Human Services

PERSONS ASSUMING CONTROL OF THEIR ENVIRONMENT INC (PACE, Inc. Center for Independent Living)

Promoting the full participation of people with disabilities in the rights and responsibilities of society.

aka PACE, Inc. Center for Independent Living

Urbana, IL

Mission

PACE offers services that assist persons with disabilities in achieving and /or maintaining their independence.  Our goal is the full participation in the rights and responsibilities of society.

Ruling Year

1986

Executive Director

Nancy McClellan-Hickey

Director of Programs

Mr. Jermaine Raymer

Main Address

PACE, Inc. Center for Independent Living 1317 E Florida Ave

Urbana, IL 61801 USA

Formerly Known As

Champaign-Urbana Center for Independent Living

Keywords

cross disability, advocacy, accessibility, skills training, peer counseling, community based services, accessibility, disability rights

EIN

37-1186225

 Number

2513165625

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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What we aim to solve

One thing people with disabilities have in common is that, in a world originally set up for an average person, they come up against barriers to their independence in the environment. The types of barriers are different. The deaf and blind run into different types of communication barriers, presented by print and voice. People who have mental health concerns run into attitudinal barriers, stigma. People who have mobility concerns run into structural barriers when jobs, events, education etc. are in inaccessible locations. Many people who have disabilities run into economic barriers due to unemployment, underemployment or medical costs. Services before CILs use to consider the disability as the "problem". Our philosophy is that the problem in not the disability but the environment not allowing for the difference. If the world had been set up with only the blind in mind it would be a different world. We might all be expected to read Braille. Who would be odd man out then?

Our programs

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Reintegration (from facility to community living)

Personal Assistance Program

Personal Support Workers

Visual Impairment North of 55 years

Fast Track Youth Transition

Access Alley - Assistive Technology for People who have Disabilities

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PACE Center for Independent Living is a cross-disability organization many of us are people with disabilities. We bring people with all types of disabilities together to claim the power of the largest minority and work together to take down barriers. By taking down barriers in the environment we increase independence. That enables people with disabilities to take part in the rights and responsibilities of society. Accessibility is the key to Independence. People with Disabilities (PWDs) will vote if they can get to and in the polls. PWDs typically want to work but the unemployment rate is higher than people who don't have disabilities. If PWDs are judged by their abilities and can get into the work place and communicate, they will work. PACE encourages opportunities for peers to speak with each other. There are things only a peer understands. No one knows better the needs of people who have disabilities than the people with disabilities themselves. We operate according to the Independent Living Philosophy that greatly values what we call "consumer control." It is applied in our organization in many different ways. That is why our organization is mandated to be made up of no less than 51% people with disabilities on our board and staff. PACE and other CILs have had consumer directed services since the early 70's. We facilitate, we don't case manage. The consumer is the person who determines and directs their plan, we serve as facilitators to provide information and referral , skills training, advocacy, peer counseling and transition services. All CILs offer those services, they are mandated. Beyond those services we have specialty programs; Deaf Services (facilitator is fluent in ASL), Visual Impairment North of 55 years, Personal Assistance and Personal Support Workers referral, Reintegration to community from Nursing facility, Youth transition from High School to secondary education or work. Advisory Groups are another way we apply consumer control. For each program we have an advisory of people who use the program. We may ask for their input on training, procedures, outreach etc. This is another way people who use the programs direct them. Another way we want to see consumer involvement is on decision making bodies of all sorts of organizations. A person who is blind on the Mass Transit Board can be sure riders with vision loss are considered in planning.

We teach people with disabilities their disability rights by making them aware of the laws that protect their rights as a pwd. We assist them in recognizing their needs and developing skills of presenting those needs to decision makers. We also teach where their rights end and what they cannot expect and are responsible for themselves. PACE provides services that support the efforts of people who have disabilities to live independently. We work to be sensitive to our own communities needs so the 22 centers of Illinois may provide different programs but all centers are mandated to provide 5 core services. 1. Information and Referral 2. Skills Training 3. Peer Counseling 4. Advocacy - systemic and individual 5. Transition (we provide Youth Transition from school to work and transition from nursing facility back to the community) We also have specialty programs for Assistive Technology through Access Alley, Visual Impairment North of 55 yrs. Personal Assistance, Personal Support workers for people with Developmental Disabilities, ASL Interpreter Referral Lists, Fast Track Youth Transition for pwd age 14 to 21 yrs. We have services for the Deaf delivered in their first language by a person fluent in ASL.

PACE has been providing services for 30 years. We have a well educated staff both educationally and personally with disability experience. We are knowledgeable of our area and the resources. We have a state network with 21 other Centers in Illinois and our Executive Director sits on that board. We live in a fairly accessible community and many PWDs have come to this community in order to attend the University of Illinois which is known for it's accessibility. Surrounding communities are less accessible but open to services when they are practical and address the needs of the community.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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