Director of Advocacy
Director of Advocacy
The chance to engage directly with your elected officials is one of the most important parts of our democracy. However, at the state level, many legislatures cannot fully engage with constituents with disabilities because in-person and/or remote proceedings are not accessible. We want to change that in the State of Illinois.
For many years, advocates with disabilities have struggled with access to Illinois legislative offices and proceedings. Our State Capitol building and other key legislative buildings pre-date the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Illinois legislature’s website does not provide a way for the public to request reasonable accommodations for visits or legislative proceedings. The legislature’s live footage of its floor proceedings are not captioned, and typically neither are Zoom proceedings. There are no official disability logistics liaisons for either the House or the Senate. Despite these challenges, people with disabilities have “made it work,” but it is time for the Illinois Legislature to step up.
We need the Legislative Accessibility Act (SB180/HB855). It is beyond time for an active, ongoing process to phase in accessibility updates and ensure that the public can effectively engage with their state elected officials. The Legislative Accessibility Act would:
If you live in Illinois, we need your help! Please let your State legislators know that we need to pass the Legislative Accessibility Act THIS YEAR. You can use this easy link to send an email. If you plan to connect with your legislators this spring in Illinois, please help make them aware of this bill.
Interested in signing on? Email Advocacy Director Amber Smock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AIDS Foundation Chicago
Brighton Park Neighborhood Council
Catholic Office of the Deaf, Archdiocese of Chicago
Chicagoland Autism Connection (CAC) Trailblazers
Chicagoland Leadership Council
Community Behavioral Healthcare Association of Illinois
Health and Medicine Policy Research Group
IL Self Advocacy Alliance
Illinois Collaboration on Youth
Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities
Illinois-Iowa Center for Independent Living
Legal Council for Health Justice
Lyons Township Mental Health Commission
McManus Consulting/Disability Services
Mental Health America of Illinois
NAMI Northern Illinois
National Coalition of Latinxs with Disabilities
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Opportunities For Access (OFA CIL)
Planned Parenthood Illinois Action
RAMP Center for Independent Living
Shriver Center on Poverty Law
Supportive Housing Providers Association