGA’s Fall Speaker Series Returns!

Ray Graham Association’s Monarch Services and Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church Disability Ministry

are pleased to present a learning opportunity for families, educators and others in the community…

Thursdays – September 17, October 22 & November 19 – 10:00am to 1:30pm

Doors open 8:30am for registration, coffee, networking, and introductions.

Programs begin promptly at 10:00.

At Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 815 South Washington Street, Naperville


September 17, 2015 Understanding Adult Services and How Supportive Housing Could Work for Your Adult Son or Daughter with Developmental Disabilities

Ed McManus, McManus Consulting and John Fallon, Senior Program Manager, Community Supportive Housing will review the current state of the budget, funding and partnering realities as we plan for housing options including all forms of CILA and Supportive Housing. Attendees will leave with a clearer understanding of how to plan and work toward meeting the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities within a framework of public funding, separation of housing from services, natural/family supports and capacity of community providers.


October 22, 2015 – Ligas Consent Decree: Past, Present and Future

New Ligas Court Monitor Ronnie Cohn and Barry Taylor, Equip for Equality present an overview of the Ligas Consent decree in Illinois including victories and challenges of the past and what lies ahead.  Attendees will leave with a clearer understanding of how to plan and work toward creative solutions that meet the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities within the framework of our current Waiver language and funding realities.  Audience will also learn about the role of advocates from Equip for Equality in the Ligas process and how individuals and families can advocate most effectively for themselves.


November 19, 2015Life Lessons in Loss and Grief: Helping Support Individuals with Developmental Disabilities through Life’s Most Critical Transitions

Linda Sandman, Clinical Asst. Professor, Disability and Human Development, UIC and Nora Handler, Sister and Founding Member of SIBS, Supporting Illinois Brothers and Sisters lead us through this important topic. Loss, illness and death touch all of us at some point.  We need simple, practical strategies and guides to help individuals with developmental disabilities process, understand and move through these experiences. Drawing on perspectives from clinical best practice, professionals, family members and self-advocates, this session focuses on practical resources and activities you can start putting in place today; how to build on teachable moments with smaller transitions or losses in childhood that can help build resilience in adulthood; and communicating clear instructions to those who will be supporting your loved one through grief or transition after a loss.

Cost: $20/family members, $40/professionals includes 3.0 CEs per session. (Note: CEs available for Clinical Psychologists on Nov. 19 only) Pay at the door on day of your event.  Sign up for all three dates, pay for entire Series on September 17 and receive discount!  $50/family member Series rate, $100/professional Series rate.  Pay cash or checks made payable to RGA. Includes handouts and buffet lunch prepared by Catering with Care, a microenterprise operated by RGA Community Learning Center participants.

Consumer Stipends to help pay for the costs of these presentations are available for family members and self-advocates. For information and application contact The Arc of Illinois prior to the event 815-464-1832

To Register: Call Laurie at 630-922-3232 or jeruefamily@comcast.net


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