Illinois
This Executive Order requires all current and future contracts that the state enters into as part of the State Use program to pay minimum wage to all employees performing work on the contract. It further allows agencies to amend contracts with vendors that currently pay workers subminimum wage, in order to bring wages to at or above minimum wage.
This bill requires public colleges and universities to take various measures to improve mental health awareness and services on campus, including: 1. Developing and implementing a student orientation session aimed at raising awareness about mental health conditions; 2. Creating a webpage with information about mental health resources at the school and in the community; 3. Implementing a peer support program for individuals living with mental health conditions; and 4. Partnering with local mental health service providers to improve campus mental wellness. In addition, it requires the Board of Higher Education to develop a Technical Assistance Center to provide support to public colleges or universities in reviewing policies related to students living with mental health conditions and their academic standing.
This bill establishes that competitive integrated employment will be considered the first option when serving people with disabilities of working age, and requires all state agencies to coordinate and collaborate to ensure that state programs, policies, procedures and funding support competitive integrated employment.
This bill: 1. Requires school districts to provide students with IEPs information about Career and Technical Education (CTE) opportunities; 2. Allows students to enroll in the school district's CTE program at any time if doing so is consistent with their transition goals; 3. Adds disability services coordinators of public community colleges and CTE coordinators as additional participants in a student's transition planning process; and 4. Directs community college districts and school districts to work together to: • Provide access to dual enrollment courses for students with disabilities; • Provide supplementary aids and accommodations needed to access dual credit courses; and • Offer for-credit and non-credit courses (including general education courses, career and technical education, and vocational training) for students with disabilities.
This bill indicates that additional members can be added to Area Planning Councils within each community college district, including representatives from Vocational Rehabilitation Services.
This bill requires the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to establish and support entrepreneurship assistance centers to train certain groups of individuals, including individuals with disabilities, in the principles and practice of entrepreneurship in order to prepare them to pursue self-employment opportunities. Centers will establish an advisory group of community business experts to provide counseling and mentoring services to individuals with disabilities.
This bill: 1. Adds various members to the state's Employment and Economic Opportunity for People with Disabilities Task Force, including the Director of Juvenile Justice, the Board of Higher Education and the Illinois Community College Board; and 2. Requires the Task Force to take steps to improve the transition of youth with disabilities to employment and postsecondary education and training, including by: • Designing a data sharing process and analyzing transitions data; • Serving as a resource to state and local agencies involved in the delivery of services to youth with disabilities; and • Developing in-service training programs for consumers and families in improving understanding and awareness of postsecondary transition services.
This bill directs the Department of Human Services to establish a five-year Customized Employment Pilot Program to help individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities achieve and maintain competitive integrated employment through a process of customized planning and negotiation. It requires that participants in the pilot program reflect the geographical, racial, ethnic, gender and income-level diversity of the state. In addition, the bill requires the Department to seek the advice and recommendations of other entities in creating and operating the pilot program.
This bill requires that any proceeds from sales of state-operated mental health facilities be used to fund mental health services and supports, including individual placement and support as well as supported employment and adaptive equipment for individuals with developmental disabilities.
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: Illinois Assistive Technology Program
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides assistive technology solutions to people with disabilities of all ages, including by helping people find and acquire commercially available, modified, or custom-designed equipment to maximize their independence.
Operating Entity: University of Illinois Chicago, College of Applied Health Sciences
Entity Type: College / University
This program provides consultation and information for those receiving disability benefits, who need help understanding eligibility and the impact work may have on their benefits.
Operating Entity: Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides financial assistance to help individuals with a disability further their education at an Illinois Community College.
Operating Entity: Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program works with children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families to help them get the support and services they need, including around transition to adulthood services and future planning.
Operating Entity: University of Illinois Chicago, College of Applied Health Sciences
Entity Type: College / University
This program provides vocational, psychological, transitional, and driver education services to assist individuals with disabilities in living and working independently.
Operating Entity: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, School of Education, Rehabilitation Institute
Entity Type: College / University
This program helps students with disabilities prepare for postsecondary education and employment. Services include exploring students' options for post-secondary education and/or employment by gaining job seeking skills, finding job shadow or internships in the community, and/or obtaining community employment while still in school.
Operating Entity: Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program enables eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses while keeping their eligibility for federally-funded, means-tested public benefits. Eligible expenses include education, employment training and support, and assistive technology.
