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




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Abuse & Neglect

Preventing abuse, neglect and exploitation through systemic and individual advocacy; facility monitoring and oversight; and enforcement of fundamental rights.


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Community Integration

Advocating that people with disabilities live in the most integrated setting with the supports and services they need to succeed.


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Decriminalizing Disabilities

Advocating for adults and juveniles with disabilities in the criminal legal systems, including for interactions with police, jails, prisons, and court systems.

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Discrimination/ADA Rights

Fighting to address the unequal treatment of people with disabilities in private businesses, employment, housing, government, higher education and transportation.

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Employment First Blueprint

Equip for Equality published an “Illinois Employment First Blueprint” containing action steps Illinois can take to make competitive, integrated employment a reality for people with disabilities.



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Independent Client Assistance Program

Self-advocacy support, information, and legal help for people with disabilities so they can understand their rights and get help from the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) or a Center for Independent Living (CIL).



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Misuse of Restraint and Seclusion

Promoting alternatives to restraint and seclusion and challenging abuses that occur when these methods are used.


Representative Payee Program

Protecting people with disabilities who receive Social Security benefits.


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Rights in Institutions

Protecting people with disabilities, who receive services in institutions, from abuse, neglect and exploitation.


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Supporting the decisions of people with disabilities to take control of their lives.


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Special Education

Advocating for children with disabilities- regardless of their academic, medical, physical or behavioral needs- to have the right to a free appropriate public education.


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Ensuring that people with disabilities are able to vote and are able to do so privately and independently.


Last updated: June 14, 2023

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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