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CPS SPECIAL EDUCATION ISSUES SURVEY RESULTS

The Advocates Group

The Advocates issued this survey to examine the current situation in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) special education program under the supervision of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and its Monitor. In May 2018 the ISBE found CPS’ policies violated special education law and subsequently appointed a monitor to oversee the district’s special education program for the next three years and carry out the agency’s corrective actions. We hope ISBE finds these survey results to be a helpful indicator of the current status of ISBE’s monitoring for further improvements. A total of 800 parents, teachers, students, and other stakeholders took the survey from September 24, 2018 to October 12, 2018.

ISBE and CPS Far Behind Schedule to Reform Special Education, Advocates appeal to Pritzker to fix the problems

Teachers say CPS has not fixed problems; parents still in the dark about ISBE findings and students’ right to compensation

CHICAGO—Six months after the state nominally took control of special education in Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is still failing to bring the promised changes to students with disabilities, according to results of a new parent/teacher survey.

Access Living Calls Upon the IL General Assembly to Support Protections for Undocumented Immigrants with Disabilities

Override the Governor’s Veto on SB34, SB35, and SB3103

Access Living was extremely disappointed to hear Gov. Rauner announce Friday his plans to veto three immigration bills that would have offered vital human rights protections to undocumented immigrants with disabilities – The Voices Act (SB 34), the Immigration Safe Zones Act (SB 35) and the Immigrant Tenant Protection Act (SB 3103).

Access Living Applauds New State Law Supporting CPS Students with Disabilities

SB454 Increases Parental Involvement

With Governor Rauner’s signature of SB 454 this week, the needs of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students with disabilities will be better met.

Access Living releases disability rights analysis of CPS FY 2019 Budget

Budget doesn’t adequately impact documented special ed violations

CHICAGO – July 23, 2018 -- Today Access Living published its annual review of the Chicago Public Schools budget for the FY2019 year. Access Living once again calls for a strategic reconsideration of how CPS will resolve issues affecting students with disabilities, with the view that resolving many of these issues can help stabilize the overall education climate in CPS.

STATEMENT OF ACCESS LIVING ON WHITE HOUSE FAMILY SEPARATION POLICY

As a disability rights and services organization, we fear for the lives and lack of support for children with disabilities or who may develop disabilities due to this traumatic practice.

Access Living condemns in the strongest possible terms the actions of the Trump Administration in its policy of separating immigrant families detained at the US/Mexico border. As a disability rights and services organization, we fear for the lives and lack of support for children with disabilities or who may develop disabilities due to this traumatic practice.

Access Living sues City of Chicago for three decades of discrimination against people with disabilities in Affordable Rental Housing Program

Complaint in Federal Court affects more than 650 developments, 50,000 housing units

Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago, a Center for Independent Living (CIL) and advocate for people with disabilities, filed suit in the U.S. District Court for Northern District of Illinois, alleging the City of Chicago has funded and developed tens of thousands of affordable rental housing units without ensuring that a sufficient number are accessible to people with disabilities as required by federal law.

New Survey Shows CPS Special Ed Problems Continue Despite ISBE Probe

Parents, teachers say CPS hasn’t fixed problems, independent monitoring team needed to oversee program and protect students

Despite claims that Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has fixed the special ed problems at issue in a state probe, the vast majority of parents and teachers responding to a new survey say they continue to experience the same delays, denials and roadblocks in obtaining services for students that prompted the state investigation in the first place.

CPS routinely delays, denies services to students with disabilities; Advocates demand a Special Master, $10 million in compensation

Findings of ISBE investigation expected tomorrow

Advocates are demanding an independent monitor, $10 million in compensation for corrective action and compensation services for affected students. The inquiry was requested by a coalition of thirteen advocacy groups representing families, teachers, attorneys and people with disabilities.

Access Living, 43 Advocacy Organizations Sponsor Non-Partisan Attorney General Candidate Forum on Disability Issues

Eight Democratic Candidates Joined Nonpartisan Event Featuring Voter Questions

Following a successful forum featuring gubernatorial candidates two weeks ago, Chicago-based Access Living, together with more than 40 advocacy organizations from around the state, hosted a nonpartisan Attorney General candidate forum Friday afternoon.

Access Living, 30 Advocacy Organizations Sponsor Governor Candidate Forum
on Disability Issues

Six Democratic Candidates Joined Nonpartisan Event
Featuring Voter Questions

As the 2018 election season heats up, Chicago-based Access Living, together with more than 30 advocacy organizations from around the state, hosted a nonpartisan gubernatorial candidate forum Thursday afternoon.

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).

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

DACA is critical for me and for many others. With it, thousands of immigrants can be with their families and have the opportunity to work, and to contribute to their communities.

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.
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