The 25th Anniversary of the ADA -- Share your Story

After School Matters Project

On the National level, the ADA Legacy Tour bus is traveling around the country, sharing information, collecting stories, and participating in events for the 25th Anniversary of the ADA
In one way or another, the Americans with Disabilities Act has impacted all of us. This year, in the spirit of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and ADA 25 Chicago, After School Matters is partnering with people with disabilities in order to share stories from the community.

This project will bring together 15 After School Matters teens with 15 participants from the Chicago disability community. Each teen will develop a short documentary film that highlights the impact of disability and the Americans with Disabilities Act on the lives of individuals within Chicago communities.

To participate in the project, individuals must commit to four, two and a half hour sessions. All sessions will be from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Access Living. The session dates include:

Tuesday, February 17 -- Introduction to the project
Wednesday, February 25 – Working Session 1
Wednesday, March 4 – Working Session 2
Wednesday, March 11 – Working Session 3

The video project is open to all people with disabilities in Chicago, but slots are limited. To be considered for a spot, contact Access Living at

The After School Matters Mission is to provide Chicago public high school teens opportunities to explore and develop their talents, while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond.

Collaborating Organizations include: Logan Square Boys and Girls Club, StoryCorps, and Access Living.

Prior to the initiative with the disability community, students from After Schools Matters collaborated with veterans to tell their story. Shorts from that project can be viewed here .

ADA 25 Chicago will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 2015 and leverage this milestone to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities—often considered the last frontier of civil rights. More information here

For more information about the project, contact Gary Arnold at or 312-640-2199