An enthusiastic crowd of over 150 people attended the annual meeting of the Progress Center for Independent Living one recent Saturday afternoon at the Mohr Community Center. Celebrating the Forest Park-based, non-profit organization’s 20th anniversary, the annual party served as an opportunity to share information, promote advocacy, and empower people with disabilities.

Consumers of the Progress Center, who seek services through the organization, visited several booths offering information on voter registration and rights, paratransit information, and the West Suburban Access News Association, which provides information about programs and services for persons with disabilities.

Community organizer Sam Knight reminded consumers about the “I’d Vote” initiative, encouraging people with disabilities to register and vote in this year’s election. “The best way to advocate the rights of people with disabilities is through elected officials,” Knight said. “And the only way legislation can be changed is if we are registered voters.”

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