Advocacy on Community, State and Federal Issues

Throughout its history, IMPACT CIL has been at the forefront of disability rights advocacy and has been a pioneer on key issues impacting equity, opportunity and inclusion for people with significant disabilities at the local, state and national levels. From helping shape the Federal Rehabilitation Act and Americans with Disabilities Act, to providing testimony and legislative advocacy in every landmark case that has established the right of children with disabilities to a free and appropriate education, or the right of adults to live and work in a setting of their choice, IMPACT has led grassroots efforts, held national policy discussions and united advocates to create change. IMPACT ensures people with disabilities are considered when issues are addressed.

IMPACT’s goals are to reduce barriers in legislation, accessibility, programs and attitudinal barriers to increase full participation in the community life.

If you would like to know more about specific advocacy efforts and issues that IMPACT is involved in or any of these current issues, don’t hesitate to contact us for more information or get involved.

Here is a list of advocacy issues to TAKE ACTION!


End the Budget crisis NOW, Choose Revenue

We need your help to contact your representatives and Governor Bruce Rauner’s office to urge to choose revenue to end the budget crisis that has already affecting IMPACT CIL (one of the 21 centers for independent living) in Illinois. The people with disabilities will lose vital services without a budget for essential programs and services, assistive technologies, support groups, and a sense of freedom.

CLICK to email the Governor and your lawmakers to tell them to CHOOSE REVENUE because Illinois families need a year-long fully funded budget NOW.



Who are the people in the DON score “danger zone”? Is it you? And what can you do to help stop the DON score change?

 DON stands for the Determination of Need assessment tool, which is a test that state workers and contractors use to decide if people are qualified for a) the Home Services Program (HSP), b) the Community Care Program (CCP) and c) nursing facilities. You can score between 0 and 100 on the DON, with higher scores meaning you need more help, and lower scores meaning you need less help. To get into HSP, CCP or a nursing facility, you need a minimum score of 29.

And yet for many months, the State of Illinois has been focused on trying to change the DON minimum of 29 to a minimum of 37, which would cut off one out of every three (3) people from HSP, and about half the people in CCP. That’s about 10,000 HSP users statewide and 39,000 CCP users statewide. If the State changes the DON, these folks would have NO in home services.

Please CLICK on this quick and easy link to send an email to the State to say that you oppose the DON score change.  We urge that you take the time to personalize your email, by telling your story about why home services are so important to you or people you know.