Center works with people with disabilities as peers and empowers them
independent, productive lives within society while building their
dignity, self-sufficiency and self-confidence. Progress Center helps
with disabilities to develop as leaders in the community. Progress
Center has a
reputation for working closely with individual consumers to help them
achieve their self-determined goals.
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so that we can continue this important work even during the ongoing
budget crisis in Illinois.
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representatives and state senators. They can pass laws that protect
your CIVIL RIGHTS and they will decide funding for disability and
independent living programs.
If you are not registered to vote, please make every effort to do so.
One of the ways is through visiting us at Progress Center for
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What is Progress Center
for Independent Living?
Progress Center is a:
service and advocacy
for people with
by people with
Our current Mission
Living is a non-profit, non-residential, consumer controlled disability
rights organization serving suburban Cook County,
As a part of the disability rights movement, ProgressCenter’s
mission is to build a society in which people with disabilities shall
have the same freedoms, rights, and civil liberties as everyone else.
We directly assist individuals with all types of disabilities and a
wide range of accommodation needs to achieve their self-determined
goals. We also engage in social justice advocacy for the rights of
people with disabilities on the local, state and national levels.
... is a way of life that includes values, attitudes and behaviors.
... embraces a philosophy that the person, regardless of their
disability, has the potential to exercise individual self-determination.
... is having the right and the opportunity to pursue a course of
action. And, it is having the freedom to fail -and to learn from one's
failures, just as nondisabled people do.
... "means that we demand the same choices and control in our every-day
lives that non-disabled brothers and sisters, neighbors and friends
take for granted. We want to grow up in our families, go to the
neighborhood school, use the same bus as our neighbors, work in jobs
that are in line with our education and abilities, start families of
our own. Just as everybody else, we need to be in charge of our lives,
think and speak for ourselves." (A. Ratzka http://www.independentliving.org/
Ten Principles of
Civil Rights - equal
rights and opportunities for all; no
segregation by disability type or stereotype.
Consumerism - a person
("consumer" or "customer") using or
buying a service or product decides what is best for him/herself.
- no person should be
institutionalized (formally by a building, program, or family) on the
basis of a disability.
individuals with disabilities are not
"sick", as prescribed by the assumptions of the medical model and do
not require help from certified medical professionals for daily living.
Self-help - people
learn and grow from discussing their
needs, concerns, and issues with people who have had similar
experiences; "professionals" are not the source of help provided.
Advocacy - systemic,
systematic, long-term, and
community-wide change activities are needed to ensure that people with
disabilities benefit from all that society has to offer.
Barrier-removal - in
order for civil rights, consumerism,
de-institutionalization, de-medicalization, and self-help to occur,
architectural, communication and attitudinal barriers must be removed.
Consumer control - the
organizations best suited to support
and assist individuals with disabilities are governed, managed, staffed
and operated by individuals with disabilities.
Peer role models -
leadership for independent living and
disability rights is vested in individuals with disabilities (not
parents, service providers or other representatives).
activities designed to achieve the first
five principles must be cross-disability in approach, meaning that the
work to be done must be carried out by people with different types of
disabilities for the benefit of all persons with disabilties. (Courtesy
of the Statewide
Living Council of Illinois)
Progress Center embraces
This term is used by people with disabilities to describe not only our
growing sense of a shared history of social oppression, but also our
strategies for coping and thriving, our emerging art and humor, our
sense of community, and an almost defiant celebration of our
differences. (adapted from C. Gill)
Progress CIL serves all
of suburban Cook County in Illinois.
This includes over 130 municipalities.
Hours of operation
Monday to Friday, from
9:00 am to 5:30 pm Central Time.
Services after hours, by appointment only.
Progress Center is
a scent free zone. Please refrain from wearing any scented products
including perfume, deodorant, laundry products, hair-sprays, etc.
Anyone wearing scent will be asked to leave.
Progress Center es un ambiente libre de aromas, por favor abstengase de
usar cualquier producto aromatico incluyendo perfumes, desodorantes,
productos para lavar ropa, aerosoles para el cabello, etc.
Cualquier persona usando estos productos se le pedira avandonar el
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