Community Advisor — Jill Chambers

Jill Chambers

Jill Chambers

Jill Chambers: Jill Chambers is the mother of Sean, a young man with significant Cerebral Palsy and other health conditions. He requires 24 hour a day care and has difficulty clearly articulating his speech, but is active and a strong self advocate.  He lives near his family and receives supported living services which allows him to live in a home of his own in which he chooses and directs his personalized care.   For the past 33 years, Jill has been a strong advocate for families and individuals with special needs.  In addition to writing and speaking about her experiences, she has actively served on multiple non-profit boards and councils, focusing on the rights, services and supports which enable people with significant disabilities to make real choices in their lives, and to live as included and valued members of their communities.  She feels that participation on this panel will provide an important opportunity to give voice to adults with CP like her son with intensive needs, including mental health issues, in order to help identify and direct research priorities, care and treatment options.