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Equip for Equality

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Overview

We administer the federally mandated Protection & Advocacy System for the state of Illinois. State Protection & Advocacy Systems serve as a legal advocate for people with disabilities and as an independent watchdog. To carry out our responsibilities under federal law, we are granted broad, federal statutory powers. Established in 1985, Equip for Equality is a nationally recognized, private, not-for-profit organization Promotes self-advocacy and serves as a legal advocate for people with disabilities, and handles individual cases and systems-change litigation to achieve broad-based societal reforms. Independently monitors public and private institutions and programs serving people with disabilities.Serves as a watchdog over the government, business and not-for-profit sectors.Advocates through public policy and legislative activities to give people greater choices in their lives and ensure their independence and inclusion in all aspects of community living.Empowers people and their families through our disability rights trainings, so they can advocate for themselves or othersServes as the federally mandated Protection & Advocacy System for the state of Illinois.