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CONGRESS OF DISABLED PERSONS AGAINST EXPLOITATION

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OLMSTEAD NETWORK MISSIONS

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INTRODUCTION  
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Tell Your Representatives To Fund Social Services

 

SB 2046 already passed through the Illinois Senate.  This legislation to authorize 3.8 Billion dollars in state spending ranging from Illinois State Lottery prizes to overdue fuel tax funds for municipalities also includes funding for human services.    Yesterday, by a 7-0 vote, it passed through the House Executive Committee. 

 

It now needs approval from the full house.  Among the human services funded within this bill are Centers for Independent Living.  We have always known how important of a role CILs play within our communities.  Unfortunately, many are finding out how detrimental of an impact their absence can be in the lives of many of our Illinois friends, families and neighbors.

 

Urge your Representatives in the Illinois house to VOTE YES ON SB 2046! Send your thoughts in an editable letter to your state representatives by clicking here.

 

Keep fighting!! Nothing about us without us!!

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As Springfield continues to remain divided along party lines over the budget, we at CONGRESS OF DISABLED PERSONS AGAINST EXPLOITATION a OLMSTEAD NETWORK MISSIONS urge you not to forget that House Bill (HB) 2482 remains on the Governor’s desk. HB 2482 is the bill that would preserve the Determination of Need (DON) score at 29, instead of changing it to 37. As you will know by now, if the DON is changed to 37, 10,000 people with disabilities and 24,000 seniors would lose home services.

 

As we have emphasized many times before, people with scores under 37 are still people in significant need of help. These include people who may only have the use of one hand or foot due to stroke or amputation. It includes people who have issues with wound care or dialysis. It includes many, many people who live in subsidized housing and who, if they cannot clean and maintain their homes, could fail housing inspection and face eviction. It is a very serious matter of life or death for many of these people to have their home services taken away.

 

We in Illinois should be in the business of community investment and engagement, but in fact so many disability services are being held hostage to the budget crisis. Although court orders are supposed to ensure that payment for a variety of programs go through, what we really need is an actual budget that makes sure that programs like home services are safe and functioning.

 

We urge you today to contact Governor Rauner to sign HB 2482 in at least one of three ways (you can do more than one):

 

1)      Go to this link and write the Governor a letter urging him to sign HB 2482 to save home services for people with disabilities and seniors.

2)      Call the Governor in Chicago at 312-814-2121 or Springfield at 217-782-0244. His staff will pick up the phone. Please tell them that you are calling to urge the Governor to sign HB 2482 to save home services for people with disabilities and seniors.

3)      Use this easy link to send a fast email to the Governor’s staff working on constituent affairs, to urge that the Governor sign HB 2482

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Consumers + Workers + Unity = We All Win!   Call 847-957-7838 to send a message to DHS Secretary Dimas: NO CUTS IN MEDICAID, HOME SERVICE PROGRAMS, CHILD CARE, AND ELDERLY SERVICES. Humans deserve dignity of life and the right to choose to live where they want.

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You are invited to come and participate in a cross borders dialogue on Health Care

The event is open to staff, consumers, friends and guests.

On Friday October 2, 2015 at Access Living (115 W. Chicago Ave.)     

From 2:00 to 3:00 pm.

Health Care for People, Health Care is a Right!

Dr. Castillo is a leader of the Garifuna people, who are descendants of Africans who escaped slavery and Caribbean indigenous people.  He was featured in the documentaries, “Revolutionary Medicine” and “Salud!” Dr. Castillo is one of the first Garifuna doctors in Honduras and the founder of the first Garifuna hospital being run by and for the community. He is a graduate of Cuba’s School of the Americas.  He has faced repression and death threats because he sees health care as a human right for all and because developers have eyes on Garifuna lands to build coastal resorts and they have attacked the people.  The Garifuna are an oppressed minority in Honduras.

Come and learn more about the struggle of Garifuna people to retain their land and for access to health care and other services. Learn how people with disabilities live in Honduras. Come and share your stories with Dr. Castillo so we can build cross national solidarity and better understand the challenges that other people in other countries face.

For more information call Tom Wilson 312-640-2125 or e-mail tomas@accessliving.org

ASL and Spanish interpreters will be available

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 LIGAS Informational Meetings Scheduled Throughout State of Illinois

We received this information thanks to Equip for Equality and The Arc of Illinois. Hopefully many of you will find this information beneficial and are able to make use of it. 

