Illinois is once again near the bottom of the annual Case for Inclusion Rankings. Disability Scoop has a short article. You can get the full report and a lot of state-by-state detail at the main site. Illinois can do better in supporting people with developmental disabilities!!!
OK, sort of. Governor Quinn’s Budget Address won’t come until late March, but articles have begun. Much will depend on whether the temporary tax increase, set to expire at the end of this year, is extended or not. It seems doubtful we’ll find out until the lame duck session following the November elections. So, we’ll probably end up with a budget of which we can be confident for only the first six months of FY15, which begins July 1.
In case it should be a use, a link to a toolkit to support physicians in effectively communicating with adults who have intellectual disabilities.
Our FY13 Annual Report goes out in the mail today. It was a busy year. Check it out on the “Documents and Reports” page.
Awesome article today on Mandi. Don’t miss her booth at Food for Thought Saturday!!!
Awesome article in The Times today, part of a series running all week long as we lead up to Food for Thought this Saturday.
Lots going on today…paint, salt bags, belts, dip tubes, someone just walked in with some shredding, new bubble lamps in one of the classrooms, things growing in the garden, the new smart TVs…. It’s a nice day today.
As termed by this article, the “reprieve” has been lovely for SU. This temporary catch-up of past-due state payments, coupled with a few beautifully-timed and generous donations, has allowed us to take care of some things in need of attention: paint and flooring for Fitzsimmons and Ralph Plumb, improvement of our garden area out back of the main building, some classroom supplies, and more community outings for our residents and also at day program, and replacing our 2006 computer server. We know it’s a long way to go before our state funding and payments become stable, so we’ll enjoy our brief moment. We know there are a lot of things we want to be doing on top of what we are maintaining, and will keep working until we get there.
Our own Ben Dagay and Sherri Stephens traveled down to Springfield yesterday. They were asked by the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities to be speakers at the State of Illinois Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities Awards Ceremony. Ben talked about his job at the State Police Headquarters in LaSalle-Peru. He was a knowledgeable and entertaining speaker. He’s holding up his thank you card from the event. When asked how Sherri did speaking, Ben said “Fine, just fine.”
Today our state surveyor showed up unannounced at 8:30 for the annual review of our Developmental Training Program. They look at a wide variety of things…policies, consumer files, staff files, the physical building, governance, and do interviews with consumers and direct care staff. It went very well. We got a 99% score. A scan of the survey report is on our Documents and Reports page.