Disability News: Illinois


Disabled World News presents the latest disability information and health related news from Illinois USA.

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Information of interest for persons with disabilities residing in or visiting the State of Illinois.

Illinois Disability Resources

Illinois Assistive Technology Program

IATP's primary focus is on education, employment, community living, information technology and telecommunications. Our mission is to enable people with disabilities so they can fully participate in all aspects of life - www.iltech.org

Autism Society of Illinois

Mission is to improve the lives of Illinois individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorders - www.autismillinois.org

United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Chicago

Founded in 1951, United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Chicago first opened its doors to address the needs of children and adults with cerebral palsy. We've been opening doors ever since. We help a child with cerebral palsy use technology that lets her speak for the first time - www.ucpnet.org

Epilepsy Foundation of North/Central Illinois Iowa & Nebraska

The Epilepsy Foundation North Central Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska will ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; and will prevent, control and cure epilepsy through services, education, advocacy and research - www.epilepsyheartland.org

Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living (INCIL)

The Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living, the statewide association representing the 23 Centers for Independent Living (CILs) in Illinois - www.incil.org

Mental Health America of Illinois

Since 1909, Mental Health America of Illinois (MHAI) has worked to promote mental health, prevent mental illnesses and improve the care and treatment of persons suffering from mental and emotional disorders - www.mhai.org

National Multiple Sclerosis Society Greater Illinois Chapter

The Greater Illinois Chapter is comprised of all the Illinoisans who have joined the movement to create a world free of multiple sclerosis and the work that they do through the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Volunteers, staff, healthcare workers, researchers, donors, advocates and partners together represent the Greater Illinois Chapter and all the many ways it's possible to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS - www.nationalmssociety.org/chapters/ILD/index.aspx

Spinal Cord Injury Association of Illinois

The mission of SCIA is to serve as a comprehensive resource center for individuals who have been paralyzed due to trauma or conditions of the central nervous system, their families, health professionals, policy makers and others interested in spinal cord injury. Activities of SCIA address major areas such as prevention, medical care, rehabilitation, research and other aspects of living with a spinal cord injury - www.sci-illinois.org

Statistics: Illinois Disability

  • There are an estimated 1,516,000 people in the state of Illinois over the age of five who have a form of disability.
  • Approximately 283,000 people with disabilities, or 2.5% of the state's population, experience difficulties with performing activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, or moving around inside of their homes.
  • There are around 812,000 people in the state who have a form of work disability, and 303,000 people with disabilities in Illinois who are employed.
  • Around 57,000 people with disabilities in the state are unemployed, while 413,000 are currently not in the workforce.

Latest Illinois Publications

Disability rights advocates call on Governor Bruce Rauner and Illinois lawmakers to close 6 out of 7 state operated institutions by 2020.

Illinois will partner with the Lead Higher Initiative to close equity gaps for lower income students and students of color in high schools most rigorous courses.

Integrating the Inner City: The Promise and Perils of Mixed-Income Public Housing Transformation.

State of Illinois must begin paying for services that support persons with developmental disabilities.

Proposed budget cuts to supportive living threaten livelihood of 3,000 seniors and persons with disabilities - Short-sighted vision will increase costs to illinois.

Employment First Act maximizes employment opportunities for people with disabilities in the state of Illinois.

Ruling states state governments cannot force-unionize participants in state entitlement programs or force them to pay union dues as a condition of receiving help from the state.

Companies are choosing to move from Illinois to more regulation-friendly states and families with disabled members have announced they are moving to where services are more progressive and readily available.

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