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Access Living salutes the work of Mrs. Maggie Daley

Mrs. Maggie Daley, Mayor Daley and Marca Bristo meet in the Access Living office at 310 South Peoria.

Chicago – Access Living salutes the life and career of Maggie Daley, who died on November 24. Through her commitment to inclusion, Mrs. Daley helped ensure that thousands of children and adults with disabilities in Chicago had the chance to participate in programs alongside their friends and peers without disabilities.

“Throughout the country, we often stress the importance of inclusion,” said Marca Bristo, President & CEO of Access Living. “Too often, people with disabilities are not a part of the inclusion conversation. Through her work with After School Matters and Pathways, Maggie Daley made sure that people with disabilities were included. As a result of Daley’s commitment to physical and programmatic accessibility, kids with disabilities can participate with everyone else in much of what Chicago offers young people.”

Mrs. Daley co-founded After School Matters in 1991 as the Gallery 37 Summer Arts Program. After School Matters has grown to 25,000 annual program opportunities in the areas of arts, science, sports, technology and writing at more than 150 locations throughout Chicago.

From 1997 through 2004, Ms. Daley served as President of Pathways Awareness Foundation, which is dedicated to increasing awareness about early detection and the benefit of early therapy for infants and children with sensory, motor, or communication disabilities. After serving as President, Ms. Daley remained active in Pathways’ work. As a part of Pathways, Mrs. Daley also increased access at houses of worship. She hosted seminars that brought together institutions of all faiths to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities. As a result of her efforts, Access Living’s Marca Bristo and other people with disabilities were able to attend the service on November 28 at Old St. Patrick’s Church to mourn the loss of Mrs. Daley.

“Maggie Daley played a significant role in helping her husband pursue his vision as Mayor of making Chicago the most accessible city in the nation,” said Bristo. “Today, we mourn the loss of a Chicago treasure, but we will celebrate her legacy for years to come as thousands of children and adults with disabilities will have opportunities not otherwise available without the work of Maggie Daley.”

Established in 1980, Access Living is a non-profit, Chicago-based disability rights and service organization that provides individualized, peer-based services for people with disabilities. With a strong influence in public policy and social reform, Access Living is a leading force in the community. Committed to challenging stereotypes, protecting civil rights and breaking institutional and community barriers, Access Living is a nationally recognized change agent at the forefront of the disability rights movement. For more information contact Gary Arnold at Access Living 312-640-2199 voice,

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Established in 1980, Access Living is a change agent committed to fostering an inclusive society that enables Chicagoans with disabilities to live fully–engaged and self–directed lives. Nationally recognized as a leading force in the disability advocacy community, Access Living challenges stereotypes, protects civil rights and champions social reform.