“The fight to close Jacksonville Developmental Center is such an important struggle to move Illinois into the future of long term care. We have traveled a long, long way from the days of the old Dixon State School and Bobby Kennedy saying that state institutions were not fit for human beings. But we still face the challenges of a system that costs so much that it excludes thousands of people with developmental disabilities from any hope of getting the community supports that they need. In addition to such places being playgrounds for institutional abuse and neglect, we have to ask whether our system is fair for everyone. And, you must also ask yourself, “would I ever live in such a place?” Imagine living in a college dorm for the rest of your life with people telling you everything that you can or cannot do. Is that what you’d want? Help us fight to empower people with developmental disabilities with community choices that matter to them and their families.”
Amber and Access Living asks everyone to contact the commission. The commission needs to hear from the community why it is important for Illinois to transition from institutional to community support for people with disabilities. The commission will accept written and oral testimony. Requests to present oral testimony at the hearing or to send in written testimony should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Amber plans to attend the hearing in person and will present testimony.
In addition to submitting testimony, community members can directly contact members of the commission.
Here is information for the commission chairs:
Senator Jeffrey Schoenberg, Co-Chair, email@example.com, 217-782-2119 or 847-492-1200.
Representative Patricia Bellock, Co-Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org, 217-782-1448 or 630-852-8633
Thank you for your support