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




Invitation to Join us for a Disability Community Town Hall!

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TOWN HALL AGENDA: 12/3/19, 2-5PM

2:00:  Welcome: Access Living & UIC (5 minutes)

2:05: Updates on Community Living Services & Access in Illinois

  • State of Illinois Update on Colbert and Williams Implementation:  
    Ali Johnson, Olmstead Compliance Officer, Illinois Department of Human Services (Invited) (10 minutes)
  • Monitoring Olmstead in Illinois, Colbert and Williams:   Barry Taylor, Equip for Equality (10 minutes)
  • Access Living Perspective on Colbert and Williams Implementation:  Dariusz Barwacz, Access Living (10 minutes)

3:05-3:45: Share stories & ideas for future Olmstead planning and systems changes (30-40 minutes)

  • Panel with Olmstead participants with UIC PAR students supporting  (highlight people in and out of nursing home, in Williams and Colbert to compare needed resources & supports)

3:45-4:15:  Open Forum with Participants (30 minutes)

4:15-4:30:   Disability Integration Act update & action planning:
Ryan McGraw & Angel Miles, Access Living (15 minutes)

4:30-5:00:    Networking & Refreshments: food and drinks

This Town Hall will be held at Access Living at 115 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60654.  Access Living is accessible, is a scent-free environment and will provide ASL and CART services. For other requests for accommodation please contact:

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Poster of "Disability Integration Act" (DIA) 

Disability Integration Act (DIA)             



Parade members in the street hold up posters that say "Protect Medicaid" and "Support Olmstead Rights."

Protest March in support of Olmstead Implementation 






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