On Tuesday, May 19, 48 Access Living staff and consumers will travel to Springfield to visit with legislators and rally in support of programs that give people with disabilities the tools to live independently in the community and to participate in their communities.
The group working in the Capitol on May 19 will be the largest Access Living group sent to Springfield since Governor Rauner introduced his budget proposal in February. Click here for more information on Access Living’s response to the Illinois Budget.
In addition to visits to the office of Illinois State Legislators, the Access Living contingent will participate in a rally organized the Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities in Illinois. Dedicated to advocating for the rights of people with disabilities, CCDI is hosting the rally as part of its annual meeting and conference. The rally will be in the Capitol Rotunda at 12:30 p.m.
Access Living is focused on cuts that threatens programs that support independence for people with disabilities. On May 19, Among other issues, Access Living will focus on:
1. Transportation and Paratransit funding
2. Cut to the Home Services Programs – allows people with disabilities to hire personal assistants, who help with day to day activities, such as bathing, dressing, cooking, and cleaning. Under Governor Rauner’s Budget, 10,000 people will be cut from the program.
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3. Suspension of Wheelchair Delivery and Service
For more information, contact Gary Arnold at 312-640-2199 voice, 773-425-2536 (mobile) email@example.com