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To support and encourage people with developmental disabilities to lead the lives they choose.

Avenues to Independence is a non-profit, charitable organization, providing residential, vocational and daily living support in a wide variety of programs for adults with autism, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome and other physical, intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

On July 1, Governor Quinn announced details of the FY 2011 State Budget.

Because of the Illinois fiscal crisis, on July 1st, the state will eliminate funding for 24 individuals with disabilities living at Avenues.

In addition, llinois will increase its payment cycle, delaying FY10 payments another 6 months to December 31, 2010. Currently Avenues to Independence is owed $1,400,000 for services dating back to November, 2009.

Statewide, millions of dollars are owed to Human Service providers. Given our state's current fiscal situation, many will not survive much longer.

Over the past 8 years, Illinois has underfunded important Human Service programs by $4.4 Billion Dollars. Many more will be in jeopardy of a loss of services if the state continues its payment delays.

Contact Governor Quinn and the Legislative Leadership. Tell them to pay their bills, stop using people with disabilities as pawns in their budget setting processes and provide the funding needed to fix Illinois' finances for the long term.
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