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Open Letter to Illinois State Board of Education

This morning, a coalition of Chicago special education advocates appeared before the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to testify on the state of education for students with disabilities in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The coalition requested that ISBE use its powers to conduct an investigation of education for students with disabilities in CPS, including but not limited to issues raised in recent WBEZ reports about CPS’ special education manual and racial disparities for students of color with disabilities.
 
A brief summary of some of the additional points raised by the advocates:
 
—The utilization of blocks in CPS' electronic IEP form, which have led to notable decreases in the provision of certain IEP services within CPS
 
—Overly burdensome data collection and documentation requirements on special education teachers and related service providers, which can amount to the systematic denial of FAPE for numerous CPS students
 
—The problem of lumping special education and general education services into a school-based zero-sum funding competition with one another, creating disincentives for adding needed services to IEPs
 
—The consolidation of numerous special education budget lines into larger buckets that obscure its allocation of special education funds
 
—Excessive significant restrictions on transportation services that have required interventions from numerous disability rights and/or early childhood education advocacy agencies 
 
Advocates are of the opinion that at this time, an transparent investigation that includes public input is necessary to gain a clear view on the status of education for students with disabilities in CPS.
 
The organizations making this request to ISBE include:
Access Living 
Shriver Center on Poverty Law  
Chicago Principals and Administrators Association 
Chicago Teachers Union 
Parents 4 Teachers 
Ounce of Prevention Fund 
Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children 
Raise Your Hand for IL Public Education 
LAF  
Equip For Equality 
Potter and Bolanos, LLC 
Matt Cohen and Associates
19th Ward Parents for Special Education
 
Thank you to all our partners on this effort so far, and we will continue to advocate on this front. We hope that ISBE will take action.

ACLU, Community Groups File Lawsuit to Ensure Court Oversight of Reform for the Chicago Police Department

Suit targets CPD’s use of force on people with disabilities, includes engagement
with Black and Latino Chicagoans

ACLU, Community Groups File Lawsuit to Ensure Court Oversight of Reform for the Chicago Police Department
Suit targets CPD’s use of force on people with disabilities, includes engagement
with Black and Latino Chicagoans


Access Living releases analysis of CPS FY 2018 Budget

Analysis FY 18 CPS Budget

Statement from Access Living in response to legal ruling

Ruling marks an opportunity to eliminate threats to Home Services Program

Statement from Access Living about Administrative Law Judge Ruling on Illinois Overtime Policy

Access Living condemns decision to discontinue DACA

Access Living Statement in response to White House decision to rescind DACA

Passage of Trust Act a victory for immigrants with disabilities

Access Living Statement on passage of the Trust Act

INCIL Announces Ryan Croke as New Executive Director

The Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living (INCIL), one of Illinois’ leading statewide disability advocacy organizations, today (July 31) announced that its Board of Directors has hired Ryan Croke as its new Executive Director.

Access Living statement on the Status of Congressional Healthcare Reform

Access Living Statement on status of healthcare and ACA Repeal

Juneteenth Observation:

In Memory of Charleena Lyles

A note from Access Living about Juneteenth and the police killing of Charleena Lyles, a black disabled woman.

Illinois House Overwhelmingly Approves HB 3376

Bill aims to Reduce Risk of Institutionalization for Thousands under Rauner HSP Overtime Policy

Illinois House Overwhelmingly Approves HB 3376, Aiming to Reduce Risk of Institutionalization for Thousands under Rauner HSP Overtime Policy. Bill heads to Senate next, paving way to ending months of uncertainty and chaos for over 8,000 people with disabilities

ACCESS LIVING STATEMENT ON CBO SCORE OF AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT

Statement from Access Living in response to the Congressional Budget Office score on the impact of the American Health Care Act.

Passage of AHCA a devastating blow for healthcare and people with disabilities

Access Living Statement on House vote to approve Health Care Legislation

Statement from Access Living on passage of American Health Care Act

Advocates & Stakeholders Keep Up Fight to Protect Overtime Hours, Consumer Choice and Independence through Legislature

Media Alert

Media Alert for hearing on HB 3376, responsible approach to overtime for consumers in the Home Services Program, correcting mistakes of misguided Rauner policy.
2017-March-14-Vincent Smith

Partisan JCAR Vote Approves Dangerous DHS Overtime Policy Despite Outcry from Stakeholders

Statement following the vote of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules to approve Governor Rauner’s Overtime Guidelines for the Home Services Program

Complaint filed against CPS for failure to make school accessible or provide accommodations

Complaint filed in Federal Court against CPS over failure to provide accommodations

Devos confirmation as Secretary of Education a blow to students with disabilities

Statement about Senate Confirmation of Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Access Living & SEIU Healthcare Illinois Statement on Rauner veto of Senate Bill 261

Access Living & SEIU Healthcare Illinois Statement on Rauner veto of Senate Bill 261

Access Living urges solidarity with and defense of Sanctuary Movement

Statement in support for Sanctuary and support for disabled and non disabled immigrants

Governor’s Speech Fails to Provide Answers for Looming State/Federal Crisis

JCAR Members Urged to Reject Misguided Overtime Proposal

A statement from SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana, Chicago ADAPT, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and Access Living in response to Governor Rauner’s 2017 State of the State Address
2017-January-10-JCAR-

JCAR Votes for Delay in Rauner OT Cuts

JCAR Pause Provides New Chance to Enshrine Independence for People with Disabilities

Joint statement of Access Living and SEIU Healthcare Illinois in response to the breaking news that the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules voted unanimously to delay the adoption of Rauner administration rules to cut overtime for providers caring for people with disabilities in the Home Services Program.
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