Make a Difference for Persons with Disabilities. Become a Human Rights Authority Member.


Cause Areas


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Northern Cook County, McHenry County,Lake County, Kane County, andDuPage CountyDes Plaines, IL 60016


The Human Rights Authority is a division of the Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission that is statutorily empowered to investigate alleged violations of the rights of persons with disabilities, including persons with behavioral health needs, cognitive disabilities, physical disabilities and older individuals with disabilities. There are nine Authorities throughout the state and separated according to geographic regions. The membership of each Authority consists of nine volunteers. Three of these, by statute, are providers of disability services, one each from the areas of mental health, developmental disability services and rehabilitation/vocational services. The remaining six members are service consumers, family members of consumers or concerned citizens interested in advocating for disability rights. Members attend monthly meetings and serve on investigative teams. For further information, contact Teresa Parks at 309-671-3030 or Julie Sass at 847-294-4264. The Human Rights Authority has improved disability rights protections for thousands of individuals. Join us today!


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Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 to 4 hours per month
  • Application and appointment process required

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