- Legislative Advocacy Services
- JACIL provides legislative advocacy
services through an array of services that includes:
- Providing educational workshops
and individualized trainings covering the various levels and
organization of governments and policy makers and identify how
laws come to be.
- Supporting “People First
Aktion Club” which is a Kiwanis sponsored group of citizens
with disabilities who give back to their community through civic
involvement and advocating for policies that impact the lives
of people with disabilities
- Coordinating efforts for citizens
with disabilities to participate in statewide disability rights
conferences and legislative rallies.
- Conducting activities that emphasize
the significance and impact of disability rights laws to citizens
- Voter Advocacy Services
- JACIL provides voter advocacy
services to people with disabilities through an array of services
- Working with election offcials
in JACIL’s service area to ensure electoral system compliance
with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) & Help America
Vote Act (HAVA) laws.
- Scheduling and providing educational
training on changes in voting laws and equipment.
- Helping people with disabilities
overcome any obstacles to voting.
- Conducting voter awareness campaigns
that encourage people with disabilities to vote on a regular
- The Sleeping Giants of Illinois
- Approximately 25% of people
18 years and older living in JACIL’s service area have a
disability----one of the largest minority groups in the United
- However, based on the 2000 Census,
only about 7% of people with disabilities vote on a regular basis.
- Because people with disabilities
tend to be disenfranchised from the electoral and political processes
of Illinois, people with disabilities have been called ”the
sleeping giants of Illinois politics."
- Click these links for
- information for our
- Deputy Registrar
Morgan & Mason Counties
- JACIL has Deputy Registrars
- available to help people
- the voter registration
- of voting address procedures.
- They are also available
- help answer questions
- the voting process.
- Since the 2004 General
Election, JACIL has participated in a statewide initiative called
the Illinois Disability (I’D) Vote Project which promotes
voters with disabilities participating in elections.
- Over the past several years,
JACIL staff and volunteers have made over 800 contacts encouraging
people with disabilities to register and vote.
- Election statistics indicate
the I’D Vote campaign has made an impact, through increased
voter participation, in all four counties within JACIL’
s service area.