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Access Living’s Advocacy Department, Independent Living Department and Legal Department collaborate together to create real options and freedom for self–determination for people with all kinds of disabilities. Our work creates systemic and community opportunities to protect and exercise our human rights.

You are invited and encouraged to get involved. Lend your voice and effort to initiatives that will support choice and independence for people with disabilities. There are a number of ways to participate.

Get Involved with Access Living’s Advocacy Work: Our Advocacy Department works to create real options and freedom for self-determination of people with all kinds of disabilities.

Become a member of Access: As a member you'll receive our newsletter, vote for the Board of Directors, attend our annual meeting and receive updates about issues concerning the disability community.

Removing Barriers: Be a part of the Removing Barriers Campaign. No matter who we are, each of us can play a part in removing barriers. The more barriers we remove, the more inclusive a community we create for people with and without disabilities.

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Urgent: Call Congressman Rush to Save Home and Community Based Services!

Congressional alert! Despite all our work over the last nine months to save Medicaid, we are facing a new attack on Medicaid home and community based services.

URGENT: Fight for Healthcare in Congress Intensifies

Action Alert on Graham-Cassidy Bill

Here is an update and Action Alert from Amber Smock, Access Living’s Director of Advocacy, about the Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Bill and the devastating impact the bill would have on Medicaid, community services, and independence.

Urgent Action Alerts on Healthcare, ADA, Education

Access Living has compiled information with Action Alerts on Two issue:
1. HR 620
2. Medicaid Protection

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

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

Action Alert: Stop HR 620

Action alert about HR 620 from Advocacy Director Amber Smock.

Action Alert: Join the effort to Stop HR 620 -- Contact Representative Bobby Rush

Action Alert: Contact Representative Bobby Rush

Senate may vote soon on ‘Skinny’ Healthcare Bill.

Take Action to #SaveMedicaid

Take Action and urge Senators to vote against the “Skinny Bill”

What the new healthcare bill means and how it will hurt people with disabilities

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A summary of the impact the Senate Healthcare Bill will have on people with disabilities

Disability led action against healthcare bill around the country

National ADAPT organizes week of actions

A note from Access Living’s Director of Advocacy about health care advocacy and the work of Chicago ADAPT.

ACTION ALERT: Historic Disability Protest; Stop the Senate Healthcare Bill

A note from Amber Smock, Access Living’s Director of Advocacy, about the Health Care legislation introduced by Senate Leadership on June 22.

Action Alert: Make Three Calls to Protect Medicaid

Action Alert from Access Living’s Adam Ballard and from the Protect Our Care Illinois Coalition

Action Alert: #SaveMedicaid

Contact Senate HELP and Finance Committee

Action Alert to fight back against the US Senate Version of the American Health Care Act.

Defend Healthcare and Medicaid

New Protect Our Care Illinois Hotline

An Action Alert from Access Living’s Director of Program about a new Hotline from Protect Our Care Illinois, and most recent efforts to defend healthcare and Medicaid.

Action Alert: Oppose HR 620

Protect the Americans with Disabilities Act

Action alert that was crafted by the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund regarding HR 620, which is a threat to the Americans with Disabilities Act


Action alert to protect Medicaid and Home and Community Based Services

Action Alert: Support a More Flexible Overtime Policy for the Home Services Program

Notice from Director of Advocacy about HB 3376 -- which expands the cap on hours for personal assistants in the Home Services Program

AHCA: Olmstead rights under attack!

Tell Congress to protect Medicaid!

Action alert in response to introduction of American Health Care Act, which would undermine home and community based services covered by Medicaid.

Update and Action Alerts for Monday, February 13

A note from Amber Smock, Director of Advocacy, that lays out the week ahead, which looks to be a busy time from advocates in Illinois.

Advocate for Disability Rights in Healthcare

Here is an update on Healthcare Threats to people with disabilities -- Affordable Care Act Repeal and Medicaid Cuts - from Access Living’s Director of Advocacy, Amber Smock.

Action Alert: Oppose Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education

Action Alert to oppose Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education
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