IMPRUVE                     

 


 

         WE WILL NOT BE SILENT                          
   Like an oak we bend, but do not break
IMPRUVE
   


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Volunteers Serve the Paratransit and Senior Populations

IMPRUVE relies on committed professionals, experienced and new volunteers to provide clerical services and outreach.  


 Research services are a great need of IMPRUVE

Advocacy and Activism

We do everything we can to ensure that riders of accessible vehicles such as paratransit, wheelchair taxis and non-emergency vehicles such as Medicars know their rights and become a voice for their transportation rights in Illinois and across the nation.



Voice for Tr
ansportation Rights


We do everything we can to ensure that riders of accessible vehicles such as paratransit, wheelchair taxis and non-emergency vehicles such as Medicars know their rights and become a voice for their transportation rights in Illinois and across the nation.  


IMPRUVE relies on donations from patrons  and dues from members as it is independently funded, mainly self-funded.  We do not receive government grants or large donations from private foundations. We rely on volunteers to help with our projects and a volunteer board of directors to oversee our mission, policy and values.


We are generally proactive instead of reactive, but do attend or sponsor actions to call to the public's attention any discrimination, bias or unequal treatment of those we serve, and will rally to stop protest abusive services on paratransit or in human services. 


We assist our members who are paratransit riders or refer them for help with certification of their paratransit, filing FTA (Federal Transit Administration) complaints, inquiries, and complaints with Pace customer service in Illinois on carrier violations of agreements or contracts.  We also refer them to their local human relations, state human rights department or Protection and Advocacy office..


We partner with wheelchair taxi drivers and providers, and Medicar providers to advocate for Congress to sponsor the Congressional Transit Summit on Paratransit, Wheelchair Taxis and Medicars. 


Congressman Janice Schakowsky (IL-9) has already agreed to co-sponsor.  One of our tasks is to get more Congressmen on board and to schedule a pre-Summit meeting to plan the agenda and dates with the Planning Committee established by Rep. Schakowsky.   Dr. Ayo Maat, CEO and President of IMPRUVE  coordinates the Planning Committee and works under the auspices of Chief of Staff Cathy Hurwit and Staff Aide Brian Laughlin for Rep. Schakowsky. 



We partner with or support the work of: 


Rider-Driver Alliance

NPPMA (National Paratransit People's Movement Assembly)

Green Think Tank for the Disability Community

AYLP (Advocacy, Youth, Leadership, Power)

ADAPT

Alliance for Community Services

NDLA (National Disability Leadership Alliance)

Independent Voices of the Disabled

Taskforce for Attendant Services

DAWNN (Disabled Advocates Want Work Now)

TASH

Power to the People

Not Dead Yet

Access Living (Chicago's Independent Living Center)

Progress Center for Independent Living

21st Century Classroom (Sy Bounds' digital classroom and video training center)

CDAA (Chicago Digital Access Alliance)

Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center

Ibeji Resource Center



Through these formal and informal partnerships on special projects related to human services, rallies or shared resources, and friendly relationships with various consumer advocates, drivers and providers across the nation, we seek toimprove transportation for persons who are disabled;. 


To this end, we document their needs; "put the human back in human services;" ensure that Information Technology is usable by the disability community and seniors; and provide green living tools for dining, health, housing, employment, financial services, and transportation. 


IMPRUVE uses the financial services of NorthSide Community Federal Credit Union, because it is green, disability-friendly and founded by 8 women who could not get big bank loans. NorthSide is federally insured and community-based. 


With a variety of offerings to choose from, we're sure you'll be happy working with us. Look around our website and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us.

We hope to see you again! Check back later for new updates to our website. There's much more to come!