Cover page image of the 2020 Spring Progress Center Newsletter. Image includes cover story on 2020 Census

Progress For All — The Progress Center Newsletter: Spring 2020

Linked to this page, please find the latest issue of the Progress Center Newsletter — Progress For All.  This issue features: Information about the 2020 Census The latest installment of the Institution Chronicles News about the Public Charge A Consumer Interview Images from the 2019 Liberty Gala Information about threats to Social Security and more.…

Two friends smiling together in a parking lot. The young man driving is an amputee.

The 2020 Census and the Disability Community

The 2020 Census and the Disability Community Above Photo:  Two friends smiling together in a parking lot. The young man driving is disabled. Photo credit: Kali9.  Photo from Getty Images The Disability Collection This year, 2020, is a Census year in the United States. The Census is a count of how many people live in…

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Happy Holidays — Progress Center Holiday Hours

Happy Holidays from Progress Center. Progress Center wishes all a safe and joyous season and New Year. Thank you to all in the community for your support and participation in 2019. Progress Center will be closed in recognition of the holidays.  The Progress Center office in Forest Park and Blue Island will be closed between…

Three Progress Center supporters holding the Progress Center Banner at the Disability Pride Parade

Housing Waiting List to Open on November 26 at 10 a.m.

People with disabilities in search of affordable, accessible housing are encouraged to register for a Housing Waiting List that will open on November 26.  The Housing Authority of Cook County Waiting List will open on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 10 a.m.  The units attached to this waiting list will be available in early December. …

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Support Progress Center with year end gift

Happy Holidays from Progress Center. Thank you for your support to make the 2019 a fabulous year.  We look forward to continuing our work in 2020, offering programs and resources that equip people with disabilities to be independent in integrated, inclusive communities. If you would like to make a year-end contribution to support our work,…

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Illinois Institute of Technology Project on Accessible Transportation

HOW MIGHT WE… make public transit more equitable for people with disabilities in the Chicago area? hello! it’s nice to meet you… We are a group of graduate students from IIT’s Institute of Design in Bronzeville. We have come to learn about the many challenges that people with disabilities face with accessing public transportation of…

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Join Progress Center and PACE on November 12 Join PACE Executive Director Rocky Donahue and Progress Center on November 12 for a Paratransit Town Hall Meeting.  The meeting will include a presentation from PACE about new technology designed to improve service, and time for statements and questions from paratransit customers. When:  Thursday, November 12 Time: …

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The 2019 Liberty Gala — Thursday, October 24, 2019

Progress Center for Independent Living is holding our 2019 Liberty Gala on Thursday, October 24, 2019. The celebration will be at the Elmcrest Banquet Hall in Elmwood Park, Illinois. We invite you to join us. For more than 30 years, Progress Center has provided people with disabilities with the tools and resources to be independent in their…

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WHAT NOW? A Transportation Workshop Transportation is key to the independence of people with disabilities.  When there are problems with your ride, the transit agency needs to learn what happened.  This workshop is designed to equip participants with the resources and motivation to follow up with Paratransit Agencies and other transportation agencies when something about…