PACE promotes the full participation of people with
disabilities in the rights and responsibilities of society.
PACE is an organization run by and for people who have disabilities. Our board of directors must be made up of 51% persons with disabilities, to insure our services are designed by people who have disability experience and understand what our services need to be to meet similar needs. PACE is one of over 600 Centers for Independent Living in the country, 22 in Illinois. We serve 5 Illinois counties; Douglas, Edgar, Piatt, Champaign and Vermilion. Our services support the efforts of people who have disabilities to achieve or maintain their independence.
This year, PACE launched our Fast Track Program, and we are off and rolling. This program is available to youth 14 through 21 who are enrolled in an educational program. This program works to assist youth in moving from High School to college or career.
Consumers work on a host of customized topics focused on becoming ready for whatever the next stage of life brings. Whether it’s learning resume writing, doing career planning, learning Independent Living skills such time management, or looking at different colleges/trade schools, this program is customized to assist youth in achieving their goals
Peer Support Worker Program
PACE is launching a Peer Support Worker program to assist individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities, as well as their families and support systems
to find people ready to work as Personal Support Workers. We do this by getting to know what the consumer wants/needs from a Personal Support Worker, and then matching them up the people who have completed a Personal Support Worker Orientation. The goal is to assist people in finding long-term Personal Support Workers, by linking both halves of the relationship through an organization which supports independence and focus on empowering the person with the disability.
History of the Independent Living Movement
There are many key moments and pivotal individuals who shaped the disability movement, grew the Independent Living Movement, and helped to cement the Independependent Living Philosophy.
Throughout the halls of PACE’s offices are pictures of the moments and individuals which have pushed disability rights to where they are today.
Stop on by the office. and take a tour–We would love to bring the movement to life for you.