PEORIA- (WEEK) – EP!C is an organization supporting people with disabilities for the past 70 years.
There are several services offered through EP!C, including education, partnering with nine high schools in the Peoria area.
Mask mandates are increasing with students returning to school, leading to new challenges for EP!C and its clients.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has issued exceptions to students who cannot medically tolerate wearing a mask. Those students having breathing problems while stationery and individuals having disabilities, per written expectations from a medical provider, will be subject to reasonable accommodations, according to IDPH.
While EP!C reinstated its mask policy weeks ago, the students have quickly adjusted back to wearing masks.
Ashley Schreck, Director of Marketing for EP!C says ” people with disabilities, they have so many issues and so many things they’re dealing with, masks are actually one of the least of our problems. You’ll walk down the hall, and they’ll tell you if you’re wearing it wrong.”
Ultimately, EP!C is working to keep the participating students safe because they’re more vulnerable having existing conditions. EP!C says its students and staff have a 98% vaccination rate.