The Access Living Advocacy Department includes community organizers and policy analysts who support grassroots organizing, create systemic, long–term solutions to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

2017 Illinois Budget season: Join the advocacy department in the fight against cuts that threaten the independence of people with disabilities.
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Access Living’s Disability And Incarceration Initiative

In 2018, the MacArthur Foundation Safety and Justice Challenge awarded Access Living a one-year planning grant to research, analyze, and report on how to reduce the incarceration of people with disabilities from a cross-disability standpoint, with an initial focus on those involved with the Cook County criminal justice system. Our goal is to learn from, support, and amplify existing work. Because the people with disabilities most likely to be incarcerated are from marginalized groups—including but not limited to people of color, people who are LGBTQQIA, immigrants, and others—an intersectional approach and analysis is at the core of our work.


National efforts to fight back against Affordable Care Act Repeal, Per Capita Caps, and Block Grants

National efforts to fight back against Affordable Care Act Repeal, Per Capita Caps, and Block Grants

Advocacy Work Around the Illinois Budget

Since the beginning of 2015, the disability community has engaged in a fight to preserve and build state services and programs that support people with disabilities living in their own homes and communities.

Community Organizing at Access Living

Community Organizing staff work to eliminate barriers to opportunity faced by people with disabilities.

Policy Advocacy at Access Living

Policy Advocacy at Access Living

Disability policy advocacy is a powerful way to win social change, especially in tandem with our legal and organizing work. Access Living has a long and proud history of involvement with key policy initiatives, including the Americans with Disabilities Act and countless local, state and national programs and regulations. Our policy recommendations and initiatives are of, by and for people with disabilities.