‘Know Your Rights’ meeting for those with disabilities March 8

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The Arc of Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties is hosting Equip for Equality in presenting a “Know Your Rights” meeting for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families.

The meeting will be from noon to 2 p.m., Friday, March 8, and a light lunch will be provided. The Arc is at 1222 E. State St., Rockford.

As much as people who love and support them care about their well-being, family and caregivers cannot completely put themselves in the shoes of a person with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD).

People with I/DD need to be included in leadership roles to ensure they have a voice in creating meaningful lives and a promising future.

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is a time for people with I/DD, their families and friends to get involved. A huge part of awareness is telling stories — and the stories of people with I/DD and their families are incredibly powerful. The Arc is inviting everyone interested in speaking out for themselves to attend this meeting.

Equip for Equality is a statewide organization whose mission is “To advance the human and civil rights of children and adults with physical and mental disabilities in Illinois.” It is the only statewide, cross-disability, comprehensive advocacy organization providing self-advocacy assistance, legal services, and disability rights education while also engaging in public policy and legislative advocacy and conducting abuse investigations and other oversight activities.

To Register, call The Arc at (815) 965-3455 or e-mail amberd@arcwbo.org.

To learn more, and to see a full calendar of events, visit www.arcwbo.org. The Arc is also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheArcWBO and on YouTube.

Posted March 6, 2013

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