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

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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.

Youth Transition

Ask Us About Teen Nights!!

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

Consumer Control in Personal Support

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

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.

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.




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POSITION AVAILABLE

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

COALITION OF CITIZENS WITH DISABILITIES IN ILLINOIS

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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