New Funding Available for Assistive Technology
The Consumer Stipend Program provides assistive technology funding for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
Most conferences, important meetings and training for people with developmental disabilities and their families have gone virtual.
Grant funding is now available through the Consumer Stipend Program to help these individuals stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Arc of Illinois manages the Consumer Stipend Program through a grant from the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities. The stipend funds help people with developmental disabilities and their family members attend conferences that are directly related to developmental disability issues.
The Consumer Stipend Program will now allow stipends to pay for the assistive technology needed to attend virtual events.
To apply for the Consumer Stipend Program, an applicant must be:
- An Illinois resident
- A person with an intellectual and/or developmental disability
- A family member of a person with an intellectual and/or developmental disability
- A guardian/foster parent of a person with an intellectual and/or developmental disability
Funding is available for a variety of assistive technology, including:
- iPads and other tablets
- Apps for tablets
- Other assistive technology that will help people stay connected
Available funds will depend on an applicant’s technology needs. Only one application is allowed per individual or family.
More details about the Consumer Stipend Program and the application process are available on The Arc of Illinois website.
You may also call (815) 464-1832 with any questions about the stipend program.
Autism Webinar Series
Learn from experts in the field about assistive technology, post-transition, behavior planning and early detection and intervention.
The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Institute on Disability and Human Development and The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP) are kicking off a series of webinars in honor of Autism Awareness Month.
The webinars will discuss many aspects of autism, including interventions and strategies to improve quality of life and important information on the systems that affect individuals with autism spectrum disorder.
The webinars will feature experts from across the field. Continuing education units will also be available for all webinars.
To register, visit www.accessibilityonline.org/IDHD.
Schedule details are available below by topic:
Assistive Technology Series
- April 10, 1-2 p.m.
“AT Tools for Independence – Electronic Aids to Daily Living”
- April 29, 1-2 p.m.
“AT Communication Tools and Strategies”
- May 9, 1-2 p.m.
“AT Tools and Resources for Latinx Families”
- May 16, 1-1:30 p.m.
“AT Creating Individualized Communication Profiles”
(.5 continuing education units available only in conjunction with one other ATU webinar)
- April 11, 1-2 p.m.
“Accessing Adult Services in Illinois”
- May 23, 1-2 p.m.
“What Happens after High School? Transition to College for Autistic and Disabled Youth”
- May 30, 1-2 p.m.
- April 18, 2-3 p.m.
“Understanding and Improving Behavior: A Sensible Approach”
- June 20, 1-2 p.m.
“ABA Basics: Recognizing Good and Bad Behavior Plans”
Early Detection and Intervention
- June 13, 1-2 p.m.
“Early Detection of Autism”
- June 27, 1-2 p.m.
“A Look at Alternative Interventions”
Questions? Please contact Susan Kahan at email@example.com.