Chris Kennedy believes in equal rights and equal access for people with disabilities, whether the disability is physical, intellectual, or neurological. When it comes to care and support for people with a disability, Illinois is home to three of the world’s most important institutions: Access Living, a global thought leader in disability rights and independent living; the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, the world’s most important hospital for physical rehabilitation; and the Special Olympics, which Chris’ aunt Eunice Kennedy Shriver founded right here in Illinois in 1968.
Working to better the lives of people with developmental disabilities was a call to action for the Kennedy family. Chris wants to carry on that legacy. As governor, Chris would protect and defend public programs and funds that eliminate barriers for people with disabilities, such as financial support for personal aides and paraprofessionals in our schools, programs that create workforce opportunities for the disabled, and critical healthcare funding streams like Medicaid, which provides affordable health care for people with pre-existing conditions.