Amber Smock

Amber started at Access Living in 2005 as an organizer working with young people with disabilities. Amber currently serves on the Transit Access Committee of the Regional Transit Authority, is a Commissioner on the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission, is a co-founder of Feminist Response in Disability Activism (FRIDA), and is a member of the disability rights group ADAPT. She has been honored many times for her advocacy work, most notably as a 2012 recipient of the Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award from the American Association of People with Disabilities, the 2009 Chicago Disability Pride Parade Grand Marshal, the 2008 Progress Center Annie Hopkin’s Advocate of the Year, and the 2008 Founder’s Award recipient from the Chicago Foundation for Women. Amber has a bachelor’s degree in English and art from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Documents & Publications

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Action Alert: Take Action to Defeat Another Zombie Healthcare Bill in Congress!

Action Alert to stop proposed Graham-Cassidy-Heller Healthcare amendment.

Statement of Access Living in Response to White Supremacist Events in Charlottesville, VA

Statement of Access Living in Response to White Supremacist Events in Charlottesville, VA

Disability led action against healthcare bill around the country

National ADAPT organizes week of actions

Disability Power for Community Integration National Webinar

Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Advocacy

Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Advocacy National Webinar

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

Access Living will discontinue Long Term Care Ombudsman Services

Update on Illinois Home Services Program

Illinois Overtime Guidelines now enforced

New Illinois Overtime Guidelines now being enforced

Home Services Program Update

Access Living Legislative Bill Roster: 2016

Update on Illinois Home Services Program Advocacy

Action Alert: Medicaid Power Chairs, Seating Systems Delivery and Repair Suspended

The Illinois Budget and the disability community

Illinois Budget Legislative Update -- Spring 2015

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 on Development of High Speed Rail for Illinois

Delivered to Illinois Department of Transportation


Town Hall Meetings: Fund Illinois Home Services

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