Access Living Announces New Senior Staff Attorney

The Access Living Legal Team: Charles Petrof, Mary Rosenberg, Ken Walden, Jamie Wichman
Chicago--Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago is pleased to announce Charles Petrof as Access Living’s new senior staff attorney. As the senior staff attorney, Petrof will be part of the Civil Rights Department, where he will focus on enforcement of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Under Title III, people with disabilities have access to businesses and services that are held open to the public.

Prior to arriving at Access Living, Petrof worked at LAF (formerly the Legal Assistance Foundation). LAF provides legal services for those with a low income. During his time at LAF, Petrof represented people with disabilities and led the organization’s effort to develop a fair housing practice.

Petrof is excited to focus on working with people with disabilities and on making sure the Americans with Disabilities Act is relevant in a changing economy and court system. “Access Living has an outstanding history of promoting integration and equality for individuals with disabilities,” Petrof said. “Getting the chance to work with them is both exciting and inspiring.”

Access Living is one of the only centers for independent living with a legal department. The department implements legal strategies to promote the rights of persons with disabilities. The department enforces federal, state and local civil rights laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and other laws--that prohibit discrimination against persons with disabilities. Access Living Attorneys and legal assistants counsel persons with disabilities about their civil rights and provide representation in cases involving important disability rights issues.

Access Living is Chicago’s only non-residential center for Independent Living. The Access Living staff is comprised of a majority of people with disabilities. Access Living provides services for people with disabilities in the areas of advocacy, education and promotes civil rights for people with a wide variety of disabilities.
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Gary Arnold
Public Affairs Manager