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February 08, 2016

According to a recent report by The State Journal-Register, Illinois families impacted by autism are already feeling the effects of a state budget impasse. Gov. Bruce Rauner and the General Assembly have been unable to approve a 2016 fiscal budget, resulting in lack or delay of services for individuals who need them the most.

August 10, 2015

Earlier this month, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed SB1383, legislation that allows families to set up tax-exempt 529A savings accounts for disability-related expenses, and today autism advocates joined State Treasurer Michael Frerichs and the National Association of State Treasurers for a forum on ABLE programs.

July 01, 2015

Illinois lawmakers failed to find a budget resolution before the fiscal year ended on June 30th and now thousands of residents including those with developmental disabilities like autism face uncertainty for supports and services.

January 29, 2015

Autism Speaks has launched a Housing and Community Living Initiative that works to increase access to home and community based services (HCBS), and increase the capacity of HCBS providers to serve adults with autism and increase available housing options

April 10, 2015

Illinois operates Medicaid home and community-based (HCBS) waivers to serve people with developmental disabilities, including autism. This page contains recent news and updates about Illinois' housing and community living programs.