Another door is closing for disabled adults in Chicago

Leticia Rodriguez has followed pretty much the same routine for the last 45 years as a student and then adult client at Esperanza Community Services in West Town, getting picked up every weekday morning and dropped off every afternoon — the hours in between spent in programs aimed at helping her lead a fulfilling life.

That routine soon will come to a crashing halt when Leticia, 58, becomes one of 14 individuals with developmental disabilities to be dumped from the Esperanza program, which blames financial difficulties related to its state funding.

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