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



When his teacher called Equip for Equality, Cory was 17 years old and attending a school where he was loved. But he was not thriving.

Cory was born with cerebral palsy, a condition that didn’t affect him intellectually but left him unable to walk, dress or eat without help. Cory often arrived at school hungry. He was neglected by his father’s partner, who was his caregiver. Sent to bed early without access to his communications device and unable to move, Cory was physically and socially isolated.

Cory had a modest trust fund to cover his care, and he looked forward to having control of the fund when he turned 18. But days before Cory’s birthday, his father made an appointment to take Cory to an attorney’s office to sign papers giving his dad control over Cory’s decisions and assets.

After learning of Cory’s plight, EFE’s attorneys met with him and went to court where they obtained an order preventing contact by his former caregivers and banning their interference with his assets.

The court action paved the way for Cory to live independently, with the assistance he needed, near friends and family who care about him.

Last updated: September 19, 2017

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