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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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Action Alert -- Act Now to Support Olmstead

Washington State Governor posses a threat to 1999 Supreme Court Olmstead Decision. Contact her office today. Send the message to support choice and independence for people with disabilities.

Action Alert -- call now to build support for #CRPD

Monday, December 3 is the International Day of People with Disabilities. This is the last full day to contact Senators to build support for the treaty on the rights of people with disabilities

Action Alert -- Protect Olmstead. Contact Governor Gregoire today!

Today, October 22, Washington State Governor Gregoire will announce if she is appealing to the Supreme Court MR v. Dreyfus. Contact her office this morning. Urge her not to appeal.

Action Alert on Rideshare

An Action Alert on the Proposed Rideshare Ordinance in Chicago and an invitation for advocates to attend the June 22 Council Meeting at City Hall.

Action Alert on the Determination of Need Score

Action Alert calls on Illinois Residents to contact Governor Rauner and urge him to sign HB 2482

Action Alert! - Push for Closure of Jacksonville and Mabley Developmental Centers

On October 27 in the morning, the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA) will vote on whether to close the Mabley and Jacksonville Centers for People with Developmental Disabilities.

Action Alert!- Contact Illinois legislators and Governor

Stop cuts to services that support people with disabilities

Many legislators are still working to understand why we are fight so hard against budget cuts to services for people with disabilities. This week, your legislators are working from their home offices. Please give them a call and ask them to stop budget cuts to services that support people with disabilities.

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.

Action Alert: Fill out witness slip to support SB 2262

Senate Bill would increase essential money for CILA Residents

An Action Alert to Support SB 2262 to increase the amount the CILA residents are able to keep from their Social Security Income checks.

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

Action Alert: Contact Representative Bobby Rush

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: Stop HR 620

Action alert about HR 620 from Advocacy Director Amber Smock.

Action Alert: Support Senate Bill 2680: Murphy Bills

An Action Alert calling for support of US Senate Bill 2680

Action Alert: Contact Illinois Senators Kirk and Durbin

Urge support for Independent Living Center Funding

An action alert to support an increase in funding for Centers for Independent Living

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: Home Services and HB 4351

Action Alert from Access Living Director of Advocacy regarding veto of HB 4351 and other issues.

Action Alert: Home Services and the DON

Here is an update on Illinois Budget Issues from Access Living’s Director of Advocacy. The update looks specifically and includes a call to action on two bills that will preserve the Determination of Need Score and will protect services for people with disabilities in the community.

Action Alert: Home Services Program Overtime Problem

Here is an action alert from Access Living’s Director of Advocacy. The alert calls on people to contact the State and Illinois and urge them to eliminate the overtime cap when implementing the new Department of Labor Rule.

Action Alert: HR 344, Save Home Services from the DON Change!

State Representative Robyn Gabel has filed a resolution to oppose the Determination of Need (DON) score change from 29 to 37. Contact your State Representative and urge your representative to support HR 344.

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

Action Alert on the suspension of Complex Rehab Technology Services. This means that, due to the budget crisis, people with disabilities may not have the access they need to adaptive equipment.
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