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I work in the disability community, promoting an agenda that opens up access to people with disabilities so they have the same opportunities offered to the general population.
People with Disabilities Fighting Budget Cuts, Loss of Independence

People with Disabilities Fighting Budget Cuts, Loss of Independence

Several years ago, Henry Williams was sitting in wheelchair under a tree outside of a nursing home.  While sitting there, a woman who helps people with disabilities move out of nursing homes called his phone.  Williams followed up on the phone call and eventually found his own place to live in the community. “I would […]

Young and Old Unite to Fight Potentially Drastic Cuts

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Young and Old Unite to Fight Potentially Drastic Cuts

On Nov. 7, more than fifty seniors, their allies and religious leaders were arrested for occupying the intersection of Clark Street and Jackson Boulevard, as part of a protest calling on Congress to fight and support a budget plan that protects and preserves vital social safety net programs.

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Advocates Meet with Illinois Officials to Address Concerns with IQ Testing at VR Services

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Advocates Meet with Illinois Officials to Address Concerns with IQ Testing at VR Services

Image via Wikipedia People with disabilities met on Thursday with Michelle Saddler, Gov. Quinn’s chief of staff, and Rob Kilbury, the associate director of the Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS), in an attempt to eliminate IQ testing issued by Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services. VR services are designed to help people find […]

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Access Living Building goes for the Gold

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Access Living Building goes for the Gold

Story by Gary Arnold CHICAGO— In late July, the U.S. Green Building Council awarded Access Living’s building at 115 West Chicago Avenue Gold LEED Certification.  Gold LEED is a landmark sustainability award; the second highest rating a green building can receive. LEED is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high […]

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