Action Needed. Fight for Independent Living Centers!

Dear Access Living friends and allies,

This week, an important fight is taking place in Congress. The U.S. Congress is working on passing budget bills and it is very important that, among other things, our members of Congress fight for Independent Living funding in these bills. This funding is what helps keep the 23 Centers for Independent Living in Illinois running, providing direct service and advocacy on disability issues. We fight very hard to make sure that people with disabilities can live successfully in the community.

We really need your help TODAY because they are going to vote on these bills tomorrow and Thursday. Please take a moment to send a fast letter to YOUR Illinois U.S. Senator and Representative using this link: http://www.capwiz.com/accessliving/issues/alert/?alertid=63992626&type=CO .

It really only takes a couple of minutes, and you can edit the letter provided to make it personal to you. Please tell Congress the ways in which Centers for Independent Living make a difference to you. Please do this ASAP! Below, please see a national action alert on this issue from the National Council on Independent Living.

Let’s go Illinois!

Amber Smock
Director of Advocacy, Access Living

From the National Council on Independent Living:

Action Alert: Independent Living Funding

With the lame duck Congress back in session and the continuing resolution set to expire on December 11, Congress must act on FY15 appropriations. House and Senate Appropriations Chairs are reportedly working on a funding package that includes a full-year omnibus appropriations bill including 11 of the 12 appropriations bills. The bill is scheduled to be released today, with the House scheduled to vote on Wednesday, and the Senate on Thursday. Key deliberations are taking place this week, and we need to let Congress know that level funding for the Independent Living program is not enough - the IL Program is vital and needs a funding increase!

Our elected officials need to understand that investing in Independent Living is essential. America’s Independent Living Program increases access to home and community based services and other resources that allow people to live independently. The IL Program ensures the rights of people with disabilities, and it saves the federal government millions of dollars a year!

CILs are still operating on decreased budgets from previous cuts, and it is more important than ever that funding be increased now. NCIL is continuing to push Congress and the Administration to invest an additional $200 million dollars in the Independent Living program and programs that empower people with disabilities. It’s extremely important for Congress to hear from their constituents around the country, so call your Senator or Congressperson and ask them to demand increased IL funding in the FY15 budget. Make sure our voices are heard!