We want to hear your story. Please tell us a little about yourself and your transition into the community. Your experience will be shared with the public and policy makers to educate them about the need to support people with disabilities living in the community. We look forward to learning more about you! After submitting your story, please email your photo(s) to Katherine@thearcofil.org
Ron and Denny live together now, but each spent more than 20 years in state facilities. With a history of behavioral problems, officials doubted whether they could adapt to a community setting — with specialized support and encouragement, both are doing better than ever.
For 38 years Roosevelt lived in various institutions throughout Illinois. Despite his profound disabilities, he’s found a home with Lawrence, a specialized caregiver. Thanks to the advanced support, Roosevelt now enjoys dining, community dances, and his favorite music.
Without any other legal options, Robert lived in an Illinois State Institution for 2 years before he was able to successfully advocate for his own transition to an apartment. Free to dine out, catch a movie, and use social media, Bob has found a calling in doing advocacy work.
David spent 25 years living in institutions before he was able to transition to a community living arrangement. Outside an institution he’s been able to explore his hobbies: fishing, billiards, and (with the help of the neighbors) playing guitar.
At the age of 2 Margaret was admitted into an institution and lived there for over 60 years. While Margaret is extremely developmentally disabled, she has finally found small ways to express herself and enjoy life with her sister and roommates.
Eddie spent over 20 years in state institutions, from the time he was a teenager until he found a community option in 2011. After a difficult history, Eddie has found comfort in his community home.
Bridget Brown is a successful young woman with Down Syndrome who inspires every person she meets with her liveliness, motivation, and confidence.