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Van Pelt and DHS expanding services for persons with disabilities

vanpelt 021020SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D- Chicago) is leading an initiative with the Department of Human Services that will expand eligibility for special education facilities.

The proposed legislation would allow people with an orthopedic or other physical disability to attend the Illinois Center for Rehabilitation and Education-Roosevelt. 

“As we become more knowledgeable about various kinds of disabilities, it is important to revise our policies so that they are as inclusive as need be,” Van Pelt said. “Our understanding has grown, so our legislation must be changed to address that.”

In addition to updating some terminology, the bill would also require school districts to inform eligible families about the services available to those who have been diagnosed with a physical disability or impairment, and increase the qualified age of a “student” from age 21 to age 22.

The legislation is Senate Bill 2996, and is pending further action from the Illinois Senate.

Sen. Patricia Van Pelt

 Senator Patricia Van Pelt

5th Legislative District

Years Served: 2013 - Present

Committee assignments: AAgriculture; Criminal Law; Energy and Public Utilities; Public Health (Chairperson); State Government; Oversight Medicaid Mang. Care, Spec; Subcommittee on CLEAR Compliance; Higher Education; Subcommittee on Prisons.

Biography: Born Nov. 12, 1957, in Chicago. Bachelor’s degree, Roosevelt University (1996); master’s degree, Spertus Institute (1996); doctorate, Capella University (2009); earned her CPA. Currently CEO of TARGET Area Development Corp. She has one child.

Associated Representatives:
Arthur Turner
Jawaharial Williams