They Deserve More

Apr 28, 2017 by


April 28, 2017

 The Institute is part of a coalition of statewide membership groups working to address the direct support workforce crisis in Illinois that is having a critical impact on people with disabilities receiving community services.  HB2960 and SB955 would raise wages of direct support staff so that community agencies can recruit and retain a stable workforce to support people with disabilities.  The General Assembly passed this legislation last year but it was vetoed by Governor Rauner.  Our advocacy campaign is focusing on developing strong support for these bills within the General Assembly, as well as lobbying the Governor’s office.

The coalition is partnering with a public relations firm to develop a media strategy that will have maximum impact.  Below are links to and/or details on elements of this strategy.

  1. Institute members will receive campaign postcards addressed to Governor Rauner along with instructions for dissemination and suggested messages via USPS early next week. Please share with staff, people receiving services and families and assure that these are mailed to the Governor during the next few weeks. (Note – other organizations receiving this information should contact the Institute if interested in receiving postcards).
  2. Use this link to access the to the campaign fact sheet that inform legislators, families and supporters about the urgency of the DSP workforce crisis. They Deserve More Fact Sheet
  3. Two sign options are available that can be transferred to posters, door signs, car window flyers, etc. They Deserve More Flyer      They_Deserve_More_8_5x11_Option_2
  4. Direct supporters to the below website to learn more about the critical role direct support staff play in the lives of people with disabilities and the impact the workforce crisis is having across Illinois.
  5. Use this link to obtain contact information for your Illinois State Representative, Senator and Governor Rauner to make your voice heard. Find My Legislator

Please share this summary and information with everyone connected to your organization that is concerned about the wellbeing of people you support.  We need to make sure that people with disabilities are not forgotten during this legislative session and in the event the State actually develops a budget.  First-hand accounts and advocacy by people who receive services, families and direct support staff is the most compelling message to legislators and the Governor.


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