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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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 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

Comparison of Special Ed Resources in Two Illinois Districts

Presentation by Rod Estvan that compares Special Education Resources across two school districts.

Housing Comments on the Qualified Action Plan

Access Living is part of a coalition of fair housing and affordable housing advocates that recently submitted comments on the
Illinois Housing Development Authority’s 2015 Low Income Housing Tax Credit Qualified Allocation Plan.

The creation of the Independent Living Administration and the transition of Centers for Independent Living to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act

Comments submitted regarding the creation of the Independent Living Administration and the transition of Centers for Independent Living to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act

Letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

On August 21, 2014, Access Living sent to CMS a letter representing Access Living and several other Illinois mental health advocacy organizations, including the member organizations of the Mental Health Summit, that opposed the funding of SMHRFs.

Comments concerning possible updates to the Affordable Requirements Ordinance

Delivered to Chicago Department of Planning & Development

Access Living comments on possible updates to Affordable Requirements Ordinance delivered to the Chicago Department of Planning and Development

Comments Concerning Proposed Chicago Housing Authority Policies

Comments concerning proposed Chicago Housing Authority Policies, delivered by Ken Walden, Adam Ballard and Colleen Nicholson on July 28, 2014.

Access Living releases analysis of CPS FY 2015 Budget

Access Living announces the release of the FY 2015 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Budget Review. In conjunction with the start of each school year, Access Living publishes a review of the CPS Budget, specifically as it relates to special education funding and students with disabilities. The report is authored by Access Living Education Policy Analyst Rodney Estvan.

Comments on Development of High Speed Rail for Illinois

Delivered to Illinois Department of Transportation

Access Living Comments on High Speed Rail for Illinois from Amber Smock, Director of Advocacy, delivered to the Illinois Department of Transportation

Comments on Illinois 1115 Waiver Application

Comments Delivered by Amber Smock on Illinois 1115 Waiver Application
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