Operating Entity: Office of the Illinois State Treasurer
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities attain gainful employment in production agriculture or a related occupation, access appropriate assistive technology needed for work and daily living activities, and more.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps people with mental health conditions find and keep meaningful work. It is sponsored by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Divisions of Mental Health and Rehabilitation Services.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides training and support to parents and caregivers of children with disabilities, assisting them in planning, advocating, and identifying resources. The program follows a model of collaboration among parents, self-advocates, and professionals.
Operating Entity: Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 16 midwestern and western states. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: WI FACETS
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
These programs offer students with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in the social life of a college campus.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: Equip for Equality
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
STEP is a work experience program that helps students with disabilities prepare to transition to employment and community participation during and after high school. Services include job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, counseling on post-secondary education, workplace readiness training, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity: Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program offers several services to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, including: vocational rehabilitation services, counseling and guidance, assistance with training and technology, resources related to hearing loss, information and referral, interpreter resources and guidelines, in-service training, and advocacy.
Operating Entity: Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps Hispanic/Latino individuals ages 16-24 who have disabilities to prepare for and find quality employment. It includes a vocational rehabilitation services; a Migrant Worker Rehabilitation Project focused on serving migrant and seasonal farm workers with disabilities and their family members; and a Hispanic/Latino Rehabilitation Project providing outreach, information, and referral services.
Operating Entity: Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program partners with more than 150 area employers to place individuals with serious mental illnesses and substance use conditions in jobs of their choice to create economic independence and further their recovery.
Operating Entity: Threshold
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This two-year comprehensive transition program provides young people with physical disabilities, ages 18-22, with instruction and opportunities to make a successful transition to adult life. Students learn vocational skills, empowerment / self-advocacy skills, mobility skills using public transportation resources, and more.
Operating Entity: Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), Illinois Center for Rehabilitation and Education-Roosevelt (ICRE-R)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides a team of Transition Specialists and Aides to help individuals with disabilities engage in transition planning, work-based learning experiences, and ongoing consultation during a student's school to work transition. This team serves as a liaison between Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services and schools and as a facilitator for the customer's transition from school.
Operating Entity: Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides individuals with mental illness and substance use disorders with direct placement in competitive jobs in real-world settings with accompanying on-site and as-needed support services, which are designed to help individuals perform their job.
Operating Entity: Trilogy
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program assists individuals with severe visual impairments in finding jobs and/or getting ready to go to work. Program staff also recommend assistive technology to help people perform tasks on the job.
Operating Entity: Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), Bureau of Blind Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This 12-week program helps people who are blind or visually impaired to develop vocational and independent skills.
Operating Entity: Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), Illinois Center for Rehabilitation and Education-Wood (ICRE-W)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Illinois provides a general FAQ document that includes information pertaining to IEPs and services during distance learning. It examines how schools can provide non-discriminatory services remotely, and it discusses best practices for IEP meetings and adjusting IEPs in accordance with restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Operating Entity: Illinois Department of Education
Illinois provides a general FAQ document that includes information pertaining to IEPs and service provision during distance learning. This document discusses adjustments and best practices for virtual IEP meetings, compensatory services for students with IEPs, and discusses how schools can obtain necessary resources for students with IEPs.
Operating Entity: Illinois Department of Education
Illinois created a document that includes tips and resources for students who are blind or vision impaired. The document includes an FAQ.
Operating Entity: Illinois Department of Education
Illinois created a document that includes tips and resources for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. It provides stringent requirements for educators teaching students with disabilities, including the provision of assistive technology to qualifying students. Additionally, it provides resources and best practices for families to assist their child with distance learning with regard to students with hearing impairments.
Operating Entity: Illinois Department of Education
Illinois created a document that includes tips and resources pertaining to students with Autism Spectrum Disorder during distance learning. These tips provide best practices for educators and families helping students with autism adjust to schedule and cognitive difficulties related to distance learning, with virtual resources providing services specifically for students with autism.
Operating Entity: Illinois Department of Education
Illinois created a document containing tips and resources for students with Intellectual or multiple disabilities. It lists stringent requirements for schools providing special education services, requires schools to provide students with disabilities necessary assistive technology, and lists resources for both educators and families to improve the distance learning experience for students with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Illinois Department of Education