PACE promotes the full participation of people with
disabilities in the rights and responsibilities of society.

Man with hero mask facepainting with his hands in I Love You signs.
Sign Language Class

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.

Healthcare Fight

There is another battle over the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicaid, and basic healthcare for persons with disabilities. It is important for everyone to be informed, and get involved. At the following link, you will find more information about the bill, it’s status, and ways to get involved. Please read the information, and contact your elected officials!!

Click here for more information on the Healthcare Fight!!


Changes afoot at PACE

Person crawling up the stairs of the United States Capitol due to lack of wheelchair accessibility.

This is a picture of the Capitol Crawl–A protest when persons who couldn’t access the U.S Capitol due to lack of wheelchair access crawled up the stairs to protest the lack of access.

When you drop by our office you will be noticing some changes…

The history of the disability movement is displayed at PACE: We have pictures spanning the last century of disability history, and want you to come by and connect with the Independent Living movement.

We have a brand new room for the amplified phones, and this room will soon be the home of hi-tech equipment geared at the blind and visually impaired, as well as those with reading disabilities.

Soon, we will also have a dedicated room for Deaf consumers to make videophone calls in private.








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The Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities in Illinois (CCDI) is responsible for providing the leadership, education, information, and planning required to support grassroots organizing efforts in Illinois.   CCDI also hosts an annual meeting and carries out other projects as directed by the Board. The Executive Director is accountable to the CCDI Board of Directors and is responsible for administration and coordination of all of the organization’s activities. He/she communicates with partner organizations and with Illinois officials and legislators regarding the rights of Illinois residents with disabilities.

Qualifications: Personal experience with disability and commitment to the Independent Living philosophy and advocacy for the rights of persons with disabilities very important. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent disability rights/independent living experience plus at least three years administrative experience required. The successful candidate will have strong communication skills, a demonstrated history of leadership, and knowledge of not-for-profit guidelines.

To apply, send cover letter, resume and names and phone numbers of at least three professional references by March 29, 2013. Applications may be sent electronically in Microsoft Word to the Search Committee to: scil@scil.org.   Applications may also be delivered or mailed (postmarked no later than March 29, 2013) to:

Search Committee

Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities in Illinois

3 West Old State Capitol Plaza

Suite 1

Springfield, IL 62701

No phone calls please

PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, MINORITIES AND VETERANS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.   CCDI is committed to a diverse workforce through affirmative action and equal opportunity. Accommodations available upon request for interview.

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