LIFE CIL Celebrates 30 Years Of Helping People With Disabilities | WGLT

LIFE CIL Celebrates 30 Years Of Helping People With Disabilities

Nov 18, 2015

Prior to the ADA and advocacy efforts by groups like LIFE CIL, people with disabilities were forced to navigate curbs like this.
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Within a four county region that includes McLean, Livingston, Ford and DeWitt counties, Life Centers for Independent Living helps thousands of people with disabilities obtain work and live on their own. LIFE CIL, as it's often called, recently signed an agreement with Connect Transit to help screen riders with disabilities to help determine the best transportation option. On Thursday (11/19), LIFE CIL celebrates 30 years of community service. The celebration coincides with the 25th anniversary of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. GLT's Judy Valente takes a look back -- and forward -- with LIFE CIL's executive director Gail Kear.

One of the nation's leading advocates for people with disabilities, Marca Bristo, the head of Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago, will give the keynote address at the Life Center's 30th anniversary celebration at Second Presbyterian Church's Grace Hall.