Illinois advocate for disability rights dies

10/14/2009 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Lester Pritchard, a prominent Illinois advocate for people with disabilities, died Monday at age 60. Pritchard, who had cerebral palsy, focused on improving housing options for people with disabilities and helped found Citizens for HOMES, which championed a law requiring all homes built with funding from the city of Urbana to be accessible to people with disabilities. "He had a very strong vision, that 'all' means 'all' for living in the community of your choice," said the executive director for the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities, of which Pritchard was chairman.

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