Members of the Progress Center Community holding a banner that reads "Progress Center for Independent Living" at the Disability Pride Parade in Chicago.

Community mourns the loss of Disability Rights Champion Judith Heumann

Statement from Progress Center Executive Director Horacio Esparza on Judith Heumann English Language Statement Judy Heumann, Your unexpected departure left me inert, exhausted, without being able to articulate words for more than twenty-four hours, without knowing what to say about all that I can say about you… about how great you were; of everything great…

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Humanize Long Term Care: Take Action to support IRRC Legislation

Here is information from the Institutional Rescue and Recovery Coalition. The coalition is in Springfield, Illinois this week, pushing three pieces of legislation in support people with disabilities in Illinois who need community-based supports and who need support getting out of long-term care facilities. From the Coalition: The disability-led Institutional Rescue and Recovery Coalition developed…

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Public Comment Submitted to the National Council on Disability — “Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on People with Disabilities and Underlying Medical Conditions: Challenging and Addressing the Failures of the CDC’s Current COVID-19 Guidelines.”

Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on People with Disabilities The National Council on Disability (NCD) hosted a Quarterly Meeting on December 8, 2022.  Kira Meskin, a Progress Center Community Reintegration Advocate, along with two others, submitted public comment to NCD for its quarterly meeting. The comments were accepted and incorporated into the record of the National…

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The Ending of the Public Health Emergency — May 11, 2023

This week, President Biden announced that the National Public Health Emergency connected to the Covid-19 Pandemic would end in the spring. The date for the end of the emergency is set as May 11, 2023.  Governor JB Pritzker of Illinois made a similar announcement. The end of the Public Health Emergency will impact millions of…

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The Larry Biondi Fellowship for Radical Thought & Action

Please consider a Year-End Donation to the Larry Biondi Fellowship for Radical Thought & Action Progress Center, in partnership with Chicago ADAPT, proudly announces the Larry Biondi Fellowship’s inaugural fundraising drive. We are setting an ambitious goal of $20,000 to underwrite the stipends and expenses of three Fellowship recipients in the 2023-24 class. The Larry…

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Progress Center presents Part Four of a Financial Wellness Course– Protecting your Identity and Banking Join Progress Center’s Esther Sanders (Protecting Your Identity), and Fernando Rivera, Vice President & Retail Banking Manager for Forest Park Bank (Money and Banking), on Tuesday, September 20 for a presentation about identity protection and banking. This presentation is part…

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The Larry Biondi Legislative Training — Starts October 4, 2022

THE LARRY BIONDI LEGISLATIVE TRAINING Progress Center for Independent Living invites you to an online Legislative Training starting in October of 2022 Learn how to make a difference in the Legislative process Learn how to share your opinions and make your vote count Get first-hand knowledge of government policies straight from your local and state…

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Progress Center presents A Presentation on IL Able Accounts Join Progress Center and Stephanie Kanter, Deputy Director of IL ABLE at the State of Illinois Treasurer’s Office, on Tuesday, September 13 for a presentation about IL ABLE Accounts.  This presentation is part of a five-week Financial Wellness Course. This specific presentation is open to all…

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The 32nd Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act — Statement in English and Spanish

July 26, 2022 Disability Community Celebrates the Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act On July 26, 1990, in a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, President George HW Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act, comprehensive Civil Rights Legislation protecting the disabled against discrimination in employment, government services, public…