Welcome to the Chicago Mayoral Candidates Disability Forum!

As the race for Chicago’s Mayor ramps up, Chicago-based Access Living and ten community partners, will host a disability-focused forum for candidates. The event will feature questions submitted by voters focused on the candidates’ experience with disability rights, laws and access enforcement; plans for the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities; increasing access to healthcare, transportation and education, and creating a welcoming and accessible city.

Because of the large size of the candidate pool, the event will be split into two 90-minute forums. Candidates were assigned to each pool based on the order they confirmed participation with Access Living.

The event is physically accessible and there will be a hearing loop and an American Sign Language interpreter. The event will also be live webcast online with a CART link for real time captioning access. Spanish translation will be available on site. Please avoid wearing scented products; Access Living is a scent free zone.

Written answers from candidates will be found at this page when the forum starts.

WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 13, 3 – 6 p.m., doors open at 2:00 p.m.

Note that only registered ticket holders will be able to access the main event; waitlisted persons will be directed to our overflow room. Both the regular tickets and waitlist are now FULL; we cannot accommodate last minute spots.

WHERE: Access Living at 115 W. Chicago Avenue

WHO: Confirmed candidate participants

Emcee: Andres J. Gallegos, Chair, Access Living Board of Directors Access Living staff and members

Panel One
Dorothy Brown
Gery Chico
Lori Lightfoot
Garry McCarthy
Toni Preckwinkle
Paul Vallas

Panel Two
Amara Enyia
La Shawn Ford
Ja’Mal Green
John Kozlar
Jerry Joyce
Susana Mendoza

Supporting organizations

Arc of Illinois
Chicago ADAPT
Equip for Equality
Health and Medicine Policy Research Group
Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities
Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living
Institute on Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Illinois Chapter (GIC)
The (Illinois) Self Advocacy Alliance
Statewide Independent Living Council of Illinois

Watch The Event Recording

Watch A Replay Of The Forum