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Illinois Advocates: Help Tell Equip for Equality What Matters to You


June 17, 2022 | by Amber Smock

Access Living friends and allies,

Today we’d like to share an important advocacy opportunity for Illinois disability advocates. As many of you know, Equip for Equality is Illinois’ federally designated Protection and Advocacy Agency (P&A). According to the Administration on Community Living, “P&As provide legal support to traditionally unserved or underserved populations to help them navigate the legal system to achieve resolution and encourage systems change. P&As ensure that individuals with disabilities are able to exercise their rights to make choices, contribute to society, and live independently.” For more information about P&As, check out this page.

Equip for Equality is currently collecting input from people with disabilities on their priorities. We encourage you to read their announcement below, and let them know what folks with disabilities need.

From Equip for Equality:

Equip for Equality Needs Your Input

We want to know your ideas for how we can best meet the legal advocacy needs of people with disabilities in Illinois. We have a priorities planning process, and we ask the public to offer ideas that will help us implement priorities that are valued most in the disability community. You can read our current priorities and provide your input in two ways:

1.  Participate in our virtual public meeting.

June 22, 2022
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Via Zoom Webinar

THERE IS STILL TIME TO REGISTER! Info on how to access the Zoom meeting will be emailed to you. People can participate by computer or by phone. Register online here. The meeting will have captioning and ASL interpretation. If you need additional accommodations to participate, email Barry Taylor at barryt@equipforequality.org.


2.   Complete our Disability Legal Needs Survey or download the printer-friendly survey and email it to Barry Taylor at Equip for Equality by July 1, 2022. Again, Barry is at barryt@equipforequality.org.


Please share this info with disability folks in Illinois. Thank you for your advocacy.