The Illinois League of Advocates for the Developmentally Disabled (ILADD) was founded to unite the efforts of separate parents’ groups from state operated developmental centers (SODCs), private ICFs and small group homes care facilities for the care of the developmentally disabled in Illinois. As an “umbrella group” ILADD’s Board of Directors was composed of the presidents of parents’ groups and other interested individuals. In the belief that an organization of all the people in the state of Illinois with an interest in protecting the developmentally disabled would have a stronger, more effective voice than each separate group, the founding members met in Matteson, Illinois in 1993 to create the organization based on the following guiding purposes.

Guiding Purposes

  • To protect and advance the interest of the developmentally disabled in Illinois
  • To support new and existing legislation in aiding and benefitting the developmentally disabled
  • To foster the development of programs on their behalf
  • To encourage research on related issues
  • To provide a forum for discussion of problems
  • To develop a better understanding by the public of the developmentally disabled
  • To cooperate with all public, private and religious groups in the furtherance of these ends
  • To accept and receive funds for the accomplishment of the above purposes