IAMC provides technical support and training to individuals and families throughout Illinois.  In addition, we work with providers, agencies, and community members to better support inclusion and quality lives for people with disabilities.

Illinois Association of Microboards and Cooperatives originated as project of the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities and is currently funded by the Division of Developmental Disabilities.  The project is aimed at helping people live the lives they want to live, with the support of family, friends, community and public resources.

The project offers self-advocates, families and friends the opportunity to create Microboards and Human Service Cooperatives, consumer-governed structures that bring resources, authority and responsibility directly into the hands of the people whose lives are most affected by the way support services are organized.

Person Centered Planning

 

IAMC staff faciliate Person Centered Planning sessions for individuals utilizing PATH (Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope) and MAPS (Making Action Plans).  We walk you through the process of deciding who to invite and making the invitation for the planning session facilitated by our team.  

 

The end result is a robust, individualized plan of action based on the person's dreams with support of the person's personal network.  

 

IAMC staff can provide ongoing technical support as the person and his/her personal network move through the plan.  Sometimes, the personal network decides to incorporate and become a formal Microboard.

 

 

Aubrie is proud of the mission statement developed by her Microboard, Wheels of a Dream, Inc.

Microboards 

 

For individuals and families interested in developing a Microboard, IAMC staff can help by:

  • talking through the process 

  • helping to invite family and friends

  • facilitating the initial Person Centered Planning session

  • training the Board of Directors

  • providing by-law templates

  • guiding the group through the process of incorporation

  • providing on-going technical support as needed

  • connecting the group with other Microboards around the state

  • providing ongoing training opportunities

 


 

Cooperatives 

 

For groups interested in developing a Cooperative, IAMC staff can help by:

  • talking through the process 

  • facilitating the initial Organizational Planning session

  • training the Board of Directors

  • providing by-law templates

  • guiding the group through the process of incorporation

  • providing on-going technical support as needed

  • connecting the group with other Cooperatives around the state

  • providing ongoing training opportunities

 


 

Training Opportunities 

 

IAMC staff are available to provide training on a variety of topics related to our mission.  Training is provided upon request on-site for groups around the state, at regional and statewide conferences, and on-line via webinar.

 

New training modules are always being developed and can be created or modified to meet the specific needs of your group.  Some currently available training topics are:

  • Introduction to Microboards and Cooperatives

  • Community Building

  • A Home, A Job, and Friends

  • Discovery:  Purpose, Passion, and Possibilities

  • Creative Employment Options

  • Creative Housing Options

  • The Values of Person Centered Planning


 

Other Services Provided by IAMC:

 

  • IAMC provides PATH Facilitator Training to increase the number of trained facilitators across Illinois.

  • IAMC collaborates with other disability organizations, service providers, and government agencies to advocate for improved services.

Annie Niswander with Director Kevin Casey at Speak Up Speak Out 2013