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Tuesday, July 8, 2014
2:30 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Progress Center in Forest Park

7521 Madison Street, Forest Park, IL 60130

If you have experienced problems in hospitals, doctors' offices, dental clinics and eye care clinics such as:

  • Examined while in your wheelchair
  • Exam rooms too small to move around in
  • Exam tables or exam chairs are too high and can't be lowered, or you are told to bring someone to lift you to access medical equipment
  • Long waits or refusal of service because of your disability
  • Important information not given to you in an accessible format
  • No qualified sign language interpreter at appointments. 
  • No service animals allowed 
Attend this workshop and learn about your legal rights, how to enforce your legal rights, healthcare professionals' legal obligations, and how to become your own patient advocate.
Space is limited, so please call 708-209-1500 treserve your spot.


Fall 2014

Learn to speak up – POLITICALLY – in Cook County

Do you have a disability?
Do you need services, accessible housing, affordable housing?
Do you know how to ask your politicians for help?
Do you want to learn to speak up politically?

Panal of three photos of... a person talking on the phone, a person writing a letter, a person extending their hand for a handshake.

We’ll show you how to speak up politically about YOUR issues:
How to call politicians, write them letters, meet with them.
Learn the political process – locally, state-wide, nationwide.

September 23 through December 2, 2014 (Tuesdays), from 2pm-4pm

Progress Center in Forest Park

7521 Madison Street, Forest Park, IL 60130

To sign up, call Larry Biondi at 708-209-1500

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September 18 through November 20, 2014 (Thursdays), from 3pm-5pm

Progress Center in Blue Island

12940 S. Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 60406

To sign up, call Marina Márquez at 708-388-5011

Having difficulty hearing on your telephone?

Come test the phones!

Speak to someone who can certify your application for a free telephone!

Bring the latest copy of your phone bill

and proof of residency (state ID, or

a piece of mail with your name and

address on it).


PCIL Main Office

7521 W. Madison St.

Forest Park, IL 60130



PCIL South Office

12940 S. Western Ave., 3rd Fl,

Blue Island, IL 60406


Parking and elevator at rear entrance of Moraine Valley Community College Satellite Office in Blue Island.  We are located on the 3rd floor. 

¿Tienes dificultad para escuchar el teléfono?

Ven a probar los teléfonos amplificados y consigue uno ¡gratis!

Tienes que tener una línea estándar de teléfono y traer tu recibo más reciente.

También debes ser residente del estado de Illinois y traer un comprobante (Identificación del estado, o un sobre que hallas recibido en el correo y que tenga tu nombre y dirección).

       Habrá una persona con la que podrás hablar y que certificará que tú tienes dificultad para escuchar y firmará tu solicitud para que obtengas un ¡Teléfono Amplificado Gratis!

PCIL Main Office

7521 W. Madison St.

Forest Park, IL 60130



PCIL South Office

12940 S. Western Ave., 3rd Fl,

Blue Island, IL 60406


El estacionamiento y la entrada están en la parte de atrás del Colegio Moraine Valley. Toma el elevador al tercer piso. 

Progress Center Newsletter!

The Progress Center newsletter is back! Check out the Newsletter page.

Join the Progress Center for Independent Living group on Facebook.  Updates with links to area disability news stories, upcoming PCIL events, and more.

Our Employment page has been updated.  Check it out for the latest positions still available.  

Americans with Disabilities Vote!

Voting is Power! It is important to vote for your state 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 Independent Living. Please bring two forms of identification and we can register you.

What is Progress Center for Independent Living?

Progress Center is a:

  • Community-based,
  • non-profit,
  • non residential,
  • service and advocacy organization,
  • operated
    • for people with disabilities
    • by people with disabilities.

Our current Mission Statement...

Progress Center for Independent Living is a non-profit, non-residential, consumer controlled disability rights organization serving suburban Cook County, Illinois. As a part of the disability rights movement, Progress Center’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.  

Independent Living...

... 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 )

Ten Principles of Independent Living

  • 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.
  • De-institutionalization - no person should be institutionalized (formally by a building, program, or family) on the basis of a disability.
  • De-medicalization - 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).
  • Cross-disability - 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 Independent Living Council of Illinois)

Progress Center embraces "Disability culture"

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)

On this site, you will find:

Who does what at our center.

The services offered at our center.

Some of our independent living manuals, brochures and past newsletters.

Advocacy efforts and alerts
Ongoing systems advocacy efforts, along with alert calling for immediate action.

A collection of some useful links.

Employment opportunities at PCIL
Current job openings at the center.

Contact Us
How to contact us

Service Area

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 lugar.

Last updated:  July 3, 2014

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