Gov. Bruce Rauner and all the legislators should support self-advocates with developmental disabilities in learning about their choices and helping make those choices happen.
Choice is vital to self-advocacy. People with developmental and other disabilities have the right to choose where and how they want to live. Some people choose to live in an apartment and have staff help them to be independent. Other people choose to work in the community at a restaurant. Some people choose to have a pet or to live closer to family and friends. Every person is different, but all people want to live a good life doing what they want where they want.
Five years ago, the Alliance began as a scattered group of self-advocates with developmental and other disabilities around Illinois. We have grown into an organization of 19 groups with more than 300 members and an outreach to hundreds more. Alliance groups and allies work together to make life better in our communities and to make services better in our state.
The Alliance supports people with developmental or other disabilities in Illinois choosing how they want to live. We expect Rauner and all the legislators to do the same.
Adam Cooper, President
The Alliance Board of Directors