FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 9/4/17
Inclusion PAC Begins Fighting Against Institutionalization in Illinois
New Political Action Committee Formed for Illinois Citizens with Disabilities
Batavia, Illinois: A grassroots group of citizens has launched Inclusion PAC, a non-partisan political action committee thought to be the first PAC in Illinois designed to promote home and community living for citizens with disabilities.
Today, Illinois institutionalizes vast numbers of people with developmental, physical, behavioral, and age-related disabilities. Institutionalization removes people from their communities, families, and social networks that are vital for a healthy and fulfilling life.
Deb Hamilton, co-founder and treasurer of Inclusion PAC, says “Despite Illinois’ budgetary woes, we remain the fifth wealthiest state in the union. However, we rate 40th on spending for programs that support people in their homes and communities. Historically, institutions and nursing facilities have divorced people with disabilities from social networks that provide essential emotional and physical support. Inclusion PAC seeks to influence policymakers away from this dangerous model, and towards programs that bring citizens with disabilities back into their communities.”
Inclusion PAC seeks to elect and re-elect legislators who support inclusive living for Illinois citizens with disabilities. Inclusive living means that people with disabilities can choose to live in their own homes and/or their own communities, instead of being isolated in large institutions or nursing facilities situated away from home.
About Inclusion PAC: Inclusion PAC advocates for programs, policies, and funding which support inclusive living for all ages and types of disabilities.
Visit the Inclusion PAC website for more information (www.inclusionpac.org).
Contributed by the committee officers of Inclusion PAC.