Independent Voices, an Access Living Community Organizing Group, is for people who have escaped from nursing homes or who advocate for the right of people with disabilities to live in the community. At the monthly meeting on August 5, Independent Voices will host the "Defending Human Services" Town Hall Meeting. Through panels (consumer, allie, provider, State Legislator) and break out discussion groups, the Town Hall will address issues from mental health and budget cuts, to employment and food security. The goal of the Town Hall is to develop action items designed to protect and build the network of community supports for people across Illinois.
The Town Hall is firstname.lastname@example.org in the Fourth Floor Event Space at Access Living. For questions and more information, contact Tom Wilson at t
Address: 115 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: (312) 640-2100
Also on the subject of community living, check out this story from Mike Ervin in the Progressive Magazine. Ervin, a disability advocate and writers, shares the story of Norma Robertson. Robertson acquired a disability, was forced into a nursing home, then eventually transitioned into the community, and now helps other people escape from nursing homes through her work with a Center for Independent Living in Pennsylvania.