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


Who We Serve

Equip for Equality is a human and civil rights organization that provides legal advice and other legal services to people with all types of disabilities who live in Illinois.

We serve people of all ages, from infants to seniors.  We serve people who live independently, who live in all types of institutions, in community facilities as well as people who are homeless.

We serve people with all types of disabilities

To be served by Equip for Equality, you have to have a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Under the ADA, you have a disability if you have a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits a major life activity.  Major life activities include things like walking, seeing, hearing, communicating, learning, working and taking care of yourself.

Disabilities can be visible – like people who use a wheelchair and people who are blind and walk with a cane.  However, the ADA also covers “invisible” disabilities, like people with mental illness, diabetes, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS and intellectual disabilities.

Students who receive special education services or other accommodations at school also are eligible for our services.

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Last updated: December 20, 2014

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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