The Council on Quality and Leadership is the vendor handling outreach for the State under Ligas.   CQL has been reaching out to people with developmental disabilities in ICFDDs and their guardians about community living opportunities under the Ligas decree.  In addition to this individual outreach, CQL will be holding forums across the state to provide information about  rights under the Ligas decree.  Here’s a link with info on the various meetings across the state over the next few weeks.  http://www.c-q-l.org/ligas-outreach/ligas-informational-meetings  
 
Please help us get the word out as broadly as possible.  All people who were residents of ICFDDs in June 2011 are entitled to move into the community by June 2017 if they make a record with the State that they want to transition to the community.  Although people can express their interest to move into the community after June 2017, at that point they will be put on a waiting list.  So it’s critical that ICFDD residents who want to move into the community make a record with the State as soon as possible.

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CCDI is a statewide disability organization that you should know about.  They have a yearly conference and a regular newsletter, which is shown below. They do advocacy for people with disabilities from their office in Springfield.  You can contact them at:  www.ccdionline.org  

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NEW. Disability Integration Act To Be Introduced!

As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we know there is still much work to get done so that people with disabilities can live in the community rather than be forced into nursing facilities and other institutions. To assure that people with disabilities have a real choice to avoid or leave institutional placement, our Olmstead Network partner, ADAPT, is meeting with members of Congress to coordinate introduction of the Disability Integration Act.

The proposed legislation establishes statutory civil rights language - comparable to the ADA - which requires states to change their policies, provide community-based services first, and offer HCBS to people currently in institutions.

Learn more about the proposed legislation here.

 


NEW; OLMSTEAD NETWORK MISSIONS aides ADAPT and the National Council on Independent Living File Amicus Brief in DOL Case

ADAPT and the National Council on Independent Living(NCIL) filed an Amicus Brief in Home Care Association, et al v. David Weil, et al, the Department of Labor case regarding the companionship rule changes. The brief filed by ADAPT and NCIL details the detrimental effects the companionship rule changes will have on attendants and people with disabilities. Click here to read the brief.

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ACTIVE COMMITTEES

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 CONGRESS OF DISABLED PERSONS AGAINST EXPLOITATION

 

·         ADVOCATE FOR THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES.

o   ACCESSIBLE BUILDING ISSUES

o   ACCESSIBLE EMPLOYMENT ISSUES

§  HIRING AND PROMOTION ISSUES

 

·         ADVOCATE FOR THE RIGHTS OF THE UNBORN WHO MAY BE AT  RISK OF BEING BORN WITH A DISABILITY.

 

·         CONSULTANT TO PARENTS OF DISABLED BABIES AND UNBORN BABIES THAT MIGHT BE BORN WITH A DISABILITY.

  • PROTECT DISABLE PERSONS FROM:PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS
  • PHYSICAL AND MENTAL ABUSE IN:
    • HOME ACCESSIBLE ISSUES
    • NURSING HOME ISSUES
    • HOSPITAL
    • WORK ENVIRONMENT
    • TRANSPORTATION
    • FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION FROM:
  • FAMILY AND FRIENDS
  • CARE GIVERS
  • GUARDIANS
  • SERVICE PROVIDERS

POLICIES , ISSUES AND LAWS WHICH WE SUPPORT

    • THE RIGHT OF A PERSON TO CHOOSE LIVING SETTINGS.
    • THE RIGHT OF A PERSON TO CHOOSE TO A PERSONAL CARE ATTENDANT .
    • RIGHT OF A PERSON TO CHOOSE ANY TREATMENT AND MEDICATION.
    • FOSTER THE EMPLOYMENT AND PROMOTION OF PERSONS' WITH DISABILITIES.
    • CHANGE EXTENDED CARE INSURANCE TO INCLUDE LIVING IN ONES OWN HOME
  •  PROMOTE THE FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF ADA --- ADA ON TRIALAFTER 25 YEARS

o    BUSINESSES DOING WITH THE PUBLIC MUST COMPLY WITH THE ADA ACT

o    COURTS MUST DECIDE IN FAVOR OF THE ADAEVEN IF BUSINESSES CAN'T AFFORD MODIFICATIONS

o    APPLY CODP TEST; IF ABLE BODIED PERSONS HAVE AN ENTRANCE INTO A PUBLIC BUSINESS, THE ENTRANCE MUST COMPLY WITH ADA STANDARDS.

o    ACCESSIBLE EMPLOYMENT AND TRANSPORTATION FOR PERSONS' WITH DISABILITIES AND THE ELDERLY

  • SUPPORT AND UPHOLD THE INTEGRATION OF AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES INTO THE WORKFORCE THROUGH SWIFT IMPLEMENTATION OF THE TICKET TO WORK AND WORK INCENTIVES IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 1999 (TWWIIA)

o    NO-LOSS BENEFITS FOR EMPLOYABLE RIGHT TO WORK PERSONS

o    MEDICAID BUY-IN PROGRAM --- FAIR BUY-IN FOR LOW AND MIDDLE CLASS.

o    UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE


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