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Advancing the Human & Civil Rights of People with Disabilities in Illinois


Illinois ADA Project

What we do and why we do it

The Illinois ADA Project educates the people, businesses and organizations of Illinois by providing:

  • Trainings, presentations and workshops on the ADA
  • Answers to your ADA questions at 877-ADA-3601 or on the Project’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) webpage.
  • Publications and fact sheets about the ADA
  • Information about the Great Lakes ADA Center’s resources, including the ADA Audio Conference Series
  • Resources and referral information

We believe that increasing ADA education, training and awareness will lead to a society where America’s goals of freedom, equality, justice and fairness can be attained and where each person’s uniqueness is fully appreciated and their potential realized.

Visit the Illinois ADA Project Website.

What is the ADA? 

The Americans with Disabilities Act is a comprehensive civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. Congress passed the ADA in 1990 to ensure that people with disabilities have equal opportunity and access to employment, state and local government services, and places of public accommodation.

The ADA has five parts:

  • Title I: Employment
  • Title II: State and local governments
  • Title III: Public accommodations and commercial facilities
  • Title IV: Telecommunications
  • Title V: Miscellaneous

Our relationship with Equip for Equality and the Great Lakes ADA Center

  • The Great Lakes ADA Center funds the Illinois ADA Project.
  • Equip for Equality is the fiscal agent for the Illinois ADA Project and houses the Illinois project within its organization.
  • Unlike Equip for Equality, the Illinois ADA Project does not provide legal advice or legal advocacy.

The Illinois ADA Project serves people with disabilities, employers, businesses, architects, government entities, colleges and universities, advocates, service providers, and more.

Our steering committee

Our steering committee includes people with disabilities, advocates, service providers, government agencies, architects, access consultants and businesses, and has representatives from the following organizations:

  • Access Living
  • Accessibility Consultation & Training Services
  • Chicagoland Business Leadership Network
  • Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
  • City of Naperville
  • Cook County Housing Authority
  • disabilityworks
  • Equip for Equality
  • Great Lakes ADA Center
  • Illinois Attorney General’s Office
  • Illinois Department of Human Rights
  • Illinois Department of Human Services
  • Illinois Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Illinois Secretary of State
  • Illinois State Toll Highway Authority
  • JJ’s List
  • LifeCare Design Studio
  • Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD)
  • More Access Solutions
  • Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
  • Southern Illinois University


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For more information about the Illinois ADA Project, contact:

Cristina Headley
Illinois ADA Project Manager

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Last updated: July 24, 2020

This website is made possible by funding support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, both the Administration on Developmental Disabilities and the Center for Mental Health Services of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; and the U.S. Department of Education, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. The contents of this website are solely the responsibility of Equip for Equality and do not necessarily represent the official view of any of these agencies.

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