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Progress Center 2018 Holiday Appeal

December 17, 2018 Dear Friends of Progress Center, In 2018, Progress Center celebrated 30 years of service in Suburban Cook County.  Since 1988, we have been providing people with disabilities with information, resources, and support that equip people with disabilities with the tools to be independent in their own homes and communities.  Like many years…

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Proposed Public Charge a threat to immigrants with disabilities

Proposed Public Charge a threat to immigrants with disabilities Progress Center for Independent Living opposes the new “Public Charge” rule proposed by the US Department of Homeland Security.  The rule change, if enacted, would be devastating to immigrants, including immigrants with disabilities. The new rule would discourage and prevent many disabled immigrants from entering the…

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On November 6- Get Out the Disability Vote!

On November 6- Turn out the Disability Vote Progress Center for Independent Living is partnering with Indivisible Oak Park to ensure that voters have access to the polls on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, 2018. In you live in the near western suburbs of Cook County, and if you need transportation to the polls, contact…


Illinois communities mourn the loss of advocate and leader Ann Ford

Recently, the Illinois disability community received the news about the passing of Ann Ford, a former Executive Director of the Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living and a long time friend to, and leader within the community. Progress Center mourns her loss and sends our sympathy to friends, families and former colleagues.  Below is…

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New Youth Transition Program

Progress Center for Independent Living is excited to announce A New Youth Transition Program The Youth Transition Program will equip young people with disabilities with independent living and job readiness skills. If you are a young person, disabled, and enrolled in an academic program, Progress Center invites you to sign up for a new program…

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Volunteers Needed for Research Study

“Do Peer Health Navigators help people with disabilities get better health care?” The Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Access Living are seeking volunteers for a research study. To qualify for the study, participants must be:  a person with a physical disability, receive healthcare through Medicaid, be at least 21…

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Disability Rights and the Supreme Court

  Thank you to Access Living, the Center for Independent Living that serves Chicago, Illinois. Access Living published an Action Alert on August 13, asking members of the community to take action against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. Below is information taken from the Access Living Action Alert. The information…

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Statement from Progress Center for Independent Living on the 28th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Statement from Progress Center for Independent Living on the 28th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act As Progress Center for Independent Living celebrates the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, 2018, we applaud the members of the disability community who advocated fearlessly to pass the law, which was…

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Register to Vote at the Arlington Heights Public Library

  The week of July 16 is the third – annual National Disability Voter Registration Week.  The week is coordinated by REV UP to increase the political power of people with disabilities while engaging candidates and the media to recognize the disability community.  REV UP stands for Register Educate Vote!  Use your Power!  The League…

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