Access Living Comments

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. Listed below are Access Living recommendations, reports and comments on policy issues impacting the disability community.
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Court Rules Lawsuit Against Uber for ADA Violations Can Continue

Holding Rideshare Companies to ADA Will Expand Access to Underserved Population

CHICAGO - Judge Manish S. Shah of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, issued a decision Monday allowing a lawsuit to proceed against Uber Technologies, Inc. for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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 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.

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.

Systemic Problems with CPS Special Ed

Advocates Respond to ISBE Findings on CPS Special Education Policies and Practices

Today advocates welcomed the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) findings of systematic problems in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) provision of services to students with disabilities.

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.

Transportation Delayed is Transportation Denied:

Report of On-time Performance in Pace’s City of Chicago Paratransit Service

On September 27, 2016, staff from Access Living and IMPRUVE, an association of paratransit riders, met with Pace officials to discuss the observed problems in the paratransit service. Pace generously offered to share individual rider data to help illustrate the actual ontime performance situation. Pace also shared their on-time performance rates. At that time, Pace shared reports from January through April of 2016. Pace’s on-time performance rate for that period was reportedly 87.5%. The discrepancy between rider experience and these reported rates convinced us to conduct our own surveys and compile this study.

Access Living releases analysis of CPS FY 2018 Budget

Analysis FY 18 CPS Budget

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

Access Living Response on DHS Revised Proposed HSP Overtime Rule Under Consideration by JCAR

Comments from Access Living on update changes to Illinois Overtime Guidelines that were submitted to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules

Comments from Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago on Access to Care Issues for DME

Comments from Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago on Access to Care Issues for DME

Testimony from Curtis Harris

CPS Board of Education

Testimony from Curtis Harris at CPS Board Meeting on August 24, 2016.

Access Living releases analysis of CPS FY 2017 Budget

This report studies the FY 2017 CPS Special Education Budget and makes recommendations to the Chicago Public Schools.

Adam Ballard Testimony for May 25, 2016 Joint Committee Hearing

Testimony of Adam Ballard on May 25 before the City Council Joint Committee in support of Alderman Beale Ride Share Ordinance

Jackie Dorantes Testimony for May 25, 2016 Joint Committee Hearing

Testimony of Jackie Dorantes before the City Council Joint Committee in support of Alderman Beale Ride Share Ordinance

Testimony of Home and Community Ombudsman Manager -- April 21, 2016

Testimony of Tiffany Askew, Manager of Access Living’s Home and Community Ombudsman Program, delivered on April 21, 2016 before the House Human Services Appropriations Committee Meeting.

Testimony of the Hospital to Home Program Coordinator, April 21, 2016.

On April 21, 2016, Access Living’s Hospital to Home Program Coordinator testified in front of the House Human Services Appropriations Committee

Comments from Access Living on the HIPAA Privacy Rule and the National Instant Criminal Background Check System

Comments from Access Living on the HIPAA Privacy Rule and the National Instant Criminal Background Check System

Comments of Access Living on Best Practices in Medicaid Managed Care

Comments of Access Living on Best Practices in Medicaid Managed Care
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