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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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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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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: April 25, 2019

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