Preventing abuse, neglect and exploitation through systemic and individual advocacy; facility monitoring and oversight; and enforcement of fundamental rights.
Advocating that people with disabilities live in the most integrated setting with the supports and services they need to succeed.
Advocating for adults and juveniles with disabilities in the criminal legal systems, including for interactions with police, jails, prisons, and court systems.
Fighting to address the unequal treatment of people with disabilities in private businesses, employment, housing, government, higher education and transportation.
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.
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).
Promoting alternatives to restraint and seclusion and challenging abuses that occur when these methods are used.
Protecting people with disabilities who receive Social Security benefits.
Protecting people with disabilities, who receive services in institutions, from abuse, neglect and exploitation.
Supporting the decisions of people with disabilities to take control of their lives.
Advocating for children with disabilities- regardless of their academic, medical, physical or behavioral needs- to have the right to a free appropriate public education.
Ensuring that people with disabilities are able to vote and are able to do so privately and independently.
Last updated: June 14, 2023