Federal protection & advocacy projects
Our main programs are supported by federal Protection & Advocacy funds. These funds allow us to advocate for people with:
- Developmental disabilities
- Significant mental health problems and mental illnesses, with a priority given to those living in public and private institutions and residential facilities
- Other types of physical and mental disabilities
However, we also have several small-scale, special Protection & Advocacy projects that Congress established. These projects allow us to advocate for a specific disability group or advocate on a specific priority issue for people across all disability types:
- Assistive technology: Advocates for people who need assistive technology.
- Employment-related advocacy for Social Security SSDI/SSI beneficiaries: Advocates for people having problems getting or holding a job because of problems with their employer, the Social Security Administration or the state rehabilitation system.
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI): Advocates for people with traumatic brain injuries.
- Voting rights: Advocates for the right to register and vote.
Private, state and local projects
Equip for Equality has several other small-scale projects, often time-limited, which are funded by private foundations, individual contributions, state and local government and other sources. Most of these special projects are referred to in our three-year plan and priorities. To learn more, review Equip for Equality’s current Priorities Plan.
Illinois ADA Project
Equip for Equality manages the Illinois ADA Project for the Great Lakes ADA Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The Illinois ADA Project educates people, businesses and organizations in Illinois about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Check out our Illinois ADA Project website for more information (this link will open in a new browser window or tab).
Last updated: February 01, 2016