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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.

PACE has had a makeover


The next time you come in to your Center for Independent Living we hope you will be happy with the new look.   We sometimes forget to look around when we get so busy with important issues and needs but we stood back and said it is time to update our look.  After wallpaper removal, sanding and painting we chose carpet and cabinets for the mini kitchen.   The colors are BRIGHT so be ready.   Never fear the conference room is mellow.    We still need finishing touches and I have a surprise to bring in an outdoors look to our, alas, windowless office.  Once it is ready we will announce an open house.  We are however open for business and you can get a look anytime.

Accepting Silent Auction Items

We are gearing up for a great ADA Celebration on Saturday August 4th.  You can help with this fundraising event by donating an item for the bids.   It needs to be new or very nice collectible.  We also take things our supporters make like jewelry, pottery, quilts  etc. Call PACE and ask for Kerrie or Sharon  if you need the item picked up.  Thanks!

Low Vision Center is Closing

PACE legislative Tree ALERT
Carle Low Vision Center is closing May 31st.  Champaign-Urbana and the surrounding communities are losing a valuable service.  The closest low vision clinics to PACE consumers will be in Pontiac and Effingham.  This means that many people with visual impairments will not have access to a low vision exams.  Please contact Carle Foundation Hospital CEO, James Leonard, and voice your opinion of  Carle’s decision to close the Low Vision Center.  If you received an exam at the clinic, let him know what it meant to you.  Several people who started the East Central IL Low Vision Support Group, that meets at PACE, were also instrumental with opening the Carle Low Vision Center.  Call Dr. Leonard at 383-3003 or write him at Carle Foundation Hospital, 611 W. Park, Urbana, IL 61801.  Perhaps Carle will reconsider the decision if the community voices our concerns.

Victoria Raistrick, M.Ed..Visual Impairment Services Coordinator

Wheelathon Fun Despite Rain

Though it is the second rainy Wheelathon in a row our backup inside Parkland College route was still busy. Our Co sponsor Club ACCESS put together a challenging route. This year we had prizes, a trophy, magician Christopher Bontjes, balloon animals by our own magic man Bob Kirby, face painting, temporary tattoos, “Did you know?” disability fact signs, free pizza, T-shirts and many new faces.

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Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program


The Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program is designed to improve the quality of life for people with arthritis using Sun style Tai Chi, one of the recognized major styles of Tai Chi. This style includes agile steps and exercises that may improve mobility, breathing and relaxation.  No deep bending or squatting is required.

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