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Illinois budget crisis impacting center that serves people with disabilities

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The sign outside of IMPACT (Credit: KMOV) The sign outside of IMPACT (Credit: KMOV)

ALTON, Ill. (KMOV.com) – A center that serves people with disabilities is being forced to reduce their services by 20 percent due to the Illinois budget crisis.

IMPACT, a non-profit advocacy group aimed at making those with disabilities participating members of society, is being forced to reduce their services from five days a week to four.

“She is going to miss out on the opportunity, the only opportunity she has now to social with her peers, be amongst her people that she’s comfortable with and continue to grow in that way. To be independent,” said Julia Johnson Wood, the mother of Catey, who was born with only 50 percent of her brain.

“If it wasn’t for the service here and the help with IMPACT, I’d be lost. They’ve given me the information and tools I need to be successful,” said Tammie, a client of IMPACT.

Illinois currently owes the center more than $100,000.

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