Town Hall | ‘Now is the time to finally make humane treatment of our citizens with developmental disabilities a priority’

May 25, 2021

I write today on behalf of my 32-year-old son, Daniel, and thousands of Illinois citizens with developmental disabilities who continue to face a housing and staffing crisis.

Dan has autism, is non-verbal and requires 24/7 supports. He is loving, funny and helpful. He’s a terrific son who “keeps us on our toes” and is an essential part of our family.

Dan is fortunate to live for just over six years in a small group home near us in Champaign — one that could be forced to close because of inadequate state funding. We are very grateful to the agency that committed to opening a home for Dan here in Champaign.