This is going to be a big week in the Capitol and this message drives home the
importance of funding community supports/services.
The disability community realizes that Illinois faces major financial challenges in
the years ahead, and we are optimistic about its future. While Gov. Bruce Rauner
recently outlined his blueprint for significant change to state government, a key,
missing component is how to address the more than 22,000 people with
disabilities on a waiting list for much-needed supports and services and how we
are going to ensure that they are not left behind as the state struggles to get its
fiscal house in order.
Ensuring that people with disabilities have the same opportunities, choices and
resources as the rest of society should be high on the list of priorities. We are
talking about people with a range of intellectual and developmental disabilities —
men, women and children proudly trying to fit in and reach their maximum
potential, despite the barriers in their path.
We encourage the governor and his team to make employment opportunities for
people with disabilities a priority in addition to providing resources to help them
live safe, happy and prosperous lives in a community of their choice.
— Tony Paulauski, The Arc of Illinois, Frankfort
Tony Paulauski Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois
20901 S. LaGrange Rd. Suite 209
Frankfort, IL 60423