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USA: Victory for independent living in Illinois

Posted 19/6-11 at 16.00

On June 15th, a federal judge approved a settlement to a long-running civil case that will force the state of Illinois to begin moving hundreds of people with learning difficulties into more community-based homes and apartments of their choice.

The settlement in the case filed in 2005 will change the way the state now pays for their care. Rather than assigning dollars to institutions, the money would follow the individual to the housing of their choice.The aim is to bring Illinois into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, which requires that disabled people be allowed to live in the "most integrated setting" within their communities.

Under a consent decree supported by both the state will move at least 3,000 people into community-based settings within the next six years, expanding opportunities for those at home or in private institutions.





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