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SCIL works with residents in its 5 county area to reduce barriers in legislation, accessibility, programs, and attitudinal barriers to increase full participation in community life. SCIL staff and self-advocates work on issues at the local, state and national levels to ensure people with disabilities are considered when issues are addressed.

Margaret Mead said it best when she said, "A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."


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"Alone we can do so little; together
we can do so much"  - Helen Keller

The need for strong voices will never end. Today we consider the DHS Budget and how possible cuts will affect individuals with disabilities. Tomorrow may bring a new issue and another call for individuals with disabilities to unite and advocate for independence and equality. We need strong advocates and individuals willing to share their stories. Interested: Please contact  SCIL: 217 523-2587 v/tty.




Legislative Advocacy

The Fiscal Year Budget in Illinois has not been approved.  Many changes have been proposed to reduce and/or eliminate funding to programs that provide services to individuals with disabilities. CIL’s throughout Illinois have united and worked diligently to educate our legislators and organize people with disabilities to share their stories and support these efforts!

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Advocacy on Community, State and Federal Issues